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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.

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IEEE Tocuh Synthesizer Workshop

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.

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Volunteer Workshop this Sunday @ 3p!

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.

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Fab Lab @ Boneyard Arts Festival 2014

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

Plan A – Minimal Hours + Workshops

Reserve afternoons and mornings for workshops and classes – June – August (3-15 hr/week)

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The Lulzbot 3D printer is working!

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.

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FabLab Featured in Smile Politely Magazine

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

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We have a 3Doodler.

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!

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New Hours!

The Fab Lab is extending its open hours to time during the day! The new hours start April 1st:

  • Sunday afternoon from 1 to 6 pm
  • Monday afternoon from 12 to 6 pm
  • Tuesday evening from 6 to 9 pm
  • Thursday all day from 12 to 9 pm

Remember the Urbana Free Library also has an Open Lab for Teens (ages 11-18) that happens weekdays after school from 3-6p on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday most weeks. Check their calendar.

MFA Exhibition - Featuring Art Made at the Fab Lab!

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.

NYT Article About Shapeways

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:

Bringing 3-D Power to the People by Steven Kurutz

For example....

"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.

Fab Lab Wins a Lulzbot TAZ 3D printer!

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!

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Science Olympiad needs volunteers

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 at val.goldstein@illinoisolympiad.org.

http://illinoisolympiad.ivolunteer.com/state_2014

'Instructables' Project: DIY Segway

Instructables has a cool project posted by 'ihart':

A DIY 'segway' scooter:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Rideable-Segway-Clone-Low-Cost-and-Easy-...

Anyone want to try to build one?

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Victor Ekpuk visit the Fab Lab!

Victor Ekpuk came to visit us the Fab Lab today! He cut out some original art on the laser. Go check out his main exhibit at Krannert Art Museum up through July 27th:

http://kam.illinois.edu/exhibitions/current/autographics.html

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Fab Lab @ EOH Today!

Just a reminder that the Fab Lab will have a booth out at Engineering Open House today, just outside of the Mechanical Engineering Lab on the Bardeen Quad. We'll be staffing it from 9a-3p both Friday and Saturday. The main lab will also be open on Saturday from 9a-2p for general visitors. Feel free to stop by and/or help help us staff the table! Thanks!

Intel Design Contest for Wearable Computing Idea

Anyone interested in wearable computing?  Have you got great ideas you want to try to build?

Maybe you would be intereted in the Intel "Make It Wearable" challenge.

http://makeit.intel.com/

The CUCFL would be a perfect place to find collaborators and tools to do such a project.

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