kirsty boyle :: robotics artist

Medialab Prado, Madrid

2009 Collaborator on ‘RepRap’ open source 3d printer project during Interactivos?’09: Garage Science series at Medialab Prado, Madrid

madrid Interactivos?’09: Garage Science was an intensive project development workshop (January 28 through February 14, 2009) and a seminar that explored practices where art, science and technology meet. Participants were invited to turn the Medialab into a garage laboratory where low-cost, accessible materials were used to develop objects and installations that combine software, hardware and biology.

During the workshop we built a fully functional RepRap machine. This machine will now be permanently available at the Medialab Prado for use by the community at large to turn their ideas into physical things.

RepRap is an open source project for building a self-replicating 3D printer which is capable of producing real objects. A RepRap machine enables creative and inventive possibilities to explore art, science and technology, giving ‘citizen scientists’ the power to manufacture and share designs and experiments in an open and distributed way.

DIY refers to being self-reliant by completing tasks autonomously, and promotes the ability of the ordinary person to learn to do more than he or she thought was possible. The evolution of desktop 3D printing brings advanced fabrication and prototyping technology to people everywhere who wish to learn how to make things previously considered improbable.