Fab Lab 2017
A Fab Lab (or Fabrications Laboratory), is a concept originally dreamt up by Neil Gershenfeld at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT). A Fab Lab is a facility (building) that houses the basic machinery required to make (in Gershenfeld’s words) “just about anything”. It is Gershenfeld’s belief that personal fabrication is on the rise, and soon enough, the world technologically enabled (anyone with a computer) will be able to download and print their own personal 3-dimensional objects. These may include the latest i-phone, running shoes, and at some stage, even a car.
Personal fabrication therefore encompasses the design, prototyping and three-dimensional printing of one’s ideas.
The South African government has realised the potential of this, and as a result, has installed Fab Labs all around the country. The closest lab is situated in Thokosa, a township situated south of Johannesburg. Local Fab Labs are expected to facilitate local and innovative technology development in an open source fashion. This means that a person who designs and fabricates their idea is required to leave behind a set of instructions that teaches other people how to re-make or generate an iteration of the artefact in return for using the facilities, knowledge and material that are provided for free by the Labs.
Students resolve the design of a prototypable artefact (Fab Lab community), to inspire innovation (attract users to the Lab) and to showcase the potential of the laboratory machinery. This empowers the communities that have access to Fab Labs by allowing potential Lab users to recreate these artifacts, which in the process of making, allows them to evolve the item or create spin offs, as well as understand what the potential of the Fab Lab facilities are.
HOW WE HELPED
The Aim of this project is to showcase the possibilities of a FabLab and its machinery for the users. Our project will teach them basic programming, electrical wiring, milling circuit boards and laser cutting simple profiles for personal use and prototyping.
- FabLab’s are primarily in Townships across the country, our intended target is the local users of the FabLab.
- Home security is an issue prevalent in Townships which have high crime rates.
389 reported residential burglaries occurred in Duduza alone.
- The community is predominantly African and subside on agriculture and have very little experience with electronical wiring and programming.
WHAT WE DID
Light House Alarm
Our Lamp gives the users of FabLab a look at how two dimensional shapes can create a three dimensional form, as well as how a press fit system functions. Giving hands on experience with the materials and laser cutting. The Lamps modern shapes and form makes it a tasteful and functional product able to adapt and remain relevant to new design trends while also allowing a degree of personalization.
Our Electronics give technical experience to the user on programming and electrical wiring. As well as providing a template with which to build more radio frequency base electronics off of.
The Instructable provides a step-by-step guide on how to achieve our final product and multiple resources for a FabLab user to learn from. It also has a sleek and simple design with bright colours and white space to inspire users with its modern yet creative theme.