Hello there! My name is Daniel Zühlke Valero and I'm here to change the world.

How? You may ask, that's a legitimate question to which I don't have an answer yet. I hope to be closer to that answer as I progress through this program.

Born in Berlin but mostly raised in Barcelona, the city where I'm taking this Fab Academy course I have formal education as an Economist but have been working as a chef, event producer, NGO communication strategist, lifeguard, [insert other random things I've done here]...

This being said I've enrolled this program so I can make almost anything and undestand better this open network of makers and the possibilities of the digital fabrication revolution.

I'm here for the fun, the mistakes, and the democratisation of knowledge and the means of production.

Happy playing all!

PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES

What should I get done?
  • Plan and sketch a potential final project
What did I actually get done?

Well, I planned and sketched a few potential final projects. You can find the different ideas here.
As briefly stated in the short bio that opens the page I'm here for the fun and excitement of learning. When facing the task of planning my final project I encountered the dilemma of having almost zero background and knowledge of the technical aspects that need to be very present when planning such project.
So my ideas weren't based on what I knew could be done but what I wanted to do, lacking a sense of a thoughtful process. But I've put a lot of thought into what I wanted to do as a final project. You can find my motivations and other random thoughts here.
Back to the final project you can find the developement and documentation of it here.
See you around!

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

What should I get done?
  • Work through a git tutorial
  • Build a personal site in the class archive describing you and your final project
What did I actually get done?

Starting with the basics I had to choose a text editor to write the code for the webpage. Downloaded a few and tried Sublime, Brackets and Atom and stuck with the latter.
I had no prior experience developing web but I understood the basics of html and css. During class a few colleagues talked about markdown and I'm eager to check it out since it seems pretty intuitive but for now I had enough with setting this up.

I knew I wanted to do my own webpage and that I wanted to keep it simple. So I dismissed the idea of a template although I'm regretting it but found Skeleton, a responsive boilerplate with 400 lines of css code plus the normalisation css document for the different types of browsers and devices.
On top of that I looked up how to set up a navigation bar that would stick on top while browsing and did so with a tiny script although I'm having some issues with the distance from the top of a container and said navigation bar when following the links.
More issues: I can't seem to get the grid system right, theoretically there's a 12 column grid where you can enclose the different elements but still have to work it out since I'm having trouble understanding how to make containers and divs of a certain size to fit images for example.
Anyhow I will stick with this setup and will develop step by step, it's not my main focus but I want to end up with a "nice" website. So I'll focus on the weekly assignments and try to design it better along the course.

Now to the version control system that is git and its protocols for uploading and keeping a repository. I would have had no idea on how to do this but we had a pretty self-explainatory class. Followed the steps and magic!
What I most liked of discovering this was the fact that I had to use the terminal and felt like I was going to enter the Matrix (finally...). No, actually was discovering how software is developed in an ordered and collaborative way and how everythinig is open so others can see the process and learn from it.

COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN

What should I get done?
  • Model (raster, vector, 2D, 3D, render, animate, simulate, ...) a possible final project, and post it on your class page
What did I actually get done?

COMPUTER CONTROLLED CUTTING

What should I get done?

    Group assignment:

  • Characterize your lasercutter, making test part(s) that vary cutting settings and dimensions

  • Individual assignment:

  • Cut something on the vinylcutter
  • Design, make, and document a parametric press-fit construction kit, accounting for the lasercutter kerf, which can be assembled in multiple ways
What did I actually get done?

ELECTRONICS PRODUCTION

What should I get done?
  • Plan and sketch a potential final project
What did I actually get done?

Well, this was my second first week in FabAcademy since I enrolled last year but didn't follow through further than a couple of weeks. So I was pretty excited to start again and see where the journey will take me.

Explaining everything

3D SCANNING AND PRINTING

What should I get done?
  • Plan and sketch a potential final project
What did I actually get done?

Well, this was my second first week in FabAcademy since I enrolled last year but didn't follow through further than a couple of weeks. So I was pretty excited to start again and see where the journey will take me.

