Registration is now open for the 68th meeting, held in partnership with
the BCS OSSG, and featuring talks on 3D Printing and Making.
Event #68 — 3D Printing and Making
19 July 2018, 18:30 - 20:00 at BCS London, 1st Floor, The Davidson
Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA, (51.510812, -0.121733)
At this evening meeting in London, we return to the popular themes of
open source 3D printing and making. We’re delighted to welcome three
leading authorities in the field to speak to us. This is a joint meeting
with the UK Open Source Hardware Users Group.
— Fashion Technology, Stem Cell Research & Mental Health
Rachel will be talking about her personal projects in Fashion Technology
and her work in stem cell research and how open source and social media
communications has helped her achieve her goals. She will also touch on
the importance of having a varied interest in relation to mental health.
* Rachel "Konichiwakitty" Wong is a wearable tech innovator and a stem
cell scientist. During the day, her PhD involves using stem cells to
grow optic vesicles to study and find a cure for genetic childhood
blindness. When she isn't working, she creates wearable fashion
technology. She combines her skills in sewing an jewellery-making
together with programming and electronics. She exhibits and gives talks
on her fashion tech projects around the world to encourage young girls
into STEM education and careers. She was recently awarded a Electronics
Weekly BrightSparks engineering award for her work in tissue engineering
and fashion technology.
— Delta Printers Are Really Cool
A short talk on the the ups and the many downs of delta machines, when &
why you should use one, what the challenges are and a few different ways
to conquer those challenges.
* Bracken Dawson is a developer at IBM working on the Cloud. He was one
of the five founding trustees of So Make It, the Southampton makerspace.
He has been building 3D printers since the 3D printing boom in 2012.
— In the future, everyone will work for 15 minutes
There is much said about the coming impact on work of the robot and AI
revolutions, some of it quite well-informed. But the powers of
automation and intelligence are dwarfed by the power of something else:
self-replication. After the fundamental forces of physics,
self-replication is the most significant phenomenon that there is. Using
the Sun’s energy over the last four billion years, self-replication and
Darwin’s Law have created a world-surface that is knee-deep in
reproducing nano-machines. Indeed, your very knees are made out of them.
Yet engineering hasn't worked with the power of self replication much,
if at all, until now. This talk will be about the RepRap Project - an
open-source project that has created humanity's first general-purpose
self-replicating manufacturing machine. It will examine the likely
social and economic impacts of self-replicating technology, and draw
parallels with a twelve-thousand-year-old industry that uses natural
self-replicating machines, the industry without which we would all
* Adrian Bowyer holds a first degree and a PhD in engineering from
Imperial College. He was an academic engineer and mathematician at the
University of Bath for 35 years, from where he retired in 2012 to become
a director of RepRap Ltd., a company that sells RepRap machines and
components, and that undertakes research and consultancy in
RepRap-related projects. RepRap Ltd is an entirely open-source company,
and all its designs, software and documentation are freely available to
everyone. His areas of research are geometric modelling and geometric
computing in general (he is one of the creators of the Bowyer-Watson
algorithm for Voronoi diagrams), the application of computers to
manufacturing, and biomimetics. He is the author of about one hundred
papers and books on many different aspects of engineering, computing,
mathematics and biology.
Note: Please aim to arrive by 18:15 as the event will start at 18:30 prompt.