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

Business/Operations Committee Meeting Announcement

Business/Operations Committee Meeting –  Agenda June 14, 2012 7:30 PM Meeting expected to last no more than an hour, with discussions on any of the given agenda items of between 10 and 15 minutes duration. 1) CUCFL web page Jeff Ginger has been discussing the possibility of creating a new look and feel for the website.  The goal is to make the user experience easier and more informative. We will discuss implementation strategies to make this happen. 2) Software resources for lab computers The IT committee has been suggesting software resources to be part of a base configuration for a certain number of the fab lab computers, as well as an authorized list of administrators. 3)  Event Management, Communication & Coordination The fab lab continues to explore avenues which foster effective communication amongst volunteers with respect to upcoming and ongoing events.  The curriculum committee has established a procedure which streamlines this process.  We will revisit topics which might improve the process in support of the curriculum committee. 4) Hours Summer Hours are now in effect, posted as Tuesday & Thursday 6-9 PM, and Sunday 1-6 PM, or by special arrangement Suggestions as to how to close the lab at or near the posted closing time will be discussed. 5) Events of Note Two separate homeschool groups (Danville Homefires, about 20 youths) spent a couple of sessions at the lab learning the techniques of digital fabrication 30 UIC Springfield Computer Science Club students spent a Sunday making and documenting a group project at the lab The fab lab participated in the Second Annual Mini Maker Fair at the IMC The fab lab participated in the Public Engagement Symposium at ARC at the UI The fab lab participated in the STAR Expo at the iHotel Lab Volunteers visited Stratton Magnet School, and discussed as a candidate for an off site mini lab.  Faculty members followed up with a “hands on” tour of the fab lab. Faculty from Tap In Academy visited the lab, and made arrangements to bringing youth to the lab for Summer programming Pastor Lewis of the Bridgewater-Sullivan Community Life Center visited the lab to assess the opportunities offered 6) Upcoming Events IEFX Summer Scholars Program Pen on Paper Electronics Workshop Fresh Paint Workshop Tap In Academy workshop -Tuesdays from 2:30-4:00 June 19th to July 24th
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An Alert to the Community

On Sunday June 10th, the lab is hosting two sessions for engineering students and summer visitors.  The sessions are from 1:00 to 3:00PM and 3:00 to 5:00PM.  There will be about 24 people in each session so the lab will be full – if you have an urgent project try to come in on another open session or late in the afternoon.
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Pen-on-Paper Flexible Electronics Workshop

The fab lab will be hosting a hands on workshop on silver based conductive inkson Thursday June 21 at 7:00 pm. This 2-hour workshop will teach you how to create functional paper-based electronic devices using a rollerball pen filled with conductive ink. This technology, developed in Prof. Jennifer Lewis’ group at UIUC, can be used to link up LED’s, resistors, and sensors in order to quickly build flexible electronic devices. Many projects can be created using silver ink and electronic components that attach to paper with glue or magnets. Come learn to make LED displays, touch-sensitive keyboards, electronic origami, or anything else that you can think of – all with a pen and paper! Conductive fabrics and other electronic materials will also be provided. No previous electronics experience necessary. Space is limited! For more information, take a look at the video featured on Chemical and Engineering News:
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Website Updates

This upcoming Thursday (the 7th) we’re having an informal meeting about updating the fab lab website. We will soon be changing the design and some of the information architecture, and want to make sure everyone has a chance to give input. Find us around 7p in the lab to join. Alternatively you can email Jeff Ginger ( with your thoughts. The following Thursday (the 14th, also at 7p) we will then have a formal operations committee meeting to formally approve the new site. Thanks!
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Possibly of Interest: Channing Murray School of Radical Arts summer classes

One of the instructors for the summer class “(Re)Making Matter(s): Art & Radical Recycling” dropped by and put up a poster for this summer program.  She will probably be in the Fab Lab this summer, and these classes may be of interest to some fabers.  I guess some of the students may come over. Info:… (For those who are uncertain of the geography, the Channing Murray foundation and Red Herring restaurant are just a few blocks North of the Fab Lab, easy walking distance.)
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Fresh Paint workshop

Fresh Paint is a 2 day long workshop (8 hrs on Saturday and 6 hrs on Sunday). We will build a 6’x4’ board (for the CuC Fab Lab) and smaller boards 6”x4” (one for each group of participant). These boards will have magnetic and conductive paint and you can use different color LEDs to bring them to life. Information  
  • Saturday-Sunday June 30th-July 1st
  • Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided
  • Cost: $80 per person (or parent-child combo)
  • Ages:  10 and above (for kids under age 15 there must be an adult supervisor accompanying the child)
  • Payment due before June 30th to guarantee participation in the workshop
  For more information contact: mercedes [dot] mane [at] gmail [dot] com
Fresh Paint example board
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Flyer.pdf 1.39 MB
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Pteranodon Project Adapted from ‘’ (includes plans)

A sylized “pteranodon”, cut on the Epilog Mini.  Constructed of 1/4 inch plywood, finished with textured paint. Size is approximately 1.3 meter wingspan, .6 meter nose-to-tail. The original plans were published on the web at: The plans were adapted for the laser at the Champaign Urbana Community Fab Lab.  The pieces require 4 sheets, 12 x 24 inches. The modified plans are attached here. The project is described in the attached document, along with a summary of the modifications to the original.
Pterodon (painted)
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ptero-sheet1.svg 75.33 KB
ptero-sheet2.pdf 25.94 KB
ptero-sheet2.svg 60.42 KB
ptero-sheet3.pdf 27.22 KB
ptero-sheet3.svg 62.81 KB
ptero-sheet4.pdf 29.89 KB
ptero-sheet4.svg 62.8 KB
Pterodon_Project.pdf 4.58 MB
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Community Sustainability Connections

The CUCFL was part of the Partnerships for a Thriving Champaign Urbana conference April 20 at the NCSA.  It was great to meet so many people who are working to create a more livable community.  I hope they make the Fab Lab a part of those efforts.  One example is the work of Christine Moore, who is working with the Prosperity Gardens project near the police station where the public market is open.  The lab might help by making a few wooden garden stakes and signs for the area.  Anyone have any great sayings for a garden that we can laser cut into a sign?
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