Enjoyed meeting members of IREX‘s field staff, who run community spaces around the world :)
The annual gathering of Global Fab Labs: July 31st ~ August 6th, Santiago, Chile! Check out the photos and postings here.
Thanks to a generous grant from Chevron, Fab Foundation, and Maker Ed, Fab Lab DC served for a second summer as a Maker Corps Site, fostering a Maker Corps Member and hosting Middle School Girls for a week of making. Special thanks to our sponsors, participants, and the fabulous Mollye Bendell!
Stop in on June 4th between noon to 5pm for a tour of Fab Lab DC @ 1418 North Capitol Street NW in conjunction with 52 O Street Open Studios (https://www.facebook.com/
Fab Club continues!
Engineering Technology Education in the United States
An Informational Briefing on a New Report from the National Academy of Engineering
In Conjunction with the House Manufacturing Caucus
March 9, 2017, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Space is limited; please RSVP
Happy New Year!
2017 FAB TOURS
Sign up for our regularly scheduled tours and info sessions:
Noon – 1pm. Free. Registration required.
in collaboration with the US Department of Transportation & DC Public Schools
• Fab Club with Families ~ DCPS local community
2016 FAB TOURS
Sign up for our regularly scheduled tours and info sessions:
Noon – 1pm. Free. Registration required.
• Draw, Digitize, Make! Intro to 2D design and digital fabrication. Sunday, November 20th, 4pm – 6pm. Registration required.
Keynote: Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the United States
Aminatou Sow & Erie Meyer, Co-Founders of Tech Lady Mafia + Hosts of Call Your Girlfriend Podcast
Courtney Eimerman-Wallace, Digital Service Expert, United States Digital Service
Natalia Oberti Noguera, Founder + CEO of Pipeline Angels
Come change the face of tech with us on 11/17! You’re special. Here’s a discount :)
• Digital Stone Project ~ A Conversation with Stefano Coiai & Gianni Simonelli of Garfagnana Innovazione @ Fab Lab DC on Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM.
Conversation with policy MAKERS, future MAKERS, seasoned MAKERS & everyone else. During this informal gathering, Kate Gage of OSTP will share her experiences at Fab 12 in Shenzhen; Saori Imaizumi, World Bank, will fill us in about the Bangladesh Fab Lab she helped to establish; Jessica Gover of Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation will share “The Architecture of Innovation,” a newly released blueprint for innovation for the next administration. We’ll also be joined by Sophia Georgiou, CEO of The Inventery, creator of Mophi, a 3D modeling app (you’ll have a chance to try your hand at 3D modeling); and Bill Young, co-creator of Shelter 2.0 (we have a Shelter erected at Fab Lab DC), Master Maker, and Shopbot expert.
DCPS Professional Development Series, Career Education, Office of College and Career.
• WEEK OF MAKING @ Fab Lab DC with Martha’s Table Healthy Connections Summer Youth Program.
• Fab Lab DC, MakerEd Maker Corps Site, welcomes artist Anne C. Smith as our Maker Corps Member. Anne is learning about digital rendering and fabrication and developing a portfolio of work, which will be shown at Fab Lab DC. Additionally, she’s helping create programming for youth and families, which will be launched this Fall.
• Fab Academy Final Project Presentations with MIT Professor Neil Gershenfeld @ FAB LAB DC ~ June 20th, 9am-noon, Free. RSVP here.
• National Week of Making ~ June 17th – 23rd, 2016 Nationwide
• Champions of Change ~ June 17th
The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. The event will feature remarks by U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith and Thomas Kalil, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
It will be live streamed on the White House website at www.whitehouse.gov/live/ on Friday, June 17, at 1:00 PM ET. Follow the conversation at #WHChamps and #NationOfMakers.
