Gabriella Levine

ongoing and past work
Archive for September, 2011

two sides of arduino

soon to come: Scale, third side, more detail, more sensors


more to come



Glacial ice melt from global warming has raised water levels, drowning buildings and transforming the landscape into a dynamic marine environment.

Swarm Behavior:
A decentralized swarm forms a city of autonomous agents replacing the idea of a traditional city with a dynamic mesh. Reliance on the swarm creates stability, self-organization and community.

SM_ART has migratory behaviors allowing agents to reposition themselves in order to avoid unstable conditions in the water. The water poses new threats to the sustainability of the habitat in the form of toxins (oil/nuclear waste), piracy, large animals and plastic debris. Avoiding these dangers allows SM_ART to be sustainable.

Carbon fixation processes are carried out by phytoplankton which live in the cellar of SM_ART. The waste is converted into structural material through the chemical reaction process.

Agents can move between network hosts and sub-networks creating new ideas of neighborhoods, cities and the permanence of place.

Through technological advances in self-regulatory systems SM_ART survives. SM_ART gathers solar and wave energy and converts it into electrical and metabolic energy (food growth). Complex waste disposal systems rely on the new green biotechnology.

Come join Emily Webster and Gabriella Levine, and live with the SM_ARTians!

Open_source Rapid Prototyping

Rapid Prototyping, and open-source 3D fabricators
From idea to item in 2 hours!

I am an open, hackable robot for making nearly anything.
The basic structure of a MakerBot is:

A 3D positioning system.
A toolhead that does work.
Electronics to drive it.

Find out more aout cupcake
are there other ones out there?

The Fab@Home Project is an open-source mass-collaboration developing personal fabrication technology.
It makes DIY 3D fabrication possible from home. It is a widespread group, started in 2006, comprised of members developing novel hardware, software and other tools for digital fabricators, as well as and users using it to make unique items.

Create a web page with your research and link to the entry below
On the date mentioned, be prepared to give a 5-10 minute presentation.
Don’t just search online, call or email service providers.
Your research should include the following:

DIFFERENCES: fab at home is an academically developed project
-price to make ?
-extruder vs.

Description of the fabrication method.

The fabrication is rapid prototyping / 3d printing:

single vs. dual syringe setup

syringes are powered (through two gears to a plunger) by a motor – the newest model 2 uses snap motors which can be powered using CAT-5 cables
images and videos of the machines and the parts it creates.

Materials supported by the machine.

It can print with any material that can be extruded through a syringe and retain its shape at rest – this ranges from silicone to chocolate frosting to biomaterials.

Tools needed:


A deposition tool is a device which is mounted on a Fab@Home chassis, and which can deposit material in a controlled fashion to allow the Fab@Home system to build up a three-dimensional object, layer by layer.

dual or single syringe tool

if you want to do plastic printing: a thermoplastic tool can be used
A milling/cutting tool is an alternative attachment for the Fab@Home that converts it into a CNC or foam/vinyl cutter.
For example: Dremel Milling tool, vinyl cutting tool,

Sizes supported by the machine.

Special design considerations (number of axis, strength of material, wall thickness)

Don’t know if this fits in this category: one thing that really interests me is the : LPC2148 microcontroller chosen. Why?

National, on-line and local service providers.

Pricing, per parts, and if there is a tooling/ setup cost

if you’re not so into the DIY aspect, you can buy the kit : for a fab@home 2 syringe system kit – 2500 dollars;
There is a Fab@home catalog with all the items available as a kit or separate. But they are also off the shelf (home depot, radioshack, Ponoko, mcmaster, saelig, sdp/si)
you can ALSO order a fully assembled 1 or 2 syringe system for 2500 or 4500

Parts list: single syringe, Model 2

Download CAD files for all the system parts also (like the chassis, which is generally custom made out of plexi)??

File type requested for fabrication(DXF, STL…)

1. Find or design a 3D model (.STL) of your thing.
2. Use Skeinforge to convert your STL into a GCode file.
3. Use ReplicatorG to run the GCode and build the thing.

open-source studio program to manipulate geometries – Model 2: new standardized hardware and software interactions that support user-developed hardware and software programs

Model 1: Standard electronics :
The Fab@Home Model 1 standard electronics package includes:
An LPC-H2148 Microcontroller, the brain of the Model 1, with a USB connection to your personal computer
A Xylotex 4-Axis stepper motor amplifier, to provide the power and control signals to the motors which move the Model 1
A Winford Engineering DB-25 breakout board, which simplifies the connections between the amplifier board and the microcontroller
Various cables

Or an electronics variant

Model 2 :
uses Snap motors (integrated servo and controller modules, run off cat 5 cables)

hardware is off the shelf: software is opensource a C++ library is underway

wide range of materials – silicone, cement, stainless steel, cake frosting, and cheese. Some of our finished products include a battery, a flashlight, a bicycle sprocket, toy parts, and various food products