ARDUINO: a Micro-controller with a Mega-potential

MORFOTACTIC ® took part in a Media Lab Gdansk (Poland) workshop on constructing electronic devices. Those devices can be controlled by Arduino – an Open-Source hardware, in the form of a programmable board. This technology can be potentially utilized for multidisciplinary purposes, fusing electronics with artistic/architectural design. For example, we can use Arduino to program the behavior of Interactive Installations, equipped with sensors picking up stimuli from the environment, and actuators responding to those physically.

During the workshop at Media Lab Gdansk we tested the capabilities of Arduino to process digital and analogue signals and transform them into hardware responses (LEDs blinking, speakers jingling and stepper motors rotating), and learned to program the boards with the use of a Processing language-based IDE.

The following photos were taken by Margaret of MORFOTACTIC ®, during the MediaLab Workshop.

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REPRAP: an Open-Source FDM 3-D Printer

MORFOTACTIC ® was very fortunate to take part in Media Lab Gdansk (Poland) Workshop focused on building open-source 3-D printers – the Reprap Prusa type.  During the workshop we assembled, programmed and put into operation two 3-D printers which use the FDM manufacturing technology (Fused Deposition Modeling). This technology is an additive Rapid Prototyping technology, based on extruding thin layers of heated plastic to form 3-D objects. After getting the printers going, we launched 3-D prints of our first test-objects.

Rapid Prototyping aids designers in testing the spatial solutions for 3-D objects. It allows for an instant transformation of digital models into physical objects. The Reprap Open-Source printer can be built by practically anyone – the mechanical and electronic parts are available online. There also is a free internet manual for constructing and operating this printer.

The following photos were taken by Margaret of MORFOTACTIC ®, during the Media Lab Workshop.