Winter Is Coming

Winter is coming ..

Sorry I had to. It was right there, waiting to be abused. But jokes apart, the weather’s changing - winter is just around the corner. With that comes the festive season, and we can’t wait for it here at the Asylum.

Builds & Experiments

Needless to say, Diwali’s almost upon us. Now if you’re in Delhi, it’s kind of hard to miss the festive vibe. Between the houses being repainted and the pop-up shops selling all things festive (and the traffic snarls that go with it .. ahem), it’s safe to say Diwali is a big deal.

Ofcourse being curators of all things cool, we took it upon ourselves to do our own brand of Diwali decor. Co-incidentally, it also happens to be the International Year of the Light. Put those together, it’s a perfect setting to make some lamps.

Tanya’s been racing against the clock to build a whole set of them for a while now. Between designing, laser cutting and polishing the cuts, she’s had her hands full.

 

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But the results make it all worthwhile I think.

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Meanwhile, Antriksh, given the fervour at the Asylum, plus the onset of Diwali, decided to build some lamps for himself.

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Ofcourse, we had to do up the Asylum itself. So we did. No big deal. ‘Have laser cutter, will cut’ is a saying we’ve implemented here, and it’s been surprisingly well received.

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However, lamps alone do not an Asylum make. We’ve also been working on making an arcade emulator. There’s just something about 8 bit chip tunes, that a Halo or Call of Duty just can’t match. You can play your Xbox or PlayStation all you want, but Pac Man & Donkey Kong is where the party’s at.

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We’re almost done with it too, stay tuned for the unveiling, and play tests.

Events & Workshops

Ashish took us on a trip through interactive visualisation and generative artwork using code in his ‘Creative Coding with Processing’ class.

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We also hosted a talk by the Autodesk Sales & Marketing team on the future of making things. We learned about some cutting edge technologies and how Autodesk is pushing individual makers to contribute in a bigger way, by enabling them with free but extremely powerful software.

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Barbecue Party at the Asylum

The most fun we’ve had recently though, started off with a simple desire - to make a simple, charcoal grill and document the process so others can learn from it.

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We even attached a brushless motor to it, because, Maker’s Asylum, we put motors in most things. While I talk to the team about implementing that as a tagline, here’s what it ended up looking like.

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With the build complete, we couldn’t just let it sit there looking pretty. Off we went and got some charcoal & grillables, and cha-ching, impromptu barbecue party.

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That’s Abhinav looking mighty pleased as he hops and jumps between the grill and the makeshift kitchen.

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Ofcourse it would be rather pointless to not show off the fruits of our labour, delicious as they were.

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Remember how the idea was to teach others, so they can build a DIY grill themselves? Well here you go:

Turtle Barbecue: The Cleaner, Healthier Barbecue

This week, we've got two fun events coming up.

  1. The first is a workshop on DIY Diwali decor using the laser cutter and other tools at the Asylum. You can register for that at: Laser Cut Diwali Decor
  2. The second is a showcase event we're putting together to celebrate Maker's Asylum turning 2, as well as to show off what our members have been upto here in Delhi the last couple of months. You can register for that at: Showcase & Anniversary

Well, that's it for now. As always, keep making!

Last Week at Maker's Asylum Mumbai

The maker community rejoiced as we opened the gates to our brand new makerspace in Andheri. It goes without saying that version 4 of Maker's Asylum is much bigger. Big enough to accommodate the ever growing maker community of Bombay. And as we did that, Ankit Daftery and Anool Mahidharia, two of our community champion makers, shared their experiences on making real products out of your hobby. Not only did they discuss that but we also flew a drone and shot some 4K videos with an onboard camera and raced with our battery powered RC cars. Now that's a memorable opening to a makerspace. Here's a sample of all the action that day:

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Last week we had a diverse set of visitors at the Asylum. To start with, we had Dr. Maximilien and Mr. Biard from the French Embassy in Mumbai over to discuss how the makers of India can work with the French makers to solve real world problems. They were quite intrigued to find out that the maker movement in India had gathered phenomenal momentum. Look how Dr. Maximilien was baffled at watching our community champion Himanshu Agarwal's origami installation in Netherlands :

 

And then, we had Navi Radjou at the Asylum to check out our makerspace. He has co-authored the book 'Jugaad Innovation', and believes big time in frugal innovation, i.e. doing more with less. He was all ears when we talked about the jugaad we did with our space and otherwise.

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Maker's Asylum team attended Mini Maker Faire, a celebration of local maker culture and community. It is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. This was India’s first Maker Faire, organised by Workbench Projects in collaboration with nasscom. The event took place in Bangalore. Met some interesting makers there:

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More details on Maker Faire on Jugaad Magazine - http://www.jugaadmagazine.com/mini-maker-faire-round-up/

 

And then there was CII (Confederation of Indian Industries) in Mumbai, where Vaibhav Chhabra (Founder of Maker's Asylum) was on the discussion panel.

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Oh, and we started our popular tool trainings on Laser Cutter and 3D Printers. Here's our first one:

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And that's how we spent our last week. Stay tuned for more updates.

