DustDuino: A plan to crowdsource environmental reporting with low-cost dust sensors

Dusduino by Matthew Schroyer The DustDuino is a small, WiFi-connected device that measures particulate matter (PM), a major component of air pollution. Every 30 seconds, the device uses an infrared dust sensor to measure the amount of particulates in the air, and sends the data to Xively.com, which stores and graphs the data for anyone to see. It’s based on the Arduino prototyping platform, which is a very versatile microcontroller that is easy to program. Matt Schroyer, the creator, is intending to release the plans and custom printed circuit boards this summer, not only to help people in the community learn about the quality of their air, but also to teach the basics of electronics and computer programming. Little experience with computer programming or electronics should be required to make one. Find out more on his website:http://www.mentalmunition.com/2013/05/dustduino-plan-to-crowdsource.html The first DustDuino is currently sitting outside and transmitting data to Xively here, though it may go down temporarily for upgrades and maintenance:https://xively.com/feeds/499600824
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Minecraft Printing

Minecraft 3D printing Do you play Minecraft? Have you ever wished you could hold one of your Minecraft creations in your hands? Now you can. Thingiverse has made a creative minecraft server from which you can download the things you make. The files can be shared on Thingiverse, or you can bring them to the CUCFL and print them out on the 3D printer. More information, and a link to a tutorial, can be found here: http://www.thingiverse.com/Printcraft/featured. Happy crafting.
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Fab Lab Makers

At the Youth Council meeting on Saturday the 18th, it was decided to call the group of young people’s Saturday morning open lab “Fab Lab Makers”. A Google group with this name has been created to allow people to subscribe to announcements and information about these open labs. If you are interested in joining the group send us an email at cucflyc@gmail.com and we will send you an invitation to the group.
The Fab Lab Makers also decided to go ahead and make press fit donation boxes for the 3D printer and Modela. The designs were awesome, but the first cutting did not work out. We figured out what went wrong and will be trying it again. We are also looking for ideas for the open lab times. We have much more participation if there is a planned project available for participants. If anyone has any ideas about something they would like to try doing, or a tool they would like to learn, please let us know.
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Online Library of High Resolution Scans

Possibly of interest:  An NSF sponsored collection of high quality scanned specimens (skeltons and fossils).  The datasets are availalbe in a number of formats, some of them are available in STL, intended for 3D printing.
The Digital Morphology library is a dynamic archive of information on digital morphology and high-resolution X-ray computed tomography of biological specimens.
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Open Lab for Youth

The CUCFabLab Youth Council is sponsoring an open lab for young people on Saturday May 18th from 10 until noon. Come in and make something fun and interesting. If you are interested in learning more about the Youth Council, or becoming a member, come in at 9:30 and join us for our monthly council meeting. We will be discussing the website, a name for the Saturday morning group, and projects we would like to make. If you have any questions, please let me know. Jeff Howard
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CUCFL Contributes to a unique campus event

The CUC Fab Lab contributed to a special Augmented Reality installation for the University of Illinios graduation ceremonies. See the official press release and visit the site Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to see it in person. see the ‘About’ page and the student pix. This project was a collaboration of many departments at the UI, and the team included Robert McGrath and Andrew Knight of the Fab Lab. See my blog for additional comments.
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