Two senior students, King Yuk Chiu (right) and Jinyu Wang (left), from the University of Michigan at Makers' Base Chiba.

Three Fun Places to Visit in Tokyo for Fans of Customized Goods – Part 1

08/07/2018 Digital Printing, Corporate Activities

There are a variety of facilities around Tokyo that provide visitors with the digital fabrication tools to turn their ideas into life, and some of them offer services to create your very own personalized items using Roland DG UV printers. In this three-part series, two international students who recently participated in Roland DG’s internship program tried their services and shared their experience with us.

Since last year, Roland DG has conducted 6-week internship programs for international students. This year, two senior students, King Yuk Chiu (photo, right) and Jinyu Wang (photo, left), from the University of Michigan joined us in July. They visited three facilities to create their one-of-a-kind items, including Makers’ Base Chiba, a membership-based factory in Sogo Chiba department store in Chiba that offers hands-on workshops, the Roland DG Creative Center located in the Tokyo Sales Office where we offer customers new business ideas and solutions, and FabCafe Tokyo in Shibuya where visitors can enjoy making new things together.

You can find details of our global internship activities last year here:
https://www.rolanddg.com/en/blog/171003-global-internship-activity

First, King Yuk Chiu reports on her experience at Makers’ Base Chiba.

Makers’ Base Chiba

  • Inside Makers’ Base Chiba

    Inside Makers’ Base Chiba

  • A collection of creative artwork for sale.

    A collection of creative artwork for sale.

“If I want to make a hand-made purse, where should I start? What materials do I need? Where can I get them? How can I print my drawing on leather? Will my first try turn out fine?” Worries like these usually held me back from starting a DIY project, until I found Makers’ Base — a resource-filled studio open to anyone and providing everything one needs for enjoying a creative experience.

Making a design in the studio

Making a design in the studio

Users may come to Makers’ Base with some ready-to-print images or drawings, but it is perfectly fine as well to enter empty handed like we did for our first customized purse workshop. We started by making a design, using the tools provided on the work table. Once we finished the drawings, staff put them into a scanner to prepare them for printing.

Roland DG’s LEF-200 UV printer in action

Roland DG’s LEF-200 UV printer in action

This kind of project was made possible by the application of Roland DG’s LEF-200 UV printer. It prints on a wide variety of materials, such as leather, film, textiles, and resin substrates. We were fascinated by watching our drawings being printed on leather and cured instantly right in front of our eyes.

Printed leather

Printed leather

“Flawless” describes what we saw coming from this printer. Imagine how pleasant it was to watch our projects take shape.

  • We trimmed the leather to the shape of a purse.

    We trimmed the leather to the shape of a purse.

  • After we selected the clasp and inner fabric, we put all the parts together.

    After we selected the clasp and inner fabric, we put all the parts together.

Of course, the workshop did not just end right there. We also got a chance to experience trimming the leather, putting the pieces together, picking our favorite clasps and colored inner fabric from the collection at Makers’ Base, and so on. Under the step-by-step guidance of the professional staff, our anxieties at the very beginning – “Will my first try at making a purse turn out fine?” – disappeared from our minds before we knew it.

Workshop users holding the final products in hand

Workshop users holding the final products in hand

After this workshop, I felt the infinite possibility of more projects from the use of this UV printer. At Makers’ Base, we gained not just the objects we held in our hands at the end, but also the skills of assembling a purse, the joy of creating a unique item, the infinite possibility that a UV printer can bring to more DIY projects, as well as the experience of turning our imagination into reality.

Final products

Final products

In the next part, King Yuk Chiu reports on her experience at the Roland DG Tokyo Creative Center.

* The information regarding their services is as of July 2018. It is subject to change without notice. For details, please visit their website below.

Makers’ Base Chiba
http://makers-base.com/chiba/ (Japanese)

* Makers’ Base interviews:
Imagine. BLOG - UV printers play key role in success of shared factory Makers’ Base
Part1: https://www.rolanddg.com/en/blog/170807-makers-base-1
Part2: https://www.rolanddg.com/en/blog/170808-makers-base-2

Imagine. BLOG - Shared Factory Makers’ Base Offers New Way to Experience Fabrication at Shopping Centers
Part1: https://www.rolanddg.com/en/blog/180124-makers-base-chiba
Part2: https://www.rolanddg.com/en/blog/180130-makers-base-chiba

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