Fab Lab Makers

Do you like carving pumpkins for halloween? Why not come to the fab lab and cut out some fun pumpkins on the laser cutter? Or you could print a jack o lantern using the UP3D printer. If you are really ambitious you could solder together a blinky and light up a pumpkin. We will be hosting an open lab on Saturday the 19th for youth between the ages of 10 and 16 from 10 until noon. Join us and make some halloween decorations or work on your own project.


Urbana collab 'design days' this week

Are you interested in coworking?  In local design and content companies?  With food, too?

You might want to visit the downtown Urbana collab this week, which is feature friends-of-the-Lab Norden Design's display week.  Johan and Anna will show you their works, new office, and tour the rest of the collab space if you want. (Hours noon to 7P daily this week.)

For more info, there was a nice piece in smilepolitely last week.

Osmoces 2013

It is pretty late notice, but if you are up for a trip to Wheaton this weekend the Osmoces 2013 Symposium looks like a good time. There are lots of workshops planned along with several speakers. I am not going to make it this year, but will try to watch for it next year so I have time to plan a trip.

CUCFL at Prototyping Fair Friday!

Dean Rose and several Fab Lab volunteers will be attending the UI research park Prototyping Fair tomorrow - go check it out!


We're on TV!

Illinois Central TV ran a spot for us this past weekend! It's a good overview but also a lot of George and I talking - I'd just like to emphasize that many, many people make the Fab Lab go, including our volunteers and our partners at community organizations.

The Bush of Life - A visit and workshops by Fab Lab Lyon

A special thanks to Jonathan Landais and Marie Lombard from Fab Lab Lyon visited us this past weekend! They were kind enough to share some about their knowledge and projects as well as run two workshops, the Bush of Life, for kids in two community groups - the homeschool group (attached to the Fab Lab teen group, the Fab Lab Makers) and the Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center. Files from their workshop are attached.


September Fab Lab Makers at IMC

The third Saturday of September happens to coincide with the Urbana-Champaign Mini Maker Faire being held at the IMC. The Fab Lab Makers will be there instead of at the Fab Lab. Come check us out at the Fab Lab booth. We will have exciting information about our new Fab Lab Makers Certification Program and there will be plenty of exciting stuff to look at and make. If you have never been to, or heard about, the UC Mini Maker Faire check out their website here.

Makerspace Urbana (IMC) Events

The IMC has lots of events going on this weekend - including home router hacking and arduino electonics.


The Mobile Fab Lab is here

The Mobile Fab Lab is here and getting set up - thanks to Dean Rose, Lisa Bievenue and Sally Jackson for making it happen.

Mobile Fab Lab inside

Minecraft at the Urbana Free Library

A picture of the town the kids at the UFL Fab Lab have built in Minecraft - stay tuned for pictures of the 3D printed model!

UFL Town

Mobile Fab Lab Open Hours and Events

Mobile Fab Lab Trailer

Open Lab

  • Thursdays – Aug 15 and 22 – 6-9p
  • Saturdays  – KIDS ONLY (age 11-18) – Aug 17 and 24– 10a-12p
  • Sundays – Aug 18 & 25 – 1-6p


  • Monday  – Open House for Area Youth Provider Organizations – Aug 19 – 6-9p
  • Tuesday  – Shopbot Workshop with CU Woodturning Club – Aug 20 – 6-9p

School for Poetic Computation

Possibly of interest "School for Poetic Computation" (in NYC).

" promote completely strange, impractical and magical work..."

Is anyone inspired to try something like this here?


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