Aalto Studios 2017

Time to move on.

We have packed up our Arabia facilities on December 16th 2016 and joined Media Centre Lume in building a new, ambitious initiative and facility at the Aalto campus in Otaniemi during the next years. While this was made public some time ago, we didn’t yet have a name to go by. Now we do.

We call ourselves Aalto Studios.

To stay up to date, make a note of studios.aalto.fi, where we’ll build up more information on what we are aiming for, and how we’re starting to plan it together with you.

And be sure to like our New Facebook Page to get the latest behind-the-scenes view on our relocation and reignition for 2017!

Wanted: Workshop Master for Fablab


Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture is looking for a Workshop Master. The position is permanent and starts as soon as possible. The Workshop Master is responsible for the operations, equipment, maintenance and development of Aalto Fablab, as well as for the acquisition of materials needed and safe working environment. The Workshop Master gives guidance to the users on how to use the equipment and on the methods of digital manufacturing. S/he also participates in the activities of the international Fablab network.

Interested? Please submit your application as soon as possible and latest on September 15th through our eRecruitment system. More information and application instructions:



Aalto-yliopiston Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu hakee työpajamestaria Fablabiin vakituiseen työsuhteeseen. Tehtävä alkaa mahdollisimman pian. Työpajamestari vastaa Aalto Fablabin toiminnasta, laitteiston toimivuudesta, ylläpidosta ja kehityksestä, tarvittavien materiaalien hankinnasta sekä turvallisesta työskentelystä. Työtehtävään kuuluu lisäksi työpajan käyttäjien opastaminen laitteistojen käyttöön ja digitaalisen valmistuksen menetelmiin sekä osallistuminen kansainvälisen Fablab-verkoston toimintaan.

Kiinnostuitko? Toimitathan hakemuksesi mahdollisimman pian ja viimeistään 15.9.2016 sähköisen rekrytointijärjestelmämme kautta. Lisätietoja ja hakuohjeet:


IoT Helsinki meets at Media Factory

Internet of Things is a Helsinki based community that has meetups regularly in different locations. The community has about 1130 members. The talks vary depending on the speakers and locations.

Thursday 9th June the meeting will be at Media Factory, Hämeentie 135A, Helsinki. The event is organised by Martti Ylikoski, and hosted by Aalto Media Factory.


17:00 – 18:00

“FabLab tour” by Charlie Banthorpe

Charlie works as a studio master at Aalto Fablab. He is going to give a tour demonstrating 3D printer, Laser-cutter, CNC, Vinyl cutter, soldering and so forth.

18:00 – 18:45

“Design doing at Fablab” by Michihito Mizutani

Michihito is a Designer in Residence at Aalto FabLab. He has been involved in various projects at Nokia / Microsoft Accessory and recently working as a service designer to help clients to build services around IoT. He has also been a lecturer at Aalto Media Lab where design students create tangible prototypes. He will share some examples of IoT workshops held in Aalto FabLab.

18:45 – 19:00


19:00 – 19:30

Discuss how space relates to IoT

Reaktor recently founded a subsidiary, Reaktor Space Lab, that specializes in designing, building and testing of small satellites. Digitalization is coming also to the space industry.

We have a specific view of how the new breed of cheap satellites relate to IoT. We’re happy to share that view, and perhaps brainstorm together what use cases that will enable.

19:30 – 20:00

Optional other presentation

20:00 –


IoT Meets Aalto FabLab + Discuss how space relates to IoT

Thursday, Jun 9, 2016, 5:15 PM

Aalto FabLab
Hämeentie 135 Helsinki, FI

55 Smart People Attending

Agenda:17:00 – 18:00″FabLab tour” by Charlie BanthorpeCharlie works as a studio master at Aalto Fablab. He is going to give a tour demonstrating 3D printer, Laser-cutter, CNC, Vinyl cutter, soldering and so forth.18:00 – 18:45″Design doing at Fablab” by Michihito MizutaniMichihito is a Designer in Residence at Aalto FabLab. He has been involv…

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Aalto Fablab in Espoo Mini Maker Faire

Solomon fixing a pick and place machine

Solomon Embafrash fixing Media Factory’s new pick and place machine at Mini Maker Faire

Charlie Banthorpe is glad because succeeded to make filament from trash.

