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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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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.

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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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!

Need a job? Work with us!

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That's right, we've been booming lately and are happy to see such interest in the lab, but we need more help to keep up with the demand. We will give preference to existing, active volunteers, so don't be afraid to get involved. Here's the description:

Overview

The Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab is seeking lab attendants to assist with daily operations and extend our open hours. The Fab Lab works with patrons of all ages to develop ideas for projects, convert these ideas to digital files and finally produce physical objects and prototypes out of these ideas, with machines like electronic cutters and 3D printers. Our patrons include students, researchers, entrepreneurs and also community members who participate in workshops.

Minecraft Tutorials!

A giant tutorial for using Minecraft to teach all kinds of fab lab concepts and digital literacies (3D modeling and printing, digital storytelling, circuit logic) is now available online:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JHT4KPdZPx-0M3qbJUJf25-HJYgcW-dGiAh9ydqKdu0/edit?usp=sharing

This will be the basis for the Minecraft training workshop on Sunday the 23rd. Feel free to edit it or make suggestions!

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Operations Meeting 02.23.2014

Just a reminder that we're having an operations meeting this upcoming Sunday at 2:00p in the break room at the main Fab Lab. General volunteers are welcome to attend to learn about what's going on with the lab and get more involved. The agenda is available online, please let Jeff Ginger (ginger@illinois.edu) know if you have any items to add (and are not on the approved editor list already):

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bbU0KG-XebTezPA5G8eJUhiz6EgRiq7e2NCyggd1E8U/edit?usp=sharing

Minecraft Training!

We've had a lot of folks excited about teaching kids how to do 3D rendering and printing with Minecraft - but many of our staff and volunteers don't yet know how to do this.

This next Sunday at 4:00p (after the operations meeting) Jeff Ginger will hold an open (free) Minecraft workshop in the computer lab area at the Fab Lab. This will include:
  1. What is Minecraft, basics of play, why it's neato
  2. Using the Fab Lab Minecraft server, how to access files
  3. Showing a variety of tools for 3D rendering and modeling
  4. A little bit on using redstone to learn computer circuits
  5. Digital storytelling with adventure mode

Fab Lab staff I expect you to come to this. Kids who are old enough and focused enough to teach other kids (and adults!) are welcome to join.

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Makerspace Urbana: Come learn to solder!

Mitch Altman is giving the "Variety of Cool Kits" workshop, Saturday 15-Feb, 2pm at the Urbana Makerspace.

What: Learn to Solder, with a variety of cool kits!
You can easily learn all of the skills you need in a short time.
Make a project, and take it home with you!

When: Saturday, February 15th, 2pm-5pm
Most projects take about 1.5 to 2 hours

Where: Makerspace Urbana <https://makerspaceurbana.org/>
202 S. Broadway Ave in Urbana
at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (IMC).

Who: You! All ages, all skill levels -- It is fun to make things in the

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ArtFab3D - CONTEST for DIGITALLY MANUFACTURED ARTWORKS

The K-Droz association organizes ArtFab3D, an international contest for artistic works made by digital machinery. It will distinguish the works and artists showing the potential of CNC machines in artistic production at its best. The works, which should be submitted as photos, must be manufactured using CNC techniques, such as 3D printing, CNC machining, laser engraving, vinyl etching, water jet cutting, plasma cutting, etc... The contest theme is free and participation is open to all.
K-Droz will award a prize of € 250 to the winner and up to 5 designers will receive media coverage in several countries.

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