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Aachen Maker Meetup (Dorkbot): Event Reports

This page contains reports with the highlights of each of our monthly meetups. (Reports until 2015 are in German.)


  • #157 Wed, Mar 20, 2024: Easter eggs from the EggBot, Mario chessboard, homemade soaps- Full Event Report
  • #156 Wed, Feb 21, 2024: Floating Pen, Ergonomic Keyboard, Remote Controlled Mower- Full Event Report
  • #155 Wed, Jan 17, 2024: Holobox, Shooting Range, Minicomputers and Magnetic Dipoles - Full Event Report




  • #136 Wed, Dec 15, 2021: Ali Shtarbanov will present his work on the FlowIO Platform. With FlowIO, people can create pneumatic soft robots. — Full Event Report
  • #135 Wed, Nov 17, 2021: Retro Computing, with a talk by Prof. Jan Borchers on input latency in old and new systems. — Full Event Report
  • #134 Wed, Oct  20, 2021: Melanie Stilz has been working with Fab Labs in the context of teaching and learning for several years. She and Regina Sipos will present the topic 'Critical Making'. — Full Event Report
  • #133 Wed, July 21, 2021: Oliver Stickel will present the Fab Lab in Bochum, where he is working and helped to build up. — Full Event Report
  • #132 Wed, June 16, 2021: Prof. Dr. Patrick Baudisch will present 'Kyub: a 3D Editor for Modeling Laser-Cut Objects'. — Full Event Report
  • #131 Wed, May 19, 2021: Prof. Stefan Neudecker will present the Grasshopper plugin of the CAD tool Rhino. This includes a basic intro plus the abilities that Grasshopper provides that go beyond usual CAD tool possibilities. — Full Event Report
  • #130 Wed, Apr 21, 2021: We tested out a demo version of 'Kyub: a 3D Editor for Modeling Laser-Cut Objects'.  — Full Event Report
  • #129 Wed, Mar 17, 2021: Felix Niessen will present his work on drones. He is one of the three partners of the company Fettec, through which he offers brushless motor controls and developments for multicopters — Full Event Report
  • #128 Feb 17, 2021:  Presentation of the LabAix Aachen by Klaus Kloos and his daughter Neele Kloos, online Zoom event — Full Event Report
  • #127 Feb 10, 2021: Special Online Event - Aachen Maker Meetup meets Media Computing Project - Our students presented their projects for this semester. The topic the students worked on were plug-ins for Fusion360, e.g. to be able to rebuild your 3D models with Lego bricks, or freehand sketching. Here is the lab's website with a short overview of the projects: https://hci.rwth-aachen.de/mcp2021


  • #126 Wed, Jul 16, 2020: Special Online Event - Aachen Maker Meetup meets Multimodal Media Madness - Our students presented their projects for this semester. The topic the students worked on were plug-ins for Cura and Blender, e.g. to be able to continue an aborted 3D print with Cura. Here is the lab's website with a short overview of the projects: https://hci.rwth-aachen.de/m3-ss20  — Full Event Report
  • #125, Wed, Feb 19, 2020: Aron shared his DIY project regarding vacuum thermoforming and his experiences during the process. He has been visiting our meet-ups regularly before and has been keen on trying out different processes to fabricate his ideas. — Full Event Report
  • #124, Wed, Jan 15, 2020: Precious Plastics: Open-Source machines to recycle plastics locally — Full Event Report


  • #123, Wed, Dec 18, 2019: Celebrating 10 Years of Fab Lab Aachen, with some exciting news about the growth of our Fab Lab! — Full Event Report
  • #122, Wed, Nov 20, 2019: 3D Printing with Stereolithography — Full Event Report
  • #121, Wed, Oct 16, 2019: Aachen Maker Meetup in the DigitAC — Full Event Report
  • #120, Wed, Sep 25, 2019: The Birth of a Fablab adventure: A short interactive introduction to the text adventure creation tool Inform7 — Full Event Report
  • #119, Wed, Aug 21, 2019: Best of CHI'19: Prof. Jan Borchers summarized new user interface research on tools for makers and electronics — Full Event Report
  • #118, Wed, Jul 17, 2019: We celebrated the 10-Year Anniversary of our Aachen Maker Meetup with over 60 attendees, new fabbed electronic games, the FabScan Pi DIY 3D scanner, a DIY laser art installation, and the Greatest Hits and Misses of 10 Years of Aachen Maker Meetup. Founding Fab Lab manager René Bohne (now in Berlin, via video), serial inventor Mario Lukas, and maker publisher Volker Bombien from Bombini-Verlag were there, and we gave fabbed buttons celebrating the occasion as a gift to everyone attending. — Full Event Report
  • #117, Wed, June 19, 2019: Raf Verheyen gave an overview of 3D printing techniques in industry, and we tested the DIY art installation.  Full Event Report
  • #116, Wed, May 15, 2019: AR Sketching, AI, and Dandelions. We saw a demo of the ARPen (available on the iOS App Store!), Tanja Golinski talked about her Master Thesis about how Makers document, Andreas Schuderer gave us an Introduction to AI, and Oleksiy presented his wonderful interactive art project Field of Magic Dandelions.  Full Event Report
  • #115, Wed, Apr 17, 2019:  Our Egg-Bot decorated lots of Easter eggs, everyone got to try out a selfmade e-skateboard, Prof. Borchers introduced Adafruit's Gemma M0 board for wearable projects, and we started experimenting with Arduino's MKR 1010 board.
  • #114, Wed, Mar 20, 2019: Making Stuff. This month it was time to get our projects moving forward! — Full Event Report
  • #113, Wed, Feb 20, 2019: 'Maker Stories' - A film team came to interview interested makers about their current or other projects they built before. These interviews and projects will be integrated as 'Maker Stories' on Conrad's YouTube channel.
  • #112, Wed, Jan 16, 2019


  • #111, Wed, Dec 19, 2018: Blender for Makers: Birgit Stolte gave an exciting talk and introduced us to the 3D design software 'Blender' and how we can use it for Maker projects.
  • #110, Special event, Nov 19, 2018:  Tangible Learning Roadshow in Aachen. 
  • #109, Wed, Oct 17, 2018
  • #108, Wed, Sep 19, 2018
  • Summer break in July and August due to conferences and other travel of the organizers
  • #107, 4th Wednesday of the month, Jun 27, 2018: Matlab Crash Course, and a Fab Academy final project
  • #106, Wed, May 16, 2018: CHI and Eggs: Current maker research, and the Egg-Bot plotter. With video highlights from CHI, the world's top conference on new user interface research, that show new research prototypes of personal fabrication tools, and the Egg-Bot plotter for eggs and other round objects.
  • #105, Wed, Apr 18, 2018: Wearables: From Body Sensors to Interactive Fashion. With Markus Lüken's wireless wearable sensors for body signals, a new toolkit for on-body haptic output using Shape Memory Alloys in 3D printed enclosures, a project tracking dance movements using wearable sensors, and a haptic vest for the blind. — Full Event Report.
  • #104, Wed, Mar 21, 2018: Tools — Makers' Favorite Helpers. With a show-and-tell of Roger Leifert's Every Maker Should Have One must-have selection of tools. — Full Event Report and Video.
  • #103, Wed, Feb 21, 2018: The past, present, and future or learning Maker skills. With special guest Frank Brennecke from Berlin, published in c't Make for his modern extensions to the legendary Philips EE electronics kits. More details (in German). — Full Event Report and Video.
  • #102, Wed, Jan 17, 2018

Reports from our monthly meetups between February 2015 (#67) and January 2018 (#102) are not online.








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