Brainstormen at an 1.5m distance

Also in this Corona-age our international projects do continue. Unfortunately it is not possible to organize a physical international meeting yet. Locally though we had our first ‘physical’ meeting since the start of the out-break. It was very nice to brainstorm in the same physical room. Hopefully the virus will continue to die-out quickly so we can also meet-up with our international partners and their students soon.

#crafts #innovation #newtech #frieslandcollege

CYF applied, circular quarter MAKERS

Together with local waste streams, the latest technologies and methodologies, creating new innovative products and services, testing and offering them in a local circular economy.

On the 26th of Februari the circular quater MAKERS project has been pitched against the shop owners of the Circular Quarter (an area of several shopping streets in Leeuwarden (NL). With this an unique cooperation between VET, BSc and MSc schools has started. The D’Lab, the Circular Design Lab and the Frisian design factory are playing a mayor role in connecting everybody and by empowering students to make innovative products from waste streams.

Lab Circularity

Lab Circularity is an initiative of NHLStenden and Future Proof Retail in cooperation with the municipality of Leeuwarden and the Leeuwarder entrepreneurial foundation. Since the beginning of September 2019 eleven students are working closely together with shop owners from the ‘nieuwe Oosterstraat’, a shopping street with a variety of shops in the city center of Leeuwarden. The main goal of this cooperation is to move to a much more sustainable and circular local economy. Students do field research in which they are looking for practical solutions to enable shop owners to work more sustainable and circular and include the stakeholders in the value chain.

Circular Quarter MAKERS

The circular Quarter MAKERS are VET students from a variety of different courses and therefore with various expertise. It is their responsibility to translate concepts and ideas into real life tangible products and services.

Official opening of the Fashion Design Lab (D’Drive, Friesland College)

New fabric printer
New fabric printer

With a brand new, highly advanced printer, students of the Fashion Design course at Friesland College can now make spectacular fabrics themselves. A painting? A tile tableau? It can all be translated into fabric, to make special clothes out of it. What’s more: the Textile Lab can make fashion considerably more sustainable.

D’Drive presented the printer on Thursday at the campus in Leeuwarden. The idea is that the school and partners in the world of fashion and design will work closely together to exploit the possibilities of designing the fabric and a 3D pattern in the computer program, which can transfer all that information perfectly to the printer. The printer prints the whole thing into the fabric.

This technique can very well be used to make prototypes, to elaborate a design or to make a small production. Now a fabric or prototype often has to come from other corners of the world. The transport, the paint, the fabrics, the working conditions… ‘The fashion industry is not exactly sustainable’, said Sicco Piekeboer, director of D’Drive. “We’re going to do something about that”.

A smart combination of craftsmanship and technical innovation opens up new possibilities. From faraway to local production, from fast fashion to craft, from mass to own identity and more…’ According to Piekeboer, crafts in the creative sector can once again be made ‘futureproof’. That is also the aim of the Craft Your Future project, in which the Friesland College works together with partners in the region and abroad.

The students like to work on assignments, said Janne Manderfeld. Together with teachers, the student studied the programme in depth, with which you can make a very precise design in 3D. No more hassle with fitting models and wasting material, everything ‘custom made’ with good materials… ‘You have to do a lot of testing to master everything’, says Janne. But it works beautifully.

And as a student I’ll soon be able to use the latest techniques. That’s great, if you want to work somewhere or set up your own line.

Eileen Blackmore
Eileen Blackmore, House of Design, Groningen

Less stuff

The Textile Lab fits in seamlessly with the attention for sustainability within the Friesland College, said Dominique Derks, practor Sustainable Thinking Sustainable Doing. Moreover, the project stems from the quality agenda, with which the school is working on innovation in education.

The lab certainly fits in with the spirit of the times, said Eileen Blackmore of House of Design. At a time when we mainly have to unravel, design is increasingly about the question: what do we add to what is already there… Design is about the story. Does it stand for something? Is there a market for it? Otherwise we make more stuff, while we want less stuff’. According to her, the Textiel Lab can contribute a lot to the careful use of good and beautiful materials.

#innovation #sustainability #prototyping #frieslandcollege #dlab #mode #design #kleding #stofprinter

Prototype of the scaled down Tiny hempcrete house finished

A student designed and made this very nice prototype of a tiny hempcrete house. Hempcrete is a type of concrete based on industrial hemp, lime and water. Hempcrete is much more sustainable than regular concrete and hempcrete is much healthier to life in. Therefore posing a great opportunity for farmers and builders. Want to know more about constructing with hempcrete or how to grow industrial hemp?

#innovation #sustainability #prototyping #frieslandcollege #dlab

Visited the company 10XL @ Dordrecht

At 10XL robot arms print XL sized objects of over 12 meters long. They are well known for their 3D-printed boat but they also print all sorts of other objects depending on the requirements of the customer. Impressive robot arms print the objects and smoothen them. Also interested in large format prototyping or limited edition products?

#innovation #sustainability #prototyping #frieslandcollege #dlab

Students get more and more skilled at using the CNC

The CNC machine at the D’Lab is available for students, companies and private persons. Both VET and Bachelor students are able to work with the machine more and more and do become more skilled in the process. For example, Molds are being produced that can be used in our neighbours Circular Design Lab (NHLStenden) or in our new hydraulic press installation. Bigger and more complex peaces can be produced at the workshop at our main facility. The machine at the D’Lab can process wood, plastics and aluminium.
Also in need of a prototype?

New textile printer shown to the public

During the open days of the Friesland College our new textile printer has been shown to the outside world. Students and teachers received an intense training to be able to get the most out of this ultra innovative machine. With skipping a lot of steps out of the traditional manufacturing workflow of fashion, this proces is much more sustainable and efficient. With this technology the old craft of making clothes is brought to the 21st century.

Dutch Design Meets Technology

It was a very interesting afternoon @ DDMT @ Heerenveen. Our fashion students have shown the possibilities offered by our new fashion design software. This software empowers students to design and produce clothes in a fully digitised manner. It is even possible to test the design in 3D on a custom 3D-avatar (model). It is instantly clear how a piece of clothing is going to fit in reality. The whole proces is super efficient and saves a lot of time, material costs and bad working conditions. The (private sector) public showed a lot of interest in these new technologies.