• National Maker Faire ~ June 18th & 19th, 2016 University of DC, Washington, DC
• Capitol Hill Maker Faire ~ June 21st, Rayburn Building, Washington, DC
• Week of Making Wrap-up (closed)
• Two Rivers School Teacher/Student Make Session June 4th (closed)
• Techbridge Girls DC field trip and Make Session, 5/23
• Making DC! DC STEM Network / DC Public Schools
• An Evening with Maker Jonathan Grinham, Friday, 5/13
• Printable Machines (& Arduino) Weekend Workshop, 5/14 & 5/15
• 3D:DC Public Knowledge’s Annual Event ~ April 14th, 2016
• Techbridge/Chevron STEM Education: White Paper Event ~
Changing the Game For Girls in STEM~ April 14th, 2016
• USA Science & Engineering Festival ~ April 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 2016 Washington, DC
*Chevron’s STEM Zone at the USA Science & Engineering Expo*
• An Evening with the Creators of Shelter 2.0 @ Fab Lab DC ~ April 16th
Please visit us at the DC STEM Fair
Fab Lab DC tour, demo, and professional development session (closed).
Fab Lab DC tour, demo, and information session for DCPS and OSSE (closed).
FAB TUESDAY TOURS
Tour Fab Lab DC on Tuesdays from noon – 1pm. Free. Registration required.
Thanks to all who participated in 2015!
Mark your calendar: November 12th, 2015, 6pm: DIY BIO Event @ Fab Lab DC
Join in the screening of the Wilson Center’s documentary video: ‘The Rise of Do-It-Yourself Biology: A Look at the Baltimore Underground Science Space” and discussion. For details about the event, please click here. Free. RSVP required.
SEPTEMBER 22ND & 23RD
INNOVATIONS IN BIOLOGY & GENOMICS
The Wilson Center, Washington, DC
AUGUST 3RD – 9TH
The annual meeting of the global Fab Lab network.
Capitol Hill Maker Faire!
Details here: http://www.imls.gov/news/maker_faire.aspx
JUNE 12TH & 13th
THE NATIONAL MAKER FAIRE!
Information & details: http://nationalmakerfaire.com/
Become a sponsor! For more info, please email: fab(at)fablabdc(dot)org
Artist Talk ~ An Evening with Steve Ludlum
Opening reception ~ OPENING DAY: NEW WORKS BY STEVE LUDLUM
Public Knowledge: 3D:DC IV @ The Rayburn Cafeteria
Borged for Holidays ~ An Evening of Storytelling with Gareth Branwyn
@ FAB LAB DC
An Evening with Gareth Branwyn, author, maker, cultural scientist.
@Fab Lab DC
Meet the Makers ~ Panel discussion at Martin Luther King Memorial Library, DC
Fab Lab Project briefing with Fab Foundation for NEW DEMS.
Fab Lab DC ‘pops-up’ at the 2014 YALI Summit Expo, Washington, DC.
Transformation through Making: A Round Table Discussion with YALI Fellows, Fab Lab DC, Maker Faire Africa, & USAID Global Development Lab @ Fab Lab DC. With support by the Fab Foundation and Chevron Corporation.
JULY 2ND – 8TH
THE 10TH INTERNATIONAL FAB LAB CONFERENCE: BARCELONA Details @ fab10.org
FAB10 Barcelona is the tenth international conference and annual meeting of the Fab Lab network. FAB10 Barcelona will gather the international Fab Lab community from more than 250 laboratories based in more than 40 countries, who share tools, projects, programs and processes in an open and collaborative philosophy.
THE DC MINI MAKER FAIRE! Preregistration preferred. Details @ makerfairedc.com
Visit Fab Lab DC’s booth (thanks to Fab Foundation and Brian Jepson) and other exhibitors at this first-ever DC Mini Maker Faire.
RYAN MCKIBBIN: RECENT WORK & ALEX MAYER: CLOSER TO HOME
MAY 7, 2014
On Wednesday, May 7, 2014, Public Knowledge will host its third annual 3D/DC event on Capitol Hill. The 3D printing community includes small startups, academic researchers, multi-million dollar companies, and everyone in between. This event will feature a wide array of participants from across the country representing the diverse 3D printing community. We hope to see you there!
The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
First St SE, HVC-215
Washington DC, 20515
APRIL 23TH & 24TH
APRIL 25th, 26th, & 27th
Meet artist/designer/maker, Ryan McKibbin. Learn about his digital design and fabrication process, including Rhino & Grasshopper, & see (and sit) on his creations, which are now on view @ Fab Lab DC.
