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

Business/Operations Committee Meeting Announcement

Join us for discussion and planning of upcoming events at the fab lab – light refreshments available   CUCFL Champaign Urbana Community Fab Lab 1301 South Goodwin Avenue Urbana, IL 61801 DRAFT AGENDA Business/Operation Committee Meeting Tuesday October 4, 2011 @ 5:30 PM I. Blue Platter Saturday Workshops (October 8) Bring needle and e-thread your way through a pile of high tech materials II. Fab Off (October 22) Volunteers needed! Need to get the equipment in shape and ready for the arriving teams.  
  1. Proposals (in process)
A couple of community engagement proposals are being submitted by the fab lab to develop programming and kits to more efficiently promote the concepts of digital fabrication   IV.Adjourn
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Fab Off

The Champaign-Urbana Community will be holding the first ever Fab Off! A Fab Off is… -an opportunity to come together and meet people from other fab labs -a chance to interact with new materials (from -a build session with a team of enthusiastic fabbers -a chance to win wildly “intrinsically motivating” prizes (read that to mean of little or no monetary value -good food and festivities We will be dividing the volunteers into groups. Each group will have the entire day to make something with the new materials.  At the end of the day a team will be chosen as the winner by our judges: Sherry Lassiter  from the Center for Bits and Atoms and Zach Kaplan from The event will be held on October 22. We are looking for volunteers to participate and also to help logistically. Please email Lauren at by September 10 if you would like to participate/volunteer or would like more information.
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Blue Platter Saturday: wearables

Blue Platter Saturdays are events that CUCFL puts together as workshops for experimenting with new processes or materials. The first one will be October 8th form 9 am to 12 pm. The theme for the first Blue Platter Saturday is wearables, we are going to order sample fabrics from and will let people experiment with them. Since the materials we buy are samples, usually 1yrd by a few ft in size, we encourage people to bring their own fabric or wearable item to supplement their design idea. Be creative with what you bring, hats, bags, accessories, etc. The maximum number of people for the workshop is 15 and there is a $30 fee that covers samples, use of the fab lab equipment, coffee and fun. If are interested in the workshop please e-mail mercedes
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Business/Operations Committee Meeting Announcement

Come join us for the the first meeting of the operations committee for Fall 2011 at 5:30 pm at the fab lab next Tuesday, September 6th.  Among other things, we will be discussing: 1) Our new open lab hours, and staffing schedules by student assistant lab managers 2) Fab Off pre-planning 3) Digital Media & Learning Competition 4 (online Thursday September 15) Feel free to suggest topics for our brief meeting next Tuesday!  Operations will henceforth meet on the first TUESDAY of the month, reflecting the new posted hours for Fall Semester 2011
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FAB7 Lima: Fab Lab Annual International Conference

FAB7 this year was in Lima, Peru. It was hosted and organized by the University students with the help of MIT. We had a great time there and met some amazing people. The challenge/competition this year was to build an Ambulante, a street vendor. These are very popular in Lima and all the fab labs were encouraged to build one. Our lab built a Pop Corn Ambulante. It was a hit, although we did not win, we most definitely got the people’s choice award :). Thank you to Whitney (who could not make it to Lima), Virginia, Dean, Mary K, Betty and Dan (from MSI lab) for their efforts in building the ambulante. I had little to no input on this projects, but I did make a few batches of pop corn while I was a there :). Above are some pics of the Ambulante night!
Virginia putting the final touches
The winners (California)
The piazza
The magic "little" stove
The Japanese Ambulante
The Brazilians
Rabiah and Zach
pop corn Ambulante
Phyllis's (Washington DC) Ambulante
More Japanese Ambulante
Mercedes, popping some corn.
Mary K and Betty putting the umbrella together
Kenny's Ambulante
India's Ambulante
Everybody wanted pop corn!
Africa's Ambulante
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Fab Lab temporary closing Sunday August 14, 2011

The Fab Lab will be closed on Sunday August 14, 2011. Many of our volunteers are attending the Fab 7 conference in Lima, Peru and we will not have enough volunteers to staff the lab on this day. A link to the conference’s website can be found here.  Normal hours will resume on Thursday August 18, 2011. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
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