We could use more patron-created art up on our walls. Anyone who provides us with some sizable art (or even interactive creations!) to put up will not only get mad props but also 5$ worth of material or laser time, courtesy of Jeff Ginger.
Photo credit to Gemma Petrie.
The Creation Tech program at The Urbana Free Library has begun!
There will be a series of workshops in February and March. Check it out.
Ever since we got our new UP! 3D printer our old Makerbot 3D printer has been sitting on a shelf collecting dust. We benched it because we never got it to print successfully for more than 20-30 minutes at a time and never could figure out what the problem really was with the extruder.
If you're feeling adventurous come in and see if you can fix it! We'll give you unlimtied time with it (during open hours) and as much ABS plastic as you need for it. Should you manage to fix it we'll figure out some kind of prize.
A new woodworking shop is opening up over by Parkland. Some might be interested:
Betty, Andrew and I visited Blackline Supply this past week, a locally owned art and architecture materials shop on campus. They have all kinds of construction materials, but what was most notable to me, was their affordable and high quality wood. I believe a 3x24 inch sheet was around 3$, which means a full sheet to fill our laser bed would be about 12$. They're pretty close by, located in the basement of the McKinley Foundation on campus - go pay them a visit!
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To better serve and invest in our local community the Fab Lab has partnered with several anchor institutions to help introduce people (especially kids) to the process of making. We are helping them to set up their own maker spaces as well as coordinating a variety of collaborations, including workshops, outreach events and consultation. We also continue to retain connections to the global and national Fab Lab community.
Call for Submissions: Fab Yearbook 2011
Hello all, makers from around the FabLab community,
2011 is upon us. May you have a Fab year! It is time to start putting together your Fab YearBook 2011 contributions! Send in your contributions before February 1st 2011. Publication date is February 23rd 2011.
Mary K Watson writes:
The first presentation at the United States Fab Lab Network (USFLN) Annoual Symposium in Kansas City was done by the Rapid Tech.org which has the Bright Minds Mentoring program with teacher training workshop for educators They have four days of hands on experience to learn the secondary processes for using the machines and then how to use it in the classroom as well as industry seminars for companies. They have opened a fab lab and Fox Valley works with them on prototyping development.
These are some of the other presenters:
A DISCUSSION ON FAB ACADEMY HOSTING & PARTICIPATION FOR SPRING 2011 AT CHAMPAIGN-URBANA COMMUNITY FAB LAB WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY DECEMBER 2 @ 5:30 PM
A Fab Academy prep video (Fab Lab videoconference at mcu.cba.mit.edu) is set for 9:00 am Boston time over the polycom next week on Tue Dec 7 - attend if you can!