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

Annoncing the CUC Fab Lab Pressfit Boxmaker!

Bob McGrath is pleased to bring us a new tool for rapid prototyping! The ‘boxmaker’ creates a six-sided box with tabs for press fitting.  The output is a PDF file which can be edited with Inkscape or sent directly to the Epilog laser. The output can later be edited to add decorations or adjust the layout or features. The program has a command line interface, with 12 arguments, some of which will not need to be set by users. Find a shortcut for the new boxmaker on the desktop of any PC in our lab and give it a try (for free). Check out pictures attached to this post to get an idea of what the process, program and product looks like. You can also find a nifty new tutorial here, too:http://cucfablab.org/book/beginner-cuc-fab-lab-pressfit-boxmaker Special thanks to Rahul Bhargava for getting us started with some initial code. Find additional release notes attached below. If you run into issues with it (or have suggestions) feel free to email us at communityfablab@gmail.com and put ‘boxmaker’ in the title.
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3D Printing Food–In the Fab Lab Soon?

A story on NPR and other media about 3D printing with food.  It sounds like there are a bunch of low cost systems coming available, so this is getting into a state where the CUCFL might get one. We’ll have to change the instructions.  For one of these printers, don’t put anything except food in it. 🙂
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Fab Lab Makers 2014

Since we are starting a new year, the Fab Lab Makers have decided to try a new time for open labs. Beginning on January 11th, the open lab for youths will be every Saturday from 2pm until 4pm. We will still have projects and ideas available to anyone who comes in just to explore the lab, as well as volunteers to help you with the equipment if you have your own project ideas.
The Youth Council has also developed a program to allow youth to be certified on the main pieces of equipment used in the lab. That would be the laser engraver, the 3D printer, the vinyl/paper cutters, and the electronics lab. You can get certified on anyone piece of equipment, or all of them. If you are interested, email us and we can provide you with more information.
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Patricia's Earrings and Necklace Project

Laser Engraved and Cut Pendants for Earrings and Necklaces by Patricia S. Taylor I designed these pendants  using Inkscape and then engraved the design and cut them out of two-tone acrylic with a laser cutter. Please note the swirl design came from a Mac font. I was able to make 6 pairs of pendants for earrings and four necklace pendants from a 6 inch by 12 inch piece of acrylic. I had about a quarter of the sheet left over. Using store-bought beads and fittings, I turned the pendants into necklaces and earrings. I hope to upload the Inkscape file and further directions in the future. Patricia S. Taylor Urbana, Il 61801 taylorp77@gmail.com
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Patricia’s Earrings and Necklace Project

Laser Engraved and Cut Pendants for Earrings and Necklaces by Patricia S. Taylor I designed these pendants  using Inkscape and then engraved the design and cut them out of two-tone acrylic with a laser cutter. Please note the swirl design came from a Mac font. I was able to make 6 pairs of pendants for earrings and four necklace pendants from a 6 inch by 12 inch piece of acrylic. I had about a quarter of the sheet left over. Using store-bought beads and fittings, I turned the pendants into necklaces and earrings. I hope to upload the Inkscape file and further directions in the future. Patricia S. Taylor Urbana, Il 61801 taylorp77@gmail.com
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Fab Lab Makers

Since the lab is going to be closed over winter break, the Fab Lab Makers will host an open lab for youth on the 14th of December instead of the 21st. If you are between the ages of 10 and 16, grab a responsible adult and come out to the lab. You can personalize an ornament or bring in a project of your own to work on. If you have any questions you can email the Youth Council at cucflyc(at)gmail.com.
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