WELCOME TO CURIOSUM (former Sliperiet)

In April 2019, Sliperiet changed it´s name to Curiosum and merged with the science center Umevatoriet. This autumn we will take the next step. and together with our tenants move into the renewed premises of Sliperiet at Arts Campus at Umeå University.

In 2020 Curiosum will open. A new science center, to inspire young and old with science and technology. We believe curiosity can change the world.

Look out for our new website coming soon!


International group of artists take on residency at a unique textile innovation environment in Umeå, Northern Sweden

umbraco.MacroEngines.DynamicXml Photo: From top left Austeja Platukyte, Catharina Carlsson. From bottom left Nanny Rådenman, Clara Sullà

Sliperiet, a research and innovation centre at Umeå Arts Campus, is yet again welcoming innovators in the field of wearables, smart textiles and textile-based arts and craft. After much deliberation from the jury, four applicants from a large and varied pool of talent from all over the world. They will now develop their practice in the unique SoftLab maker space- embedded in the local creative community, and with business support from specialised creative incubator Expression Umeå.

The hive of the programme is SoftLab, a unique prototyping environment and maker space at Umeå Arts Campus. Here, sewing machines are customised for making circuits with conductive threads and a unique printer with built in heater allows for direct digital colourfast printing on natural fibre. Other tools include tufting gun, digital knitting machines, laser and vinyl cutters, industrial sewing machines, 3Dprinters, laser cutters, 3Dscanners, a range of software for digital design and manufacturing and more.

A donation from the Hakon Swenson Foundation and collaboration with the incubator Expression Umeå has made possible the comprehensive programme that includes workshop access, technical expertise, business coaching and a stipend of 60k SEK per participant. The programme enables exceptional artists and innovators to develop their practice, to play freely with new tools and in the process to connect with the local creative community.

- Previous participants have developed amazing ideas, and connected with local creatives, artists and researchers for collaborations that have lasted way beyond the scope of the programme, says Linnéa Therese Dimitriou, Creative Director at Sliperiet.

Previous participants have gone on to great things.  Maria Castellanos and Alberto Valverde, recipients in 2017, used their time at SoftLab to develop an interactive wearable artwork that has since been shown widely.  The piece- Symbiotic Interaction - received a prestigious award at the Look Forward Fashion Tech. Other programme graduates include wearables designer Ricardo O'Nascimento and Swedish fashion outsider Minna Palmqvist who explores feminist issues around the body through a combination of sculptural installations and ready-to-wear.

A new addition for the 2018 round is the tailored business support from Expression Umeå- an incubator for the creative industries at Umeå Arts Campus.

- We will offer specialist advice and business coaching to support the participants- whether they are launching a specific product, a new service- or they wish to develop their general entrepreneurship skills, says Marlene Johansson who is CEO of Expression Umeå.


Residents 2018

Joining the SoftLab Programme 2018 are: textile based artist Clara Sullà from Spain, materials and design researcher Austeja Platukyte of Lithuania, Stockholm based textile artist Nanny Rådenman and local maker and milliner Catharina Carlsson.

Clara Sullà has developed her practice in Vienna, London and Egypt to specialise in textile based, often large scale work. In the last ten years she has designed and made sculptural costumes and scenography for the opera and theatre, including huge puppets for outdoor performances. Sullà will use her time in Umeå to experiment with textile based tactile panels, forming installations that invite audience interaction and that explore the possibilities for visual and sensory effects.

Austeja Platukyte is a Lithuanian materials and design researcher.  Her interests include the social, economic and psychological dimensions of the transformation of materials. The finished objects ask questions around consumption and ecology, and seek to discover alternative design methods that resist the logic of universality, functionality and overall beauty standards dictated by large-scale industry. Currently Platukyte is working on a new bio-based material made of recycled textile waste called PLASTEX. She seeks to transform today's waste into tomorrow's raw materials, to create new value for the future and to contribute to a more sustainable world

Nanny Rådenman is a textile artist with training from Kawashima Textile School in Japan. Rådenman takes inspiration from the natural world and everyday textiles. She expresses appreciation for the seemingly simple expression of fabrics, achieved through highly accomplished calculation and intricate networks of thread. Rådenman will develop a textile interactive woven material at SoftLab, that reacts to proximal movement.

Catharina Carlsson is the first local recipient of the SoftLab scholarship. Carlsson runs a milliner studio outside of Umeå and has made hats for production at the opera house Norrlandsoperan. She often uses unexpected materials and experimental techniques in her creations that have made it to the pages of international fashion publications such as Italian Vogue. Carlsson will make use of the digital fabrication facilities at Sliperiet to develop a streetwear collection with a surprising twist.


Press contacts

Contact details for the programme participants, and additional images:
Eva J:son Lönn
Communication Officer, Sliperiet, Umeå university
+46 (0)730-64 77 50

Questions about SoftLab:
Emma Ewadotter
Process Coordinator, SoftLab, Sliperiet, Umeå university
+46 (0)70 233 1237

Questions about the programme:
Linnéa Therese Dimitriou
Creative Director, Sliperiet, Umeå university
+46 70 653 0871

Contact for business incubator Uminova Expression:
Marlene Johansson
CEO/ Business Coach
+46 70 674 9539

Sliperiet temporarily at Tullmagasinet in central Umeå


Sliperiet's offices and workshops at Arts campus at Umeå University temporarily move to Tullmagasinet, in central Umeå in early October. The incubator Expression Umeå, Kulturverket, and the other creative industries with workplaces at Sliperiet will join.

Look out for Sliperiet's upcoming activities at Tullkammaren




Umevatoriet and Sliperiet gets new, joint director

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Madelen Bodin, senior lecturer and deputy head of the Department of Science and Mathematics Education, becomes the new director of the new Science Centre at Umeå University when Umevatoriet and Sliperiet join forces. The new centre will for instance house a new dome theatre for visualisation, presentation and planetarium.

What's your spontaneous reaction?
"It'll be so much fun. I'm excited. I've been acting director at Umevatoriet this spring and have got to know the operations well. It'll now be interesting to get better acquainted with Sliperiet by intertwining the two organisations into one new, exciting environment."

Why are the two organisation joining forces?
"We're aiming to create an interactive environment that stimulates interest and curiosity for science and technology for all ages. By tying the educational activities concerning natural sciences and technology at the present Umevatoriet together with the innovation, art and design that is housed in Sliperiet, we wish to find new exciting ways for visitors to learn about and experience science and technology. The new dome theatre will contribute to this by providing new opportunities for visualisation and experiences."

What will happen to Umevatoriet and Sliperiet?
"Both organisations will join forces into one new organisation and in future be located in the present Sliperiet premises. We've set up a new steering committee with representatives from the four faculties as well as the Umeå School of Education at the University and also Umeå municipality. The chairperson of the committee is Pro-Vice-Chancellor Katrine Riklund. Tying the University together with the municipality provides a good basis for a learning environment for children and young adults, and an attractive place to visit in the region in the purpose of research, development and innovation." 

