Maker Faire Highlights

On Saturday, March 11, Fountaindale hosted our first Maker Faire. The event had huge support from our community and featured a bevy of activities including Spaghetti Bridge Building. Check out the highlight video below. And head to our Flickr page for even more pictures.

Easy cart makeover

file_000Once upon a time there was a grey cart that lived in the Vortex. It had a bevy of amazing items that Teens could use to channel their inner artist and get creative.

There was only one problem: the cart was too plain.

Using Studio 300 technology we gave the cart a much-needed makeover. After designing the graphics using Adobe Illustrator, we sent the files to our vinyl cutter, and then installed the finished pieces on the cart. The pictures tell the story.

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Visit Studio 300 and learn about how to use the vinyl cutter for your next project.

Lamination now at Studio 300

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Scotch Laminator

Need something laminated?  Studio 300 can help you.  We just added the Scotch TL901C to our inventory.

This device can laminate up to an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet in less than two minutes. The cost is $1.00 per sheet. If you need to laminate something smaller, we can help you trim it to size with our cutter.  Stop by Studio 300 when you need lamination services.

 

TED2016: Dream Conference Streaming Live at Fountaindale

TV720pAre you interested in this year’s TED2016 conference in Vancouver but can’t afford the $8,500 registration fee? Well you’re in luck! Fountaindale will be streaming part of the conference live for FREE! Throughout the day, you can access four sessions showcasing great thinkers, artists and storytellers from around the country all from the comfort of your library.

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Wednesday, February 17

  • Code power: 10:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
  • Imagine there’s no countries: 1:00–2:45 p.m.
  • TED University: 4:15–6:00 p.m.
  • Nightmare?: 7:00–8:45 p.m.

Feel free to stay for the entire live stream or just specific sessions. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required, but you do not have to be a Fountaindale Public Library cardholder to register. Register now!

Want more TED?

Naperville Public Library and Wheaton Public Library are also streaming additional parts of the conference. Visit their websites for more information and to register.

UPDATE: Here are the speakers scheduled during the February 17 program:

Session 6: Code power

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 10:30am-12:15pm
Linus Torvalds, Software engineer
In 1991, Linus Torvalds shared the Linux kernel with a few computer hobbyists. The operating system they built reshaped the software industry.

Reshma Saujani, Education activist
Through her nonprofit Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani initiates young women into the tech world. Her goal: one million women in computer science by 2020.

Mary Norris, Copy editor
As a copy editor for the New Yorker, “comma queen” Mary Norris enforces some of the most authoritative (some might say eccentric) style rules in publishing.

Luke DuBois, Artist, composer, engineer
Luke DuBois weaves information from a multitude of sources into art and music exploring the tensions between algorithms, portraiture, and temporal space.

Meron Gribetz, Augmented reality startup CEO
Meron Gribetz is the founder and CEO of Meta, the first company to produce and sell augmented reality (AR) glasses with natural gestural hand recognition.

Dan Gross, Gun-control activist
As president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Dan Gross seeks to cut US gun deaths in half by 2025.

Raffaello D’Andrea, Autonomous systems pioneer
Raffaello D’Andrea explores the possibilities of autonomous technology by collaborating with artists, engineers and entrepreneurs.

Session 7: Imagine there’s no countries

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 1:00pm-2:45pm
Parag Khanna, Global strategist
Geopolitical futurist Parag Khanna foresees a world in which megacities, supply chains and connective technologies redraw the map away from states and borders.

Dalia Mogahed, Muslim studies scholar
Researcher and pollster Dalia Mogahed is an author, advisor and consultant who studies Muslim communities.

Amit Sood, Technologist
As the director of Google’s Cultural Institute and Art Project, Amit Sood leads the effort to bring cultural artifacts from museums, archives and foundations onto the web in vivid, lifelike detail.

Christiana Figueres, Climate advocate
Christiana Figueres is the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), who led the recent COP 21 climate talks in Paris.

Hugh Evans, Humanitarian
Through the Global Citizen platform, humanitarian Hugh Evans has created an online community of millions of people — all driven to eradicate extreme poverty by the year 2030.

