Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab
Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab

Daily Illini: Local Fab Lab gives tools to innovation to Champaign-Urbana

From the article: Community members came together Thursday afternoon for the grand opening of the Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab, which aims to inspire innovative thinking in the general population. The lab, which has been open to the public since April, is part of a global network of Fab Labs, which give community members the opportunity to have access to equipment and materials to design and build almost anything they can imagine or want. The local Fab Lab is a joint effort by the University, Parkland College, the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club and several other community organizations. Neil Gershenfeld, director of The Center for Bits and Atoms at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, developed the first Fab Lab at MIT. In conjunction with the opening event, Gershenfeld spoke about the role of Fab Labs in empowering ordinary people to create technology. Read more: Local Fab Lab gives tools to innovation to Champaign-Urbana
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The News-Gazette: 'Fab Lab' drawing variety of users

From the article: URBANA – Call it a community workshop. Metalworker Dean Rose came to create templates for making bells. University of Illinois freshmen came to put together a 3-D printer. A young mother came to design items for small kids. And youngsters from the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club came to assemble tin-can robots. All those projects and more were done at the Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab, which opened earlier this year at 1301 S. Goodwin Ave., U – in a building just south of the UI’s College of ACES Library. Read more:  ‘Fab Lab’ drawing variety of users
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The News-Gazette: ‘Fab Lab’ drawing variety of users

From the article: URBANA – Call it a community workshop. Metalworker Dean Rose came to create templates for making bells. University of Illinois freshmen came to put together a 3-D printer. A young mother came to design items for small kids. And youngsters from the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club came to assemble tin-can robots. All those projects and more were done at the Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab, which opened earlier this year at 1301 S. Goodwin Ave., U – in a building just south of the UI’s College of ACES Library. Read more:  ‘Fab Lab’ drawing variety of users
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Smile Politely: Designmatters4 and FabLab are almost off and running

From the article: The Champaign-Urbana Community FabLab will formally open on Thursday, November 11, at 3-5 pm in the FabLab, located in the Art Annex 2, 1301 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, 61801. This event is open to everyone and will feature hands on activities, welcoming remarks by members of the Lab’s Community Leadership Council, and by Neil Gershenfeld, Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms and the founder of the global FabLab network. The mission of the Champaign-Urbana Community FabLab is to promote ingenuity, invention and inspiration by introducing students of any age to modern prototyping and fabrication equipment. Our goal is to encourage creativity as well as an interest in architecture, art, computing, engineering, mathematics, science, and technical trades. Community access, at a reasonable cost, builds local capability with global links to the entire FabLab network — enabling personal growth, economic development and cross-cultural understanding. We encourage people to build virtually anything they can imagine. Read more: Designmatters4 and FabLab are almost off and running
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Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab Formal Opening

LOCAL FAB LAB BRINGS NEW CAPABILITIES TO COMMUNITY The Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab brings digital design and fabrication equipment to the campus community. Located on the campus of the University of Illinois, the Fab Lab is partnering with local schools, the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club, Parkland College and many others so that people of all ages can learn to use rapid prototyping equipment. The formal opening ceremonies will be held on Thursday, Nov. 11 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the lab, located at Art Annex 2, 1301 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, Ill. The event will feature hands-on activities, a welcome by members of the Lab’s Community Leadership Council, and remarks by Neil Gershenfeld, Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms and Founder of the Global Fab Lab movement. Also, Neil Gershenfeld will deliver the DesignMatters lecture “Programming Bits and Atoms: How To Make (almost) Anything” from 6:15 to 8:00 in the Lawrence Plym Auditorium, Room 134, Temple Hoyne Buel Hall (Art and Architecture Building). Both events are free and open to the public.
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Featured Project: Cub Scout Promise Jigsaw Puzzle

Jim Witte writes:
I’m a mentor with the cu1to1 mentoring program (http://www.cu1to1.org). I brought my 10th grade mentee to the fablab to make jigsaw puzzles that I used to teach first grade cub scouts their “cub scout promise”. Here’s a link to the youtube video showing the puzzle being made in the laser cutter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QB0ZBCARGmo My mentee did the design on the computer, we made 10 of the puzzles. I’ve attached a picture of the scouts and parents putting the puzzle together. I sent the same picture and video to the cu1to1 mentoring program. My hope here is to build bridges between facilities like the fablab and programs like the cu1to1 mentoring program.
Cub Scout Promise - Puzzle Assembly
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Mobile FabLab goes to Congress!

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Fab Lab Building

Fab Lab Building

Agronomy Building / Art-East Annex Studio 2

The Forest Science Laboratory, which is  home to the Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab, was built in 1905.  The building was originally known as the “Old Agronomy Storehouse,” and has served at various times as a horse barn, garage, seed storehouse and photography laboratory. Perry G. Holden efficiently organized the Department of Agronomy that occupied the building into divisions of Soil Physics and Biology, Farm Management, Crops, and Farm Mechanics by 1900. Since 1967 the building has been called the Forest Science Laboratory. For more information: UIHistories Project: A History of the University of Illinois by Kalev Leetaru
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