Makeathon | Valencia. Challenge: Design and build an element for your city, that facilitates or activates the circular economy

We organised a makeathon on 11 and 12 May, within the framework of the Craft Your Future project, with young people from Bulgaria, the Netherlands and Spain. In the Spanish case, more than 30 students from the Higher Technical School of Design Engineering of the Universitat Politècnica de València, met at the facilities of FabLab VLC Oceano Naranja. The challenge to be solved by the students was the search for circular solutions thinking about the cities where they live. The proposals and prototypes were presented to a team made up of professionals such as Loles Cebrián, companies such as Nometal 3D, the manager of the Association of Designers of the Valencian Community and David Rosa, technical director of Las Naves (Valencia City Council).

We counted those two days, among others, with the contributions of Silvia Catazine and Josean Vilar (from Naifactory Lab, Barcelona) talking about new crafters and circular economy, or Gema Roig and Julián Torralba (from Las Naves, Valencia) talking about circular projects since Valencia City Council.

To learn more about the initiative you can watch this video:

International Trainning Week at the UPV and Prototyping in Oceanonaranja FabLab

On the occasion of the 1st Craft your Future Training Week, Oceanonaranja FabLab welcomes students from the Polytechnic University of Valencia to develop the selected projects and carry out the prototypes of each one of them.

Shoulder bag PlogBag

We would like to share with you all another project carried out during this 2019-20 academic year. The students of the subject Models and prototypes of the Degree in Industrial Design of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain), have worked on the principles of Craft Your Future.

The second project selected is the PlogBag shoulder bag, designed by the student Amparo García González, and developed by the textile artisan Mónica Curvetto of Moon de Val, with a workshop based in the city of Valencia.

General description:

Shoulder bag created with recycled materials to give them a second life. It is inspired by a new sport called Plogging, which owes its name to adding two terms: jogging (running) and plocka upp (in Swedish it means picking up). It is about incorporating into the daily exercise routine the practice of collecting all the garbage that is in your path.

Circularity: The PlogBag material is made from automotive waste, with bovine remains of fabrics for interior upholstery.

Digital Manufacturing: 3D printed grommets have been created to connect the strap to the main part of the product.

Necessity: It arises from the need to have a bag to use while we are Plogging, that is, running or playing sports picking up trash.

Differential Value: The product is created with recycled materials, and its purpose is to recycle and contribute to the environment, which is why it invites recycling and contributes to caring for our environment.

Al Sac! Bag

The third project that we are going to share has been developed along the same lines with the CYF (Craft Your Future) principles as the previous ones, with the group from the Workshop on Models and Prototypes workshop at the Universitat Politècnica de València.

The student Gemma Herrero has designed Al Sac!. She has worked together with the craftsman Josué Giménez Giménez of the Arpillera company. The workshop is located in a small town next to the city of Valencia, Benifairo de les Valls.

General description: Al Sac! is a project that arises from the desire to highlight the motifs of jute sacks commonly used by Valencian farmers in the countryside. Combining tradition, artisanal manufacturing methods and new technologies, Al Sac!, It becomes a bag with a current and young air available to anyone that can be used as a shoulder bag and hung on the frame of a bicycle.

Circularity: Circularity based on the reuse of jute sacks used in the field by farmers to harvest. These, coming from coffee exporting countries, once in the Valencia countryside, are filled with products grown in the countryside. Circularity is a very important aspect in this project as it is not the first recycling cycle that the bag goes through, but it is the end of a long process of reuse in the field.

Digital Manufacturing: In order to give a modern and youthful touch that brings modernity and aesthetics to such a rustic-looking base product, jute fabric is combined with recycled seat belts (scrapping cars) and industrially machined aluminum pins. These, in addition to providing the aforementioned aesthetic, add the functionality of a sturdy and versatile shoulder bag, as it can also be hung on the frame of a city bike.

Necessity: The need covered by this product is the easy and convenient transport of work and study tools that are so common today, such as a laptop, among others.

Traveling around the city using a bicycle as a means of transport has many advantages, but we usually find it difficult to conveniently transport everyday tools. With Al Sac!, this problem is solved, as the user can carry these tools comfortably on the bike with a bag that is later transformed into a shoulder bag perfectly integrated into the urban environment.

Differential Value: What sets Al Sac!, apart from other similar shoulder bags, are the manufacturing materials and dual functionality thought and designed for an urban utility.

Manufacturing materials are reused and local, helping to reduce the environmental impact and promoting the consumption of local products.

Me.ka vase

During the 2019-20 academic year, the students of the Industrial Design Degree, Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV, Spain), have worked on the principles of Craft Your Future.

The projects have been developed in the second semester and coinciding with the Pandemic lockdown period.

For this reason, teaching has been carried out online and the students have developed different projects from home and in collaboration with an artisan online as well.

The panel of experts from the Crafts Center of the Valencian Community, together with the teachers of the subject, made the final selection. It was made following the principles and summary applied by the philosophy that emerges from Craft your future.

Presentation of the proposal in the subject Models and Prototypes workshop. Engineering Design School, UPV

The first project selected is Me.ka vase, designed by the student Itziar Viila, and developed by the artisan Tiziana Chiara, a jeweler who works with glass.

General description:

Vase designed for both public and private spaces whose objective is to repel insects especially during the spring or summer seasons.

The use of natural insect repellents and not harmful to people or for the environment such as lavender or lemon and clove is strongly considered.

The shape of the vase evokes the union between nature, by using natural branches as its support points, and modernity, using a base made in 3D printing.

Me.ka vase (2020). Design: Itziar Viila. Artisan: Tiziana Chiara. Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain)

Circularity: The base or main piece is made up of a recycled canning jar, to give a second life to this glass container.

