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The Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab is a collaborative workshop space for computer-based innovation, design and fabrication. The Fab Lab allows you to dream up, design and make almost anything you can imagine by leveraging open source software, DIY equipment and a powerful network of makers.

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Business/Operations Committee Meeting Announcement

Join us for an open discussion this Thursday evening - all are welcome!

I made my 2012 Halloween costume at the Fab Lab!

Back in October I used the big vinyl cutter to create my Halloween costume! I attended a Halloween party that also celebrated the fall birthdays of three friends. The party was themed for the states they were born in: Missouri, Tennessee, and California. My costume matched all three, with Dr. Pepper from Missouri, Mountain Dew from Tennessee, and Orange Crush from California! Everyone at the party thought it was awesome, but I ended up taking it off pretty quickly when I realized it was impossible to sit down. Slight engineering oversight. :P

Dr. Pepper

Fab Lab closed on Thanksgiving Day

The Fab Lab will be closed Thursday November 22 in observance of Thanksgiving Day.  We will be open the following Sunday from1 to 6 pm

Kids to Invade the Fab Lab

In a recent blog post Maggie Thrash wrote "A common misconception is that hacking=accessing other people's computers (see: any movie or news story about "hacking"). But the true meaning of hacking is much broader-- it's about problem-solving, rejecting limits set by outside forces, curiousity, and a true DIY spirit.

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Open lab for people 10 to 16 years old

Ken Denmead wrote the following about raising geeks, though I think it applies to raising and teaching all kids: "...It means teaching them an empowering worldview. It means showing them how things work and that with a little research, determinations and trial and error, they can bend the world to their will. It means raising them with the maker call to arms echoing in their ears: 'If you can't open it, you don't own it!' It means getting them to approach problems technically and solve them with imagination, which makes anything possible.

Anyone Interested in 2013 Fab Academy?

Every year the Fab Academy conducts a rigorous semester long class based on the MIT course, with remote participants working in local Fab Labs around the world.

CUCFL hosted a Fab Academy class in 2011.

If there is enough interest, we could try to have one in Jany 2013.

We need to get several (probably 3 or more) people to sign up (Note:  there is a $3-5000 tuition.) and we will need to recruit a "guru" to be the local expert here.

For more information see:

http://www.fabacademy.org/application-form/

Scanning people in 3D!

Thanks to Dean Rose we are now able to scan people and objects in 3D! We'll be working on this more in the coming weeks.

xbox scanning Whitney 3D bust

See more pictures on Flickr.

A video on Prototyping

I'm enrolled in a coursera class on HCI to help expand my resources for teaching and found this video on rapid prototyping and the design process that I thought was quite relevant to our lab:

https://uofi.box.com/PowerOfPrototyping

*New* Small Cardboard Pteranodon Kit

New for Halloween:  small dinaosaur, to cut from pressboard.

Purchase a 6x12 in piece of pressboard from the lab attendant, then download the files.  The file 'ptero-small.pdf' is all you need.

Use the Epilog Mini laser to make your own dinosaru today!

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Request for Help: Want to Light a Jack'O'Lantern

I made a small Jack'o'lantern on the new UP! printer.

The project was downloaded from Thingiverse, http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4494 by DocProfSky. The STL file is in the Downloads folder on the UP! machine.

Help Wanted:  This Jack'o'lantern is intended to have a light inside, e.g., a LED and battery.  I need some folks to help finish this part of the project.

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Laser Cutter Business

From Steve Holt initially

Neat story of a small company start-up based on laser cutters making “Pibow”, a case for a small computer.

RPi Case

http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/2098

Circuit Boards

I am looking for some information on where to start with making circuit boards. I have a simple amplifier circuit that I would like to create a small board for on the Modela. On Sunday I was told the names of some software to start with, but I think I am going to need more of a tutorial or something to follow. I appreciate any advice or direction you may have to offer. 

New Woodworking Shop

A new woodworking shop is opening up over by Parkland. Some might be interested:

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/miscellaneous/2012-09-04/woodworking-school-open-champaign.html

Mendocino Motor

I was very excited to see that the new Up 3D printer was set up and running when my daughter and I came to the lab today. A month or so ago my son asked to make the Mendocino Motor that was featured in Volume 31 of Make Magazine. It requires making several parts using a 3D printer. We tried making the rotor using the cupcake printer, but it broke loose from the platform when it was about 75% complete. We decided to wait until the new printer was in before trying again, and now it is here.

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