And the winner of Unlimited Lab/FabLab challenge is…

Hello everyone!

Thanks again for all your energy on Friday. It is always amazing what cardboard and a few tools (…and the human brain…) can do to the creative process.

We hope you had a chance to recover over the weekend. We have some reflection and feedback we would like to share before we announce the winner of the #MACE16 Rapid-prototyping Award.

The lucky team will receiver 200 grams in 3D printing + CAD modelling consultancy for the development of its own product.


Each one of you had a unique approach and different outcome from last week’s learn-with-you-hands experience, and every team impressed us with something particular.

The Spooke team put a lot of effort into prototyping but not with the outcome they expected. They probably learned a lot more about themselves as individuals and how they work together as a team.

The cuddly chair team had the guts to say “We think what we came up with is not following the no-waste principles”. Being able to admit a so-called failure requires self-reflection and honesty. That’s how you build towards the next challenge.

The chopping board team went from not quite following the brief on Day 1, to cut and measure and brainstorm, and end up speaking with enthusiasm about their prototype. No hesitation, no script needed.

The self-drinking pot team dedicated time to reflect on what they wanted to prototype on Friday and changed their MVP on the go. From recycling light bulbs to a thermo mug with quite an impressive amount of engineering specifications in terms of materials, structure etc.

The headset frame team was definitely all over the place, ending up with a laser cut prototype showing their concept and a convincing pitch. They definitely brought their idea to life! We hope you’ll keep working on that.

The washing line team engaged in a lot of rapid-prototyping: who cares about pretty if it proves a point, right? They had their specifications and went through most of them with rapid iteration, using whatever was on the table.

The jar speaker team has shown a good team work, and has been faithful to their concept, which is great, but don’t forget to question even something you are 100% sure of.

Same goes to sand clock team. You have shown a determination to build your prototype as a team, but possibly haven’t asked yourselves enough questions on the way!

It was not an easy choice but the questions we asked ourselves made it for us:

– Who followed the brief closely?
– Who kept in mind UnLab resources and technologies?
– Who engaged with rapid-prototyping in the most productive way and with no fear or making it wrong?

Well… the washing line team is the #MACE16 Rapid-prototyping champion 🙂
Please collect your voucher from Janja.

However, Unlimited Lab will be here for all MACErs during the year. We are setting up mentoring sessions and we hope to see you all soon.

And… keep making.

Irene, Elmira & Josue

#ULworkshop Day 1: Done. Day 2: Friday 10AM at FabLabLondon…

Hello guys!

Thanks for yesterday, we hope you enjoyed Day 1 as much as we did. Great job around concept development, and it would be great if you could use some time before Friday to reflect further on what you are going to prototype. You can find yesterday’s slide deck in your shared folder, it might help.

Here some highlights for your #MACE16 memories album.

More on twitter @UnlimitedLab

On Friday 4th November we are meeting at 10AM at Fab Lab London to make things real and engage with rapid-prototyping and digital-fabrication tools.


A few notes:

  • Bring materials you might need for your prototype: books, toys, headphones, plastic bottles, light bulbs etc.
  • Bring your laptops: at least one per team.
  • Have a look at the free software/resources documents in the shared folder.

See you all on soon.


You’ve been hired!

“You’re been hired!” is something great to hear right? However, when you start working in a new place expectations are very high on all sides and the struggle is part of the game.
Unlimited Lab is preparing a hands-on experience for #MACE16 to test your prototyping skills and see how you can think with your hands.


Save the dates:

Day 1 – Concept development
1st November 2016
2PM – 6PM
Kingston Hill Campus KHFL1026

Day 2  – Rapid-prototyping
4th November 2016
10AM – 6PM
FAB LAB London
1 Frederick’s Pl, London EC2R 8AE

Day 2 will be a further exploration of what you have achieved at the end of Day 1 so the attendance to both days is crucial to make the most of this experience and be able to apply your learnings to your businesses.

You wouldn’t show up your first day (I hope not even for an interview…) without knowing anything about the company values, goals etc. right? So, remember to read carefully the documentation provided and do your research. You will find important keywords and the market assumptions we want to put to the test in the brief ↓

Unlimited Lab | MVP Workshop Brief

And, if you feel inspired here some of our favourites books:

The Lean Startup – Eric Reis (…you know this one)

Understanding Industrial Design – King & Chang

The Design of Everyday Things – Dan Norman

Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing – Lipson, Hod, Kurman, Melba

Cradle to Cradle – Braungart & McDonough.

You will be given a list of free software and apps for design and prototyping during the weekend, if you want to start exploring the makers world on your own.

We hope to see you all on the Prototyping Week, we will have a lot of fun.