The Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab is a small-scale workshop for computer-based innovation, design and fabrication. The Fab Lab allows you to dream up, design and make almost anything you can imagine using open source software and DIY equipment.
From Hong Kong, a "lace" dress, constructed with a "3D Pen".
This has got to be the hard way to make a dress, and I'd be surprised if it was especially comfortable to wear. (Soon, we'll have the option to print much nicer materials, I'm sure.)
We're happy to announce the September 2014 Fab Lab Orientation series! Join us during general open hours from 6-7:30p for activities. Those that require take-home materials will be a $5 charge per participant.
Sessions will be led by expert Fab Lab staff and the remainder of the evening will be an opportunity to work with others on similar projects. Keep an eye out for October, when we switch over to Halloween-themed events like costume design or pumpkin carving with lasers!
An interesting art work/gadget from Dominic Wilcox: “GPS Shoes“.
These shoes can be programmed to give directions, and though scarcely ruby slippers, but they may be able to take you home.
Best of all, the feature is enabled by clicking your heals, a la Dorothy. Cool!
By the way, Wilcox has a lot of other strange and interesting “inventions” in his portfolio.
Fab Lab Minecraft server is down until we negotiate a solution with the University Firewall or Comcast off-site. It can be connected to locally at the Fab Lab on port 5222. It will likely be fixed by the end of next week. Sorry for the trouble!
An awesome walk-in kaleidoscope!
From Kobe (I needed to translate the blog page), this is built as a giant origami, made of folded mirrors, inside a shipping container. The folds are fabricated by laser cutting perforations into mirrors.
(I don't think the Epilog has sufficient power to replicate this, but I'm not sure.)
Google translate says "awesome" translates to: 素晴らしい
Yet more awesomeness out of UIUC Bioengineering. Tiny Robots! Powered by muscle tissue!
Fabbers will be interested that the structures were made using 3D printing techniques, to print out "hydrogel".
See the paper for details.
Well done, all.
C. Cvetkovic*, R. Raman*, V. Chan, B. J. Williams, M. Tolish, P. Bajaj, M. L. Sakar, H. H. Asada, M. T. A. Saif, R. Bashir, "Three-dimensionally printed biological machines powered by skeletal muscle" PNAS, 2014. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1401577111. - (download PDF)
A piece last week aggregated some recent art works that use 3D printing. These projects may be inspirational for Fabbers.
14 Ways 3D Printing Has Changed The Art World by Katherine Brook.
Possibly of interest: Autodesk Labs is investigating 4D printing among other things
Wild and crazy stuff and totally for real.
(And I'm glad to see software people deeply involved: it'll never fly until there are good tools to do it.)
At our soldering and sewing workshops, Judy Lee teaches kids how to move from concept to finished product in the design of a plushie, made with felt. They learn how to thread a sewing machine, as well as finishing off with a pillow stitch, all in the span of about 90 minutes.
Printable circuit fans: IEEE Spectrum reports on progress--non volatile RAM printed on paper!
The report by Rachel Courtland has pointers to details and some background information.
An interesting 'wearable scupture' from NYU graduate project. This uses technology familiar to Fabbers, and could be recreated in the CUCFL: 3D printing, smart fabric, an arduino, and data feeds from mobile devices were employed to create a provocative garment that amplifies the wearer's "exposure":
as she eimits metadata that reveals her personal activities, the garmet becomes transparent to reveal more of her personal person.
Drone fans: here's a remarkable performance. Really cool.
In the current location, CUCFL has all the ingredients to create such a performance, incuding dancers.
Yet another kind of "printing"--print your own makeup.
From the presentation, this seems to be pretty far along toward reality.
One thing that is interesting is that they will have to solve the problem of supplying the input materials (which in this case are strictly regulated by the FDA, for good measure).
If successful, this could be a paradigm example that inspires print-it-yourself consumer goods.
OK, here's something I've always wanted, but never could have: an atomic force microscope! What would I do with it? Who knows? It's been academic, anyway, up to now.
Any Fabbers interested in such a project?