Fab Lab collage

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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The Mobile Fab Lab is here

The Mobile Fab Lab is here and getting set up - thanks to Dean Rose, Lisa Bievenue and Sally Jackson for making it happen.

Mobile Fab Lab inside

Minecraft at the Urbana Free Library

A picture of the town the kids at the UFL Fab Lab have built in Minecraft - stay tuned for pictures of the 3D printed model!

UFL Town

Mobile Fab Lab Open Hours and Events

Mobile Fab Lab Trailer

Open Lab

  • Thursdays – Aug 15 and 22 – 6-9p
  • Saturdays  – KIDS ONLY (age 11-18) – Aug 17 and 24– 10a-12p
  • Sundays – Aug 18 & 25 – 1-6p

Events

  • Monday  – Open House for Area Youth Provider Organizations – Aug 19 – 6-9p
  • Tuesday  – Shopbot Workshop with CU Woodturning Club – Aug 20 – 6-9p

School for Poetic Computation

Possibly of interest "School for Poetic Computation" (in NYC).

"...to promote completely strange, impractical and magical work..."

Is anyone inspired to try something like this here?

 

Design class, "Writers as Architects"

An interesting article in the NY Times today, "Writers as Architects".  Aside from the interesting images, it struck me as a possible inspiration for a Fab Lab workshop..

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/03/writers-as-architects/

19th Centure Patents, 3D printable

Possibly of interest:  a blog by Martin Galese, bringing 19th century patents to life as 3D printing projects.

http://patent-able.tumblr.com/

Some of these are supposed to be posted to thingiverse.com, though I haven't looked for them yet.

MIT Mobile Fab Lab coming to Illinois in August

MIT Mobile Fab Lab coming to Illinois!  Check out the You Tube video courtesy of Congressman Bill Foster

http://youtu.be/sEUpbBLxzo8

McGill Music/Dance Project

Possibly of interest: wearable/dancable instrumentation, made in a fab lab (from McGill Univ.)

http://idmil.org/projects/prosthetic_instruments

Their YouTube video from this article:  http://youtu.be/jX-PXGagp_A

Anyone want to try something like this?  (I can throw in the possibility of Augmented Reality imagery.)

Fab Lab People Appear on Big Ten Network

As reported earlier here, the Fab Lab contributed to an Augmented Reality installation for UI graduation ceremonieds.

The Big Ten Network broadcase a video on this project on July 19, 2013.  The video is now available on YouTube:

http://youtu.be/qLvKfAF_KjQ

CUC Fab Lab Presentation at Digital Humanities 2013 in Lincoln, NE

I will present a short paper about the CUCFL at the Digital Humanities 2013 conference in Lincoln Nebraska this Friday.  [abstract]

As part of the preparation, I finished a writeup about a project I did on the 3D printer.  See the blog entry and related essay.

As the blog notes, I wrote the essay in reply to criticism from the conference reviewers, to wit, "what does this stuff have to do with humanities?"

Not being a professional humanist, I nevertheless took a stab at a 'humanistic' argument.

CUCFL Youth Council Open Lab Time

It is that time again, the third Saturday of the month. Come to the fab lab and help design a cooling hood for the laser cutter, make some stickers, or create a minecraft item that can be printed on the 3D printer. The open lab is from 10 until noon. Mincecraft House

NG Story on the Product Manufactory

Product Manufactory

Fab Lab folks in the news (well, in the local newspaper). Nice piece about the Product Manufactory in Urbana.

CUC Fab Lab at ALA 2013, Chicago

 

CUC Fab Lab ALA Events

Many thanks to the hundreds of people who attended ALAPlay and the panel on Game-based Makerspaces! Helpful resources...

Big Beads available for free!

Big Beads for free at the Fab Lab

Someone left a bunch of giant beads at the Fab Lab - come make use of them for a necklace or some other kind of creation!

Inquire in back, they're in a white tub in the store room.

Make Your Own Pokemon Card with Spore!

Pokemon Card Raster

Make a Pokemon in Spore, take a screen shot and put him on a custom-made card! Template and example attached.

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