We are proud to tell you that one of our starter kits found its way to the guys behind Ultimaker, Martijn and Erik. It was a nice surprise discovering Erik had ordered a kit. Ultimaker works together with Protospace FabLab Utrecht. When they learned we would give a lunch lecture there it was real easy for them to attend. It gave us the opportunity to personally hand them a starter kit and to shake hands.
The relationship Ultimaker has with MakerBeam goes back a few years. A 3d print of a makerbeam was made some years ago. Back then it was just an open source hardware project paying the other budding open source hardware project a compliment. Today it was time for a more serious introduction.
The Ultimaker of course is in full production. The process of improving the production process is ongoing as well. Especially the production of the wooden framework takes up a lot of time. There is definitely room for improvement there. Could the aluminum Mini-T profiles of Makerbeam fit in? We talked about it and the guys of Ultimaker took their starter kit home. So who knows what beautiful combination the future will bring!
Thursday September 1st we were at Protospace FabLab Utrecht to give a lunch lecture and introduce MakerBeam there. There is a lunch lecture every month at ProtoSpace. The topics vary widely. The lunch lecture is a very informal meeting. For us it was a good opportunity to introduce MakerBeam to a small but interested audience. We left one kit behind. FabLab’s well filled toolbox now has a new addition.
A FabLab offers the ideal environment for prototyping. Johan hoped to work on the Wandy lux after the lunch lecture. That did not work out that day. Instead he worked on sheaves to fit our aluminum Mini-T profiles. It gave us information about what size and shape we want. Now we are looking for sheaves we can buy of the shelf.
We feel that MakerBeam needs more accessories to truly make it irresistible material and are looking for accessories to complement the MakerBeam starter kit. We will keep you posted on this topic.
Johan his prototyping plan also did not work out because of a very interesting meeting we had with the guys from Ultimaker. In our next post we will tell you more about this spontaneous meeting of maker minds. It is this meeting what prompted the sheaves prototyping excercise.
The pendulum is a universal topic in schools. Understandably so since it is full potential for learning about physics. The coupled pendulum, or coupled harmonic oscillator as it is also known, may very well be the most important classical system. The basic behavior of such systems comes up over and over again in every branch of physics. The swing of the pendulums teaches about potential energy, kinetic energy and energy transformation.
Upon showing our website www.makerbeam.eu or the starterkit we were asked the same question again and again. What are the possibilities? What can you make?
We were surprised to hear this question. The possibilities the aluminum Mini-T profiles give you are endless! That is why we decided to start selling MakerBeam. To get you started we just opened a projects gallery. We just put up our first project. The creation of a test setting for the Wandy lux.
The Wandy lux is an idea for a new product. A multi integrated accesspoint that can be fitted to a ceiling. To get the creative process going pictures were needed to send around. Makerbeam provided a good solid structure to mount the required hardware. The next step will be to actually test the setup created using the Mini-T profiles.
We hope to keep posting new projects in the future!