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.

Customize your electronics with Studio 300

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Create a custom look using vinyl.

These days our electronics are always close at hand. We take them everywhere and use them for everything from work to play. With such an abundance of devices in use you may want yours to stand out.

There are many ways to customize the look of your device: laptop skins or decals, customized cases, and more. The wide range of choices makes it difficult to decide. Or you may not get exactly what you want. At Studio 300 there are a few ways to easily customize your own device.

The Studio 300 KNK Zing Computerized Cutter allows you to cut vinyl into the design of your choice. These can easily be applied to your devices and will last a long time.

Another quick and easy way to customize your cell phone is to buy a clear case and then design an insert. You can change these up whenever you wish to update the look. You  create the design and print it using the different paper stocks available at Studio 300. (Examples below).

Ready to get started? Studio 300 has two upcoming classes that can teach you how to use the tools and software to create your own designs.

Vinyl Design & Computer Cutting Basics
Thursday, July 13, 7 p.m.
Create and cut custom designs that can be applied to different surfaces.

Photoshop 101
Tuesday, July 25, 6:30 p.m.
Learn essential Photoshop tools and basic techniques.

The next time you feel like supporting your favorite band, game, sports team or just want to create something that represents YOU, visit Studio 300 and take advantage of all the tools and software available to you.

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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