Reconstructions of the premises have been discussed for some time. What's the latest news?
"So much needs to be worked out, but the building work is projected to start this autumn. The dome theatre will be built adjacent to Sliperiet and the premises will undergo adaptions. During the build, we will be developing the organisation and find content, activities and expressions to make the experience unique. We're hoping everything will be completed by next autumn."

When do you take office?
"Formally on 1 July, but I'll be in the office from early August," says Madelen Bodin, new director of Umevatoriet/Sliperiet.

Reporter: Mattias Grundström Mitz
Editor: Anna Lawrence


Madelen Bodin
Manager Umevatoriet/ Sliperiet
Mail: madelen.bodin@umu.se


Interactive carpet for reducing stress


It all started when Yeji Hong, a Master student in cognitive science at Umeå University, one day was sitting in the library. With a background in psychology, she likes observing people's behaviour, and is curious about the meaning behind it. At the time she noticed a librarian in the reception, who was walking very fast, even though there were few people asking her for help. Yeji got intrigued by her behaviour and searched for and found evidence in the literature that suggested a relation between walking pace, stress levels and pace of life. She decided to find a way to help people slow down - and eventually ended up making an interactive carpet.

- At that time, I was studying cognitive interaction design and user experience, and I thought it would be nice to give people the experience to walk slowly and ultimately to make them reflect of their own pace of life. Fortunately, I saw an announcement about the possibility to make a thesis at Sliperiet. Linnéa, who is Creative Director at Sliperiet, suggested that I should make an interactive carpet, says Yeji Hong.

During spring of 2018, Yeji set about developing the carpet at SoftLab, a workshop at Sliperiet with tools for textile-based making, wearables and interactive soft materials. She got guidance from Linnéa Therese Dimitriou, and support from Emma Ewadotter, process coordinator and Junaid Moshin, an engineer and FabLab volunteer.

 - My idea was to use a tufted carpet with pressure sensors underneath. When a person walks on the carpet, the sensors send signals to a lotus flower with LED lights. Within Eastern culture, the lotus is a meditation symbol. The lights are turned on, but ONLY if the person walks slowly enough. If not, the user won't get any visual feedback, says Yeji.

The resulting carpet, lotuSLOWLY, was shown at the +Project expo and conference at Sliperiet in May 2018, sparking lots of interest from visitors and conference participants who were invited to try it out.  

Yeji strongly recommends other master students in theoretical subjects to do their thesis at Sliperiet, and her time in SoftLab convinced her that her future lies in the field of user-experience.

 - The project gave me a chance to combine my theoretical knowledge with artistic and practical skills. When I was immersed in the making process - exploring the materials, wire-framing the electrical equipment and so on - it just made me feel wow. It felt so real! I also got inspired by the artistic and creative atmosphere at Sliperiet and by the conversations I had with people I met there. I really want to thank Linnéa who involved me in this project, and Emma and Junaid who made it possible, says Yeji Hong.


Eva J:son Lönn
Kommunikatör, Sliperiet
Mail: eva.j.lonn@umu.se


From nano-materials to construction engineering in space

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Future 3D-printed houses in focus on international conference

On May 30-31, Sliperiet gathered partners with over 100 guests for an international and transdisciplinary conference. International pioneers in the 3D printing area, experts in digitized construction technology, materials development and architecture met to connect and share their experiences. The event gathered people with different professional competencies and subject expertise from business, academy and public sector.

View the videos from the live-streaming of the conference:

Read more about the conference:

The conference was arranged by the research and innovation project +Project, supported by the EU Regional Development Fund. The project is led by Sliperiet at Umeå University in collaboration with other research and industry partners. The focus is on showing the possibilities of digital production and 3D printing of biomaterials, with the aim of achieving a sustainable production of future homes. Within the project, which is now in its final phase, small businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators have been given the opportunity to experiment, discuss and develop ideas and business plans together with researchers in the above-mentioned areas. Read more


Åke Fransson, Project Manager
E-mail: ake.fransson@umu.se
Mob: +46 (0)70-5845033

Eva J: son Lönn
Communication Officer, Sliperiet
E-mail: eva.j.lonn@umu.se
Mob: +46 (0)730-64 77 50

Apply now for the 2018 SoftLab Scholarship and Residency Programme!

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SoftLab is an open innovation environment with access to digital and conventional tools for textile related making. Applications are open to artists, creatives, makers, innovators and designers looking to develop their practice as part of the Sliperiet community during the autumn of 2018. 4 successful applicants will receive technical support, work space and a scholarship of 60000 sek each.  Additional support can be provided for final presentation/exhibitions of completed projects

Deadline 24th of June
Full details and information here

The programme is  funded through Hakon Swenson foundation and runs in collaboration with creative incubator eXpression Umeå. It is a residency programme with scholarship for creatives, artists and innovators in the textile and fashion related fields. The programme for 2018 will administer 60 000 SEK each to four projects, and give access to work space and tools over 3 months.  Participants are to develop their practice through a relevant project as part of the Sliperiet community. Support for final presentation/exhibition is available. 

Applicants must have documented experience from design, architecture, art, textile, or fashion production and a history of innovative projects. We also welcome applicants with a background in retail. A sustainability or environmental perspective is a merit. Applications will be judged both on the  on creative potential of the project as well as the suitability of the candidate. Please note that applicants can not be employed at Umeå University nor Uminova Holding or its' subsidiaries at present, or recently have had an employment there. Please also note that applicants must be EU-citizens. An application may include more than one applicant. The total scholarship amount will however remain the same.

Recipients are expected to spend three months in Umeå to develop their own practice and a project as part of the community of Sliperiet over three months (mid-September to mid-December, exact dates to be agreed with stipend reciepients.) Recipients must cover and organise their own travel, accomodation, materials and insurance. The results of the project will be disseminated in a suitable fashion (for instance exhibition, performance or video). Additional support for final presentation and communication can be made available depending on the nature of the project. The collaborating incubator eXpression Umeå can also give business support where relevant and connect the participants to relevant local networks.

Previous Recipients

Four people have received the SoftLabs Residency Scholarship since 2016: Minna PalmqvistRicardo O'Nascimento , and the artist duo María Castellanos och Alberto Valverde.

Minna Palmqvist works with feminist issues and ideas around the body- and the social body- in the realms of fashion and art. She used her residency to explore digital tailoring and making tools such as laser cutting, scanning and various software. The mannequins from the project No Body were 3D scanned. Minna found collaboration with fellow artist-in-residence Ricardo O'Nascimento resulting in the project 'Lazy Burlesque'.  

María Castellanos and Alberto Valverde explore relationships and intersections between man machine, often through interactive garments and wearables. The duo worked in Sliperiet's workshop during autumn 2016. The results of their work  the artwork "Symbiotic Interaction", have since then been touring around the world at various exhibitions and events. In autumn 2017, they took part in Nova XX in Brussels. In 2018, they will participate in Eco-Visionaries at the LABoral Art Center in Spanion. More about the duo is to be found at uh513.com.

