Bootcamp Dec 2011

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Boot Camp December 2011 will be held 5th of December until 10th of December 2011.

One week crash course in fab lab tools and processes by the gurus of the fab lab network. For new fab lab managers, teachers, and people who want a fast training course.

The Boot Camp is a short duration workshop on Fab Lab management, processes and project development. The goal of Boot Camps is to offer short term training for future Lab Managers, fabricators and creators around the world. The Boot Camp is developed by the Fab Labs in the worldwide network, provided with equipment and tutors dedicated (almost) 24/7 for an intense workshop on Digital Fabrication.

Participating labs:

  • Chicago Fab Lab
  • Barcelona Fab Lab in Barcelona, Spain (contact Tomas Diez / tomasdiez [at] iaac [dot] net)


Participants in Chicago

Participants in Barcelona



Day 1 Monday



  • Homework: Decide upon and describe final project, integrating different fabrication methods and electronics

Day 2 Tuesday 9AM


  • 2D Subtractive fabrication (Frosti)
    • 2D - 3D pressfit with Sketchup Dan (90 minutes)
    • laser cutter
  • 3D Scanning and file preparation for fabrication
    • (Frosti Scanning, demonstrative (30 minutes)
    • Dan 3d File Prep 30 minutes


  • 3D Additive fabrication, 3D printing (Dan)
    • vinyl cutter
  • Making t-shirts (Frosti)

Day 3 Wednesday 8AM


  • Fab Lab Management and Sustainability (Lass/Betty Barret?)
    • How to set up a lab
  • Additive fabrication (continued) (Dan)
  • Introduction to ShopBot and making large things (Frosti)


Day 4 Thursday 8 AM

Electronics all day

  • start with 1.5 hours of Picocricket/Scratch/Pico Board Frosti)
  • Circuit Design(Mercedes)
  • File preparation & fabrication(Mercedes)
  • Fabrication: components & soldering (Mercedes)

Day 5 Friday 8AM


  • Programming circuits (Mercedes with help from entire gang)


  • Final Project Fabrication
  • Systems Integration

Day 6 Saturday

All morning

  • Final Project Fabrication & Systems Integration
  • Final Project Presentations-- to Barcelona probably around noon, to Museum (expo environment in central location around 2ish?)
  • Celebratory Dinner

Integrate the final projects
share the final projects with the users of the museum.


3 d printing
Rhino or Blender?
Google Sketchup


Day 1 Monday


  • Introduction to Fab Labs -> Neil or Sherry Lassiter
  • Review the week: Describe final projects (inputs and outputs: motors, lights sound, temperature, etc.)(electronics with)
  • Guided tour of the fab lab
  • Documentation and archiving online

Afternoon Digital design (2D and 3D software tools)

Homework: Decide upon and describe final project, integrating different fabrication methods and electronics 

2D design and fabrication

2D DESIGN TOOLS (1 hour)

Design software for 2D:

  • - Inkscape
  • - Openoffice - Libre Office
  • - Corel Draw
  • - illustrator


CNC Cutting:

  • Safety, use, maintenance , projects (2D projects)
  • - Materials (Wood, Acrylic, Textiles, Organic Source
  • - Nesting and saving material
  • - Press-fit
  • - From 2D to 3D and viceversa workflow (DEMO on waffle structures)
  • - Raster images and bitmaps

(Introduction in 2D cutting use): Safety, use, maintenance, projects (2D projects).

  • - Materials (Wood, Aluminum, Composites, Acrylic)
  • - Tool types (Diameter, Length, Blades, Shape)
  • - Nesting and Hold down
Vinyl Cutter:
  • Safety, use, maintenance, projects (Tshirt, flex circuit or antenna, signs)

How to use the wiki

Test page

Also you can try the Mercurial


  • To develop a design using a 2D Design software (Could be out of proposed software), fabricate it with the Laser Cutter and document it on Boot Camp Site.

Day 2 Tuesday

A day of 3D design, molding and casting, (xtra 3D printing technology for those who have that capability)

3D DESIGN TOOLS (3 hours)


  • Safety, use, maintenance, projects (molding and casting, circuits, 2D etching)
  • Safety, use, maintenance, projects (furniture, mini-sail boat, sign)
    • - Materials (Foam, Wax, Wood)
    • - Tool types (Diameter, Length, Blades, Shape)
    • - Molding and Casting materials in a large scale
    • - Large scale surfacing

Shop Bot Fabrication process (2 hours)

  • - Toolpath Generation
  • - Partworks 2.5D and 3D
  • - RhinoCam
  • - Material preparation and holdown
3D printing
  • - Technoligies: Layering, SLS, FDM
  • - Commercial: ZCorp, Dimension, HP, Objet, Matrix, EOS
  • - Open Source projects: RepRap, Maker Bot, Fab at Home


  • Modela and ShopBot projects continued


  • Design and fabricate a mold in a small scale

Day 3 Wednesday

Electronics and overall lab considerations (management, business, networking, IT, etc.) Group: Shawn Wallace electronics introduction: Time: 09:00 Boston time

Morning Europe time: Lab management, Tomas and Frosti, lab management and administration

Morning > Lab Management and administration (2 hours)

  • - Inventory
  • - Lab IT and Networking: Epilog, print drivers, LAN
  • - Machine maintenance
  • - Safety
  • - Machine reservation system
  • - Web management tools
  • - Business models
  • - Material management (recycling, classifying)


  • - Design and Production Hello this is my desktop
  • - Programming

Design software:

  • - (pretty tough for a couple of hours!!!!)
  • - Eagle

How to make a Hello World circuit (2 hours)

  • - process (Feeds, Speeds, Resolution)
  • - Setting up the Modela (Calibration, Copper board setup)
  • - Tools (Milling and cutting)
  • - Soldering


  • How to program a Hello World circuit (2 hours)
  • - Assembler language
  • - C Programming
  • - Microcontroller language: .Hex files.
  • - Programming Cable Making (FABISP?)
  • - Avrdude


  • electronics projects continued


  • Modify, fabricate and program your own hello board:
  • - RGB LED Board
  • - Speaker Board
  • - Step Response Board
  • - Microphone Board

Day 4 Thursday

Electronics continues and integrated final project work (something like a music box)

Finishing Electronics design, production and programming

  • - Programming cables
  • - Customized hello board

Day 5 Friday

Group session at 11.00 Boston time: Presentation and documentation

Final project integration

  • - A final project to be defined with the integration of different fabrication methods and electronics

Online Final Project Presentation

  • 5 min for participant to explain and show their projects (2-3 hours)