 

Things that you don't wanna miss-

  1. Launch Party and 2nd Anniversary celebration of Maker's Asylum Mumbai - https://www.facebook.com/events/966480776726413/
  2. We’re organising a series of talks, discussions, documentary screenings and more. And we're calling it 'Cosmic Bytes'. The first one to be held on 8th November. For more deets - https://www.facebook.com/events/979007255488995/

Sitrep from the Delhi Asylum

It’s been a busy couple of weeks at the Delhi Asylum. Between a ton of exciting projects being worked on and planning some fun stuff we’ll announce soon, it’s kept us busy enough to have not updated our status in a while. Well, consider this a sitrep.

Spreading the love for Making
We had a fun day recently when a group of students from Ashoka University dropped by the Asylum.

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Most of them never having experienced a makerspace before, understandably had a ton of questions. We did our best answering them all, while teaching them a thing or two about 3D printing and laser cutting.

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Builds and Experiments
It’s been a design heavy couple of weeks at the Asylum, as we’ve had a group of Accessory & Product Design students working at the Asylum on their projects.

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Kartik has been exploring solutions as to how best to present his portfolio, being a final year student and all that.

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Meanwhile, Ananya worked on a prototype for her furniture design project.

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Niharika simultaneously was working on refining a prototype of her bathroom fixtures project.

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I must say, she did a splendid job of it too.

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Ananya even managed to make a little something for her father as a gift.

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Ofcourse being surrounded by product designers, we all got entrenched in experimenting with the laser cutter. I’m honestly still in awe of that machine.

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Fine, I confess. I can’t get enough of that machine.

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Ofcourse, we’re never satisfied till we make use of all the tools at our disposal.

Ashish has been working on some fun electronics projects. He’s currently working on this great lighting concept that we’re all quite excited about. Stay tuned while he wraps that up.

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Meanwhile, while the members do their thing, the team has been hard at work collaborating with our friends at Funstore in planning for a comprehensive IoT course that we plan on rolling out soon.

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Needless to say, we figured out a way to incorporate the laser into the course. Because, why not?

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Making New Friends

Oh but that’s not all. We also made some new friends this week. KHOJ International Artists’ Association, which as it happens, is situated right next to us, happened to have their end of residency show this week. A bunch of resident artists at KHOJ, stopped by the Asylum to use everything from the 3D printers to the laser, in getting their work done for the show.

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Meanwhile Paul, dropped by the Asylum and inspired by the laser (yes I know, the laser’s a real winner), decided to design a case for his Kindle.

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That’s only the highlights of what we’ve been upto in the last two weeks or so. This week is going to be even more fun as we have a couple of awesome things planned. Stay tuned as we announce those.

Till next time .. keep making!

Updates from the Mumbai Asylum

It's been a great week at the Asylum with lots of activities and events. The new community space is shaping up nicely and it's been quite a feat to get it done in this small a time. Painting, electrical wiring, lighting and carpentry - it all happened in full throttle. Meera Dabir, a professionsal decorative wall painting artist, shared her expertise on wall painting and taught our community members how to paint walls. For most of the members, it was their first attempt at wall painting and the most fun thing they had done in a while. Here's a glimpse

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Over the last couple of weeks, we got the space looking like this

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To this -

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And THIS -

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And that's our wood working area -

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Maker's Asylum was invited to be a part of the 3D Printing World Expo held in Nehru Center. It was a great opportunity to meet some of the leaders of the 3D printing scene in India. Young kids of Ryan International School too got a good exposure to 3D Printing technology.

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Meanwhile, makers from around the country had gathered in Mumbai at Somaiya campus in Vidyavihar for showcasing their creation at Maker Mela. Being the 1st version of it, Maker Mela attracted a huge number of engineers and designers and other DIY hackers for their two-day long maker festival. Good to see the maker culture spreading swiftly across the country.

 

Asylum hosted the Barcamp 2015 on 11th October. Around 100 people walked in for the event and saw a diverse mix of speakers from technology to consumer complaints, start-ups and science fiction.

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And we celebrated our team member Yash's birthday simultaneously. Hope you have a great year Yash!

And wait. Picture abhi baki hai!

Sunday(18th Oct) we throw open the doors of Maker's Asylum to the janta of Mumbai.

People who apply for Memberships on Sunday 18th October will have their membership cycle start from the 1st November, that means 12 extra days of membership at the space :D

Existing paid members you are invited to come and renew your membership on Sunday. Your first month that is November at the new Asylum is on us.

Updates from Maker's Asylum Mumbai

Sanchit, Kushal, Seeja and Khushboo who are architects had been working on getting a plan ready for the new Asylum which was followed by a lot of destruction and bringing down all the walls inside.The planning was done very carefully to accomodate all the needs of the maker community. After going through a lot of re-iterations, we finally settled with the plan.

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In the last few days, we saw a good amount of action at the Asylum. Community members pitched in big time to build the new space. They came, they saw and they made. Our champion makers Viren and Rupin took charge of the carpentry work, while Anool was trying to upcylce the old light-frames. Meera Dabir, a professional painter, took charge of painting the walls. Few old chairs were refurbished and painted by the members with a spray gun. The space was buzzing with energy.

We spread some maker love at Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology as they hosted us for a seminar on 3D Printing for their technical festival.

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Lots of exciting things lined up. Stay tuned.