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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Volunteer Spotlight- Jean Pabon

The MakerLab volunteers are a really important part of the lab. They help day to day welcoming makers, assisting with workshops and fixing printers. Today, we will introduce you to one of our volunteers, Jean Pabon!

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Jean is a junior here at Illinois studying Management in the Gies College of Business and has been an essential part of the MakerLab since he joined! Jean’s favorite part of the MakerLab is working with other people to help them better understand what the lab has to offer and what 3D printing is all about! The project Jean is most invested in goes hand in hand with his favorite part about the lab. Jean is the lead on our video creation. His responsibilities entail gathering different footage of what’s going on in the lab. From objects printing, to workshops, to finished prints, Jean is gathering it all to start making videos for our social media! In fact, Jean produced the video that we submitted for the InfyMakers and won! Below are some pictures that Jean plans on featuring in his next video! Jean loves sharing his passion for 3D printing as he thinks it’s great that the Illinois MakerLab is one of the few spots on campus that allows people to have access to such a unique technology. He knows that 3D printing is revolutionizing the world and with the MakerLab people can easily be a part of that revolution.

The best thing the Makerlab has to offer is its versatility. People can use the lab for all sorts of things. If someone wants a unique keychain, a personalized gift, or is trying to design some form of art piece, or trying to test something for research, the lab can fulfill all those needs.

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MakerLab Aids in Scientific Research

There are many types of people who come to the MakerLab. Some for fun, some for school and others for research! 3D printing is revolutionizing research by offering quick and easy ways to get prototypes. And this is what researchers from the Laboratory for Optical Physics and Engineering here at Illinois came to the MakerLab for. They were looking for a 3D printing facility that could quickly print them the prototype they needed. And the MakerLab was there to help them! Our Gurus were able to succesfully print all the parts needed for LOPE researcher’s prototype. Once assembled, their prototype served as a holding station for testing devices.

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