Intro to Digital Fabrication Workshop
On Saturday, 24th August 2019, Maker Space-Science and Technology Park, University of Nairobi, in collaboration with Mekatilili Program, Ladies In Helmets, KrisKrafts and Foondi held an interactive workshop on Digital Fabrication. This hands-on learning experience targeted tech enthusiasts, the maker movement and technocrats. During the workshop, the thrilled participants actively learned and interacted with a variety of fabrication tools and equipment available at the Maker Space. Every session streamed from the creative digital design process on computers to the final product output from the fabrication machines. The Introduction to Digital Fabrication workshop is part of a series of workshops and bootcamps whose aim is to equip participants with manual skills on digital fabrication and strengthen critical thinking as an aftermath of solving problems that arise during the design and fabrication process.
Participants were drawn from diverse high schools in Kenya and signed up for the workshop under Moringa School, where they were attending a coding camp. As first time users of these machines, they all expressed their eagerness to learn and make all kinds of items out of the machines. The great anticipation built during the introductions was succeeded by the participants going into five digifab groups. In these groups, they went through station rotation learning for the five fabrication machines lined up for that day. These were the laser cutter, 3D printer, Vinyl Cutter, APR machine for PCB fabrication and the CNC shopbot.
The groups were each guided by innovators based at the Maker Space. These facilitators took them through the design process and fabrication after which the participants were able to operate the machines and fabricate objects which they took home before moving to the next station.
The one day learning sessions was capped by an award ceremony where the participants each received a certificate of participation. The Maker Space was a buzz of excitement even at the end of workshop as the participants expressed how much they had learned that day.