‘RingU’: networked friendship rings

Mon, 03/25/2013 – 16:49 — Robert McGrath Possibly of interest: a project from the Mixed Reality Lab at Keio University.  From this description, we could probably replicate it–though I don’t know if we would want to.  🙂 See their web page for an explanation: http://ringu.mixedrealitylab.org/

Saturday for Young People

Tue, 03/12/2013 – 08:36 — Jeff The Maker The CUCFL Youth Council is sponsoring another open lab for people between the ages of 10 and 16 on Saturday the 16th from 10 until noon. If you misses our soldering day, we still have badges available for soldering at 3 dollars a piece. If you don’t […]

Models available for free!

Fri, 03/08/2013 – 01:17 — Geph Joan from the UIUC Women’s Resource Center was kind enough to donate us some remote control toys and pine wood derby car sets. They’re now available for free use in the lab!

3D printer time lapse

Thu, 03/07/2013 – 13:51 — Geph Matthew Schroyer (www.mentalmunition.com) was kind enough to film a time-lapse of our UP!3D printer in action: Here it is printing mounting for a sensor.

Examples, Tools and Materials Updated

Thu, 03/07/2013 – 03:41 — Geph The tools and materials section has been updated to reflect our current offerings. I’ve also made the example creations page a little friendlier. Luke, you will be happy to know that all pictures are now hosted on the Fab Lab server.

Digital Literacy Resources for Emerging Maker Spaces

Fri, 03/01/2013 – 05:45 — Geph For the Maker Space Knowledge Café at Chicago Public Library. Attachment Size Digital Literacy Resources for Emerging Maker Spaces – Jeff Ginger (CUCFL) 1.1.docx 679.3 KB

CUC Fab Lab at the Public Engagement Symposium

Fri, 03/01/2013 – 01:45 — Geph 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 […]

Obama Mentions 3D Printing in State of the Union Address

Wed, 02/27/2013 – 14:21 — webmashups 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 […]

It’s just a little earie…

Wed, 02/27/2013 – 13:35 — webmashups 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. […]

Will houses in the future be built with 3D printers?

Wed, 02/27/2013 – 13:34 — webmashups 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

Possibly of Interest: paper on algorithms for computing support structures for 3D printing

Tue, 02/26/2013 – 15:25 — Robert McGrath 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.