Reaching Out to the Community at the Library

The MakerLab isn’t just on Illinois’s campus anymore! Every Monday, guru William Jones heads over to the Champaign Public Library to help with the after school program for teens. Will and a high school volunteer, Shreya, helps the kids learn basic 3D printing and TinkerCAD, a 3D design software. There is even 2 Ultimaker printers at the library for the kids to use and print their models on! The MakerLab is really excited to be able to continuing to teach kids 3D printing and TinkerCAD and encouraging them to learn more about 3D design and STEM with 3D printing! Be sure to stop by and see us at the teen lounge next time you are at the Champaign Library on a Monday!

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From Social Innovation to Sustainable Impact: How to Turn Good Intentions into Global Change

Everyone is constantly talking about 'changing the world' but how many people foster real and actual change? 'Innovation' has become such a buzzword that we are losing sight of its real meaning and potential. So many hackathons, conferences or workshops just end, without any real follow up or concrete next steps that harness the incredible energy and ideas that have been brewing. Something has to change in order for there to be change!
In this talk, the Milestone team will share their years of experience in the design, innovation, and social sectors around the world. We'll discuss the failures on why such little measurable impact emerges from so many good ideas and intentions and what we are doing to change that.

The talk will touch upon Milestone's unique approach to user-centered design for change and on how we break down existing silos to get people talking and working together around common goals. 

The firm is on campus to help with a course (https://digitalmaking.web.illinois.edu/spring2019/). Their visit is sponsored by the Gies College of Business(Office of the Dean). The collaboration with Art+Design (Dr. Deana McDonagh) and DRES (Adam Bleakney) is sponsored by the Siebel Center for Design.

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MakerLab Hosts Physics Department Class

The Illinois MakerLab was proud to host Professor George Gollin and his design class, Physics 398DLP, at the lab recently! Their plan was to print PLA cases for the environmental data loggers that the students are building.

Professor Gollin has a lot of experience with 3D Printing and was even able to give us some tips to make sure prints run smoothly. He stated that four factors must be considered to ensure a perfect print. First, the glass build plates must be scrupulously clean. Second, the print job must run with the correct build plate temperature for the particular color of filament loaded into the printer. Third, the print job must also use a proper nozzle temperature, which varies from spool to spool of filament. Lastly, the clean build plate must be swabbed with 70/30 isopropanol/water immediately before printing.

So, Physics 398DLP arrived with cleaning supplies, 70/30 alcohol, cardboard plates to seal the open fronts of the printers and adhesion test print jobs that were run before the main print job in order to find the best temperatures for each machine’s build plate and nozzle. They began by cleaning all the build plates with dishwashing detergent and hot water in a sink elsewhere in BIF. By running the test print jobs, they established optimum temperatures (which varied from machine to machine), reapplied alcohol, then ran the main print jobs. Check out the final results! Eleven out of the twelve prints were flawless!

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Illinois MakerLab at Illinois Women's Basketball Field Trip Day

This post was written by one of our dedicated volunteers, Jerry Baffour!

The Illinois MakerLab was able to participate in the Illinois Women's Basketball Team’s Field Trip Day! Each year, the Illinois Women's Basketball Team hosts a morning home game as their season opener, and invite elementary school students from the community to attend during their regular school day. We were fortunate to have a booth this year to give the young minds of tomorrow a look at the potentials of 3D printing. We had over 100 schoolchildren who were enthusiastic discovering our past prints, and surprised with the capabilities of an Ultimaker printer. We are hoping see some of those kids in the future to celebrate their birthday parties. We are also hopeful that we sparked their minds on the maker community here in Illinois!

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Guru Spotlight - Almasa Krvavac

The MakerLab Gurus are a really important part of the lab. They run the lab day to day by helping start prints, facilitating workshops, troubleshooting printers, and teaching new volunteer! Today, we will introduce you to one of our gurus, Almasa Krvavac!

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Almasa is currently a junior at the Gies College of Business here at Illinois studying Accounting and Information Systems/Information Technology. She first joined the MakerLab as a volunteer in Spring 2017 and worked her way up to a guru! Almasa is also our digital marketing coordinator and as a result she oversees the volunteers who run our various social media accouts! Almasa’s favorite part about working in the lab is definitely the people. She loves talking to experienced makers and to new ones! Helping people learn has always been one of her strong suits and she is more than grateful that she is able to extend that through her position in the lab. Guru’s in the MakerLab are often times managing and working on various projects that aid the lab. This semester, Almasa is working on creating a sponsor wall for the lab! We have a bit of unused space on one of our walls and another Guru, William Jones, brought up the idea of 3D printing the logos of the MakerLab's sponsors (Proctor & Gamble, Caterpillar, Infosys, Intel, MakeShaper) to showcase the networks that 3D printing can provide. She loves working on this project as it has allowed her to learn a new modeling software, Fusion 360! And check it out! The sponsor wall is coming along great!

The value of the MakerLab is definitely in the people you meet while you’re there.

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Illinois MakerLab Participates at National Manufacturing Day!

This past Friday, the Illinios MakerLab was proud to be a part of National Manufacturing Day! Manufacturing Day is a day for celebrating modern manufacturing and revolves around inspiring other people to get involved in manufacturing. On October 5th, there were more than 2,694 different events nationwide honoring manufacturing and the MakerLab was one of them! The Illinois MakerLab participated in Manufacturing Day to expose new makers to the magic of 3D printing. We had a lot of fun showing people around the lab and explaining all that the MakerLab has to offer for everyone! We hope to see some of them stop by again and try out 3D printing for themselves!


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