Design Week at benchspace Cork

“DIGITAL FABRICATION TOOLS: your workshop assistant.” 

Design Week Events at benchspace, 

in association with Design & Crafts Council, Ireland 

November 17th & 18th, 2022

Convened by Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI), there are workshops, exhibitions, talks, converse and more taking place throughout Ireland, many focussing on why design matters and highlighting issues around sustainability, diversity, and inclusion.

benchspace, in association with Design and Crafts Council Ireland, is proud to be participating in Design Week Ireland 2022. Taking place over two days, Thursday 17th and Friday 18th November, we will hold free hands-on workshops and demos with six makers from the space. Maeve Murphy, benchspace’s Operations Manager said: “We invite everyone interested in Digital fabrication tools, to join us for these free workshops.” Registration for the Design Week events can be found on benchspace’s website: 

Discussing “DIGITAL FABRICATION TOOLS: your workshop assistant.”  Specifically the workshops will focus on the uses of laser cutting and 3D printing machines in maker practices. 

benchspace is a not for profit, social enterprise, established by makers for makers, from learner to professional. It has a voluntary board, a management team and members who avail of the open access, shared space and equipment. benchspace also engages in training and contract work, and advocates for making-based enterprises and product design across Ireland. Any surplus from its activities are reinvested within the organisation for the growth and improvement of its services to makers. 

Beginning at 2pm on Thursday 17th November Paul McKenna will demonstrate the different design techniques used in making his art work, specifically, looking at processes used in laser cutting as part of this.

At 4:30pm on the same afternoon, Aleksandra Kowalczyk will demonstrate a variety of ways in which she uses the laser cutting machine in her design process.

Thursday’s events will conclude with Aidan Killeen & Gerry Mouzakitis’ latest Benchtalk event kicking off at 7pm. This will include conversations and demonstrations with Cian Martin and Mark Hogan including demonstrations on MSLA 3D printing and generational algorithms in Rhino 3d CAD package.

Friday’s demonstrations focus specifically on 3D printing. Starting the day at 2pm with Mejdi Nciri discussing the philosophy of how and why he uses digital fabrication of prototyping cycle (rapid prototyping) in his work. 

Followed by a talk and workshop at 4:30pm with Izabella Balikoti, from The Silver Loom jewellers. Izabella will describe the processes used in the development of prototypes for The Silver Loom jewellery studio. 

Finishing up the day with a networking event surrounded by makers’ workspaces and benches, we invite all local emerging and established makers alike to come and meet each other for our social meet up event from 7 – 9:30pm.