Emosilla ReMAKE – SCOPES Digital Fabrication

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Ilaria La Manna
Ilaria La Manna
Fablab manager
Digital Architect graduated in Rome, 2010 Master Degree in Advanced Architecture at IAAC and Bioacademy graduate 2015.   Interest into investigation and research of experimental materials and new bio-materials for Architecture shapes and fabrication system, in different cities. Since 2014… Read More



Emosilla l has the goal to sensitize kids to true emotions, and is based on the goals of authentic cultural exchange in Latin America, where it’ s start, and to the rest of the world. Basic concepts of digital fabrication are introduced to students as they participate in the design of their own chair and fabricate it using the Milling machine and Laser cutter. In the next step they assemble it with a press-fit construction process and paint it. In final reflection and presentation, students can compare their projects to each other and others developed all over the world! It is an open source project since 2014 till now had a lot of transformation and improvement from the design to the size of the chair that change according of the machine available at the fab lab or change according of the cultural needed .

What You'll Need

MDF 12mm Sheets (80×120)cm _ for each kids

MDF 3mm Sheet (80×120)cm _ one for 10 kids


BRASHES_ one for kids

WATER COLOR PAINT (1l red, 1l blue, 1l yellow, 1l white)




For Emosilla Circuit

LEDS (2 for each kids)





The Instructions


Welcome the kids, make some activity as (Games or talks) that makes theme more active and less shine with the tutors and others kids. (This specially happen if the kids they don' t know each other ). Introduction to digital fabrication and workshop activity

Tamplate, express your Emotion

Students will be drawing in a template the emotion that they will feel more often.

Assembly the emosilla chair

The kids will get the 5 pieces of the chair, prevues lasers cut or cut by inc machine and they will press fit and assembly all the pieces of the chair.


The kids will get brush to paint, mixing the primary colours, and color up the emosilla

2D Drawing

Each Kids, can design the same "face emotion" that draw in the template in a 2d program

Laser cut time

All the different emotions face will be fabricate to customise the emosilla

Fixing the Emotion

Students will glue or stick the laser cut or vinyl cut face to the, from back of the chair.

Share the result with the fab network

Using hangout kids will share the finish prototype with the others kids that are doing the workshop on the some date !

Emosilla circuit

If you want to had a basic electronic circuit and you have a small chair to light up!

Final Pictures

Please take a final picture with all the participants and share to FAB LAT KIDS network!


If for you feel like change the shape of the chair and make an other use of it please share to us will be fun to see the changes, as different counties did!


  • (Fab-Modeling.2): I can construct compound shapes and multi-part components ready for physical production using multiple representations.
  • (Fab-Fabrication.2): I can develop workflows across four or more of the following: modeling softwares, programming environments, fabrication machines, electronic components, material choices, or assembly operations.
  • (Fab-Design.2): I can participate in design reviews with prepared presentation materials as well as give and receive feedback from peers.