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GearBest Decaker Micro Laser Engraver Review

A few months ago I received this Decaker Micro Laser Engraver from GearBest and finally I’ve had some time to do the review. This will be a short overview, since you can read my full review here. Starting with the basics, this has a 1000mW laser head and a engraving area of just 38×38 mm. It works on paper, card, wood, plastic and leather, as long as it’s not a reflective material.

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IBM EX.I.T.E. Camp 16 Faro

This year, the IBM EX.I.T.E Camp initiative took place in Faro, at the University of Algarve through Instituto Superior de Engenharia. From July 4th to July 8th 2016, 33 young girls from schools all over the city, were welcomed to the Campus, where they learned about technologies and engineering. And we also played a small role, by opening up the hackerspace doors and presenting some of our projects to them, explaining a bit about what hackerspaces are, the open source movements and of course, other stuff like 3D printing and CNC machining, among other things.

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Maker Faire 2015 Summary

After the huge success that was Lisbon Mini Maker Faire 2014 with over 9000 visitors, here we are again at Maker Faire 2015, which as you’d expect, surpassed all expectations from the previous one with around 14000 visitors.

This year there were about 120 projects from different areas, from 3D printing with printers developed by the makers themselves, to robotics, solar powered vehicles, CNC’s, customizable skate boards, a low cost Geodome, an optic intercommunicator, a vintage videogame museum, countless garage projects, etc. Here I’ll do a small summary mainly focused on the projects representing Algarve, which were able to get 1 best in class of science prize and 5 maker of merit awards … Congrats to you all!

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UAlg Open Day 2016

Last Thursday, the University of the Algarve organized once more its annual open day, where it showcases their curricular offers to young students from all over the regional high schools. The  Electrical Engineering Department asked us to be a part of the event and to prepare a small demonstration of our own projects to help motivate and inspire these young minds.

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Think3DPrint3D Kossel Mini Kit: Unboxing, Review & Upgrade

A few months ago we got the amazing news that our project 3D Printed DNA Lamp was one of the winners of the instructables 3D printing contest! As a reward we received the Kossel Mini Kit 3D printer, so here’s the unboxing, review and … upgrade? (I’ll explain later :P)

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Lisbon Mini Maker Faire 2014

With Lisbon Maker Faire 2015 almost here, we feel like now it’s the perfect time to remember last year’s event!

Maker Faire is the greatest show and tell in the world! Originally created by Maker Media , it’s an event to celebrate arts, crafts, engineering and science projects associated with the Do It Yourself (DIY) movement where the main focus is the sharing of knowledge, experiences and ideas.

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UAlg Summer Courses 2015

The University of Algarve has just organized the 3rd edition of the UAlg Summer Courses. These offer the young students insight over many different areas like art & design, sciences, communications, sports, economy, management & tourism, engineering, medicine and sociology.

eLab Hackerspace had the opportunity to contribute to the event with a DIY PCB fabrication workshop as well as a small project presentation. Continue reading UAlg Summer Courses 2015

LulzBot TAZ 4: Unboxing and review

Now this is one of the most exciting posts we ever wrote! The long awaited unboxing and review of our newly awarded TAZ 4 3D printer by LulzBot in their 4th Annual Hackerspace Giveaway!

We were all here pretty excited when we got the terrific news that our Hackerspace had been one of the winners! So, obviously everybody in eLab wanted to be here for the grand unraveling and “test drive” of our new 3D printer, after all it felt like an amazing Christmas morning 😛

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