Deadline 24th of June 4pm Swedish time
Full information  here

Wisdome will make Sliperiet a world-class learning center


Umevatoriet will be merged with Sliperiet, and a new dome theater will be built at Sliperiet in 2019. The initiative is possible through Umevatoriet's participation in the national Wisdome initiative - a project investing in leading visualisation technology and digital learning.

In the Wisdome initiative, five leading science centers in Sweden have joined forces to establish advanced visualization dome theatres and connected interactive learning environments. The project is funded through a donation of SEK 150 million from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.


Read more:

Wisdome's new website: https://wisdomeproject.se/english/

Previous article on the new Umevatorium: /en/?id=32104



Mats Falck, Project coordinator, The External Relations Office at Umeå university

mats.falck@umu.se | +46 90 7865869

New technology transforms bark from waste material to new building materials

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Unique experiments with compression molding of birch bark contribute to the development of new materials in architecture, design and building. The experiments are part of +Project, a multidisciplinary innovation project at Sliperiet.

Birch bark, which is a renewable and versatile material, is currently regarded as a waste product in the forest and wood industry. This is something the researchers in + Project, Umeå University want to change. They have therfore initiated unique experiments with compression molding, where traditional bark craft meets modern manufacturing techniques.

Karin Jangert, woodworker and "wood geek"; Frida Bergner, Architecture student, and Linus Carlsson, volunteer in FabLab Umeå are leading the experiments. The trio complement each other:

 - Frida har design and material knowledge. Linus adds knowledge of laser technology, 3D cad and design, and I have knowledge of wood processing, furniture manifacturing, and some knowledge of traditional bark craft, says Karin Jangert.

The group breaks new ground by combining traditional skills with modern methods of compression molding, something very unusual in traditional bark craft. So far, they have carried out 40 different experiments, which has led to several exciting discoveries:

- We have seen how different compression molding techniques influence the material differently depending on time, speed and pressure. We have also varied the water temperature, used to soak the bark before the molding. It was fun to see that when we laid strips of bark in water they became elastic like rubber bands. That´s where our idea of compression molding of bark started, says Linus Carlsson.

- When we used high and slow pressure, and a little heat, the bark became sturdy and at the same time soft and gentle as leather. It surprised me, says Frida Bergner.

Bark challenges and fascinates

Due to the complexity of the bark, it is an extremely versatile and sometimes challenging material.

- There is a big difference between different pieces of bark. They may be thin or thick and have short or long lenticelles (bark pores). The material is also very light, water repellent and has anti-fouling properties. It becomes soft and elastic when heated. If it is cooled down, the material retains the shape. In addition, bark contains a wax, which, when heat, pressure and water are added, becomes like a natural glue, says Frida Bergner.

View the prototypes at +Project´s Expo

What new, future uses do you think there will be for bark in living environments?

- Bark can be used in wall panels and for shielding of rooms. With the compression molding it is possible to make the sound bounce in different ways. Bark that has traditionally been used to protect buildings against rain and soil moisture may also be useful in other contexts where water repellent surface material is required, says Karin Jangert.

When the trio is done with the experiments, they will use their newly acquired knowledge to produce material samples for a future wall panel and also design and construct a chair. The prototypes will be featured at + Project´s Expo, which takes place on May 30 - August 31 at Sliperiet, Umeå University's Innovation and Collaboration hub at Arts Campus.

/Eva J:son Lönn



For questions about compression molding of birch bark
Karin Jangert, Woodworker
+46 (0)730-269231 | karin.jangert@gmail.com

For questions about +Project

Åke Fransson, Project manager
+46 (0)70-584 50 33 | ake.fransson@umu.se

For press relations
Eva J:son Lönn, Communication officer, Sliperiet
46 (0)730-64 77 50 | eva.j.lonn@umu.se

Unique program contributes to innovative business models in smaller companies

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Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics provides the unique program Innovation Development, within the framework of + Project. The program is aimed at key persons in small and medium-sized companies that want to sharpen their ability to develop innovative and sustainable business models. So far, five companies have participated in two rounds, and all have been very pleased with the program.

- We are in a phase when we need to rethink because of a forthcoming merger. Innovation development has enabled us to acquire the knowledge we need for the merger in a cost-effective way. We have got great advice, says Ulf Söderlund, CEO of Sävar Snickeri and one of the participants in the program.

Northern Sweden is ranked as one of Europe's most innovative regions in the European Innovation Scoreboard 2016. At the same time, small businesses, especially in the wood and construction sector to which the program is addressed, often have their own challenges to keep up with developments. New technology, digitization and sustainability issues challenge and recast traditional business models. The researchers in the program want to help companies create a good ground for innovative development, with the business plan as a starting point, which has also happened:

- We have learned to efficiently create business models that are based on innovation development. Previously, we spent several months setting up business plans, now we have learned new methods to streamline this process, says Tommy Persson, Quality and Product Manager at Masonite Beams and one of the participating companies.

Unique meeting between academia and business

Both the program management and the five participating companies emphasize the link between research and business as unique and particularly rewarding with the program. This in combination with the fact that companies and their issues have been placed in the foreground throughout the program:

- Business and academy have incredible lessons to learn from each other. In the meeting, added value to created. Companies get the latest knowledge in research and technology, and we gain insight into corporate practices, challenges and needs. It gives us ideas for further research that takes the starting point in the business reality, says Maira Baibri, researcher and project manager for Innovation Development.

5 intensive, interactive course half days

The program, provided in the framework of + Projects, has been comprised of five interactive half-days with workshops, seminars and discussions, and between the meetings home assignments and individual coaching. The participating companies, experts in business model innovation, digitization, sustainability and networking, and visiting companies have contributed to knowledge and experience exchanges. It has led to new contacts, collaborations and development of the companies.

- 3D Nord, a company that works with architectural 3D visualization, showed the possibilities of visualization at one of our meetings. I was enthralled! It has led to a project that 3D Nord will do for us, which will completely change our marketing, says Sverker Bäckström, CEO Öhns Snickeri.

+ Project, in which Innovation Development is a part of, is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Further information

Information about the programme Innovation development:
Maira Babri, project manager and researcher at Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics
maira.babri@umu.se | +46 (0)70-293 22 47

Press contact:
Eva J:son Lönn, Communication Officer, Umeå university
eva.j.lonn@umu.se |+ 46 (0)730-64 77 50

A new dome theatre to Sliperiet / Umevatoriet in Umeå

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Sliperiet, the research and innovation centre at Arts Campus at Umeå university, will be merged with Umevatoriet, an activity center with the primary purpose of increasing children's and youth's interest in technology and natural sciences. The two organisations will become one and Umevatoriet the building at the Arts Campus will be adapted to existing and added functions. This includes building a new dome theater equipped with advanced visualisation technology. The new center Sliperiet/ Umevatoriet is expected to be completed in spring 2019.

