Maker Faire Taipei 2015

Following FAN2 conference, Maker Faire Taipei 2015 took place at Huashan 1914 Creative Park on the weekend of May 30th to 31st. At the park entrance, you can see a Maker Faire Logo made by steel. And just before entering main area, another gate showed up.

A giant Maker Faire robot stands proudly at the entrance.

Makerfair main entrance

The main area is divided into 3 sub-areas: MakerFair, Fusionera and Gadget Contest. MakerFaire is the largest among them, where individual makers exhibited their own projects. Read More »

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FAN2 Day 5 – Wrapping up an extraordinary week

With so many things happening every day, this week has gone by incredibly fast. The fifth and last day of FAN2 is finally here, setting a sentimental mood for the last round of Fablab presentations. Below are some interesting tidbits of the day.

Fablab Hamamatsu

Mr. Takemura Takashi set up a small lab in his backyard. Smacked between rural and urban areas and surrounded by farming lands, people here often work with bicycles. For example, they made an pedal-powered ice-shaving machine. The lab is sustained by a membership structure.

How about cycling to shave some ice for your drink?

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FAN2 Day 4 – Fabrication for a social purpose

As we sat in for more lab reviews this morning, I realized that I was not bored because today’s talks highlighted a different aspect of fabrication. Often we make something because we have a practical use for it, or we just want to play with it. However, Fablab Dynamic and Makerbar Taipei make things designed to address a social or environmental issue, and digital fabrication is only a means to an end.

Take for example, Fablab Dynamic‘s Fab x Eco project is motivated by dog owners’ underserved need to customize wheel chairs for their beloved dogs. Using traditional manufacturing methods, such wheelchairs are costly and may not fit well to all dogs. Fablab Dynamic not only made their design open-source but also designed it such that the owner or the pet industry can simply enter the height and weight etc. of a dog and have the custom design generated for digital fabrication. Imagine how happy this would make the dog and its owner! We encourage you to read Fablab Dynamic and Makerbar Taipei‘ blogs  (Tip: Google translation is handy) for more inspiration on how we makers can put our skills to create impacts socially and environmentally.

This dog wheelchair is made from laser-cut wood.
This dog wheelchair is made from laser-cut wood. Photo courtesy of Fablab Dynamic.

In the afternoon, we conducted a workshop called “Chameleon Lamp” for FAN2 participants. Read More »

FAN2 Day 1 – Openlab Taipei Visit and Launch Party

Ni hao!

We are finally here in Taiwan, a beautiful country. Its wide road-side pavements make a nice change from Vietnam. The rainy season is in this month so most people need to carry their own umbrella. Taiwan has great public transportation system, especially Metro (MRT) and High Speed Rail. We mostly use MRT to travel around the city. People here are nice and many of them speak English so it’s not that difficult for foreigners who don’t speak Mandarin to ask for help. Taipei food is slightly different from Vietnam cuisine, you can easily find different snacks along the streets.

Today, FAN2 launch party was scheduled late in the evening so we spent the whole morning and afternoon to travel around the city and to visit new friends such as OpenLab Taipei.Read More »

Thank you for sending Fablab Saigon to FAN2 Conference, Taipei, May 25th-31st 2015

Yesterday our Indiegogo campaign to raise fund for attending the Second Fablab Asia Network Conference (FAN2) finally concluded. It achieved above and beyond what we could have hoped for, and that is only possible because of the amazing support and generosity from our friends, colleagues, family as well as their friends. Only 3 more days till FAN2 officially kickstarts, do check this blog daily for our updates from the conference!

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To the following campaign contributors and other anonymous supporters, thank you very much! We are so grateful that you believe in who we are and what we do.

Nguyen Long Bach Hai
Dan H Do
Dang Quang Huy
Do Hoang Tu
Doan Ho Gioan
Dzoan Nguyen Tran
Duong Huy Canh
Duong Duc Ha
Duong Quynh Huong
Eric llouquet
Feng Yikang
Hannah Ho
Ho Quang Binh
Hua Phan Minh Hieu
Jean-Bernard Boichat
Julien Burdy
Nguyen Le Quang Thai
Olivier llouquet
Pham Quang Dat
Phan Quang Minh
Praveen N
Stephanie Boichat Burdy
Steven S Lumetta
Truong Thi Ngoc Tran
Tran Thi Thanh Xuan
Yvonne Ho