Central Illinois Day of the Girl Rally

Central Illinois Day of the Girl Rally

We’re super excited to participate in the first (hopefully annual) Central Illinois Day of the Girl Rally!  This event will be happening on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 10am to noon right at our homebase in the Independent Media Center (202 S. Broadway Ave in Urbana).

You’re welcome to RSVP at the Facebook invite or simply show up.

If you’re not familiar with Day of the Girl, it’s a movement started by the United Nations to raise awareness of gender inequality around the world.

This event is free and open to the public and here’s the awesome stuff that will be happening (click for expanded view):

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Hope to see you there!

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Coming Soon!

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.

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Wondering how to start a print on our Solidoodle 3D Printer? This video is for you!

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!

 

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Pewter Casting at Make-a-tion

Pewter Casting at Make-a-tion

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.

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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.

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Many of the attendees also brought their own objects from home that they had decided they would like to create a pewter version of.

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After the molds were set (~10 min) it was time to head outside and start melting some metal.

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Once we had some liquid metal it was time to start the pouring and see how our molds worked.

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Turns out they worked great!

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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.

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Thanks to everyone who came for making this a really fun event!

More photos from the event here.

 

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