Circular soap-making at D’Lab sustainability festival

How does soapmaking springs from our Craft Your Future ideation game? Easy! Just connect the dots.

At the circular makersevent #Casco organised by Friesland College D’Lab as part of Craft your Future , students connected the dots crafts (soap making), trends&tech (3d printing & DIY) and circularity (recycle).

The Craft your Future Ideation game, developed by Learning Hub Friesland, uses product ideation cards. By playing the game, students groups invent new products which combines traditional crafts, new trends and technologies and the circular economy to solve a real-world challenge. Students pick a wildcard to keep them on their toes.

At the festival we solved a challenge the Frisian Waterboard facing, and tested the solution; a Do It Yourself soap making kit.

Challenge: Waterboards in the Netherlands spend millions of euros annually on removing deep-frying fat from the sewer. Especially around new year’s eve, the Dutch tend to flush their used frying fat (used for the traditional new year’s dish ‘oliebollen’) through the sink, resulting in clogging and pollution.

Result: Soap bars made from used deep fry fat. The product is a Do It Yourself soap making home kit which will be a free give away when people buy deep frying fat in December. The kit includes the recipe, some basic ingredients and  necessities and 3D print instruction for the mall and stamp with logo. By working together with the waterboards and solving their problem the total investment will be made by the waterboard.

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.

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

3D-Printing enters 100 years old Craft school “TRYAVNA ART SCHOOL”

At the beginning of the 2019/2020 school year, the “Tryavna Art School” equips a brand new school-Lab wich is planed to function as a 3D-printer room, with 3D printer machines which aims to raise the level of vocational education.

New 3D-printer atelie created in “Tryavna Art School” Bulgaria.

National High School of Applied Arts “Tryavna Art School”, is very pleased to say that the school received a serious donation in the form of three 3D printers from John Martini from the Netherlands. Along with the three “Ender” 3D-machines, the school invested also to buy one “Ultimaker” 3D-printer.

Three 3D-printing machines and filaments, donation from: John Martini

From the beginning, students and teachers began to use and explore new technology. They were introduced to the software and the variety of programs needed to work with 3D design. The new technology has become an active part of the Sculpture, Woodcarving and Interior Design classes as part of the learning process. The students also began to carry out their own projects and find it useful.

Using 3D-technology into the learning process.

“Our main purpose like School of Arts and Crafts is to learn about the new technologies and how we can use them in our crafts and artistic developments. Connecting these two fields in such a young age wich are our students, we provide them an opportunity to progress faster and smarter, keeping Crafts alive.”

Institution: National High School of Applied Arts “Tryavna Art School”
Location: Bulgaria, Tryavna city
Partner in Craft Your Future project.

Link of the school:

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

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.

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.

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