Stay tuned for information on Summer Make-a-Tion 2014 and the (newly named) Heartland Maker Fest. Make-a-Tion will start at the end of July and workshops will be held every other Saturday from 10-12 and 1-3. Heartland Maker Fest will be on Saturday, October 18 at the Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana.Read More
Click through to watch the tutorial. The short version is: switch on the power strip, open pronterface, hit connect, hit “Set” temp on the bed and the nozzle, and then open Cura, open your STL, choose your raft and support, hit “file > save gcode” and save it somewhere you’ll remember — go back to pronterface and open that gcode, then hit print! Too fast for ya? Watch the video!
This is the third year we’ve attempted a pewter casting workshop and once again the results were pretty wonderful. Our excellent volunteer/instructor Erich did an awesome job explaining exactly what pewter is and how easy it can be worked with even at home. Then we moved right along to playing with making molds out of silicone putty.
Erich had brought in some some simple wooden carved shapes and objects he picked up at the local craft store that made for perfect items to mold the silicone around.
Many of the attendees also brought their own objects from home that they had decided they would like to create a pewter version of.
After the molds were set (~10 min) it was time to head outside and start melting some metal.
Once we had some liquid metal it was time to start the pouring and see how our molds worked.
Turns out they worked great!
Here’s a cast from a 3D printed pac-man ghost. We even managed to add a hole through it’s head so it could be attached to something.
Thanks to everyone who came for making this a really fun event!
More photos from the event here.
The Living Letter Press made the Urbana Champaign Mini Maker Faire a poster again this year, and it’s beautiful! We love their work. And it just happens to match the purple wall at Makerspace Urbana. Look for it around town soon.
If you need your own unique cards/invitations/posters/whatever definitely keep them in mind. They also run awesome workshops!Read More
2-4pm – Help Desk open
Get help with your computer problems! learn how to fix stuff! donations encouraged, or donate your time to help others!
5-6pm – Solidoodle Workshop
We have a 3-D printer, yo! Learn to design, share, and print on our 3-D Solidoodle printer.
Join us for our Spring 2013 workshops, every 4th Sunday of the month:
6-7:30pm – Monthly Membership Meeting
Want to hear a bunch of things that we’re doing, have done & plan to do? Interested in learning how you can get involved? Maybe form a partnership with us on an awesome project you’re working on? Our Monthly Membership Meeting is the place to connect.
We’re located in the basement room #16 of the Independent Media Center in Urbana.
The space can be a little tricky to find but if you enter through the back (south) bike project door (near the radio tower) and take your first left, we’re at the end of the hall. This map should get you there.
See you there!Read More