Ryan McKibbin is a lecturer and the Fabrication Labs Director at Catholic University’s School of Architecture and Planning where he teaches Furniture Design and Digital Fabrication. Ryan recently served as Assembly Team Faculty Advisor for Team Capitol DC’s entry into the 2013 Solar Decathlon. Ryan’s work is rooted in traditional techniques with interests in CAD/CAM. He has an extensive knowledge in Rhino3d and related software.
Free. Registration required. For details and to sign up, click here.
Introduction to Rhino®
During this two-day session, you’ll learn to create and edit accurate, free-form, 3-D NURBS models. This fast-moving workshop will cover much of Rhino’s functionality with an emphasis on precision modeling, modeling aids and configuring to speed up your workflow. The second half of Sunday will be dedicated to designing and making laser cut jewelry. Details and registration are at this link.
Recent Works by Alex Mayer
Workshop: Making the Holidays Brighter
Round Table: Digital Tools and Technology Moderated by Danielle Lake and Luis Panel includes: Erin Carraher, AIA, Zach Downey, RA Jeff Gravatte, Hiroshi Jacobs, Assoc. AIA, Phyllis Klein, Fab Lab DC. _________________________________________________________________
Fab Lab DC Lightning Talk + Human Centered Design Workshop: Making Your Story Real Georgetown University Storytelling Summit _________________________________________________________________
We will be set up on the third floor of the Sidney Harman Hall with laser cutter demonstrations, press-fit construction kits, and laser-cut START NOW shades. Start Now, by stopping by to learn more about digital fabrication and the Fab Lab project
This is the story of a quest for answers to how a designer can help people create their own products. How we can collaborate globally and produce locally, and how we can make a living while sharing knowledge and designs? For two years Jens Dyvik has been visiting and working at more than 30 different FabLabs, Makerspaces, and Hackerspaces on all corners of the world. The story of these experiences and adventures is told through footage, interviews, and animations from all these fantastic laboratories of fabrication. Documentary (45 minutes) + social immediately following. _________________________________________________________________
SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2013, 8:30AM – 5PM. Click here to register. Join DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) and Fab Lab DC for a day-long conference on INNOVATION & DESIGN for BUSINESS on Saturday, September 14th, 2013. This one-day conference, to be held at Fab Lab DC, is for entrepreneurs, business owners, and other creative community members to explore opportunities, programs, design strategies, and tools for innovative approaches to help address practical challenges in today’s changing economy. Learn about expanded opportunities for small businesses in the District of Columbia, including Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) funding. Presentations will also include current policy initiatives for manufacturing and job creation, rapid prototyping technologies, design thinking and human centered design strategies for productivity and growth, and legal issues for emerging technologies. The program includes presentations by experts, lunch, afternoon breakout sessions, and demonstrations of digital fabrication technology (including 3D printing & CNC). PRESENTERS INCLUDE: • Robert N. Summers, Interim Director, DC Department of Small & Local Business Development Expanded Opportunities for Small Businesses in the District of Columbia • US Representative Bill Foster (D-IL) Policies to Stimulate Innovation toward a New Economy • Aaron Horowitz, Sproutel and Thea Klein-Mayer, Design for America Design Strategies for Growth: Design Thinking & Human Centered Design Developing Ideas from Concept to Marketplace • Anna Kaziunas France, Entrepreneur, Author, Designer, Educator and Sallye Coyle, ShopBot Tools Tools for Innovation: Digital Design & Fabrication, Rapid Prototyping • Michael Weinberg, Public Knowledge Legal Considerations for mass customization, democratization of design, & rapid innovation
• Mapping Your Innovation Design Strategy from Concept to Reality: Design Thinking & Human Centered Design with Thea Klein-Mayer, Design for America, and Aaron Horowitz, Sproutel • Tools for Innovation: Using Digital Fabrication Technologies, including 3D printing demonstrations with Anna Kaziunas France, AS220/MAKE/Fab Academy and Sallye Coyle, ShopBot Tools (OPTIONAL POST CONFERENCE SOCIAL/NETWORKING EVENT)
Thanks to our sponsors ~
Fab Lab DC will be represented at Fab9Japan, the 9th annual international Fab Lab forum which gathers Fab Lab managers, core members, FAB researchers, and reflective practitioners from the global Fab Lab network and beyond, for a week of dialogue sessions, hands-on workshops and a one-day symposium offered by global Fab Lab network. Look for dispatches from Japan on our Facebook Page. For more information, visit: http://www.fab9jp.com/ __________________________________________________________________
Monday, August 12th, 2013 Sparktruck, the mobile teaching lab from Stanford’s design school, and FAB LAB DC teamed up to host a fun “maker” event for children (ages 5 – 12) and their families to try out 3D printers, laser cutters, and LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robotics toolkits. Everyone’s imagination was SPARKED. Special thanks to the Sparktruck crew and all of the children who joined in.
