Staff Pick: Cintiq & Photoshop

Artwork courtesy of FPLD patron Chris Relo from ChrisRelo.com

A person’s hands can do amazing things. Computers can do amazing things. But often there is a disconnect between the two. The Cintiq drawing tablet bridges that gap.

Combined with software such as Photoshop opens up endless possibilities. Pressure sensitivity, screen mirroring – it’s an amazing feeling to work with a pen.

This Staff Pick brought to you by Steve. Stop by Studio 300 and try this device for yourself.

Maker Lab at Studio 300 Technology Spotlight

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Power Press Heat Press

The Maker Lab at Studio 300 has the Power Press Heat Press available for your heat transfer vinyl project. The 15-by-15-inch industrial-quality digital heat press includes Teflon on the heat platen. This heat press is compact and is an upward-opening model. Ideal for applying transfers, letters, numbers, and images on t-shirts, garments, bags, mouse mats, jigsaw puzzles, ID badges, ceramic tiles, and other items. Here are the details:

  • LCD Control Board: Fully digital temperature and time control.
  • Special Thickened Aluminum Heating Plate for even and stable temperature over the entire heating plate.
  • Teflon Coated Heating Plate.  No need for coated sheets.  Harmless to the cloth, convenient to clean, and provide attractive appearance.
  • Signal Indicator beeps when transfer it over.
  • Plate pressure is easily adjusted to accommodate different materials.
  • Integrated electric control system for accurate heat adjustments.

Stop by and check it out. Studio 300 staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you with your project during open shop hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to Noon.

Here are examples from a recent Studio 300 program where patrons applied designs to their own t-shirts.

Maker Lab at Studio 300 Technology Spotlight

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Brother SE-400

The Maker Lab at Studio 300 has the Brother SE-400 Combination Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine available for your project needs.  Here are its specs:

  • Sew, quilt, embroider. If you can imagine it, you can create it! Enjoy comprehensive sewing functions, plus 4-inch-by-4-inch embroidery capabilities.
  • Easy-to-view back-lit touch screen LCD display accesses 67 unique sewing stitches and 70 built- in embroidery designs, with 5 lettering fonts.
  • Computer connectivity for importing thousands of embroidery designs purchased from iBroidery.com and other sites, and for updating your machine in the future.
  • One-touch automatic thread cutter cuts your top and bobbin thread with ease.

Stop by and check it out.  Studio 300 staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you with your project during open shop hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 2-4 p.m.

Maker Lab at Studio 300 Technology Spotlight

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KNK Zing Air Computerized Cutter

The Maker Lab at Studio 300 has the KNK Zing Air Computerized Cutter available for your vinyl cutting project needs. The KNK Zing Air allows you to create and cut your own custom designs. Here’s its specs:

  • Cutting width up to 12″ wide.
  • Print and Cut With built-in Laser alignment, the KNK Zing Air performs quick and precise cuts.
  • Now with 3 wheels, allowing users to cut 12″ x unlimited length.
  • Peel and stick vinyl is $1.00 / linear foot
  • Heat transfer vinyl is $2.50 / linear foot.
  • A heat press is available.

Stop by and check it out.  Studio 300 staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you with your project during open shop hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 2-4  p.m.

Maker Lab at Studio 300 Technology Spotlight

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CARVEY

The Maker Lab at Studio 300 has the Carvey CNC Router available for your carving project. Carvey’s fully-enclosed design makes 3-D carving clean, quiet, and safe.  Studio 300 has several material choices available.  Here are the details:

  • Automatic calibration, built-in settings for your materials, and ease to use software make Carvey intuitive and approachable.
  • The Easel software makes it simple to design a project from scratch, or to import an existing sketch or file. With intuitive tools and interactive apps-it’s the design process, simplified.
  • Use Easel’s pre-carve checklist to make sure everything is ready, then click “Carve”. Sit back and watch as your idea comes to life.
  • A fully-enclosed frame ensures the mess (and the noise) stays on the inside.

Stop by and check it out.  Studio 300 staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you with your project during open shop hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 2-4 p.m.

Maker Lab at Studio 300 Technology Spotlight

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Hic Top CR-10

The Maker Lab at Studio 300 has the Hic Top CR-10 3D Printer available for your  3D project.  The CR-10 can print big models, the max printing size is 300x300x400mm/11x11x15 inches.  Studio 300 has many PLA colors available @ .10 / gram.   Here are the details:

  • Printing Size: 300*300*400mm
  • Printing accuracy:±0.1mm
  • Layer thickness: 0.05-0.4mm (adjustable)
  • Nozzle temp: 250 degree C
  • Extruder temperature: PLA: 210 C
  • Hot bed temperature: PLA: 60 C
  • Printing Speed:Normal: 80mm/s, Max.: 200mm/s
  • Materials:1.75mm PLA
  • Nozzle: 0.4mm

Stop by and check it out.  Studio 300 staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you with your project during open shop hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 2-4 p.m.

Maker Lab NOW OPEN at Studio 300

The new Maker Lab at Studio 300 is open and ready for your DIY project!  Equipment in the space includes the following technology:

  • Brother SE-400 Combination Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine
  • KNK Zing Computerized Cutter
  • Carvey CNC Router
  • Hic Top CR-10 3D Printer
  • PowerPress Industrial-Quality Digital Sublimation T-Shirt Heat Press

Stop by and check it out.  Studio 300 staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you with your project during open shop hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 2-4 p.m.

 

Lower Level Commentary, Episode 011, The Oscars

oscarstvmonitor2016Listen as Joe and Adriana react to this year’s Academy Award nominees and single out their picks of who will  take home the statues. It’s a close race between these two movie buffs this year as they vie for bragging rights of picking the most winners.

Don’t forget that once again Joe and Adriana host the Oscars After Hours program here at Fountaindale Public Library on Sunday, March 4 starting at 5 p.m.

Staff Pick: Portable LED Lighting

Proper lighting can be an afterthought when you’re busy taking a photo or making a video. In Studio 300 both our A and B/C spaces have terrific preset lighting. But what do you do if you need lighting in the field? Choose from one of our two LED light kits (one 3-light or one 4-light kit). Both provide bright, dimmable light so you can get the right look.

This Staff Pick brought to you by Steve. Stop by Studio 300 and see these lights in action.

Staff Pick: Dracast LED Light

dr-caml-maxb-3Light is the key to great imagery. Poor lighting =  Disappointing results. Enter the Dracast on-camera light. You get 160 LEDs, dimmer, and color temperature adjustment. Add its two batteries that last for hours, mount to a camcorder or DSLR, and get ready to make your videos look better.

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This Staff Pick brought to you by Joe. Stop by Studio 300 and see this device in action.