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.
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?
Welcome in the spring with us at our annual community BBQ. This next Sunday, May 4th, the lab will be hosting a celebration of volunteers, graduating students, new staff, grants and continued good times. We'll have an open grill with some meat and some kind of vegetarian option, but please feel free to bring your own dish. We'll kick the fire off around noon and continue on in to open hours.
Volunteers are highly encouraged to attend so that they can meet some of our new student staff helping us with workshops this summer!
|We will add open lab hours on Friday afternoons (12pm-5pm) on May 2 and May 9 ONLY.
Also, please note that beginning May 16, 2014, afternoon open lab times on Mondays and Thursdays will be discontinued for the summer (but will return again in the fall).
Regular open lab times continue to include Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6-9pm and Sundays 1-6pm.
IEEE students are putting on a Touch Synthesizer workshop this week:
6-8pm WED Apr 23 SIEBL 1105
3-5pm SAT Apr 26 DCL 1310
See the picture/flyer for more details.