Product outputs of the DMY Maker Lab

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I'm presently drafting a monster post trying to tell a story of stories about the Epicness of the DMY Maker Lab. The vibe was so intense with maker energy and fun, that at times I nearly cried with joy.

As well as the emergence of the space (see below), there were a number of product outputs which I will attempt to document as best I can. I apologise in advance for the absence of documentation and accreditation, because I do not know the creators of all objects. However I encourage them to come forward and share their files and processes.

Luis project!  by Kabelfresser.

Luis was building a light frame for the starch plastic lampshades, it subsequently evolved into a futuristic helmet that did the talking for him @ Pecha Kucha DMY.

IMG_1743 by querform.

Laser cut rings were proving a popular hit, I hope we can get some photo's of Zelda's name knuckle dusters

little lasercut lamp out of cardboard by Kabelfresser.

Mendel constructed a laser cut frame for starch plastic lighting, but we decided it was beautiful in it's own right.

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I was very pleased with the lightness of this lampshade. It's unfinished beta quality indicates maker process, and invites the user to finish it.

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Some laser cut bling

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I love this laser cut necklace, will try and get the source files from waag (hopefully it will be entered in the (Un) limited design competition, the same applies to the bag below.

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more bioplastic objects by Kabelfresser.11June2010-44 by mattcottam.Photo0332 by Kabelfresser.even more bioplastic stuff by Kabelfresser.

There was a lot of starch plastic (FKA bioplastic) iterations, at the event and more we hope to follow.

Big thanks to everybody who helped make this event rock - especially these guy's, DMY, Etsy and Becks

The DMY Maker Lab was a collaborative emergent event, created by everybody that attended. If you were a part of it, please tell your story.

We will be having a public "Decompression" on Tuesday for those interested to hear and share stories and outcomes from the event, plus exploring where next for the Open Design City

Photo credits:, and

DMY Maker Lab - A four day festival of making, 9 -13 June, Templehof


What happens when you take 200 square metres of space and the following?

A laser cutter
Some maker bots
A vinyl cutter
CNC router
Screen printing equipment
A loom

Soldering irons and electronics equipment
Wearable electronics hardwear and conductive thread
Bioplastics manufacturing station
Home made vac forming machine
Sewing machines
Embroidery machines

Ideas, inspiration, people of passion, knowledge of production, design and manufacture.


Whatever you want to bring

We're excited to find out. For 4 days we're going to be running a host of activities. Some will be planned as listed here, others will be spontaneous, shaped by what you have to bring to the party. Shaped by random events, engagement and the people within it.

The ripples of energy from this event, have already created the Open Design City ahead of itself. We're very excited to see what will happen when we actually manifest this epic 4 day festival of Making and Open Design (yes we know 9-13 is 5 days but Wednesday is a late start) in a hanger in Templehof in the middle of an International Design event.

We hope you can join us, for what promises to be a hell of a lot of fun.

A big thanks to everyone responsible for helping this Manifest. Especially DMY,, Becks Betahaus, Waag, Palomar 5, and the tentatively named Berlin Beta Collective (you know who you are).

Emergence of Open Design and Manufacturing

For a cultural plane of reference, for those who wish to familiarise themselves with Open Design, and therefore some of the intrinsic goals and objectives of the city, this article from Michel Bauwens is a great starting point.

"This is not an utopia, but the very necessity for the survival of our planet.
Indeed, we only do two things wrong, and we have to reverse them:
We think that nature is infinite, which is false, and so we practice a pseudo-abundance which destroys the planet. We think that intellectual and cultural goods should be made artificially scarce, thereby crippling the sharing of innovations.   If we can overturn both, i.e. combining a recognition of the real scarcity of physical goods with the real abundance of immaterial goods, we have a new and   sustainable civilization, based on peer to peer principles."

The conclusion below, offers a stark position, but one that I believe is valid, however I believe a world in Beta is the closest we can get to Utopia, as it recognises that all we can ever do is try to improve, there are no absolutes, there is no uniform perfection - in fact such a notion leads to cultural fascism.

Thanks @dominikwind for the link


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