Explaining everything

ELECTRONICS DESIGN

What should I get done?
  • Plan and sketch a potential final project
What did I actually get done?

Well, this was my second first week in FabAcademy since I enrolled last year but didn't follow through further than a couple of weeks. So I was pretty excited to start again and see where the journey will take me.

Explaining everything

COMPUTER CONTROLLED MACHINING

What should I get done?
  • Plan and sketch a potential final project
What did I actually get done?

Well, this was my second first week in FabAcademy since I enrolled last year but didn't follow through further than a couple of weeks. So I was pretty excited to start again and see where the journey will take me.

Explaining everything

EMBEDDED PROGRAMMING

What should I get done?
  • Plan and sketch a potential final project
What did I actually get done?

Well, this was my second first week in FabAcademy since I enrolled last year but didn't follow through further than a couple of weeks. So I was pretty excited to start again and see where the journey will take me.

Explaining everything

MECHANICAL DESIGN

What should I get done?
  • Plan and sketch a potential final project
What did I actually get done?

Well, this was my second first week in FabAcademy since I enrolled last year but didn't follow through further than a couple of weeks. So I was pretty excited to start again and see where the journey will take me.

Explaining everything

MACHINE DESIGN

What should I get done?
  • Plan and sketch a potential final project
What did I actually get done?

Well, this was my second first week in FabAcademy since I enrolled last year but didn't follow through further than a couple of weeks. So I was pretty excited to start again and see where the journey will take me.

Explaining everything

OUTPUT DEVICES

What should I get done?
  • Plan and sketch a potential final project
What did I actually get done?

Well, this was my second first week in FabAcademy since I enrolled last year but didn't follow through further than a couple of weeks. So I was pretty excited to start again and see where the journey will take me.

Explaining everything

MOLDING AND CASTING

What should I get done?
  • Plan and sketch a potential final project
What did I actually get done?

Well, this was my second first week in FabAcademy since I enrolled last year but didn't follow through further than a couple of weeks. So I was pretty excited to start again and see where the journey will take me.

Explaining everything

INPUT DEVICES

What should I get done?
  • Plan and sketch a potential final project
What did I actually get done?

Well, this was my second first week in FabAcademy since I enrolled last year but didn't follow through further than a couple of weeks. So I was pretty excited to start again and see where the journey will take me.

WILDCARD WEEK

What should I get done?
  • Plan and sketch a potential final project
What did I actually get done?

Well, this was my second first week in FabAcademy since I enrolled last year but didn't follow through further than a couple of weeks. So I was pretty excited to start again and see where the journey will take me.

Explaining everything

NETWORKING AND COMMUNICATIONS

What should I get done?
  • Plan and sketch a potential final project
What did I actually get done?

Well, this was my second first week in FabAcademy since I enrolled last year but didn't follow through further than a couple of weeks. So I was pretty excited to start again and see where the journey will take me.

Explaining everything

INTERFACE AND APPLICATION PROGRAMMING

What should I get done?
  • Plan and sketch a potential final project
What did I actually get done?

Well, this was my second first week in FabAcademy since I enrolled last year but didn't follow through further than a couple of weeks. So I was pretty excited to start again and see where the journey will take me.

Explaining everything

APPLICATIONS AND IMPLICATIONS

What should I get done?
  • Plan and sketch a potential final project
What did I actually get done?

Well, this was my second first week in FabAcademy since I enrolled last year but didn't follow through further than a couple of weeks. So I was pretty excited to start again and see where the journey will take me.

Explaining everything

INVENTION, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, AND INCOME

What should I get done?
  • Plan and sketch a potential final project
What did I actually get done?

Well, this was my second first week in FabAcademy since I enrolled last year but didn't follow through further than a couple of weeks. So I was pretty excited to start again and see where the journey will take me.

Explaining everything

FINAL PROJECT

What should I get done?
  • Plan and sketch a potential final project
What did I actually get done?

Well, this was my second first week in FabAcademy since I enrolled last year but didn't follow through further than a couple of weeks. So I was pretty excited to start again and see where the journey will take me.

















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