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

CUC Fab Lab at the Public Engagement Symposium

The Fab Lab presented today at the 2013 University of Illinois Public Engagement Symposium. Thanks to Gary and MK Watson, Virginia McCreary, Andrew Knight and Jeff Ginger for showing the public some of our tools (live UP3D + Silhouette!), curriculum and collaborations. Additional thanks to everyone who stopped by to make something! We would also like to extend our gratitude to the Office of Public Engagementfor providing the grant that enabled the community Fab Lab installations at Stratton Elementary, Urbana Free Library and Tap In Leadership Academy.
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Obama Mentions 3D Printing in State of the Union Address

A little over a year ago, 3D printing was a funky new technology that you might find at modestly sized booths in the basement level of the Las Vegas Convention Center at CES. Recently, President Obama mentioned it in the same breath as Apple and Intel during his State of the Union address, while talking about ways to create new jobs and manufacturing in the United States. Read more on CNET: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57569093-1/heres-the-3d-printing-institute-in-obamas-state-of-the-union/
Barack Obama gives the State of the Union Address
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It’s just a little earie…

Lawrence Bonassar and others have developed methods to 3d print human ears using actual live cartelidge mixture that congealed into an ear in 15 minutes. They tested it on rats and the ears were found to retain their shape and usability after a year and integrate into the rats. There is a  potential for medical breathroughs but also the danger of abuse and misuse (looking at you Hollywood, and maybe Russia) but it leaves us feeling a bit earie   Cornell Prof 3D Prints Human Ear
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Will houses in the future be built with 3D printers?

Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis has been doing research into using 3D printing technology to solve world problems, particularly housing in emergency situations and low-income environments. Watch the video and learn where home-construction might be going in the not-too-distant future. More information: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2187623/Contour-Crafting-builds-house-24-hours.html
3D printing buildings
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Possibly of Interest: paper on algorithms for computing support structures for 3D printing

I ran across this paper that explains one way to calculate support structures for 3D printing. http://cybertron.cg.tu-berlin.de/rapid_prototyping_11ws/slicer/ I found it relatively clear and easy to understand. Of course, there are more than one way to skin this cat, so this isn’t necessarily the way any given software works.
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