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.
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.
Jeff, Virginia and Bob will be presenting a short workshop on some neat things you can do with Inkscape and associated tools at the main Fab Lab this next Sunday the 27th, from 3-4p. It's free and open to anyone and will be part of the training for our new staff. Just show up to join in, we will put any notes and tutorials online.
Come visit the Fab Lab this Thursday for our participation in the Boneyard Arts Festival! The lab will be open from noon to 10p to the community and have plenty of cool projects on exhibition. For more details on the event in general, which includes artists and venues of many kinds see the website: http://40north.org/programs/boneyard
Within 2 short hours Andrew Wesly and I got the Lulzbot TAZ 3D printer working! We're excited to add a 1 cubic foot build size printer to our repertoire - but first we have to master the mystic and perplexing ancient arts of gcode sorcery! We have yet to conquer such challenges in the past two years but with a recent victory over the Neuromaker the Shapeoko, Vision 3D, snapbot, MDX-20 and TAZ are soon to follow.
Judy Lee, a local graphic designer and maker, dropped by last week to see the FabLab for the first time and wrote a great article to feature us in the online magazine Smile Politely.
Read it here! Where ideas become reality: FAB LAB
The Fablab now has a 3D pen. It's good at making tangles of ABS in mid-air! Come try it out and see if you can show-up our first efforts!
The Fab Lab is extending its open hours to time during the day! The new hours start April 1st:
Go check out the annual exhibition of artwork from the metals department! Many of the featured projects made use of Fab Lab tools. The opening is on the 19th of April, and takes up much of the main floor at the Krannert Art Museum.
Interesting article in the NYT about Shapeways and creative designers who have been able to realize ideas because of Shapeways. (Shapeways has a new, so far small, retail outlet.)
Tons of ideas and inspirations in this short article:
"Ashley Zelinskie, 26, a sculptor who works with 3-D printing, tried using a desktop machine to print a full-size chair whose structure was embedded with hexadecimal code readable by a computer. Influenced by “One and Three Chairs,” a conceptual art piece by Joseph Kosuth, the project was an exercise in high-tech frustration.
The Fab Lab has won a Lulzbot TAZ 3D printer! Yes, that's an update - we thought it was an older model but turns out it's going to be a 3D printer with a nearly cubic foot build frame! We hope to get it started at the main lab and then move it on over to The Urbana Free Library for Open Lab with teens!
I'm forwarding this email from UI OPE:
The University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is hosting the Illinois Science Olympiad
State Tournament on April 12, 2014. We are looking for volunteers to
help make possible this competition involving more than 2,000 middle and
high school students and 40+ events in the disciplines of biology,
chemistry, earth science, physics, technology and more. No experience
needed to volunteer. Sign up at the link below or contact Val Goldstein
Instructables has a cool project posted by 'ihart':
A DIY 'segway' scooter:
Anyone want to try to build one?