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Month: January 2019

Andreas Wilmsmeier

Recyclable Plastic – Do it Yourself!

This time it is not about ironing plastic bags to create a fascinating new material, this time you’ll learn to see lids of PET bottles as a wonderful raw material.

These colourful lids can be shredded to a granulate with the help of a machine called “Plastic Wolf“, available in the Fablab Luzern. As a granulate, the lids fit into the cylinder of our tabletop injection moulding machine in the People’s Factory. The granulate is heated to the right temperature in the cylinder until it melts and then pressed into an aluminum mould positioned under the cylinder. The result is a large paper clip, either coloured (when using a mix of lids) or monochrome (when using lids of one colour).

On 4 Wednesdays, the People’s Factory will be open for you from 4:00pm to make your own XL paperclip. Participation is free of charge, but you will have to bring 10 PET plastic lids and the small ring attached to the lids…

Plastic moulding will take us until about 7:00pm – after that, we are invited to join the Plastic Talks in the Neubad.

  • Wednesday 23.01.2019 // Plastic & Tokenomics
  • Wednesday 27.02.2019 // Circular & Plastic
  • Tuesday 19.03.2019 // Plastic & Planet
  • Wednesday 17.04.2019 // Plastic & Water

As with our Plasticious workshops, our moulding workshops are supported by PlasticTwist.

Marianne Wilmsmeier

Plasticious! – Again!

Last Saturday we ran our second Plastic Twist Workshop – Following our motto “On the bags, ready, iron away!”, 9 participants covered the floor in the People’s Factory with colourful plastic bags of all sizes. There was no shortage of raw materials and the variety of shopping bags really spurred on creativity. After a short period of time, everyone got the hang of it, grew familiar with handling the unknown material “plastic bag” and mastered the arbitrary shrinking processes of the bags perfectly.

Again, we forgot the time, most of our guests stayed much longer than planned. And once again, we are absolutely thrilled about the fascinating metamorphosis of plastic bags into book covers, pencil cases, coin bags, wallets, spectacle cases, key rings – a colourful range of new products!

Marianne Wilmsmeier

Popup Exam – Lucerne School of Art & Design

People’s Factory is hosting the Popup Exam of 25 students of “Design Management, International” from Lucerne School of Art & Design

When: January 24, 2019, from 10:00 am – 05:00pm
Where: People’s Factory, Bundesstr. 21, 6003 Lucerne
What: Exciting visions for selected companies, developed by the students
Extras: Apero from 05:00pm

Stijn Ossevoort, lecturer for “Creative Problem Solving and Opportunity Finding” and his students are embarking on an exciting experiment, taking their exams on 24.01.2019 to the public, in the People’s Factory in Lucerne. Anyone interested in how professionally, yet creatively, students approach shaping future, can join in for the pop-up exam.

Every student has chosen a real company and has developed a vision for that company for the next 10 to 30 years. They learned the tools of the trade during their studies: To recognise trends, drivers, impulses that could be relevant in the future, to describe them and to creatively derive scenarios that could be realistic. For example, A “Visual Translator” that is able to translate complicated texts into a simple graphical form; or a vision that puts your entire living space up in the air. Companies such as Google, Novartis, Swatch, a local real estate company or the Insel Hospital in Bern are looking forward to exciting visions from extremely committed students.

We are looking forward to everyone who is interested in what drives young, committed students and what they are able to achieve with their creativity!

And for all those who missed the “Pop-Up Exam” and are still curious, you can come to the People’s Factory for another month, until 21.02.2019, to see the great results during our opening hours.


Wim Lanz

1st Plastic Twist Workshop


We started with an introduction to plastics. Did you know that there are over 44000 different types of plastic?

Equipped with a lot of new information and a pile of plastic bags the participants brought along, we moved on to ironing multiple layers of plastic bags into thin, durable sheets of plastic. As it turned out, there are no limits to the creativity: From randomly combined colours to carefully designed patterns, with texture or smoothly ironed, it didn’t take long until we were able to put our laser cutter to work to cut the individual shapes of nicely designed items from the newly recycled material. In the last step, the new shapes were sewn together by hand with a saddle stitch or the sewing machine. This resulted in many different new products such as a coin pouch, a bag for fruit shopping or mobile phone covers.

Inspired by their success, our participants didn’t want to stop at the end of the workshop, so we extended the three hours scheduled to a total of five hours. In retrospect, it was one of our most creative workshops so far and we were able to demonstrate how easy it is to recycle readily available plastic material and create something nice and functional out of it.