Not Exact Ruby, Nor Slippers, But…

Sun, 08/31/2014 – 16:08 — Robert McGrath An interesting art work/gadget from Dominic Wilcox:  “GPS Shoes“. These shoes can be programmed to give directions, and though scarcely ruby slippers, but they may be able to take you home. Best of all, the feature is enabled by clicking your heals, a la Dorothy.  Cool!     […]

Minecraft Creative Server Down

Tue, 08/19/2014 – 10:54 — Geph Fab Lab Minecraft server is down until we negotiate a solution with the University Firewall or Comcast off-site. It can be connected to locally at the Fab Lab on port 5222. It will likely be fixed by the end of next week. Sorry for the trouble!

Possibly of interest: Walk-In Origami Klaediscope!!!

Thu, 07/24/2014 – 08:51 — Robert McGrath An awesome walk-in kaleidoscope! From Kobe (I needed to translate the blog page), this is built as a giant origami, made of folded mirrors, inside a shipping container.  The folds are fabricated by laser cutting perforations into mirrors. (I don’t think the Epilog has sufficient power to replicate […]

Raspberry Pi B+ Now Out

Tue, 07/15/2014 – 10:00 — Geph http://www.tomshardware.com/news/raspberry-pi-b-broadcom-pinout,27248.html

UIUC Bio Bots

Thu, 07/10/2014 – 10:27 — Robert McGrath Yet more awesomeness out of UIUC Bioengineering.  Tiny Robots!  Powered by muscle tissue! Fabbers will be interested that the structures were made using 3D printing techniques, to print out “hydrogel”. See the paper for details. Well done, all. UI Press release Publication: C. Cvetkovic*, R. Raman*, V. Chan, […]

Possibly of Interest: 3D Printing and Art Works

Thu, 07/10/2014 – 10:22 — Robert McGrath A piece last week aggregated some recent art works that use 3D printing. These projects may be inspirational for Fabbers. 14 Ways 3D Printing Has Changed The Art World by Katherine Brook.

Possibly of interest: Autodesk Labs Bio/Nano/Programmable Group

Mon, 06/30/2014 – 09:43 — Robert McGrath Possibly of interest: Autodesk Labs is investigating 4D printing among other things http://www.autodeskresearch.com/groups/nano Wild and crazy stuff and totally for real. (And I’m glad to see software people deeply involved: it’ll never fly until there are good tools to do it.)

Kids come up with the most adorable plushie designs.

Sat, 06/21/2014 – 15:51 — cjackson At our soldering and sewing workshops, Judy Lee teaches kids how to move from concept to finished product in the design of a plushie, made with felt. They learn how to thread a sewing machine, as well as finishing off with a pillow stitch, all in the span of […]

Ink jet printed RAM on paper

Thu, 06/19/2014 – 16:02 — Robert McGrath Printable circuit fans:  IEEE Spectrum reports on progress–non volatile RAM printed on paper! The report by Rachel Courtland has pointers to details and some background information. Really cool!

x.pose: Provocative "Wearable Sculpture" from NYU

Sun, 06/15/2014 – 11:38 — Robert McGrath An interesting ‘wearable scupture’ from NYU graduate project.  This uses technology familiar to Fabbers, and could be recreated in the CUCFL: 3D printing, smart fabric, an arduino, and data feeds from mobile devices were employed to create a provocative garment that amplifies the wearer’s “exposure”: as she eimits […]

Dancing with Drones

Thu, 05/29/2014 – 10:12 — Robert McGrath Drone fans:  here’s a remarkable performance. Really cool. elevenplay dance performance with drones at Spiral Hall In the current location, CUCFL has all the ingredients to create such a performance, incuding dancers.

Mink – print your own makeup

Fri, 05/09/2014 – 08:34 — Robert McGrath Yet another kind of “printing”–print your own makeup. From the presentation, this seems to be pretty far along toward reality. One thing that is interesting is that they will have to solve the problem of supplying the input materials (which in this case are strictly regulated by the […]