Welcome in the spring with us at our annual community BBQ. This next Sunday, May 4th, the lab will be hosting a celebration of volunteers, graduating students, new staff, grants and continued good times. We'll have an open grill with some meat and some kind of vegetarian option, but please feel free to bring your own dish. We'll kick the fire off around noon and continue on in to open hours.
Volunteers are highly encouraged to attend so that they can meet some of our new student staff helping us with workshops this summer!
IEEE students are putting on a Touch Synthesizer workshop this week:
6-8pm WED Apr 23 SIEBL 1105
3-5pm SAT Apr 26 DCL 1310
See the picture/flyer for more details.
Jeff, Virginia and Bob will be presenting a short workshop on some neat things you can do with Inkscape and associated tools at the main Fab Lab this next Sunday the 27th, from 3-4p. It's free and open to anyone and will be part of the training for our new staff. Just show up to join in, we will put any notes and tutorials online.
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
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.
The Fab Lab is extending its open hours to time during the day! The new hours start April 1st:
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.
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!
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:
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!
Learn how to make an Arduino robot:
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:
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.
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 (email@example.com) know if you have any items to add (and are not on the approved editor list already):