Robert McGrath's blog

McGill Music/Dance Project

Possibly of interest: wearable/dancable instrumentation, made in a fab lab (from McGill Univ.)

Their YouTube video from this article:

Anyone want to try something like this?  (I can throw in the possibility of Augmented Reality imagery.)

Fab Lab People Appear on Big Ten Network

As reported earlier here, the Fab Lab contributed to an Augmented Reality installation for UI graduation ceremonieds.

The Big Ten Network broadcase a video on this project on July 19, 2013.  The video is now available on YouTube:

CUC Fab Lab Presentation at Digital Humanities 2013 in Lincoln, NE

I will present a short paper about the CUCFL at the Digital Humanities 2013 conference in Lincoln Nebraska this Friday.  [abstract]

As part of the preparation, I finished a writeup about a project I did on the 3D printer.  See the blog entry and related essay.

As the blog notes, I wrote the essay in reply to criticism from the conference reviewers, to wit, "what does this stuff have to do with humanities?"

Not being a professional humanist, I nevertheless took a stab at a 'humanistic' argument.

NG Story on the Product Manufactory

Product Manufactory

Fab Lab folks in the news (well, in the local newspaper). Nice piece about the Product Manufactory in Urbana.

Fab Lab Closed for Memorial Day (May 26)

The Fab Lab will be closed Sunday May 26.  Enjoy the Memorial Day holiday!

Regular hours will resume Tuesday May 28.

(Jeff and Andrew will not be holding Volunteers-Only lab hours on Monday)

Online Library of High Resolution Scans

Possibly of interest:  An NSF sponsored collection of high quality scanned specimens (skeltons and fossils).  The datasets are availalbe in a number of formats, some of them are available in STL, intended for 3D printing.

The Digital Morphology library is a dynamic archive of information on digital morphology and high-resolution X-ray computed tomography of biological specimens.

CUCFL Contributes to a unique campus event

The CUC Fab Lab contributed to a special Augmented Reality installation for the University of Illinios graduation ceremonies.

See the official press release and visit the site Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to see it in person. see the 'About' page and the student pix.

This project was a collaboration of many departments at the UI, and the team included Robert McGrath and Andrew Knight of the Fab Lab.

Draft White Paper about CUCFL

Following up on the HASTAC presentation mentioned here, I have posted a much longer, more throrough discussion.

See the link at:

I would like to revise and improve this draft.

(By the way, I couldn't find a good "Section" for this entry.  "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.")

CUC Fab Lab Presentation at HASTAC 2103 in Toronto

On Saturday I presented a short talk about the CUCFL at the HASTAC 2103 conference in Troronto (Abstract).  Thanks to all of you who directly or indirectly helped.

I met folks from several Canadian makerspaces, and gave out our card to several of them.  Most of them were just starting out and wanted advice about how to build a successful makerspace.  I invited them to peruse our web site for tutorials, etc. and contact us.

'RingU': networked friendship rings

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:

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

I ran across this paper that explains one way to calculate support structures for 3D printing.

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.

NYT on "4D" Printing

Creation Space at the Urbana Free Library

The Creation Tech program at The Urbana Free Library has begun! 

There will be a series of workshops in February and March.  Check it out.

Possibly of Interest: DIY BioPrinter

Instructables featured this project this weeK:

From the BioPrinter Community Project at BioCurious.

What could possibly go wrong? :)

Article about CUCFL

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