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.
It is pretty late notice, but if you are up for a trip to Wheaton this weekend the Osmoces 2013 Symposium looks like a good time. There are lots of workshops planned along with several speakers. I am not going to make it this year, but will try to watch for it next year so I have time to plan a trip.
A spot on some of what Shapeways offers.
Dean Rose and several Fab Lab volunteers will be attending the UI research park Prototyping Fair tomorrow - go check it out!
Illinois Central TV ran a spot for us this past weekend! It's a good overview but also a lot of George and I talking - I'd just like to emphasize that many, many people make the Fab Lab go, including our volunteers and our partners at community organizations.
The Mini Makerfaire is almost upon us (next Saturday!) check it out:
A special thanks to Jonathan Landais and Marie Lombard from Fab Lab Lyon visited us this past weekend! They were kind enough to share some about their knowledge and projects as well as run two workshops, the Bush of Life, for kids in two community groups - the homeschool group (attached to the Fab Lab teen group, the Fab Lab Makers) and the Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center. Files from their workshop are attached.
The third Saturday of September happens to coincide with the Urbana-Champaign Mini Maker Faire being held at the IMC. The Fab Lab Makers will be there instead of at the Fab Lab. Come check us out at the Fab Lab booth. We will have exciting information about our new Fab Lab Makers Certification Program and there will be plenty of exciting stuff to look at and make. If you have never been to, or heard about, the UC Mini Maker Faire check out their website here.
The IMC has lots of events going on this weekend - including home router hacking and arduino electonics.
The Mobile Fab Lab is here and getting set up - thanks to Dean Rose, Lisa Bievenue and Sally Jackson for making it happen.
A picture of the town the kids at the UFL Fab Lab have built in Minecraft - stay tuned for pictures of the 3D printed model!
Possibly of interest "School for Poetic Computation" (in NYC).
"...to promote completely strange, impractical and magical work..."
Is anyone inspired to try something like this here?
An interesting article in the NY Times today, "Writers as Architects". Aside from the interesting images, it struck me as a possible inspiration for a Fab Lab workshop..
Possibly of interest: a blog by Martin Galese, bringing 19th century patents to life as 3D printing projects.
Some of these are supposed to be posted to thingiverse.com, though I haven't looked for them yet.