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.
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/
The Fab Lab will be closed for the winter holidays! Our last open day will be Sunday December 22nd and we will reopen on Sunday January 5th. Have a great break!
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:
Hear from individuals about how they incorporate creativity into their daily lives, participate in some creative activities, and eat some treats!
Members of the GSLIS "Entrepreneurship and IT Design" course have created a new way to do paper prototyping - with more realistic mobile device holders. You can use these prototype frames to test devices in different use contexts, for instance holding a large tablet for one-handed use while walking and holding a bag. How far will your thumb reach?
Includes files for paper inserts to cut or draw (with those little color pens!) on the Silhouette and frames to cut out on the laser. Everything for download at:
Interested in finding a makerspace near you? Try the makermap - http://themakermap.com/
A spot on some of what Shapeways offers.
Dean Rose and several Fab Lab volunteers will be attending the UI research park Prototyping Fair tomorrow - go check it out!
Illinois Central TV ran a spot for us this past weekend! It's a good overview but also a lot of George and I talking - I'd just like to emphasize that many, many people make the Fab Lab go, including our volunteers and our partners at community organizations.
The Mini Makerfaire is almost upon us (next Saturday!) check it out:
A special thanks to Jonathan Landais and Marie Lombard from Fab Lab Lyon visited us this past weekend! They were kind enough to share some about their knowledge and projects as well as run two workshops, the Bush of Life, for kids in two community groups - the homeschool group (attached to the Fab Lab teen group, the Fab Lab Makers) and the Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center. Files from their workshop are attached.