Mats Falck from the External Relations Office at Umeå University, is the project manager for the new Sliperiet/ Umevatoriet. He finds his mission as both exciting and fun:

 - When you merge two activities there are unbelievable opportunities and, of course, many challenges with partially different approaches. The competences of the staff at both Sliperiet and Umevatoriet, as well as the idea development, are vital pre-requisites for the building construction. Even though I will try to coordinate the process, there are important parts for which others are primarily responsible, says Mats.

Innovation environment marries educational activities

The reason for the relocation of Umevatoriet is that Umevatoriet's activity needs to expand and that the municipality of Umeå is interested in getting an attractive visitor destination connected to the city between the bridges.

 -  The purpose is to marry the innovation environment at Sliperiet with the educational activities currently run at Umevatoriet. This will for example result in new types of interactive learning sessions. But most noticeable will the dome theater for interactive and encompassing scientific visualizations be, a dome that will be built at Sliperiet.

 Sliperiet is already a meeting place for collaboration and innovation between academia and business and society. As a result of the new building and extended activities, Sliperiet / Umevatoriet will focus on three further main target groups: children and young people, teachers who are able to get supplementary training, and the public who get an even more attractive visitor destination.

A big donation from Wallenberg foundation behind the investment

The relocation of Umevatoriet and the development of Sliperiet/ Umevatoriet is funded through a donation of Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation in connection with the foundation's 100th anniversary.

- Umeå University/ Umevatoriet received the donation in collaboration with Visualization Center C in Norrköping, Universeum in Gothenburg, Stockholm Technical Museum and Malmö museums. The purpose is to produce scientific visualizations and to equip the dome theaters in all these places with the latest visualization technology. The building itself is funded by the property owner, and the premises will be rented by Umeå university and Umeå municipality for Sliperiets'/ Umevatoriets' activities, says Mats Falck.


For further information

Read (in Swedish):

Also se the news story "Besöksmål med världsledande teknik kommer till Umeå" in Västerbottens Kuriren, January 17, 2018.

Mats Falck, External Relations Office
mats.falck@umu.se | +46 90 7865869




Digital Wood – Future Living inspired


The inspiration day Digitalt trä - framtidens boende (Digital Wood - Future living) attracted some 60 visitors who, among other things, heard about the wood's fascinating versatility and how 3D technology can contribute to a smarter, more sustainable and individualized constructions and accommodations. The day was organized by the multidisciplinary + Project on November 22, 2017, and was supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

Digitalt trä - framtidens boendeoffered presentations and demonstrations on:

- Wooden raw materials in new forms
- Digital technology in the future construction industry
- The possibilities with digital production technologies in the architecture
- Advanced facades and natural light

Read summaries and see pictures from the inspiration day at the webpage Digital wood


Åke Fransson
Research Leader + Project

New visitor record for FabLab


FabLab, Sliperiets Open Workshop, has attracted 61 percent more visitors during the autumn term 2017 compared to the same period last year, despite the fact that no traditional marketing has been made of the activities. According to Emma Ewadotter, one of two process coordinators in FabLab, the increase is extremely pleasing and has several reasons.

- We have been working hard this autumn on introducing more short courses and workshops than before. In addition, FabLab is to a large extent driven by volunteers who support and inspire the visitors. And now we have a well-functioning and consolidated volunteer group. All this makes the rumor of FabLab spread as a ripple effect, says Emma.

FabLab stands for Fabrication Laboratory. It is an open workshop with a variety of digital production and prototype machines, such as 3D printers, sewing machines for different purposes, laser cutters and software for design.

FabLab Umeå is open all Wednesdays at 16-21 during term time and brings students, researchers, creators, makers, and other people of all ages who are simply interested in creativity in all forms together. FabLab's devis is: Here anyone can make almost anything.

Emma is proud of the gender distribution of the visitors:

- In total 40% are women and 59% men. I can almost promise that there is no other Maker space in Sweden that attracts so many women, says Emma.

FabLab consists of a 3D lab and a Softlab. SoftLab is an innovation lab for textile experimentation, digital fashion and wearable technology. 3DLab is a prototype workshop, and as it sounds there are 3D printers, but also laser cutters, CNC mills for softer materials, and other machines.

Interestingly, the gender distribution in SoftLab is relatively even (56% women, 43% men). Here, SoftLab differs from other textile environments, where the female dominance is large.

-  We can thank the volunteers for that. They make people feel welcome regardless of sex, age and ethnicity. It's about representation, getting role models. And we do have a number of talented men who sew and are interested in textiles. That in turn entice more men, says Emma.

Students spread light in research project

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Light and lighting are an important part of architecture. The light gives the room a specific character and can promote certain feelings and experiences in the users of the space. Students at Umeå University's master's course Managing as Designing at the department of Informatics got the challenge to develop prototypes for the lighting of indoor environments by using various 3D technologies. The prototypes will be developed in collaboration with companies and within the framework of a multidisciplinary research project. The goal is to see how light can be rethought in the futuristic house.

- In this course we have a variety of students from different backgrounds including Human-Computer Interaction, IT management and Cognitive Sciences. Their multidisciplinary background provides a perfect grounding for them to learn and understand how design in interdisciplinary teams can bring a change in the society, says Fatemeh Moradi, teacher of the course.

Fatemeh is also a researcher in the + Project, a multidisciplinary research project aimed at creating innovative and sustainable buildings using new materials and additive manufacturing with 3D technology. She is involved in the part-project LightHouse, in which she engaged the students at the course:

- By involving the students in this project, I aim at exploring the role of Informatics in light design for future homes. Indoor lighting is not only a matter of interior design anymore. Nowadays, Interaction Design and Interactive Systems are widely used in all aspects of our lives, including light design. For example, with the use of smartphone applications, we can change the light settings of our environment, says Fatemeh.

Sunnel enhance our mood

One of four student groups at the course have manipulated natural light by an innovation called the Sunnel, in order to enhance our mood. Sunnel is a tunnel that leads and reflects natural sunlight from the roof of the house and into the building.

Light in different colours affects our moods, for example, red makes us more active while blue makes us calmer. Therefore, the group has also created a control panel in the form of a globe, which helps the users of the space to change the character of the light with different colour filters.

The group has so far worked hands-on with paper, cardboard, play doh, etcetera. Their next step is to develop a 3D-printed prototype, which takes into consideration how the light and light colours interact with the room's materials and surface structures, among other things.

Prototypes will be exposed for companies at a showcase

Their final prototype will be displayed at a showcase on January 10, together with the prototypes of the other groups. More than 30 companies that has participated in the course are invited. On the day, not only the prototypes from this course but also prototypes from another course, called Prototyping Interaction will be displayed.

 - Ten final prototypes along with more than 20 posters on digital fabrication and smart housing will be presented by the students. My hope is that throughout this day, both the students and the companies will get a chance to mingle and share their thoughts and ideas.  In the long run I hope it leads to more collaborations between the project, the students and the companies.



