Fab Lab Will Be at the Univeristy of Illinois Public Engagement Seminar

The Fab Lab will participate in the University of Illinois Public Engagement Symposium on April 18, 2012.

Come join us from 3:00–6:00pm at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), Multipurpose Room 6, 201 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, Illinois.

Fab Lab Will be at the CU Mini Maker Faire

The Fab Lab will participate in the Urbana-Champaign Mini Maker Faire on April 14, 2012.

Join us at the Independent Media Center,202 S. Broadway, Urbana, from 10AM to 4PM

Fab Lab Will Be Open Easter Sunday

The Fab Lab will be open regular hours, 12-6, on Sunday 4/8.

Computer Science Club at UIS creates led edge lit sign

From the UIS CS Club:

On Sunday, April 1st, 2012 the Computer Science Club at UIS visited and created an LED edge lit sign using the Epilog laser cutter.

They have posted a full gallery of the trip on their website or check them out on Facebook.

Edge lit sign

Empathetic Reformulator

The Empathetic Reformulator was invented as part of a workshop led by Federico Joselevich from Buenos Aires, Argentina.  The workshop was called "A Step Through Los Aparatos," which involved the combination of art, technology and creative expression. 

Empathetic Reformulator

More Dinosaurs (err... Pterosaur)

Bob thought that Kat's T-Rex was pretty cool looking, so he went and made a skeletal Pterosaur.

This is the beta version and Bob says that the final version will be much better with stain or finish.

MiniMaker Entry

Here are some projects that Steve is working on, which will be displayed at the Mini Maker Fair next month at the IMC.  Way to go Steve!


Business/Operations Committee Meeting Announcement

Operations Committee Monthly Meeting Thursday March 15, 2012 7:30 PM

Come joins us for an open discussion on

1) Google Calendar updates which allow for event scheduling and volunteer participation - Whitney will report online requests which have come through over the last couple of weeks

2) The Four Week Outlook, including Danville Homefires, workshop with Frederico, Woodturning Group, UIS Computer Group, Community Engagement at ARC, and the Mini Maker Fair at IMC

3) Presentation by Joshua Norris

February 23, 2012 Minutes - Operations Committee

CUCFL Operations Meeting Minutes
February 23, 2012

1) Discussion of CUCFL website Google Calendar to highlight recurring events at the lab; also discussed the creation of online fab lab tour request form :

A busy week for the Fab Lab!

It's been a busy week for the CUC Fab Lab!  Tuesday from 4-5pm and tonight (Thursday 4-5 pm) we are presenting at the Urbana Free Library's Teen Tech Week.  Teens are able to use the silhouette cameos to make cards and stickers of their own designs.  Furthermore, on Wednesday morning, we were featured on WCIA.  See the videos here and here!

Jewelry Making Class

The Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab will be hosting a class on making jewelry with Inkscape, the laser cutter, and other fablab tools.
It will be held on Saturday, March 3rd.
If you are interested please e-mail Betty and Kat in advance at bb1<at> or sculptresskat<at> or post in comments below. 
Thank you!

Business/Operations Committee Meeting Announcement

Join us for an open discussion Thursday February 23rd at 7:00 PM at the Fab Lab!  Items include

1) The CUCFL website "Google Calendar" which highlights recurring events at the lab;

2) Volunteer Opportunities for Urbana Free Library "Teen Tech Week", UIUC Community Engagement Symposium, and Champaign-Urbana Mini Maker Faire (@ the IMC) upcoming events;

Agenda will be further developed at the meeting, which will be held to 60 minutes

Valentine's Day Gift Class

Come join us this Saturday, Feb 11 from 10-2.This is a free class but some projects may require the purchase of supplies. Please email FABLAB-CURRICULUM@LISTSERV.ILLINOIS.EDU to register. 

In this free class, children and adults will create custom valentines. We will offer an Intro to Inkscape where youth grades 2 -12 to adults will learn basic design skills and complete a Valentine's Day themed wood or acrylic gift they cut on the Epilog Laser. In addition, children may choose to make valentines stickers or cards with one of our plotters.

Fab Off 2011, The Video

An excellent video by Christian McNamara from the MSI Chicago Fab Lab, showing the great fun we had at the 2011 Fab Off athe Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab!

Weather Closure Notice January 12, 2012

Due to a Winter Weather Advisory, the fab lab will not be open Thursday evening (January 12, 2012)

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