That's right, the CU Community Fab Lab is looking to extend and alter our hours for better service to both students and the community. 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:
Learn how to make an Arduino robot:
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:
This will be the basis for the Minecraft training workshop on Sunday the 23rd. Feel free to edit it or make suggestions!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you have any items to add (and are not on the approved editor list already):
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.
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
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.
7pm Allen Hall this next Monday, the 3rd.
A fun way to learn about Inkscape for Minecraft enthusiasts.
Bob McGrath is pleased to bring us a new tool for rapid prototyping! The ‘boxmaker’ creates a six-sided box with tabs for press fitting. The output is a PDF file which can be edited with Inkscape or sent directly to the Epilog laser. The output can later be edited to add decorations or adjust the layout or features. The program has a command line interface, with 12 arguments, some of which will not need to be set by users. Find a shortcut for the new boxmaker on the desktop of any PC in our lab and give it a try (for free). Check out pictures attached to this post to get an idea of what the process, program and product looks like. You can also find a nifty new tutorial here, too: http://cucfablab.org/book/beginner-cuc-fab-lab-pressfit-boxmaker
Special thanks to Rahul Bhargava for getting us started with some initial code. Find additional release notes attached below.
The Fab Lab will be closed this upcoming Sunday (January 5th 2014) due to excessive snow and limited staff/volunteers, sorry!
We'll plan on being back in action starting Tuesday, January 7th.
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 Tuesday January 7th. Have a great break!