Fatemeh Moradi

The UN and the EU Commission participate in a Nordic environmental conference at Sliperiet

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Sustainability experts from all over the Nordic countries gather at Sliperiet, Umeå university to share experiences and get inspiration from each other in the efforts to promote sustainable consumption and production. Among the speakers are representatives from the EU Commission and the United Nations.

The third edition of the conference Nationell verkstad för hållbara livsstilar (National Workshop for Sustainable Lifestyle) take place on November 15-16 at Sliperiet. This year's theme is sustainable consumption, and the Nordic countries' work to achieve the goal of sustainable consumption and production, one of the 17 global sustainable development goals at the UN Agenda 2030.

Inspires to action

Two of the guests at the conference are EU Commissioner Hugo Schally, Head of the unit Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption, and the UN expert Charles Arden Clarke, Head of the 10YFP Secretariat, UN Environment Economy Division.

Moreover, at the conference, the Nordic Council of Ministers presents over fifty good examples of how the Nordic countries work on sustainable consumption and production. The purpose is to spread the experience internationally and to encourage all actors in the field to intensify their work.

The examples show a wide range of possibilities that can contribute to the required conversion. Among the actors, are research groups, municipalities, authorities, companies, as well as nonprofit organizations.

From strategy to internship

During the two days at Sliperiet, the participants get the chance to share experiences and good examples and to listen to pioneering companies, municipalities and organizations. The conference covers a wide range of aspects, from strategic work at international level to practical examples from cities like Bristol, Malmö and Umeå.

Two of the more concrete examples are the web service Svalna where people can measure their climate emissions and get inspiration to change their lifestyle, and the HOPE project where Umeå researchers have investigated how householders in Umeå would react to halve their emissions.

The business sector has an important role

The business sector is also an important player in the transition to sustainable consumption and production. Polarbröd and Akzo Nobel are two of the companies that share their experiences of sustainability work at the conference.

Other examples in a wide range of contributors include Ida Texell, who is part of the government's delegation for Sweden's implementation of Agenda 2030, WWF's Secretary-General Håkan Wirtén, and the State Secretary Elisabeth Backteman, who lead the government's strategic work for circular and bio-based economics.

The environmental conference is organized by Umeå municipality together with Umeå University and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, and is part of Umeå municipality's climate work.

The lectures at the conference will also be filed and broadcasted live at www.greenumea.se/verkstad


For more information contact:

Katrin Holmqvist Sten
Project leader
Sliperiet, Umeå University
+46 73-096 43 73

Anna Gemzell
Project leader
Umeå municipality
+46 70-381 80 41

Sharing city collaboration started in Umeå


The project Sharing City Umeå wants to build trust among the citizens of Umea by making them share, borrow and rent more from each other, and thereby jointly create added value for a sustainable development. On October 30, Umea municipality organized a workshop at Sliperiet at Umeå university to start up collaborations and development of ideas for sharing services that can be implemented in the next three years. A total of 40 people from Umea University, private companies and public sector participated in the event.

The focus of the workshop was to start collaborations between different stakeholders in Umea, generate new sharing ideas, as well as to map planned investments that can be upgraded through Sharing Cities. Laura Vidje, Esam, coordinator of Sharing City Umeå, summarizes the workshop as follows:

- We have started an important effort to create sharing services, services that will facilitate the sharing of for example products, tools and premises among the citizens of Umea. The interest is large among the participating organizations. We hope that the workshop will lead to new organizational models where non-profit organizations, private companies and the public sector jointly create sharing services that consider the needs of the citizens.

Sharing City Umea is part of the national program, Sharing Cities, which will last 2018-2020.  Its purpose is twofold. Firstly, to put Sweden on the map as a country that actively and critically works with sharing economy in the cities. Secondly to develop world-leading innovations for sharing economics in Umea, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.

- We hope the program will contribute to sustainable development in Umea, focusing on reduced environmental impact, increased trust between people, and increased gender equality. This can be achieved by engaging more citizens to share, rent and borrow from each other. In the long run we want to create an active exchange of experiences with other cities, nationally and internationally, says Laura Vidje.

An important part of the project is to evaluate the new sharing services. In that work, Umeå University will play an active role. according to Laura Vidje.



Johan Sandström, contact person for Sharing City Umeå

Laura Vidje, Esam, coordinator of Sharing City Umeå

Do you want to know more?

Visit Sharing Cities Sweden's website https://www.vinnova.se/p/sharing-cities-sweden/ for information about the national program.

"The currency of the new economy is trust", a TED Talk that explains the relationship between trust between people and sharing economics: https://www.ted.com/talks/rachel_botsman_the_currency_of_the_new_economy_is_trust

Satisfied workshop participants with new perspectives on bark

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At the end of October, FabLab Umeå arranged a workshop series to give new perspectives on birch bark, together with Hemslöjden in Västerbotten county, a handicrafts organisation. About 20 specially invited participants - makers, handicraftors and creators - were given the opportunity to process birch bark using traditional craft techniques and new digital technologies. Emma Ewadotter, Project Manager for the Workshop Series and Process Coordinator for FabLab Umeå, is very pleased with the venture, which she believes has added value.

- There is a tension between traditional craftsmanship and modern processing methods that is a burning point on the makers scene. It is extremely important to keep an ongoing discussion about the balance between technical processing and respect and understanding of materials. The selection of birch bark as material has entailed several technical challenges for the participants. Challenges I hope and believe have stimulated the participants to think in new ways, says Emma Ewadotter.

Birch bark is a complex material in many ways.

- It can only be harvested at certain times of the year and is sensitive to improper storage and use. Thus, it is very different from the materials normally used in digital manufacturing, such as cardboard or MDF material. As one of the participants said: The birch bark tells you what it can be - or wants to be - says Emma.

Karin Lundholm, one of the teachers and inspirators in the workshop series, agrees with Emma. Karin, an internationally recognized birch bark crafts woman, sees material knowledge as the foundation for the continued existence and development of birch bark crafts:

- Birch bark is a fascinating and living material. Getting to know and acquire knowledge about the material is the basis of all birch bark crafts, whether you use traditional or new manufacturing methods.

The workshop series has not only given the participants new perspectives on birch bark. It has also led to innovative processing methods and products. Two examples of what has been explored in the workshops are compression molding of birch bark and an accessory with strong links to origami and with a form of artistic expression that is unusual within birch bark crafts. After the successful outcome of these workshops, FabLab Umeå is now planning extended collaborations with Hemslöjden in Västerbotten county.


Traditional craftsmanship meets modern production techniques

umbraco.MacroEngines.DynamicXml Jag ville uppnå effekten att folk drog med fingret över broderiet för att känna om det verkligen var sytt på trä. Det gjorde de också, säger Lene Rydningen, masterstudent i Interaktionsdesign.

Create textiles that provide unexpected tactile disorders! It was the challenge the last year's master students in interaction design received in connection with a week's workshop in Softlab at Sliperiet. Lene Rydningen adopted it by combining old craft traditions with new technology - sewing and embroidery with laser cutting of wood.

