Greetings from Kamakura, Japan! My name is Yumi Nishiahra.
As my days of being an intern at FabLab Kamakura are coming to an end, this is the last time (or maybe not?!) for me to share with the world a glimpse of what happens here; in particular, this week’s Asa Fab.
Asa Fab is when FabLab Kamakura is open to the public (Asa means morning in Japanese). As long as you consent to The Fab Charter (http://fab.cba.mit.edu/about/charter/) and abide by the rules, such as participating in cleaning up the facility from 9 AM, anyone can use the machines at the FabLab on Monday mornings (excluding holidays).
Let’s take a look at what everyone’s up to…
Reiji-kun taught Eri-san the basics of electronics: lighting up LEDs. Let’s face it, it can be a little intimidating to learn something like electronics from scratch but learning with a friend can be so much fun!
Reiji-kun’s mother has wanted to create a pot and has been having a hard time using the 3D software called Rhinoceros. Recently she got some help from Sento-san who is a freelance engineer to make the data and printed it out with the 3D printer in a smaller scale. It looks sharp and so cute!
Oki-san has been creating several versions of analog circuits that sense pulse. When you place your finger on the latest version you can see a red light blink through your nail and also feel it vibrate with every heartbeat. Like Hayashi-san, he is also trying to create a cube with 6 faces of the same shape. His first attempt is the picture below. But when he assembled the pieces the top and bottom faces did not fit and had to be changed. I never knew a simple shape could be so challenging.
Goto-san has made a simple piano by using a microcontroller called Arduino. Pieces of paper are placed on sensors called photoreflectors. When a paper key is pressed and lifted from the sensor the Arduino plays a specific note. Though he has just started learning electronics with Arduino a few months ago, he is steadily getting closer to achieving his goal of creating an electronic music box.
Asano-kun is a student from the Tanaka lab at Keio University and is developing Lunch Bot which is a robot that prints images on rice with furikake (dry Japanese seasoning). He still hasn’t succeeded in printing yet but he relieved advice from Oki-san, Mio-san and Imanishi-san. Everyone is looking forward to the day all the flakes of fish, seaweed and sesame seeds come to life as an image on a white canvas of glistening rice.
3D printers and laser cutters are gaining a lot of attention lately. We sometimes forget the masterminds that operate the machines are the ones who come up with the most interesting and sometimes wacky ideas. It’s the people that are truly inspiring.
But even though you have nothing in particular you want to make, come take a peek.
Asa Fab is a place where we constantly learn from each other and anyone is welcome!