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

New Hours!

The Fab Lab is extending its open hours to time during the day! The new hours start April 1st:
  • Sunday afternoon from 1 to 6 pm
  • Monday afternoon from 12 to 6 pm
  • Tuesday evening from 6 to 9 pm
  • Thursday all day from 12 to 9 pm
Remember the Urbana Free Library also has an Open Lab for Teens (ages 11-18) that happens weekdays after school from 3-6p on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday most weeks. Check their calendar.
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NYT Article About Shapeways

Interesting article in the NYT about Shapeways and creative designers who have been able to realize ideas because of Shapeways.  (Shapeways has a new, so far small, retail outlet.) Tons of ideas and inspirations in this short article: Bringing 3-D Power to the People by Steven Kurutz For example….

“Ashley Zelinskie, 26, a sculptor who works with 3-D printing, tried using a desktop machine to print a full-size chair whose structure was embedded with hexadecimal code readable by a computer. Influenced by “One and Three Chairs,” a conceptual art piece by Joseph Kosuth, the project was an exercise in high-tech frustration.

“It took me two years of printing every day, and then I lost my mind,” Ms. Zelinskie said. She bought a nanny cam to keep tabs on the glitchy machine in her studio and later moved it to her apartment. “I got to the point where I could be asleep and hear it messing up,” she said.

Shapeways saved her project and her sanity: One and One chair in a museum.

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Science Olympiad needs volunteers

I’m forwarding this email from UI OPE: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is hosting the Illinois Science Olympiad State Tournament on April 12, 2014. We are looking for volunteers to help make possible this competition involving more than 2,000 middle and high school students and 40+ events in the disciplines of biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, technology and more. No experience needed to volunteer. Sign up at the link below or contact Val Goldstein at For additional questions or for more information about the Illinois Science Olympiad, please contact Megan Puzey in the Office of Public Engagement
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Fab Lab @ EOH Today!

Just a reminder that the Fab Lab will have a booth out at Engineering Open House today, just outside of the Mechanical Engineering Lab on the Bardeen Quad. We’ll be staffing it from 9a-3p both Friday and Saturday. The main lab will also be open on Saturday from 9a-2p for general visitors. Feel free to stop by and/or help help us staff the table! Thanks!
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