Birmingham’s designers, inventors, artists and all those – young and old – with a curiosity for crafting and making are invited to a fun drop-in day showcasing the latest prototyping tools. As well as a 100 Watt laser cutter and a suite of 3D printers, the event will also bring together textiles artists, computer programmers and electronics whizzes from around the city to celebrate all manner of making and inventiveness.
People will be able to explore the exciting possibilities of 3D printing through customising their own models of classic cars, create badges from laser-cut leather and textiles, tinker with electronics and learn the basics of digital design. Activities and demonstrations will include vehicle design, jewellery making and interactive electronic devices.
Organised and hosted by Black Country Atelier (a 3D prototyping collaborative that has recently relocated to the city), the day will feature a number of Birmingham’s maker groups. Partners so far include Creative Open Workshops and fizzPOP.
Black Country Atelier partner Jing Lu said “We’re very excited to be based in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter with so many industries, designers and makers as our new neighbours. We’re looking forward to seeing how all these creative professionals can find innovative ways to use the technologies and skills we provide, but we’re also thrilled to now have the extra space to be able to open our doors to members of the public and invite them in to get as enthusiastic about making as we are!”
“To celebrate our relocation we wanted to do something special to meet our new community and find out more about what the people here in Birmingham are making. The fun day is going to be a great, enjoyable, informal opportunity to share the buzz of excitement that comes from having an idea and seeing it become real in front of you.”
Visitors who get bitten by the bug can sign up for a range of classes and workshops in everything from web design to learning to solder. Naturally there are also plenty of opportunities to learn how to use the laser cutter and the 3D printers too! The full listing of courses can be found at http://blackcountryatelier.com/