Here are a few stories of our FabLab adventure so far. Many more to follow...:
Teseo is a 17 year old Italian student passionate about the sea and water-sports of any kind. He came to the island for an internship in August 2018 and developed a strong interest in marine turtles.
After a visit to a marine sanctuary, he soon found his focus and set out to design a new and cost-effective positioning system for the ocean going sea turtle.
Teseo thoroughly researched the electronic components required to build a proof of concept, deciding on the Raspberry and Xbee with an Argos chip set He designed the outer shell and housing in Onshape and then, through streamline simulations using SimScale, identified the ideal outline profile and thickness of the material according to underwater pressure and the best streamlines for a swimming turtle. The project was ideally suited for a FabLab project as it involved several iterations of conceptual design, circuitry design and 3D printing. The prototype you see here today is the last in Teseo's series of evolving designs.
MARCO DI NUNZIO
With extensive experience in a whole array of water sports, Marco took a keen interest in kitesurfing. While kitesurfing here on the island, he took a closer look at the kite rigging and identified key areas of improvement to the engineering of his equipment. He conceived of a carbon fibre kite bar which, if carefully designed, would be much lighter and provide greater control of the kite.
He had access to an existing commercial carbon fibre tube that
would be ideal for the handle bar but he needed the central joint for the chicken loop line and the two side lids for the right and left line. This was an ideal project for the FabLab.
Working in collaboration, we designed the components for the loop and joint in Onshape. In keeping with the sharing ethos of the Fab Lab movement, we made these designs available to the public for Creative Commons download by the community.
We then simulated the mechanical stress in SimScale in order to have the lightest infill possible during the printing. Today Marco is happily using his kite bar and he’s thinking of a small production of custom made bars involving the FabLab. What you see on display are the prototypes of Marco's design which are another example of how a personal problem can become a solution for a community.
Marko is an Archaeologist working at ARUCAD. Marko had the idea to reconstruct a partial head sculpture of Julius Caesar that resided in the British Museum.
He brought his idea to our FabLab and through a British Museum project that lets users share and download 3D scans of busts, statues and sarcophagi from its collection for anyone to download and print at home, we were able to reconstruct the iconic bust, giving a clear idea of what the original must have looked like for the first time in, perhaps almost 2000 years.
Daniel is a young American/Turk living in Cyprus who is a great Spiderman enthusiast - so much so that he decided to design and build a web shooter! While his original idea, using gas and a lighter was obviously a little risky, it was still an exciting proof of concept. This too, was an ideal project for the FabLab, as we are extremely keen to involve the whole community- and the younger, the better.
Together with Daniel, we designed and printed a working model of a finger-controlled web shooter...and it WORKED! Daniel unveiled his model at a party to the astonishment and admiration of his friends.
Simon is a bartender at the popular George Bar in Kyrenia town centre. The bar, in the municipal square, is also well-known for the street dogs which congregate there. While they're well loved by the regular customers of the George, being creatures of the street, they're generally not too well looked after. This means they often have ticks on them. These are unpleasant external parasites, that live by feeding on the blood of mammals and birds. When they get their teeth into their hosts, it's fiendishly difficult to remove them.
Simon had the bright idea of creating a hand-held device for removing the ticks and came to the FabLab to see if we could help him. The design is simplicity itself, fabulously cheap to produce, and yet greatly eases the difficult task of tick removal.
Dave is a graduate of one of the leading Prosthetic and Orthotic teaching universities in the world, the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. In Cyprus, he's a designer and producer of bespoke orthotic devices that help to improve pain or mobility problems and has a special interest in neurological rehabilitation, sports injury and orthotic paediatric care.
The FabLab collaborated with Dave to build a prosthetic hand designed by the Enable Community Foundation. This is a a fast-growing global network of digital humanitarians using technology to design, fabricate, and disseminate free prosthetic-like hand and arm to those who need them.
Together we redesigned the hand in order to adapt it to the needs of a Turkish Cypriot, Turgay Efekan, who was a keen fisherman and who felt that the prosthetic hand would be of great benefit while he was out on his boat.
A second project was a new type of ankle brace designed for an acquaintance, which is notable for its sleek and aesthetic appearance.