Pablo Zuloaga Betancourt

I´m a Colombian Advertising Creative Director, with a Master in Design for Emergent Futures. Learning how to hack the world and the thing that surround me to make them better. I do consultancy in Creativity, Design Research, Innovation, Design Thinking and Future Thinking.

I took FabAcademy lessons as part of my Master In Design for Emergent Futures but beside the learnings I decided to finish the course and get the certificate to be part of the Fab Foundation, and further develop my prototype and my thesis, which is a methodology I´m working on to teach digital fabrication skills, related to farming and sustainability, to people in rural areas, and do a knowledge exchange with people in urban areas.

I see my FabAcademy Final Project, as a STEAM education toy that will help me sponsor my research with my educational methodology project.



Weekly Assignments:

In this cards you will be able to see my process,
learnings and documentation through every week.

Website Creation, Version Control and Project Management.
Computer Aided Design
Computer Controlled Cutting
Electronics Production
3D Scanning and Printing
Electronic Design
Computer Controlled Machining
Embedded Programming
Input Devices
Applications and Implications
Output Devices
Interface and Application Programming
Invention, Intelectual property and Income
Embedded Networking
and Communications
Molding and Casting
Wild Card Week
(The CNC by the sea)
Machine Building
Project Development
Final Project
Master Thesis Project
  1. WEEK 1 - Principles and Practices:
    - Explore and use website development tools.
    - Identify and use version control protocols.
  2. WEEK 2 - Computer Aided Design:
    - Evaluate and select 2D and 3D software
    - Demonstrate and describe processes used in modeling with 2D and 3D software.
  3. WEEK 3 - Computer-Controlled Cutting:
    - Demonstrate and describe parametric 3D modeling processes.
    - Identify and explain processes involved in using the laser cutter.
    - Develop, evaluate and construct the parametric press-fit toy.
    - Identify and explain processes involved in using the vinyl cutter.
  4. WEEK 4 - Electronics Production:
    - Described the process of PCB milling, stuffing, de-bugging and programming.
    - Demonstrate correct workflows for electronics production.
  5. WEEK 5 - 3D Scanning and Printing:
    - Identify the advantages and limitations of 3D printing.
    - Apply design methods and production processes to show your understanding of 3D printing.
    - Demonstrate how 3D scanning technology can be used to digitize object(s).
  6. Week 6 - Electronics Design:
    - Select and use software to design PCB circuit boards.
    - Demonstrate workflows used in circuit board design.
    - Design, mill and solder a circuit board for a micro-controller.
  7. Week 7 - Computer Controlled Machining:
    - Make (design+mill+assemble) something big.
    - Demonstrate 2D design development for CNC production.
    - Describe workflows for CNC production.
  8. Week 8 - Embedded Programming:
    - Read the datasheet for the micro-controller you are programming.
    - Identify relevant information in a micro-controller datasheet.
    - Implement programming protocols, to control the board.
    - Program the board you have made to do something, with as many different programming languages and programming environments as possible.
  9. Week 9 - Input Devices:
    - Measure something: add a sensor to a micro-controller board that you have designed and read it.
    - Demonstrate workflows used in sensing something with input device(s) and MCU board.
    - Use different type of sensors and monitor information through a serial port.
  10. Week 10 - Digital Fabrication Applications and Implications:
    - Define the scope of your personal project.
    - Develop a project plan for the project.
  11. Week 11 - Output Devices:
    - Add an output device to a micro-controller board you've designed and program it to do something
    - Make analogue and digital inputs to interact with different outputs.
    - Demonstrate workflows used in controlling an output device(s) with MCU board you have designed.
  12. Week 12 - Interface and Application Programming:
    - Write an application that interfaces a user with an input and/or output device that you made.
    - Interpret and implement design and programming protocols to create a Graphic User Interface (GUI).
  13. Week 13 - Invention, Intelectual property and Income:
    - Develop a plan for dissemination of your final project.
    - Define a license mode for your project.
    - Formulate future opportunities
  14. Week 14 - Embedded Networking and Communications:
    - Send a message between two projects.
    - Design, build, and connect wired or wireless node(s) with network or bus addresses.
    - Demonstrate workflows used in network design.
    - Implement and interpret networking protocols and/or communication protocols.
  15. Week 15 - Molding and Casting:
    - Design appropriate objects within the limitations of 3 axis machining.
    - Demonstrate workflows used in mould design, construction and casting.
  16. Week 16 - Wild Card Week: The CNC by the sea!
    - Connect to the CNC from home and paint in sand.
    - Use GCODE to command the CNC to clean and paint.
    - Convert SVG files to GCODE, and clean the GCODE before applying it.
  17. Week 17 - Final Project 
    - Compilation of the documentation of the FabAcademy assignments I have used to develop my project.

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