The Fab Lab will be closed on Tuesday Novenber 26th and Thursday November 28th.
The Lab will resume normal operation on Sunday December 1st.
Have a great Thanksgiving Day!
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:
Possibly of interest to some of you, “hybrid basketry”, “a medium where 3D-printed structures are shaped to allow the growth and development of hand-woven patterns.” Example product
This work was presented at SIGGRAPH 2013, published in:
Hybrid Basketry: Interweaving Digital Practice within Contemporary CraftAmit Zoran, Leonardo , Vol. 46, No. 4, LEONARDO SPECIAL ISSUE: SIGGRAPH 2013 Art Papers and XYZN: ScaleArt Gallery (2013), pp. 324-331 [PDF]
Other works by Zoran can be viewed at: http://web.media.mit.edu/~amitz/Research/Research.html
Hear from individuals about how they incorporate creativity into their daily lives, participate in some creative activities, and eat some treats!
Possibly of interest to some of you, a webcast from the Smithsonian about 3D scanning and modeling.
If you are interested, the webcast will be running in the Media Commons (top floor of the Undergraduate Library).
For more info, contact Jamie A. Nelson (UIUC CITES).
Jeff posted a note about the interesting prototyping work coming out of GSLIS.
What you want to see is the "secret".
Shouldn't we have a collection of these?
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:
Motorola recently announced a new phone they are developing. You can read about it here. I find it interesting that the announcement came so soon after Dave Hakkens started promoting his idea for Phonebloks. I really look forward to seeing where this project goes. It would be fun to develop a module for your own phone.
The plan for today had been to make some halloween decorations using the vinyl cutter, 3D printer, and Epilog. Instead, having been inspired by a question from one of our participants, we decided to try carving a pumpkin with the Epilog. We used medium sized pie pumpkins so that they would actually fit in theepilog. Our first attempt was using a bumpier, more traditional looking pumpkin. It got stuck and slipped couple of times so we cancelled the print. Our second pumpkin had a much smoother, more rounded outside. That combined with moving the rollers closer together made for a much smoother rotation.
The Saturday Morning Kid's Science Club tried their hand at laser carving a pumpkin.
Turns out it takes a lot to carve a pumpkin with a laser, but the results might be worth the effort.
Interested in finding a makerspace near you? Try the makermap - http://themakermap.com/
Do you like carving pumpkins for halloween? Why not come to the fab lab and cut out some fun pumpkins on the laser cutter? Or you could print a jack o lantern using the UP3D printer. If you are really ambitious you could solder together a blinky and light up a pumpkin. We will be hosting an open lab on Saturday the 19th for youth between the ages of 10 and 16 from 10 until noon. Join us and make some halloween decorations or work on your own project.
Are you interested in coworking? In local design and content companies? With food, too?
You might want to visit the downtown Urbana collab this week, which is feature friends-of-the-Lab Norden Design's display week. Johan and Anna will show you their works, new office, and tour the rest of the collab space if you want. (Hours noon to 7P daily this week.)
For more info, there was a nice piece in smilepolitely last week.