Lene Rydningen from Norway is studying her final year at the master's course in Interaction Design at Umeå Institute of Design. She started her design studies in order to find a balance between creativity and technical thinking. This balance was also expressed in the creation she designed in conjunction with the workshop, a bag in laser-cut wood veneer with cross stitch embroidery and a lining of furniture fabric.

 - Usually you see embroidery on soft fabrics. I thought it was exciting to use something that usually does not have a soft look and give it a soft expression, embroidery on smoothly curved wood. It's exciting to go from a flat and inelastic surface to something that's different. I also wanted to do something that felt northern Sweden, a minimalist embroidery with flowers growing along the roadside, like daisies and red clover. I had to improvise, and think about what material and what glue that would work. It was also a challenge to get the needle through the wood, says Lene.

How did you experience the week in SoftLab?

 - It felt like time went way too fast. It was nice to see and try all the technical resources available at Sliperiet, such as advanced embroidery machines, overlock sewing machines and laser cutters that you do not buy privately. It was surprisingly that the equipment was so professional and at the same time easy to use for beginners. Once you have tried the technology, it is easier to transfer it to your own future jobs, which I will also do.

What was the highlight of the workshop?

I myself have been sewing and embroidering a lot. Therefore, I thought it was extra fun to see how my fellow students, many of whom were beginners in textile creation, mastered the sewing after just one week. They dared to take chances, and, for example, sew a shirt and a dress with precision. It was an effect of that we received good training and supervision in Softlab, which created security and courage to test limits.

Citizens-driven digital development makes Västerbotten's inland innovation leading


On September 19-22, Sliperiets mobile makerspace will come to Vilhelmina and Storuman muncipalities in Västerbotten. The visit is a continuation of Spring's successful start in Norsjö, and part of the innovative pilot project Innovationspark Norr. Focusing on citizen-driven digital development, schoolchildren, entrepreneurs and citizens will gain inspiration and opportunity to identify local societal problems and how they can be solved by using digital technology.

For more information

Read the pressrelease in Swedish at  Nynewsdesk

or visit Sliperiets homepage




Volvo and Sliperiet invites students to the makeathon "From muscular to brain power in the future factory"


Volvo Group Trucks Operations arranges From muscular to brain power in the future factory in collaboration with Sliperiet October 10-12 in Umeå. Now we invite students from a wide range of relevant disciplines, who wants to participate. You will work together to come up with concepts and ideas of the digital future for the industrial worker.

There will be snacks during the event and prizes for the winning team.

Dates: October 10 - October 12

Location: Sliperiet and Volvo Group Trucks Operations, Umeå

For more Information and Registration (Deadline Oct 3):

Email katrin.holmqvist-sten@umu.se


Appreciated visit to Processum by +Project's steering group

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On May 26, + Project's new steering group held a meeting in Örnsköldsvik to gain insight into RISE Processum's industrial research in the biorefinery field. Processum is an active partner in + Project, a major collaborative project in digital production at Sliperiet at Umeå University.

Monday, May 26, +Project's steering group gathered in Örnsköldsvik for a meeting, and a guided tour in Processum's research lab. The tour was led by Jonas Joelsson, Research Manager of Processum and an active partner in + Project. Jonas presented Processum's history, development and business in an engaged and initiated way.

Processum's role in + Project is to work with forest-based materials that can be used in digital manufacturing processes, such as 3D printing, and to increase the value of forest raw materials by more efficient utilization of woodbased residues. Processum participates in the development of new materials in several different ways. Among other things, they are involved in building a pilot plant for production of nanocellulose, a new exciting material. For + Project, the company is also developing other wood-based materials and conduct experiments to create new materials.

"In the project, we usually talk about fluff and glue," says Jonas Joelsson. "By binding fibres with a gluing material, you can get composites with interesting properties. It would also be interesting to produce a prototype for a new sandwich material, that is a component that has a light core material and a hard surface with other properties."

After the tour, a steering group meeting was held where, Åke Fransson, project manager and others, told about the +Project's situation and way forward.


In +Project, Sliperiet brings together academic and regional companies to create a strong research and innovation area and a regional network in digital production, sustainable construction, and 3D technology in northern Norrland. +Project is co-financed by Region Västerbotten and European Regional Development Fund.

Processum was established in 2003. Twenty companies in the Processum Association owns 40 percent of the company, and RISE  60 percent.  The company has a turnover of just over SEK 30 million per year and currently employs approximately 24 employees. In addition to +Project, Processum is part of seven different Horizon 2020 projects.

Nanocellulosa is extracted from wood fibers. The nanofibres have exceptional strength properties comparable with Kevlar, but unlike Kevlar, the fibers are completely renewable.

Do you want to know more about Processum's activities? Visit the website

Jonas Joelsson, Research Director of Processum
jonas.joelsson@processum.se | + 46 10-516 67 60

International hackathon to predict zika- och dengue outcasts


Umeå researcher Joacim Rocklöv has developed an internationally recognized model for predicting outbreaks of infectious diseases. On June 20 to 22, he is hosting a three-day hackathon at Sliperiet at Umeå university, where research, WHO and Microsoft have met to jointly develop digital support that can predict and reduce the risk of outbreaks of dengue fever and zika virus infections caused by the Aedes mosquito.

"We want decision makers to be able to react proactively to outbreaks of these viral diseases instead of afterwards, when it's really too late, as unfortunately is common," says Joacim Rocklöv, researcher at the Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.

The aim of the hackathon is to develop digital support, a platform and a warning system that can gather legitimate information on dengue and zika in one place and facilitate for decision makers to make well-grounded decisions in connection to the outbreak of zika virus or dengue fever. Their hope is that the platform will eventually reduce or even stave off epidemic outbreaks.

"Furthermore, we want to insert social dimensions into the warning signals contained in the system and get the information out in social media. For example, we can use the geo-codes contained in social media to see how people move in and between cities and countries - which can say something about the spread of infections. Or, we can see how people express themselves as they discuss the diseases in social media - how they describe symptoms, their concerns or how they protect themselves against infection. It can, among other things, provide insights into how people get information about viral diseases, "says Joacim.

The Hackathon is the first in a series of three hackathons this year, in different places in the world. Joacim Rocklöv has assembled an extremely broad and competent group in Umeå, consisting of eleven researchers and experts from the WHO, Microsoft and the health ministries in Mexico and Malaysia. The latter are important for the WHO, who wants to test the prototypes the team is developing in true situations, in countries that are severely affected by virus diseases caused by the Aedes mosquito. The team originates from nine different countries and represents about as many different areas of specialization and disciplines.

