This workshop aims to unlock the power of rapid prototyping leading to creativity in an efficient manner. It is a hands-on workshop on digital fabrication, with a specific focus on laser cutting and engraving.
To start with, participants will get a basic introduction to a common laser cutting and engraving equipment, leading to the understanding of the fundamental working principles and machine settings. They will also learn how to prepare their digital designs for laser fabrication, optimizing them for precise and high-quality results. Moreover, the selection of the right materials for the application is critical and will be emphasised during the workshop. Last but not least, health and safety considerations will be explained in detail. The activities are organized in a collaborative setting, promoting both individual and group work.
You will have the chance to engage with fellow participants, exchange ideas, and tackle creative challenges together. In addition to technical skills, the workshop encourages critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, as you work on projects and assignments that foster your prototyping capabilities.
By the end of this workshop, you will have gained a solid foundation in laser cutting and engraving, equipped with the knowledge and skills to swiftly transform your ideas into physical prototypes.
Trainer’s name and status: Marios Charalambous graduated from Frederick University with a BA in Interior Design and has been noted on various occasions as the highest academic achiever (Best Academic Performance 2012-2013). Together with three other designers, Marios formed ‘Draw Collective’ in 2013. This is a group of like minded designers who design products, furniture and offer interior design services and solutions tailored to meet client needs. Marios offers a fresh perspective to design by avoiding current market trends as far as possible by seeking new sources of inspiration for his unique designs and furniture. In addition, he has also set up his own ‘Studio and Lab’ in order to further develop and prototype his furniture and product design ideas, experimenting with different materials and in house machineries, such as laser cut, 3D printing and CNC. Alexis Charalambous is a Mechanical Engineer by trade, but he is also meddle in carpentry, electronics, programming, and data analysis. During his studies he got involved in many different teams and programs, such as the formula student team FRTUCY and the Environmental and Animal Welfare club. Also, he researched the detection of failures in photovoltaic systems. In his free time you will find Alexis in his workshop where he likes to fabricate prototypes and then blueprints to offer to the world (@justmakeitstudio).