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.
Since we are starting a new year, the Fab Lab Makers have decided to try a new time for open labs. Beginning on January 11th, the open lab for youths will be every Saturday from 2pm until 4pm. We will still have projects and ideas available to anyone who comes in just to explore the lab, as well as volunteers to help you with the equipment if you have your own project ideas.
The Fab Lab will be closed this upcoming Sunday (January 5th 2014) due to excessive snow and limited staff/volunteers, sorry!
We'll plan on being back in action starting Tuesday, January 7th.
Radical DIY (located in Missouri, I think).
If you don't have this bookmark, you probably want it.
Frankly, I don't think I really need, say, an Aluminum extractor. But a DIY rototiller might be nice....
Join us this Sunday at the Fab Lab to wrap gifts and to make cards, ornaments and other crafts for the holidays!
Chocolate snacks will also be present.
Laser Engraved and Cut Pendants for Earrings and Necklaces
Patricia S. Taylor
Join us for a Holiday Potluck this Thursday from 6-9 at the lab. Bring a dish to share and come work on holiday gifts, cards and other creations. Free to participate but if you don't bring food donations to the snack bin are encouraged!
A free online tool to create a vector font from your own handwriting - http://www.myscriptfont.com/
Since the lab is going to be closed over winter break, the Fab Lab Makers will host an open lab for youth on the 14th of December instead of the 21st. If you are between the ages of 10 and 16, grab a responsible adult and come out to the lab. You can personalize an ornament or bring in a project of your own to work on. If you have any questions you can email the Youth Council at cucflyc(at)gmail.com.
The Fab Lab will be closed for the winter holidays! Our last open day will be Sunday December 22nd and we will reopen on Tuesday January 7th. Have a great break!
If you have never heard of printcraft, it is a creative server for minecraft. Minecraft is a sandbox game where you break and place blocks of various materials. Printcraft is one of the many ways that players of minecraft can create an STL file of the things they create. This means they can physically print the things they create in the game. What makes printcraft different is that it converts the standard minecraft block, 1mx1mx1m, into a 2mmx2mmx2mm block when creating the STL file. This means that you can build things to scale and for specific purposes. While it is still used primarily by players who want physical copies of their favorite game elements, it is an excellent way to introduce youth to the idea of designing real world objects in 3D. So far I have printed new usb drive cases, have drawn a holder for my tv remote controls, and printed a Tardis that my 14 year old son drew.
The Fab Lab will be closed on Tuesday Novenber 26th and Thursday November 28th.
The Lab will resume normal operation on Sunday December 1st.
Have a great Thanksgiving Day!
A project started (in part) by a Fab Lab patron and UIUC Material Sciences researcher, Analisa Russo, Circuit Scribe is an easy way to get into learning circuits on paper and get around breadboard learning techniques. Learn more (and donate, if you like) here:
I believe a few of us are going to pick a version up for the main lab and TUFL to test and play with. More on the project at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/electroninks/circuit-scribe-draw-circuits-instantly
Circuit stickers, referred by Betty Barrett:
Ink-jet based circuits, referred by Dean Rose:
Possibly of interest to some of you, “hybrid basketry”, “a medium where 3D-printed structures are shaped to allow the growth and development of hand-woven patterns.” Example product
This work was presented at SIGGRAPH 2013, published in:
Hybrid Basketry: Interweaving Digital Practice within Contemporary CraftAmit Zoran, Leonardo , Vol. 46, No. 4, LEONARDO SPECIAL ISSUE: SIGGRAPH 2013 Art Papers and XYZN: ScaleArt Gallery (2013), pp. 324-331 [PDF]
Other works by Zoran can be viewed at: http://web.media.mit.edu/~amitz/Research/Research.html
Hear from individuals about how they incorporate creativity into their daily lives, participate in some creative activities, and eat some treats!