Welcome to Sliperiet 

We are a creative hub, research and innovation centre, event facility, maker space and a part of Umeå University at Umeå Arts Campus. Below you will find some stories about what's happening here! Get in touch with us to collaborate, use our facilities, book an event, or enquire about office space.

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.


Facts:

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

International hackathon to predict zika- och dengue outcasts

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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):

http://www.fascinerandevaxtersdag.se/aktiviteter/106-fascinerande-vaexters-dag-i-umea-2017.html

 

Luminous interactive blanket brings people together

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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:

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/da_ricci/

https://www.instagram.com/_jreyes79/   

E-mail

daniricsac@gmail.com

jaime79@gmail.com

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

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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:
http://www.bildmuseet.umu.se/en

and about the events related to the exhibition:
http://www.bildmuseet.umu.se/en/events/events/

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

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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.

Contact:
Åke Fransson

Random Bastards celebrates their 100+ record release!

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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.

Contact:

samuel@randombastards.com
erik@randombastards.com

 

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.

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David Sandberg set to direct Zombiebrother

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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!

More: 

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

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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.