New Maker webpage

We’ve recently updated the main Fountaindale website with a new webpage focused on our Maker Lab inside Studio 300 and related activities. Check it out here. Get information about our machines, upcoming STEAM and Maker events, resources, and even show off what you made. Our new Maker Lab page is ready for you right now.

 

 

Film Clubs May

Think book club, but with movies instead. And that describes our two newest clubs for film fans. The next meeting is May 28th where we review and discuss two great films.
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Film Club meets on May 28 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Madame (2017), available on DVD and Hoopla. Adding a little spice to a waning marriage, Anne and Bob, a wealthy and well-connected American couple, move into a manor house in romantic Paris. While preparing a particularly luxurious dinner for sophisticated international friends, our hostess discovers there are thirteen guests. Panic-stricken, Anne insists her loyal maid Maria disguise herself as a mysterious Spanish noblewoman to even out the numbers. But a little too much wine, and some playful chat, lead Maria to accidentally endear herself to a dandy British art broker. Their budding romance will have Anne chasing her maid around Paris and finally plotting to destroy this most unexpected and joyous love affair.

Also on May 28, Classic Reels meets at 7:30 p.m. to review To Catch a Thief (1955), available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Kanopy.
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Notorious cat burglar John Robie has long since retired to tend vineyards on the French Riviera. When a series of robberies is committed in his style, John must clear his name. Armed with a list of people who own the most expensive jewels currently in the area, John begins following the first owner, young Francie. When her jewels are stolen, Francie suspects John, destroying their tentative romance. John goes on the lam to catch the thief and clear his own name.

Watch the films on your own, then join us for snacks and a breakdown discussion about the films. (Both are available in multiple formats with your library card.)

DIY Felt Succulent

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During April’s Adult Makers DIY program, our patrons made felt succulents. By popular demand, here are the project’s instructions.

Required Supplies

  • Felt Squares (6” x 6” pieces work great)
  • Hot Glue Gun with Glue
  • Pastel Chalks (Optional)
  • Template

Step 1. Using the template (Download Succulent Template here) cut out the pieces of felt. When you print the template make sure you choose actual size instead of fit for print or your pieces will be very large. You should have 3 sizes of petals. Note: If you wish to use chalk pastels color the felt before gluing.

Step 2. Take one of the smallest petals and place a bead of hot glue near the bottom. Pinch it together until the glue cools. Use a low temp glue gun for the best results (and safety!). Starting with the smallest petals build up your succulent and keep petals evenly spaced. When you run out of the smallest petals go to the medium petals. Continue building up your succulent. Finally use the larger petals and finish the last layers.

Your finished design can be used in many different ways. For example, we finished our project by gluing them into mini clay pots.

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Indie Indy Filmmakers

Students and their teacher from the Independence Elementary after school Indy Filmmakers share their work in this inspiring documentary. The “indie Indy” group uses Studio 300 equipment and computers to videotape and edit their short films. They even used our maker lab for their custom t-shirts.

Special thanks to the students and their teacher for kind permission to share this video.

Open Mic Success

On Tuesday, April 9, Studio 300 hosted our first Open Mic Showcase Night. Several brave performers shared their music and poetry during the evening to rave reviews from a supportive and enthusiastic audience.

Our next Open Mic Showcase Night is May 14 in Meeting Room B starting at 7 p.m. If you are interested in performing your acoustic music, poetry, dance, artwork, photography and even short films, you get up to seven minutes, and signup is first come, first served. And, of course, if you wish to support our local artists, you can join the audience, too. At this time, the program is for ages 18 and older only.

Saturn 5 Rocket Complete

Saturn 5 model in Studio 300

As we prepare to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, Studio 300 enlisted our CR-10 3D printer to build a 60:1 scale model of the rocket that took us to the moon. Our version of the Saturn 5 stands six feet tall, weighs 2160 grams (4.7 lbs), and took over 200 hours to 3D print.

The original Saturn 5 stood 363 feet tall and weighed 6,400,000 lbs. Its five engines produced 7,616,000 lbs of thrust. Visit Studio 300 anytime to see our completed model.

Coming next? The Apollo Lunar Module.

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Saturn 5 engines

Winterfest 2019 Karaoke

Once again Studio 300 hosted a lively program of karaoke at this year’s Bolingbrook Park District’s Winterfest 2019. Performances ranged from old standards to new favorites and everything in-between. All the videos are available on our YouTube channel in four parts by order of performance.

Click to visit the videos: Part OnePart TwoPart Three and Part Four.


Want to know how to share only part of a longer video? Read this article.

Saturn 5 takes off at Studio 300

002157_main_1_2_2 copyOn July 20, 1969 (nearly 50 years ago!) Neal Armstrong became the first person to walk on the Moon. The most powerful rocket ever made, the Saturn 5, made the journey possible.

Using Studio 300’s CR-10 large format 3D printer, we printed a 60″ model of the infamous Saturn 5 rocket.  The machine printed the model in five stages, and these join together to form the complete model. The final 3D printing time topped 200 hours! These pictures recap key moments in the long process.

Studio 300 3D printed a Saturn 5 rocket model in five stages.

The next steps will include painting, detailing, and final assembly. Watch this blog for updates as the process continues. Meanwhile, to see this amazing model in person, stop by Studio 300.

 

 

 

 

Record an Album in a Month

Each winter musical artists from around the world take on the RPM challenge (Record Production Month) and record a full album of music in one month. And if that challenge alone isn’t hard enough, they do it in February—the shortest month of the year.

The contest doesn’t require you to write new songs (but it’s highly encouraged), but to win, you need to record ten tracks or 35 minutes of music.

Get started at the official RPM website, where you can sign up for your own dedicated artist page, listen to prior contributions, encourage other participates, and get feedback on your music. And on February 1st, it’s time to hit that big red record button.

Of course, Studio 300 is here to help with gear, recording spaces, and encouragement. We’ll get you rolling in no time.

When it’s all over, we’ll be hosting a listening party on March 5 at 7 p.m. Bring in your tracks and celebrate!