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The SUPERSCALE and MIMAW team would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported our ‘Bayanihan Pins’ fund raising project.  On November 28 2013, we launched the project after a week of swift and intense planning in light of the Typhoon Haiyan disaster in the Philippines and with your help we were able to raise AUD$950 equivalent to nearly ₱38300 donated to RED CROSS AUSTRALIA in time for 2013 Christmas!

To help the victims of one of the strongest storms ever recorded to hit the Philippines, we are raising funds to donate to the Red Cross for Christmas through the potentials of open-source design and 3d printing. Instead of giving a one-off donation, we hope this small project will create a ripple and amplify our intentions a hundred fold.

We love pins! In light of this disaster, we have designed a pin that celebrates the Filipino word, “bayanihan” referring to the unified spirit and actions of the community to achieve a specific goal. The origins of “bayanihan” can be traced from the traditions of Philippine towns, where the community will help a family relocate to a new place by transporting their house to a new location. This is achieved by placing bamboo poles under the house where volunteers from the community will then literally carry the house to a new location.

We are strong advocates of open-source design. The ambition of this fund-raising project is to embrace its potential by releasing the digital files allowing people from the 3d printing community to freely access them. It is our hope that with your help, by printing and raising money, we would be able to raise more funds compared to our small studio if we do it alone. Think Global, Act Local.

With no secondary support structures and very small in scale, our pins were designed to be easily printed by any FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) 3d printer around the world. They are printed using 1.75mm White PLA filaments. They are then assembled, painted and finished by hand. We will provide the printers settings we used to print as a guide. Our files and instructions will be available here and also at Thingiverse.

Maraming Salamat! Mabuhay!

Important Notes:
• If you would like to participate and raise funds by printing your own 3d printed pins, you do not need to send us the money you have raised. Please feel free to donate them to whatever charity that will help the Typhoon Haiyan victims.
Please download the 3d printing guide to get started!

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Photographer: Desmond Looi
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