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Light sheets

November 29 2017

Students having some fun with the ludic applications of a light sheet mainly used in barcode scanners and microscopy. Photonics & digital fabrication workshop for Young Professionals and Technicians organised by ICFO and Tinkerers Fab Lab.


July 31 2017

Each year members of the more than 1.000 worldwide Fab Labs gather to share, discuss, collaborate and create communities around the different local and global interests regarding digital manufacturing, innovation and technology.

Five excited students met last Saturday at Fablab Karlsruhe with the aim to go home with a Laser Labyrinth. Within the Phablasb 4.0 project Fablab Karlsruhe developed the workshop Laser Labyrinth for the target group young minds (10 -14 years). The laser labyrinth is a logic maze game. The game requires you to use mirrors, beam-splitters and brainpower to direct the laser through the maze and light up a target.

23 students, aged around 14 years, were the first to test the newly developed workshop "Light and Art" at the ViNN:Lab Wildau, near Berlin. The task was to create a wooden box with two polarizer films. By inserting a transparent sheet with adhesive tape glued on top of it, the setup turned into a colorful mutative artwork, created by the students themselves. As the course of action included using a laser cutter and 3D printers, the participants got a first glimpse into the opportunities of a Fab Lab.

In this very first workshop, students between 11 and 16 years of age built a smartphone/WLAN controlled RGB-lamp. This project was based on the ESP8266, which is an Arduino-like programmable platform with WLAN capabilities.

We are so excited to announce that all 33 Photonics Workshops and 11 Photonics Challengers are developed. On 13&14/06 all Photonics partners and pilot fablabs came to Brussels to showcase their prototypes and to give each other constructive feedback. Soon the maker community will be able to make an optic fiber piano, “Looking at grandma”-projector, a device that stores solar energy to charge your phone … and even a polarimeter.

What happens when you combine Photonics and Fab Labs? Stijn De Mill from FablabFactory will present the PHABLABS 4.0 project in Vilnius Maker Faire!

Fablab Festival 2017 is a yearly event happening from the 11th-14th of May 2017 at Fablab Artilect in Toulouse. Over 9000 people involved in fablabs, maker spaces visited this edition.
Next to a dedicated industry day and a special fab lab day, the public gets an introduction to projects from all around the world through exhibition stands, talk-shows, workshops, etc… PHABLABS 4.0 was one of them.

The PHABLABS 4.0 project aims to facilitate the use of photonics components and to stimulate innovation with photonics in Fab Labs. For this reason, the 14 pilot Fab Labs all received a 3D printer which can print transparent material.

PHABLABS 4.0 has showcased the project to European colleagues of photonics companies and research organisations as well as representatives of the European Commission at the Photonics Public Private Partnership Annual Meeting organised by Photonics21, the European Technology Platform representing industry and research in photonics