Bootcamp Nov 2013

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This site is a suggestion for Development for Fab Lab Saudi Arabia, Visit to Fab Lab Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. Goals:

  • Learn to use the Modela
  • Make instructional videos
  • Make documentation in arabic
  • Using the Wiki
  • Connect to the MCU
  • Setting up a new Fab Lab
  • Operational model
  • Makerspaces, Hackerspaces, Fab Labs

Week one: 4-8th of November

  • Introduction to Fab Labs
  • Digital design

  • Connect with the MCU
    • Jabber by Cisco
      • Download at the link above or via, you will be asked to create an account during the process
      • Connect to the MCU by calling jabbervideo@ -- or you can connect directly to room 1 by calling 1@

General information about Fab Labs

  • consumables for each machine

Are there suppliers for the materials Yes there are local suppliers.

  • Shopbot: Normally plywood, wood, plastics, locally, bits
  • Epilog laser: Recycled cardboard, acryllics (plexiglass), -> locally, used cardboard from packaging under soda bottles, acryllics locoally

Consumption method (approximated numbers per user or group)

  • Up 3D printer: ABS plastics -> per gram
  • Roland Modela: Either Circuit board or model wax, not locally yet, -> per piece,
  • Roland GX-24 Vinyl cutter: Vinyl and transferring tape: -> per meter
  • Shopbot: Normally plywood, wood, plastics, locally, -> per square meter
  • Epilog laser: Recycled cardboard, acryllics (plexiglass), -> per square millimeter, or per new board that is started

Workshop Capacity, levels and software. Workshop capacity: 12-18 people max. With 18 you would need at least 2 mentors.

Workshop activities:


  • Gimp, Inkscape, Blender,
  • Eagle, Sculptris, Sketchup,
  • Modela Player, V-Carve pro
  • .pdf reader
  • Pepacura
  • Rhino?

Up3d printing software See also:

Week two: 11-15th of November

Week three: 18-22nd of November

Week four: 25-28th of November

  • Reykjavik

Day 1 Monday


  • Introduction to Fab Labs
  • Review the week: Describe final projects (inputs and outputs: motors, lights sound, temperature, etc.) (Frosti)


      • - Openoffice
      • - Corel Draw
      • - illustrator
    • Design software for 3D:
  • 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 (90 minutes) 
**laser cutter

*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
  • File preparation & fabrication(Mercedes)
  • Fabrication: components & soldering (Mercedes)

Day 5 Friday 8AM


  • Programming circuits


  • Final Project Fabrication
  • Systems Integration

Day 6 Saturday

All morning

  • Final Project Fabrication & Systems Integration

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 -
  • 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)