Almost a year ago, I had an idea for project RE_ which was going to need a lot of 3D printing. Unfortunatly, I didn't have access to a 3D printer. I'm in a design school and we don't even have access to a 3D printer!? We have one, yes, but it is locked in a basement and can only be used my master students (who don't even care about it)
I started looking for Fab labs and Makerspaces around Montreal, but none was really functional.
SO : Here is how, I created a scholar Fablab in only a few months.
Step 1: 1- Get Sponsored
A lot of companies give sponsorship. All sort of sponsorships. Even Instructables!
This was my first step. When Randofo told me about the Instrutables Sponsorship, I was amazed by the opportunity. All they asked for was 10 step by step Instructables created by a group of individuals and published into an guide on Instructables to get a chance to get one of these :
-a CNC rooter
-A 3D printer ;)
-An industrial sewing machine
-An electronics package
-An A/V package
(we didn't have any of these at school)
We are 65 students in my class at UdeM, it was going to be very easy to get 10 Instructables out of them.
Well... it wasn't.
After sending a lot of motivation e-mails to the class, I finally started to receive some post from collegues.
They were all good enough to be featured on the FRONT PAGE of Instructables, which started to motivate the crowed to follow the movement.
My favourites :
Somehow, we finally got the sponsorship : an UP! PP3DP called Clementine.
(the truth is... I didn't tell the class about the CNC and sewing machine)