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

Open lab for people 10 to 16 years old

Ken Denmead wrote the following about raising geeks, though I think it applies to raising and teaching all kids: “…It means teaching them an empowering worldview. It means showing them how things work and that with a little research, determinations and trial and error, they can bend the world to their will. It means raising them with the maker call to arms echoing in their ears: ‘If you can’t open it, you don’t own it!’ It means getting them to approach problems technically and solve them with imagination, which makes anything possible. It means encouraging them to tinker, even if it means voiding warranties. It means building a better world.” The Fablab is having another open hours day for people ages 10 to 16 on Saturday November 3rd from 10 until noon. Come out and introduce your children to the tools they will need to help build a better world. Space is limited so please email Jeff Howard at jeffhoward0@gmail.com if you are interested in attending. Here are some pictures from our open lab time in October: http://www.flickr.com/photos/69637890@N07
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Anyone Interested in 2013 Fab Academy?

Every year the Fab Academy conducts a rigorous semester long class based on the MIT course, with remote participants working in local Fab Labs around the world. CUCFL hosted a Fab Academy class in 2011. If there is enough interest, we could try to have one in Jany 2013. We need to get several (probably 3 or more) people to sign up (Note:  there is a $3-5000 tuition.) and we will need to recruit a “guru” to be the local expert here. For more information see: http://www.fabacademy.org/application-form/ If you might be interested, please contact me or reply to this posting.
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Request for Help: Want to Light a Jack'O'Lantern

I made a small Jack’o’lantern on the new UP! printer. The project was downloaded from Thingiverse, http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4494 by DocProfSky. The STL file is in the Downloads folder on the UP! machine. Help Wanted:  This Jack’o’lantern is intended to have a light inside, e.g., a LED and battery.  I need some folks to help finish this part of the project.
Plastic Pimpkin
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Circuit Boards

I am looking for some information on where to start with making circuit boards. I have a simple amplifier circuit that I would like to create a small board for on the Modela. On Sunday I was told the names of some software to start with, but I think I am going to need more of a tutorial or something to follow. I appreciate any advice or direction you may have to offer.
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Mendocino Motor

I was very excited to see that the new Up 3D printer was set up and running when my daughter and I came to the lab today. A month or so ago my son asked to make the Mendocino Motor that was featured in Volume 31 of Make Magazine. It requires making several parts using a 3D printer. We tried making the rotor using the cupcake printer, but it broke loose from the platform when it was about 75% complete. We decided to wait until the new printer was in before trying again, and now it is here. I did not realize it had come in or my son would have come with us. I still wanted to see the new printer in action so with Bob’s help I printed the rear bushing and the motor fan (here are some pictures). The bushing took about 7 minutes and the fan took 14 minutes. It was amazing to watch the printer build the fan blades, which are at about a 30 degree angle, without any support structure to hold them. Next week we will be returning, and my son is coming with us to try and print the rotor again. We probably won’t be able to print more than one or two parts each week, but once we are done we will update with a picture and maybe some video of the finished product.
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Backline Supply has quality wood

Betty, Andrew and I visited Blackline Supply this past week, a locally owned art and architecture materials shop on campus. They have all kinds of construction materials, but what was most notable to me, was their affordable and high quality wood. I believe a 3×24 inch sheet was around 3$, which means a full sheet to fill our laser bed would be about 12$. They’re pretty close by, located in the basement of the McKinley Foundation on campus – go pay them a visit! Blackline Supply Blackline Supply Blackline Supply Blackline Supply Blackline Supply
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CU Fab Lab Presents at Fab8nz

I had the pleasure of presenting twice this past week at the Fab8nz conference via video conference. Among many things we discussed research in Fab Labs related to literacy, learning and empowerment as well as the Powers of 10 concept and how we’ve gone about doing mini FabLab deployments. If you’re interested the paper and one of the presentations is available for download below!
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CUCFL F8 2012 Submission 08.14.2012.pdf 444.95 KB
Mini FabLab Strategies.pdf 1.25 MB
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