The Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab is an open and collaborative workshop space for computer-driven innovation, design and fabrication. We enable makers of all kinds to imagine, design and create using open source software and DIY equipment. We do this by working with a local and international network to actively cultivate public engagement through community-focused art, entrepreneurship, research and education.
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.
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!