There is a Will and There is a Way
Tinkerer, Metal worker, Engineer, Maker.
I was really into the maker movement, when it all started in U.A.E. Few more months in, OriginBase was a thing. A great idea turned into reality. You don’t just come to Makerspace to get your work done. You come to Makerspace to meet other people who are working on similar things. The eventual goal is to collaborate with other people. As an individual, you can only achieve so much.”
Tell us something about background and how did you get into making as well as OriginBase?
I was really into the maker movement, when it all started in U.A.E. I would go to all the meet ups and meet certain people, that was the time when a makerspace was just a little thing around. People were just thinking about the idea. Few more months in, OriginBase was a thing. I knew the people who conceived it, and brought the idea to a reality. That’s how I got into OriginBase. I was got in before the doors were open. Helping things around and eventually started working here.
What is treasured by you at OriginBase?
Metal is the word. Also, I am quite enticed by wood. OriginBase is the only place I do get to tinker with metal, rest everywhere it is just wood. DC electronics is like my friend whom I know since a couple of years and I am onto it since a couple of years.
What are you studying back in university?
I am a major in Computer science and I’m also doing a minor in Liberal arts.
What is your dearest aspect of this place?
Well, most people think of makerspace as a place where they can go and use equipment. There are plenty of factories where you can go and use the equipment to design things and get your job done. It is mostly about the community and the people. You don’t just come to Makerspace to get your work done. You come to Makerspace to meet other people who are working on similar things. The eventual goal is to collaborate with other people. As an individual, you can only achieve so much.
How has OriginBase had an impact on your life?
When I was a lot younger, OriginBase has to some degree changed the way I live my life. Initially, I didn’t see maker movement more than a hobby. I used to make things at my house, meet people at a coffee shop and just enjoy it as a ordinary hobby, not something I can pursue in the future, in my life. But Originbase has made it possible that this becomes something I can do in the future. Before OriginBase, I would not believe this as something which would earn me money or get me somewhere in life, but now as it is venturing into it as a commercial entity, it is proving to me that this is something I want to do after I graduate. It can be defined as a hobby turned into something I want to pursue in the future as well.
Why do you feel the need to work as a maker? What is the urge about?
As makers, when we finish making something, there is always something we would like to do better. If I make a plane, I look at, I might be happy about my efforts, but if I look enough, and put more efforts, I would notice that there are things which I could do better. When I started, I started with blades, cutters, pins, normal drills and now the things which I make, cannot be done with just mere hand tools. There is where the equipment comes in. You can achieve a higher quality of product by using machinery which is of industrial level. Hence, the urge of using new equipment. Once we use something new, we will figure something out. This can come handy in my project. A good example will be when I was working on my plane, when I first made it, I used to just cut all the patterns out on a foamboard using a cutter and a pencil to mark everything down, when I came to OriginBase, the laser cutter does the 3 hours of work in 3 minutes and I don’t have to worry about any inaccuracies because it is precise. That made a big difference. Now I don’t even use foam boards as a material for planes. I just go for CNC wood. That is the urge which people like me have towards the machine!
Describe yourself in one word.
I think curious is the perfect adjective for every maker.
Mechanical Engineer, Aerospace Engineer in the making, Learner, Maker.
Everyday is an opportunity at this place. I see new stuff here everyday. Everyday is a surprise.”
Sarfaraz, what brought you to OriginBase?
I am a mechanical engineer and while I was looking for a job, I applied to all the usual places where people apply, and fortunately Orwa found me online. He thought my expertise and caliber was impressive. He Called me over at OriginBase, showed me around, and I was pretty nervous but he chilled me out, and I grew in this place, my ideas, grew with the team. The OriginBase crowd wanted my help and I found myself useful.
What’s your area of work at OB?
I work on everything that the members work on as I give my input on anything and everything Mr. Ahmad or Orwa wants me to do. We are engineers and we work in every zone. I am good at metal working as I am a mechanical engineer, so when we got the metal shop up and working, I knew the whereabouts of it, that’s my zone. I am confident about it.
How has OriginBase impacted your life?
Since my college days, as I was working as a barista, which was really fun! I did not used to make much money, but everyday was a happy day at work.
As Criss Jami says, “Like most arts, the link between the mind and the pen can chain you like an enslaved workaholic. Even on an intended vacation you suddenly have this killer urge to record whatever the vacation may teach.” What attracts you to OriginBase everyday?
I want to learn, just learn. Everyday is an opportunity at this place. I see new stuff here everyday. Everyday is a surprise. Our day begins and ends with exploring and discovering new things here at OriginBase.
Describe yourself in one word.
Definitely a Learner.