Charlie Banthorpe and newly made filament

Aalto Fablab participated Espoo Mini Maker Faire at Design Factory on 17 – 18 Oct 2015. Charlie and Solomon presented among others a new pick and place machine called LitePlacer in which you can assemble complicated circuit boards. There was also other things in the Mini Maker Faire, which has it’s origin or some other connections to Aalto Media Factory and Aalto Fablab, like for instance the laser-cut guitar, Trash Lab and Fortune Tweeting Bird.

FabLab’s First Visiting Artist – Micah Silver

From mid-October to January artist, curator and writer Micah Silver will be immersing themselves  in the Aalto community with a base at the Media Factory’s FabLab. This will mark the beginning of the first research phase of a public art work called One of Many Possible Irreonciliations Between the Finite and the Infinite which will be installed at a large public park in New York City in 2017. The work will use air as a time-based compositional material to re-shape the airflow regime of the Park. Silver began working with air having finished a long phase of working primarily with audio.

The work for the park will take both a rigorous observational/quantitative approach to visualizing the airflows in the park over the period of a year. From the evolution of these  observations Silver will be fabricating a sequence of physical extensions to the park’s trees and landscaping that will replace the inherent, natural change introduced as over a million leaves fall from the many mature trees in winter. At the FabLab Silver will begin to produce prototypes for various aspects of the work’s production and develop the basis for production and do acoustic and airflow testing using Schlieren photography. Silver lives in Los Angeles and holds degrees from MIT and Wesleyan University in the United States.

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Aalto FabLab brings 3D printing to EMMA

Quiet humming and screeching fills the upstairs lobby of EMMA, Espoo Museum Of Modern Art, before the audience walks through the doors and up the stairs. The sound comes from the two 3D printers that are working on small pre-designed models, demonstrating 3D printing to the visitors of the museum.

3D printing station gathered quite the crowd of interested museum visitors at EMMA.

Aalto FabLab of Aalto Media Factory sent over the 3D printers as well as their experts Charlie Banthorpe and Ali Neissi to bring 3D printing close to all museum visitors. And what a welcome they got! The new technology clearly intrigued people, keeping both Charlie and Ali busy throughout the evening.

Aija Pippuri (on left) saw 3D printing for the first time in her life. Ali Neissi from Aalto FabLab answered Aija’s questions about the technology as well as the material used in the printer.

“This is the first time I’m seeing the process of the printing, although I’ve seen 3D printed items before,” said John Calton (on right), who discussed about the commercial possibilities of 3D printing technology with FabLab’s Charlie Banthorpe (on left).

“I’m going to stand here and watch until it prints the head for the dog as well!” swore Silja Toiviainen while concentrating on the printer, which was indeed printing a miniature model of a dog.
“This one is going to be called “Sun”. And Charlie [Banthorpe from Aalto FabLab] promised that next we’ll print a white one!” Silja said.

The 3D printing station at the opening of Pop Art Design –exhibition is the first of the four occasions that Aalto FabLab will be at EMMA this spring. You can catch us during the Children’s Museum Festival on 28.-29.3. as well as at EMMA on POP! –event on April 26th. At both events the printers and our staff will be at the museum from 12-15.00.

CNC assistance at FabLab

Want to learn CNC at FabLab? Charlie is your guy.

Meet Charlie. He’s our new set of helping hands to assist you, who want to learn CNC from scratch or just want some assistance on your project.

Charlie started showing up at FabLab working on his own projects, testing his furniture designs with the CNC. Soon enough, our FabLab-staff Anu and Ali noticed that he was also helping other makers around the FabLab, offering his expertise on CNC.

Now he’s here to help you all until mid-June. You don’t want to miss this opportunity! Charlie is around mostly on Wednesdays (for all Aalto people using FabLab), as well as on Tuesday afternoons for Open Day.