Read more:

Informaton about the zika virus and dengue fever (in Swedish): Folhälsomyndighetens hemsida

News from the Faculty of Medicine: " Hackfest" gathers experts to develop data program that can predict epidemics"

For more information about the Hackathon, contact:
Joacim Rocklöv, Researcher, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine
Joacim.rocklov@umu.se| +46 70-636 16 35

The European Parliament visited Sliperiet


On June 8, a group of members from the Committee on Regional Development at the European Parliament, visited Sliperiet. The visit was one of the parts in a comprehensive 3-day program in Umeå, with the aim of showing the visitors the areas and ways in which northern Sweden is at leading edge, as well as the challenges facing the region.

In the program, the hosts, the Europaforum Northern Sweden and the Region of Västerbotten, placed great emphasis on providing insight into the expansion within the areas of innovation, business development, smart specialization, digitization, tourism, transport infrastructure and bioeconomy - areas that are integrated in various ways in Sliperiets´ activities.

Photo: Mikael Janson, Managing Director, North Sweden


Read more about the visit (in swedish):

North Sweden European Office hemsida

Region Västerbottens hemsida

The 4th International Fascination of Plants Day 2017 attracted a lot of visitors to Sliperiet

On the 20th of May 2017, the Fascination of Plants Day 2017 was organised at Sliperiet. Many people visited the event, although it was the first nice spring weekend in Umeå. The visitors learned about plants and plant science and participated in many different activities. They could try to take an aphid on the leash, taste CRISPR-ig chips made from gene-modified cabbage, isolate DNA from strawberries, and much more. See the short movie above for inspiration.

The event in Umeå was organised by Umeå Plant Science Centre and other scientist from Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Science, as well as by Arboretum Norr, the urban gardeners together with Studiefrämjandet, the Swedish Bonsai society and The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation and Forslunda gymnaisiet.

The International Fascination of Plants Day was launched in Europe 2012, under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO), and has since then been organised biannually on the 18th of May. Nowadays it is organised all over the world with the aim to fascinated people for plants and to generate awareness for the importance of plant science.

Find more information about the event here (in swedish):



Luminous interactive blanket brings people together


There is a really cool collaboration project going on in Sliperiet. The Venezuelan couple Jaime Reyes and Daniella Ricci, are making luminous and shareable blankets to increase the interaction between people. It all started when Jaime, an interaction designer and volunteer at SoftLab in Sliperiet, and Daniella, a Master Student from Umeå School of Architecture, first arrived in Sweden in 2015. They found it a bit difficult to meet people, and thought about what they could do to inspire people to relate more.

The couple came up with the idea to design and construct luminous, interactive blankets, quilts that could be placed in public places to help initiate interactions between strangers and unexpected meetups.

"The idea behind the project is to bring people together. Each Shareable Quilt have led lights with a subtle animation. When two or more people with Shareable Quilts approach each other and sit together, the animation pattern change to more vivid colours", says Jamie Reyes.

The idea became reality when Emma Ewadotter, process coordinator at SoftLab - an innovation lab for textile experimentation, digital fashion and wearable technology at  Sliperiet - encouraged the students at Umeå School of Architecture to create their own projects outside "school" and let them use SoftLab to explore the new techniques.  Daniella designed the blanket and the couple co-produced it at SoftLab,

"Beeing able to work in the Softlab allowed us to interact with so many amazing people that helped us along the way, with useful advice, sharing techniques or just sharing a laugh", says Jaime.

On future plans Jaime says:

"Currently the project is 90% done, it just needs some final touches. Our idea is to keep exploring the concept of using textile for inclusion, to bring people together and also how to detect emotions and change the colour patterns.

To get in touch with Jaime och Daniella:







Bildmuseet: Ellen Angus explores artist’s role when deprived area is turned into hip


Ellen Angus, a master student at the Academy of Fine Arts at Umeå university, spent weeks in Softlab to finalize her master project. You can see her final results, the installation Keep Calm and Carry on Hackney, at Bildmuseet. If you want to see her live, she will do a duration performance every day 11-14 May and 18-21 May between 12:00 and 13:00.
"The installation is about branding, advertising and consumerism. A feeling of seduction. And underneath it something darker", says Ellen.

Hackney, a suburb to London, where Ellen Angus lived before coming to Umeå, has inspired her to her master exam project.

"Hackney was considered the second most deprived area in England, until 2012, when it underwent drastic changes and was turned into a hip area. The changing demographic of the place and my role in the changes interested me", says Ellen.

Ellen has spent weeks in Softlab - an Innovation lab for textile experimentation, digital fashion and wearable technology - to finalize a hand tufted carpet for her installation.

"I have been working on a Hackney exorcism carpet in Softlab. I wanted to capture all these small little rituals, the symbols of Hackney, that signifies the changes and the hope for fortune. A feeling of seduction, but underneath it something darker and nerving. The installation is about branding, advertising and consumerism", says Ellen.

Her original plan was to order the carpet from a manufacturer, but then she decided to make it herself, by hand, something she does not regret.

"I enjoyed working with the material and it fitted much more into my project, to hand tuft it. The tufting gun I worked with has a funny feeling of almost drawing. First it was difficult to handle and then I got an intimate relation with the tool", says Ellen.

"I would love to cooperate with Sliperiet in the future, it was a great place to work at, because the facilities and the fantastic support from the Staff at Softlab".

Read more about the exhibition Fool´s Gold at Bildmuseet:

and about the events related to the exhibition:

Fascination of Plants Day - back at Sliperiet

We look forward to being the site for Fascination of Plants Day in Umeå again, a day to discover with all your senses! Get the answers on questions like: What products can be made of wood? Why are dead plants important for earth? How can we grow plants in the city? Put a leash on an aphid. Taste growth based ice cream or CRISPR IG chips. Estimate the weight of various types of wood. See a photo exhibition of fascinating plants and smell the aroma of all the plants.


Experience the fascinating world of plants, meet scientists from UPSC and more on May 18 at Sliperiet. A day for the whole family!

Read the program for "Fascination of Plants Day"

Åke Fransson, new project leader for the +Project, with passion for sustainable building and garden work


We welcome Åke Fransson as new project leader for Sliperiets´  Project - a person with technical expertise and long experience as researcher and head of the Department of Applied Physics and Electronics at Umeå University, a man who enjoys garden work at this leisure time. One of Åkes´ first missions as a project manager will be to present the +Project on the 3DP Build, an international lconference in Stockholm on the benefits of 3d printing for architects and construction companies.

As speaker on 3dp Build Åke Fransson will talk about why the +Project was initiated and the purpose and design of the project.

- We want to make use of the raw material from the forests in northern Sweden as well as the know-how from the region's wood and paper industries and develop these resources with the help of large-scale 3D-printing of wood, and the development of new wood-based materials. The goal is a sustainable building of future homes and architectural building in new ways. 3d-printing provides a flexibility which is not available in the traditional materials and construction techniques. The project is also about creating synergy affects between researchers and small and medium-sized enterprises in the region and to develop new business models with the help of digital technologies.

Åke Fransson has been in the project as a researcher since the start in autumn 2015, and has a clear picture of what he now wants to achieve as project manager:

- The project is well on its way and we have developed several interesting partnerships with companies in the region. Now is the time to take the cooperation to the next level, to take advantage of our interesting results, and to lay the foundations for future projects, says Åke.

