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.
Get some ideas from Make Magazine's video: http://blip.tv/make/learn-how-to-solder-skill-building-workshop-130343 to solder one of these guys (available for $3.00 at the lab): http://www.makershed.com/Learn_to_Solder_Skill_Badge_Kit_p/mkls01.htm
Regularly available at fablab.no-ip.org:25567
Fab Lab Minecraft server is down until we negotiate a solution with the University Firewall or Comcast off-site. It can be connected to locally at the Fab Lab on port 5222. It will likely be fixed by the end of next week. Sorry for the trouble!
How to join a Minecraft server? http://youtu.be/Y2aDSSqLfCE
USE THE WOODEN AXE.
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!
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.
A fun way to learn about Inkscape for Minecraft enthusiasts.
How to Use the CUC Fab Lab Pressfit Boxmaker
By Robert McGrath | v1.1 | 01.2014
The Pressfit Box Maker program is a tool that helps create pressfit boxes. It is primarily designed to be used in the Champaign Urbana Community Fab Lab, though both the software and the results can be used elsewhere. This program does not completely automate the process, but it can make it much easier to experiment and iterate to work out your design ideas.
The software uses an algorithm to create a drawing of a pressfit box in a PDF file. The result may or may not be exactly what you intended, so you should expect to try it a few times; to test some settings, examine the results, and adjust the settings, until the results are what you want.
This isn't yet a formal tutorial, just resources for 3D modeling and printing with Minecraft:
Easy | Online Sever
Connect at fablab.no-ip.org:25567
Easy | Online Server | http://printcraft.org/
Create in game on an a plot, get emailed your 3D model.
Moderate | Open Source Software | http://www.realtimerendering.com/erich/minecraft/public/mineways/
Export sections of maps, including creations and terrain of existing worlds. You need access to your world file (personal server or single player) in order to use this.
Hard | Open Source Software | http://www.mcedit.net/