Oh, What a Lovely, 3D-Printing, Messy Crowd That Was, at the Singapore Maker Faire!

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A remote-controlled 3D Printed BB-8 Star Wars robot. Light sabers and alien creatures. A fully-animatronic talking parrot. 3D printed dresses and hoverboards in an online game. These were some of the crowd-drawing exhibits at this year’s Maker Faire Singapore, part of the Singapore Science Festival.

Drawing some 15,000 visitors, the four-day event included Maker Faire, the Singapore Maker Extravaganza, the inaugural Maker Conference and Maker Summit, a platform to discuss topics like entrepreneurship, community and technology.

For Ginkgo3D, this was an event to mark its growth and profile in the market and the fruition of its earlier collaboration at last year’s edition and new partnerships at this year’s event.

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Stopping the Minister – For a Cause

The highlight of Ginkgo3D’s participation was when Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan walked past the booth – and was waylaid by a group of excited, chattering girls who wanted to show him their 3D printed jewellery. “You girls are pretty excited about your projects,” the Minister said approvingly, after the impromptu presentation.

CHIJ Kellock students crowd round Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan at Maker Faire

CHIJ Kellock students crowd round Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan at Maker Faire

The students from CHIJ Kellock’s Science STRETCH programme underwent a 3D printing workshop at Ginkgo3D’s training facilities to design and create pieces of 3D printed jewellery for various causes. Inspired by their research, the five teams came up with real prototypes, reflecting the different causes they were advocating. It only took four hours to realise their projects, from research to design and making their display boards.

“I like the designing part!” Was their unanimous response when asked which part of the workshop they attended was their favourite. At the Ginkgo3D booth, they proudly showed off their 3D printed jewellery to visitors, who were impressed by the designs and especially the short time they took to complete their projects. It was a successful collaboration between Ginkgo3D and CHIJ.

Smiling Makers all round at the Ginkgo3D booth

Smiling Makers all round at the Ginkgo3D booth

It’s Jason’s BB-8!

Designer Jason Loo who first caught our eye – and support – at last year’s Maker Faire, wowed visitors with his Version 2.0 3D printed BB-8 robot, now fitted with remote controls to make it moveable. An avid Star Wars fan, he shared his building experiences as well as the challenges he faced getting it to work.

“There’s still a lot more tweaking and adding the head on,” he said, but Version 2.0 of his beloved BB8 is definitely a moving improvement over the first.

Ginkgo3D’s Jian Xing (left) and designer Jason Loo, with Version 2.0 of the BB-8 robot

Ginkgo3D’s Jian Xing (left) and designer Jason Loo, with Version 2.0 of the BB-8 robot

You can watch the mechanics of Jason’s BB8 here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BWke6KRAkSq/

Watt He Said About 3D Printing XSpecial Effects

Returning participants at Maker Faire Singapore, Core Crew Fx brought a specially built version of their Wattnot Parrot, a fully animatronic Steampunk parrot also displayed at the Science Centre’s new attraction in Crackitts Light Fantastic Mirror Maze. Wattnot is an arduino/pololu system put together and triggered by an infrared sensor built by the team.

Co-Founder Paul Pistore had also conducted a talk on 3D printing in special effects at the Maker Conference. As a veteran puppeteer and builder, he has an impressive resume working on major motion pictures such as Batman Returns, Alien Resurrection, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back and Men in Black 2, among many others.

Core Crew Fx members hamming it up for the camera.

Core Crew Fx members hamming it up for the camera.

Check out the making of Wattnot here: https://www.facebook.com/CoreCrewFx/videos/vb.590134501145666/803873079771806/?type=2&theater

An Hexciting Project

One of Ginkgo3D’s earliest Designers-For-Hire, Gerald Chin was featured on Channel 5 news showcasing “Project Hex“, his Final Year Project at NTU, to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan. Project Hex is the “gamification” of the mobility device with a touch of futuristic elements in the design and engineering concepts. It consists of an omni-directional hoverboard that is used in a strategy game played in a virtual reality environment.

Core Crew Fx members hamming it up for the camera.

An interested Dr Vivian Balakrishnan peers at Gerald Chin’s Hoverboard – used in conjunction with a virtual reality game.

3D Printed Buttons Combine Culture and Nature

When it came to design for fashion, Fauzan Baharudin of Fvauz was waiting to share his signature 3D printed buttons, created for adorning the baju melayu. Hailing from Kuala Lumpur, Fauzan said it was his first event outside Malaysia.

Fauzan’s designs were inspired by nature. He shared: “When I first created these buttons for myself, it took me about four tries before I got the dimensions right. When people saw them, they were interested in where I got them. It gives me a sense of pride to tell them I designed the buttons myself and 3D printed them. Since then I have gotten quite a number of requests for customised buttons.”

“Maker Faire Singapore was a great experience and networking opportunity,” he added. “I’ve gotten a few requests for collaborations already.”

 

 

Fauzan's 3D printed buttons on a baju melayu are intricate and organic

Fauzan’s 3D printed buttons on a baju melayu are intricate and organic

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Baelf’s High Tech Take on Biomimicry

Jamela of Baelf was at Maker Faire to introduce her 3D printed accessories inspired by the uniqueness and beauty of biomimicry. Jamela created a fashion collection inspired by one of nature’s strongest shapes – the honeycomb. The project, called Beeing Human, melds different technologies, including 3D printing, silicone casting and hand sewing to create an original range of products. “Our designs are tributes to nature’s enigmatic wonders,” she said of her collection.

Just last year, Baelf launched their debut jewellery collection and had the opportunity to retail their designs at a pop up store in Tangs, where their exquisite 3D printed accessories were well-received.

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BAELF Designs by Jamela Law mimics the shape of the honeycomb.

BAELF Designs by Jamela Law mimics the shape of the honeycomb.

The increase of 3D printing projects across many different disciplines seen at Maker Faire looks promising for the industry. Though this is still a relatively uncommon technology in Singapore, it seems that 3D printing is being brought into the mainstream by the Maker community as the vanguard that embraces and widely adopts 3D printing outside the walls of academic institutions. With the rise of fablabs, makerspaces 3D printing courses, and activities, Singapore’s Maker movement is set to be bigger and better in the near future – with the help of 3D printing.

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