When Åke wants to unwind he preferably do it with garden work:

- Garden Work is completely different compared to my everyday work and therefore a good way to relax, says Åke.

Åke Fransson

Random Bastards celebrates their 100+ record release!


Random Bastards och Storspoven har i april släppt vinyalalbumet "Törley Törpers", vilket är deras 103:e musiksläpp i ordningen.

- Grafiken på albumet är inspirerad av "Törley", skatearnas favoritbudgetbubbel och temat är "koka soppa på en spik". Tanken är inte känna sig begränsad trots begränsade resurser, säger Erik Hörstedt, som tillsammans med Jon Brännström ligger bakom plattan.

Random Bastards (RB) is a creative crew and a Trademark started in 2002. In addition to music, RB designs, produces and sells skateboard and snowboard movies, clothing, accessories and boards, as well as clubs, festivals, movies and art. Storspoven is one of the companies under the umbrella of RB. It is owned by Erik Hörstedt and Samuel Isaksson, who are responsible for the crews' music- and clothing production and online sales. Storspoven has been a part om the company incubator Uminova eXpression for two years. Since 2017 the company stands on its own legs, and has decided to stay at the open Office space at Sliperiet.

 - We truly enjoy working at Sliperiet. It is a creative and open environment that really suits us. To constantly have other co-creators close at hand opens up for spontaneous ideas, and we look forward to all of our future projects during 2017 and 2018, says Erik Hörstedt.




Results from artist residency

Artist duo Maria Castellanos and Alberto Valverde presented the project Symbiotic Interaction- developed in our SoftLab during the past winter. 

The project consist of two wearable tech garments and continues on from the previous research  Clorofila 3.0. In the Clorofila project small electrical vibrations in plants were measured through sensors and algorithms, and it was discovered that the data changed depending on changes in external environment such as in temperature, distance of objects, atmospheric pressure or light makes a reaction in the plant.

In Symbiotic Interaction garments have been constructed to carry tiny plants that can measure and monitor the surroundings, working as an interface for the changes and relating environmental data to the wearer.

The project was made possible thanks to the Hakon Swenson foundation, who are sponsors of the SoftLab artist residency and scholarship programme. The resulting film was recorded at Umeå Plant Science Centre.


David Sandberg set to direct Zombiebrother


David Sandberg is set to direct his first major Hollywood movie: a film adaptation of the Chinese comic Zombiebrother.  Actor Channing Tatum is producing the film.

In the summer of 2014, Sliperiet was the hub for the production team behind Kung Fury- the international crowd funding phenomenon. The movie- based on David Sandbergs idea- is a cop movie set in a 1980s future universe. Since the movie was released David has relocated to Hollywood where he has been working on the sequel, Kung Fury II.

We are super proud of David and look forward to seeing his next masterpiece!


Kung Fury on wikipedia
Variety: Channing Tatum to produce Zombiebrother

Results are in: 4615 mm making it a world record

A few weeks ago our ongoing project printing a Tower of Babel with the novel method of Hangprinting gathered a lot of attention.

After some issue with the material feed we ended our experiment at 4615 mm: twice the height of what any commercially available large format 3Dprinter that we know of can achieve as a continous print. 



We are happy to see how the project has spread all over the world- Torbjørn hopes more makers will join the project (you can follow the dev blog here and download files to print your own hangprinter here)

Some of the English language press coverage here:

Wired3Dprint.com3Dprintingindustry.comgeekexchange.com3Ders.org , archdaily.com

For more info, please contact +Project engineer erik.jansson@umu.se

Hangprinter- new 3D-printing method demonstradet at Sliperiet


Sliperiet at Umeå Arts Campus is in the process of making a 3D printed Tower of Babel using a novel hanging printer. The new method deployed offers a low-cost solution with increased flexibility to print large volumes.

A new type of 3D printer has been demonstrated at Sliperiet as part of ongoing  +Project - an EU funded R&D initiative. Suspended on thin fishing lines, 'Hangprinter' is currently printing a structure inspired by the Tower of Babel. The machine's innovative spiderlike set up does not depend on a box, frame or rails; the printer can instead be attached to any stable surface, opening up a number of opportunities.

The tower is under construction but already measures almost three-and-a-half metres - not only the tallest object made by the Hangprinter so far, but much taller than the scope of any commercially available large format printer.

"As far as I know, the HangPrinter is the only 3D printer of its kind. There are parallel cable-driven robots and other cable-driven 3D printers, but the HangPrinter is unique in that all the parts except the energy source are mounted on the mobile device, and that it can use existing structures - in this case the walls - as a frame," says Torbjørn Ludvigsen, inventor of the HangPrinter.

Cost-efficient 3D printing

Torbjørn Ludvigsen started working on the HangPrinter while still a student at Umeå University, and the initial motive for designing a hanging printer was to bring down production costs:

"The frame or box was almost half the cost of the final 3D printer, and I thought I could do without it."

Torbjørn Ludvigsen proved its feasibility with a first prototype last year and has been improving the method and device ever since. The printer can be put together for around EUR 200, a fraction of the cost of other large format printers.

"With a 3D printer unconstrained by a set frame or box, prints can become as tall as whatever it can be suspended from, while the horizontal print area is unconstrained by a set frame," says Linnea Therese Dimitriou, Creative Director at Sliperiet. She immediately saw the potential in the device and suggested printing a Tower of Babel to test it on a larger scale.

"I find this technology very exciting as it gives us new and increased flexibility. Opportunities include printing over vast areas and printing large volumes - horizontally and vertically - without the need to build rails or frames. The setup could also be scaled up and adapted for other materials. Future versions of the device could be equipped with sensors for greater precision and outdoor use. The tower project at Sliperiet, where attachment points are moved along as we ascend, shows that this is a feasible idea," says Linnéa Therese Dimitrou.

eMultitrophic Eco-system demonstrated at PLATSEN 2016

Researchers from Umeå Plant Science Centre demonstrated a model for sustainable agriculture as part of the conference PLATSEN.

PLATSEN 2016 gathered over 200 participants from relevant organisations and research areas to explore the site as a catalyst for sustainability. The conference was organised at Sliperiet by Umeå University in collaboration with Umeå Municipality and the Swedish governments' Scientific Advisory Board for Sustainability.

As well as inspiring lectures and networking, participants were able to experience a number of installations. One of these was developed and built by a team from Plant Physiology (UPSC) at Umeå University, led by Olivier Keech who is assistant professor there. The team built an in-situ experimental multi-trophic farming setup, comprising various approaches such as aquaculture, compost recycling, bioreactors as well as aero-/hydroponics. The setup proposes a potential model for sustainable food production and drew a lot of interest from passers-by during the installation work as well as from participants at the conference. Following the conference, Keech and his team have had discussions with some of the contacts made at PLATSEN to see how the system could be implemented in larger scale.