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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Liftoff

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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!
 

Not just for kids

Light painting photography is a fun activity for kids of all ages. Recently Studio 300 hosted a light painting portrait class for adults where our patrons learned the basic photography skills required for successful images. Then we kicked it in to high gear and added a flash to create some fun and interesting portraits. Go to our Flickr page for the results of the class.

What’s going on?

If you’ve been to Studio 300 lately you might have noticed a small change outside our A/B/C video rooms. You may ask: What is this? Site preparation for a new art installation? Well, the first part of that sentence is correct (not so much the second).

We’ve relocated our book collection to the third floor with all the other adult nonfiction technology books and moved our display case to a different area inside Studio 300. In the blank space, we’re addressing power and computing needs for a minor expansion.

As part of our initiative to fully integrate our maker resources into Studio 300, we’re preparing to construct new counters, cabinets, and storage to better support our desktop fabrication machines.

Keep watching this space to see our plans take shape. Once completed you’ll be able to access all of the maker technology anytime Studio 300 is open. Meanwhile, pardon our dust …

 

Date Night in Studio 300, part two

Moms and their sons explored Studio 300 once again during our second Digital Date Night. The evening was filled with fun as patrons played music, made videos, used our Carvey desktop fabricator, built and coded a robot, and so much more.

 

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