Electronics for Artists at FabLab

Electronics for Artists is here again!

Time : Wednesdays from 12:00 to 12:30
Place: Aalto Fablab in the Media Factory, Hämeentie 135 A

In Electronics for Artists you will be acquainted how to design a circuit board, how to make a PCB and how to solder the components on the board. You will also get your hands on experience with measurement devices and after being familiar with them you will learn how to test and debug your circuit boards. In these sessions you will also learn about micro controllers, work with Arduino and teensy and experiment with sensors and actuators. We are planning also to talk about how to connect the Arduino to the internet and more about communication.

Method: In each session we are going to do a small project together.

No signing up is necessary.

More information:
Ali Neissi Shooshtari
Electronics Studio Master


Testing ideas at FabLab

A group of students from the Scenography programme of Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture visited FabLab. Short test-projects gave the students ideas how the FabLab facilities could be utilized in their studies and work in the future.

After getting to know the possibilities the different machines in FabLab offer in terms of creating, the students took a day to plan a test-run project. Later the same week, the group came back to get some hands-on experience with for example 3D printing.

Bea Tornberg oversees the printing of her statue.

Bea Tornberg tried out 3D printing by creating a small animal statue.

“I’d imagine this would be a good way to create very small, detailed items that are very difficult and time consuming to fabricate in a workshop by hand,” Tornberg said.

For bigger objects Tornberg still prefers good old-school handwork. She feels it is in some cases quicker than 3D printing, which takes a while for larger objects.

Tornberg’s 3D printed rabbit-camel hybrid.

At the next table Aapeli Savola was attempting to replicate foliage by etching copper. First Savola printed the design on a transparency paper, which was then placed on a protected copper before projecting UV-light on the plate. After treating the material with the light, the copper plate was dipped into developer fluid to remove the protective layer of the copper from areas affected by the UV-light. With the protective layer gone, dipping the copper to the etcher solution results in the unprotected parts to corrode entirely, leaving only the foliage pattern behind.

The process turned out to be a bit tricky and required testing on different batches of material.

“This definitely requires more testing. The first try did not bring the result I was after,” Savola said while studying the result of his first attempt on the foliage.

Creating replica of foliage requires some testing.

Like any other Aalto student, everyone from this group is welcome to continue their projects at the FabLab outside courses. After all, FabLab is the place for testing, failing and trying again, with staff that will work with you to get your project just right.

Savola’s copper plates were left to corrode in the etcher for overnight. Photo of the results will be release at FabLab’s Facebook page once the fluid has gotten its job done.

If you’d like to bring the students from your course to visit FabLab or do some course projects in our facilities using our machines, don’t hesitate to contact the FabLab staff, Anu Määttä and Ali Neissi, to schedule a time for the group’s visit: fablab@aalto.fi.

Need to mend something? Come to Trashlab Café Nov 16th

Each month during 2013 we organise and promote a Trashlab Cafe event at a different location. In November we´ll meet in Aalto Fablab, in Arabianranta from 12 to 16.00.

Aalto Fablab an open and free for all workshop , which is equipped with 3D-printer, vinyl cutter and so on. Read more: http://fablab.aalto.fi/site/

In this workshop our old friend and a DIY-wizard Albert Laine will lead the repairing. Albert will help with wood, electronics and other items. We offer knowledge, tools, some spare parts and learning support!

Trashlab repair café events are social occasions to gather and try to fix the things you have that are broken, and meet others who care about tinkering, fixing, hacking, and the problem of waste and obsolescence in society. Each time we try to identify someone(s) in advance who have some experience/skills, although everyone is encourage to help each other.

Pixelache: http://www.pixelache.ac/pixelversity/programme-2013/
Trashlab: http://trashlab.info/

Keep in touch online by join the Facebook group ‘Trashlab’ for notice of events.. Or send an email to: andrew [-at-] pixelache.ac and he will add you to trashlab [-at-] pixelache.ac list [which is a google administrated group of pixelache.ac], and this list promotes the different Trashlab events outside Facebook.