Made In Space: Tools for New Designed Tools

a speculative laboratory centred around democratising space science and space tech.
SCHEDULE Sat 24 Jun 2017 - Sat 19 Aug 2017
PRICE S$40.00
Includes Material Costs. Participants to bring their own laptops
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Made In Space: Tools for New Designed Worlds

Presented by FabCafe and CodeKitchen, SUTD DManD


Made in Space is an series of hands-on workshops and talks exploring the design, engineering, and technology in space exploration. Over the course of 100 days, we invite participants to imagine new frontiers, conceptualise and build tools for new designed worlds. 

The workshop series is organized around 7 learning labs, each challenging different assumptions of what we know about space. From designing complex systems to prototyping robots that move in unusual ways, Made In Space is a speculative design laboratory centred around democratising space science. 

Made In Space is organised by engineers, designers and researchers from the Singapore University of Technology & Design Digital Manufacturing and Design Centre, space scientists and engineers from Bhattacharya Space Enterprise, and the FabCafe community. 



Venue: FabCafe Singapore

Time: 10.30am - 1pm

Dates: Saturdays | June 24 | July 1 | July 8 | July 15 | July 22 | Aug 5 | Aug 12 

For all humans, dolphins, and extra-terrestial life

Participants are welcome to stay past 1pm to work on their ideas and prototypes. Participants do not need to have a technical background. Any prior experience in blowing things up, launching things into space, talking to aliens, taking things apart and building things is a huge plus. 

Ages 15 - 100+

Max Capacity: limited to seats of 40


$40 for members of the public 

$30 for students 


*Participants can choose to attend individual workshops and/ or the entire series

* Workshop dates may be subject to change. Parrticipants will be notified if there is a change in the schedule. 



01_Rolling Robot_June 24

Build a rolling robot to navigate extreme environments

Stevanus Satria, Researcher, SUTD Robotics Innovation Lab


Last year, Sphero brought to reality the iconic rolling robot seen in various Star Wars movies: the BB-8, and it is amazing! But think about it, how is it possible for this ball-like robot to maintain its position when stationary, and move so smoothly when its told to do so? 

The answer lies in two key aspects of robotics design: the mechanical system itself, and the control algorithm that regulates the system's behaviour. This workshop aims to provide a holistic experience to robotics design. We will start off with designing our own unique robot based on an in-house fabricated kit. This is followed by the mechanical assembly process. We will then follow up with the implementation and tuning of a suitable control algorithm, before ending off the workshop with a robot showcase session.



02_Designing Reality_July 1

Design and explore a planet in Virtual Reality

Prof Sai-Kit Yeung, Assistant Professor, SUTD. Founder of SKY Optimum Technology Pte Ltd.


We know so much about space and yet so little. Simulations push us to confront the worlds we haven’t yet encountered. How does virtual reality help us design the tools we will eventually use? How can we use virtual reality as a tool to build new worlds and understand it? 


About Prof Sai-Kit Yeung 

Dr. Sai-Kit Yeung is currently an Assistant Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), where he leads the Vision, Graphics and Computational Design (VGD) Group. He was also a Visiting Assistant Professor at Stanford University and MIT. Before joining SUTD, he had been a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He was also a visiting student at the Image Processing Research Group at UCLA in 2008 and at the Image Sciences Institute, University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands in 2007. He received his PhD in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 2009. He also received his BEng degree (First Class Honors) in Computer Engineering and MPhil degree in Bioengineering from HKUST in 2003 and 2005 respectively. Dr Yeung's research expertise is in the areas of computer vision, computer graphics and image processing. His current research focus is primarily on 3D content reconstruction, understanding, creation, redesign and fabrication.


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03_Cube Sat_July 8

Build a handheld satellite to disrupt outer space

Dr. Bidushi Bhattacharya, Space Scientist and Founder of Bhattacharya Space Enterprise

Co-speakers: Liwei Chia & Ankur Gupta, BSE engineers


CubeSats are handheld satellites that can be built and launched for about the same price that you'd pay for an automobile in Singapore! These units are routinely sent into space to take images and data. Get hands-on esperience working with a CubeSat and guide it through a virtual launch with your keyboard. 

*Pre-requisite: Participants are encouraged to have prior experience in programming. 

* This workshop will take about 4h. We will be running this from 10.30am - 3.30pm with 1hour break in between. 


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               Singapore on Mars

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               Building a Cube Satellite



About Dr. Bidushi Bhattacharya

Dr. Bidushi Bhattacharya is a rocket scientist and entrepreneur with over 25 years’ on the job. She is CEO of Astropreneurs HUB, Southeast Asia's first space technology incubator, and Bhattacharya Space Enterprises, a startup dedicated to space-related training. Bidushi has worked on NASA’s Hubble, Mars, and planetary exploration programs

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04_First Contact_July 15

Create a device to talk to aliens

Roland Turner, ham radio aficionado


Why does radio work in space and how do we know if an alien is communicating with us? Say you were on a mission, when suddenly you see an terrestial life. How would you attempt to communicate with it? 

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05_Big Structures_July 22

Make it Big

Lujie Chen, Assistant Professor, SUTD


Introduction to advanced digital manufacturing methods and computational approaches to physical production. A tour through complex objects representation, visualization, segmentation and fabrication. Exposure to hand-eye coordination and human-machine interface in product assembly.


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About Lujie Chen 

Dr. Lujie Chen is an Assistant Professor at Singapore University of Technology and Design. His research expertise is in optical metrology, medical imaging, and rapid prototyping. He has invented a series of computational methods for generating large-scale physical objects directly from digital models.



06_New Space_Aug 5

Democraticising Space Science and Space Tech

Lynette Tan, Singapore Science and Technology Association Gilmour Space Technologies



07_Red Base_Aug 12

Prototype a recyclable, 3D printed Mars Habitat

Dr. Bradley Camburn, IDC Researcher, Chief Engineer, Gilmour Space Technologies


To endure long periods on the surface of mars, the systems of a habitat must be highly recyclable. In this session, we will implement a hands on learning approach to provide insights into the following:a basic understanding of design for systems, storyboard of a system that enables recycling failed components of a (nearly), key requirements of a (nearly) self-Sustaining Off-World habitat




Sat 24 Jun 2017
- Sat 19 Aug 2017

Detail Workshops run on Saturdays, from June 24 - August 19
Price S$40.00
Includes Material Costs. Participants to bring their own laptops
Place FabCafe Singapore MAP
Capacity 40

FabCafe Singapore

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