TED University

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 4:15pm-6:00pm
Attendees take the stage to give their own TED-style talks.

Session 8: Nightmare?

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 7:00pm-8:45pm
Al Gore, Climate advocate
Nobel Laureate Al Gore focused the world’s attention on the global climate crisis. Now he’s showing us how we’re moving towards real solutions.

Andrew Youn, Anti-hunger activist
With One Acre Fund, Andrew Youn helps transform African agriculture by helping farmers overcome the obstacles that hobble their harvests.

Rhiannon Giddens, Musician
With a rich voice and an equally rich sense of history, Rhiannon Giddens animates American folk tradition with her electrifying song interpretations.

Jennifer Kahn, Science journalist
In articles that span the gene-editing abilities of CRISPR, the roots of psychopathic behavior in children, and much more, Jennifer Kahn weaves gripping stories from unlikely sources.

Dan Gross, Gun-control activist
As president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Dan Gross seeks to cut US gun deaths in half by 2025.

Michael Murphy, Designer
As co-founder and CEO of MASS Design Group, Michael Murphy envisions and creates community-centric structures with healing built into their core.

National 3D Printing Day

assembledA few weeks ago the Studio 300 Makerbot 3D printer was busy with a large patron project – printing the segments to the Key to Time from the original Doctor Who series, starring the Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker. There were six pieces in all.

“I was very happy with how these 3D prints turned out,” our patron told us later. “But give proper credit for the designs, done by a person who goes by ‘Dalex.'”

Here’s the process that resulted in the finished model: “I converted the SketchUp models to STL and brought them to the Studio.  There we scaled the model down to about 83% so it would fit onto the print bed.  100% scale was right on the edge of the print bed so scaling was a good idea.”segments

“Next, I created a quick stand out of card board so that the pieces would stay together for display.  There’s some slight warping to some of the points of the segments.  I’ll either file it down or try to bend it back a bit with a heat gun.  It’s very slight but just enough to create small little gaps.  Eventually I’ll print a 3D version of the stand to go along with the Key, but I have to model it first!”

Join us for National 3D Print Day on December 3 in Studio 300 and learn more about this exciting technology.
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New printing options

Have specialty printing needs? Studio 300 can help.

We lowered our printing prices and added new capabilities. You can print on sizes larger than the typical 8 ½ by 11 paper and even print on glossy photo paper and cardstock. Our poster printer can handle very large sizes – 36” x 48” and beyond. Also, you can now print on canvas which is ideal for portraits and art prints.copperflex

Our 3D printer has many color options including two new choices: a flexible red and metallic copper that you must see to believe.

Click here for the complete list of printing options and prices.

3D Printed Guitar Stand

The 3D printer in Studio 300 has seen a lot of action in the past 2 1/2 years.

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MakerBot 3D Printer

We have printed some pretty cool stuff for our patrons. Occasionally, a patron asks for something unique and the results can be amazing. That’s the case with this guitar stand pictured..

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Designed completely from scratch, we printed 3 pieces at an 80% fill (almost solid plastic) and our patron then painted the finished items black.  When combined with several other pieces, the stand is complete.

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Completed Guitar Stand

Printing useful objects is what 3D printing is all about.  The Studio 300 3D printer offers almost endless possibilities in the 3D world.  If you’re new to 3D printing, check out the Makerbot or stop by Studio 300 for a first hand look at this exciting technology!

Stock photos

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The popular GraphicStock.com recently added 10,000 stock photos to their already extensive library of stock media. Fountaindale Public Library cardholders get free access to this stock media in Studio 300. Having access to royalty-free stock photos is often requested by our patrons, and we are happy to offer these additional choices. You can browse the media available at GraphicStock, but you can only download the images in Studio 300.

If you need video stock footage and royalty-free music, check out the other sites we provide: VideoBlocks and AudioBlocks.

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New 3D Printer Filament

3D filamentStudio 300 recently added several new filaments for use with our 3D printer.

The new colors are Blue Glow (it glows in the dark!), Red, Orange, Magenta, Gold and Green. You can create your own 3D models using the free program Sketchup. Or use a pre-existing design by visiting thingiverse.com.

3D models cost 10 cents per gram after it is printed and weighed.