Recycling mason cans allows a new use to all those products that have a single purpose at the beginning and that most consumers end up discarding.

Digital Manufacturing: Regarding the bottom of the vase it is 3D modeled and printed in white PLA, trying to follow the aesthetics of the product.

3D printing in white PLA

In addition, it has a wider shape, giving the vase more uniqueness and some holes to improve the stability of the natural branches with the ground.

Necessity: The objective is to get rid of the constant discomfort of insects approaching us or to our food being outdoors, but doing it discreetly and naturally.

Differential Value: This product can serve as a vase, candleholder, and insect repellent or why not decorative element.

Craft you Future helps our Future

Oceanonaranja FabLab has changed its daily activity for a completely new and unusual on till today. It is actively helping to combat the actual deficiencies in personal protection equipments for medical and healthcare personnal, police forces etc

It is designing his own models of protective masks, made of material donated by manufacturers and distributors of PET and PMMA. The masks are completely free for the user. We hope to be helping to Craft our Future.

the PET mask shields produce and desigh by OceanonaranjaFabLab
the PET and 5mm MDF mask shields produce and desigh by OceanonaranjaFabLab

Craft your Future meets iProduce

A Social Manufacturing Framework for Streamlined Multi-stakeholder Open Innovation Missions in Consumer Goods Sectors.

Oceanonaranja FabLab involved a second time in an EU project related the design and the new fabrication technologies.

The Kick off meeeting in Valencia on january the 14th.

iPRODUCE delivers a novel social-manufacturing platform that enables multi-stakeholder interactions and collaborations to support user-driven open-innovation and co-creation. At the heart of the iPRODUCE platform is an open digital space that facilitate co-creation ventures through secure and interoperable exchange of data and domain-specific intelligence. The digital space is utilised by a set of innovative tools that support matchmaking, secure interactions, generative product design, process orchestration, co-creation up to agile prototyping, usability evaluations and lifecycle management. The iPRODUCE platform is deployed in local ‘ecosystems’ (composed of SME association, manufacturing and specialist SMEs, Fablabs, Makers spaces etc) under the notion of collaborative MDFs or cMDFs. The platform supports knowledge and resource sharing across cMDFs through which a federation of cMDFs is established. The cMDFs are equipped with iPRODUCE platform together with novel co-creation methodologies, training toolkits and sharing-economy business models to adapt the organisational systems, shape the social manufacturing processes and scale collaborative production activities.

First evaluated indicators of the Craft Your Future project

The Leeuwarden meeting was already evaluated by the project partners, after the processing the data extracted by the responses of the young participants of the meeting, for which our partner of the Polytechnic University of Valencia has taken responsibility. We can announce as a very satisfactory data that young people considered the knowledge they obtained about the traditions and crafts of the region as a very high (84.7%), and what is relevant for the EU, which can be assumed for their future. .


Fig. 1. Graph of the response young people gave, after the first meeting of the project, to the importance of cultural heritage and crafts. (1 = Strongly disagree; 5 = Strongly agree)

Regarding the effects and importance of the circular economy, a very similar result is also reproduced (84.6%).


Fig. 2. Students received examples of circular economy during the meeting

Regarding the interest and the possibilities of innovating through digital manufacturing technologies, the data is lower but with a high figure of 76%, although they consider it very important for them (also in 84.6)

Other relevant figures are:

  • the stimulus of creativity because of the participation in the meeting (92.4%),
  • the relevance of being able to access spaces that enable this creativity (92.3%), as was the DLab.


Fig. 3. Students believe it is important to develop creativity and have meeting spaces that stimulate that creativity in the EU (fablabs, hackerspaces, creative hubs, etc.)

Regarding the meeting held in the Netherlands, the data reflects both satisfaction and the fulfillment of objectives in a very high level: 69.2% recognize that they can develop competencies around the project areas in a short-medium term and that this can influence the work level (77% would like to work in some of these lines in the future), and 53.8 believe the possibility that innovative projects can be developed around these three areas is very high.


Fig. 4. Young people consider that it is very possible to innovate through handicrafts, circular economy and creative technologies
Fig. 5. Students think more initiatives in these fields should be developed un teh EU
  • 77% are interested to learn deeper in these fields
  • 69.3 believes that it would be necessary to have specific information on the Internet,
  • 100% believe it is necessary to develop more initiatives of this style in the EU.
  • Almost 80% believe that teachersshould provide them with more information in this field,

In a next post we will continue to report the impact of the project through these indicators.

Creative workshop in Valencia to analyze possible ‘circular’ proposals

At the end of June, the spanish partners of the project “Craft your Future”(FabLab Oceano Naranja and Universitat Politécnica de València) organized a creative workshop coordinated by Professor Chele Esteve at the Engineering Design School. For this, we work with the same spanish students who were going to participate in the Tryavna-Gabrovo exchange (to be held in September in Bulgaria).

A methodology of cards was presented to analyze which one could be the best tools to design a ‘circular’ proposal, taking into account:

a)the different agents of our ecosystem that could participate (Valencia),

b) the involvement of young students and

c) above all, where focus the focus and be able to solvebetter those challenges.

Methodology of cards

Different measures were proposed from the results presented in the workshop and they allowed us to writea report of possible proposals for challenges to be developed as an example in future Craft Your Future initiatives. The most important thing was to consider the interest of the participants in the initiative.

Mayor of Alboraia visited Oceanonaranja SL, spanish partner of Craft your Future

The Mayor of Alboraia, Mr. Miguel Chavarría , has visited the facilities of the Oceanonaranja FabLab which is located in the Poligono III of Alboraia industrial area. The machinery and tools of new manufacturing technologies, such as 3D printing, laser cutting or cnc milling were shown to him as well as the possible applications of these new techniques and their relationship with the circular economy.