The Fab World Cup challenge this year is Fab Flight. Wellington is known for its wind, which has inspired the competition. As the weather is so unpredictable we will be flying indoors in triple height space, so please take note of this. We will give five awards: First, Second and Third places, Most Creative Interpretation and Most in the Fab Lab Spirit. There will be five judges and volunteers are welcome! Here are the basics:
· Motor or Fuel propulsion/lift vessel
· Alternative propulsion/lift vessel
· Larger than a Modela
· Must be air borne for 30 seconds
· Must have used at least one fab lab tool and process to fabricate it
· Can’t cost more than $200 in materials, can decorate as you wish , but all functional and structural components must be made, programmed, constructed in fab lab. (So putting a giant jet engine on your entry will be cool but you won’t win unless you made the jet engine in the fab lab).
· Must be physically present and demonstrate it at FAB8 on Tuesday afternoon, August 28.
Before the competition on Tuesday, August 28 you need to send us a link to your documentation or just send us the documentation and include:
· Your name and contact information
· Title of your entry
· At least one picture of the finished (or almost finished) vessel
· A short written description of what you made and how you made it
· Any design or fabrication files, or programming files you made and are willing to share with the rest of us.
If you are not able to come to New Zealand this year, you can send along your entry with a fab friend as proxy. As long as your friend can operate/demonstrate it, it can compete.
The triple height space contains laser in the top, which unfortunately is for fire detection as opposed to shooting down machines. However, if anything breaks the laser there will be a fire alarm, and we will incur a fine, so flying machines need to be controlled at height, or something like a balloon will have to be tethered to ensure no invasion of private airspace. The Great Hall is 12.5m high. Lasers are right at the very top in the apex which is approximately 18m high.
The world cup was a fantastic event – we had 7 entries in total. Placings were as follows:
First Place: Jens Dyvik & Fab Lab Norway: Quadcopter
Second Place: MSI Chicago: Airplane
Third Place: Fab Lab Wgtn: Hover Board