Gareth will read excerpts from the book, discuss its scope and how it came about, and talk about his current Kickstarter campaign (link: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1141078539/borg-like-me-the-writings-of-gareth-branwyn) for it, offering valuable insights into what he’s learning about crowdfounding and self-publishing.
4 sessions: July 27th & July 28th, 2013 A fun, four-hour workshop for beginners (no soldering or programming required!) and experienced makers, who are interested in trying out simple ‘soft’ circuits and wearable electronics. Using your unique design, fabric, conductive thread, sewable battery holder, coin cell batteries, and LEDs, we’ll make blinking, wearable creations. Questions? Email: fab(at)fablabdc.org
July 20th @ Fab Lab DC
• Introduction to Rhino: June 8th, 9pm – 5pm @ Fab Lab DC
Rhinoceros®, or Rhino®, has become one of the standard 3D modeling tools for designers and architects. Start with a sketch, drawing, physical model, scan data, or only an idea—Rhino provides the tools to model and document designs for rendering, animation, drafting, engineering, analysis, and manufacturing or construction.
May 24th – June 30th
• Introduction to Inkscape & Laser Cutting: April 20th, 9pm – 5pm @ Fab Lab DC Introduction to two-dimensional design and fabrication techniques, using Inkscape graphic design software in conjunction with the laser cutter at this day-long workshop. Participants will be led through a series of exercises in vector drawing and editing techniques. Fabricate alaser-cut/etched, acrylic LED light or sign of your own design.
• Sandbox @ Fab Lab DC: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
• FAB SPOT ~ Fab Lab DC Open House Saturday, March 2, 3:00pm ~ 5:00pm with demos, presentations, & exhibition including works by Sarah Geitz, Kashuo Bennett, Alex Mayer, CUA’s Solar Decathlon Team’s Jonathan Grinham, Robert Blabolil, & Jeremy Haak and more. ___________________________________________
New Media Culture in Architecture and Design by Jonathan Grinham, Architect/Instructor/Artist Jonathan’s designs track themes in digital fabrication, para-metrics, kinetics and interactive environments. During this evening presentation, we’ll learn about Jonathan’s work and upcoming projects, including the Solar Decathlon and the role of “appliance architectures” in shaping the social and environmental fabric of space. His talk will explore how the new media culture has become an integral part of the design process of architects and designers, sparking a re-emergence of computationally embedded, responsive environments.
Arduino Weekend Workshop with Jonathan Grinham Click here for details and registration. Sign up for Fab Lab DC‘s Arduino Weekend* to learn about the new open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. Advance registration is required. The hands-on Ardiuno Workshop, by Jonathan Grinham, begins Saturday @ 10AM &continues Sunday from 11AM – 4:30PM. You’ll learn how Arduino works & the many things it can do. Bring your laptop and download open source software. Enrollment fee includes materials & supplies including your own Arduino kit! *Also included with registration to the hands-on Arduino Weekend workshop is admission to our Friday evening Speaker Series’ presentation: New Media Culture in Architecture and Design by Jonathan Grinham. Stay tuned for more upcoming Fab events & programs @ Fab Lab DC.
Panel “Digital Fabrication: Implications for Craft and Community”: Neil Gershenfeld, MIT Center for Bits and Atoms; Phyllis Klein, Fab Lab DC; Stuart Kestenbaum, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. Held in conjunction with the exhibition 40 under 40: Craft Futures.
Organized by Christine Prefontaine, Facilitating Change Fab Lab DC ~ Presentation and Demonstration: Digital Fabrication District Architecture Center 421 7th Street NW, Washington DC
will talk about their new book! October 2nd, 2012, 7pm, Handmade to Sell: Hello Craft’s Guide to Owning, Running and Growing Your Crafty Biz
The Summit of Awesome is an annual conference that brings together crafters and makers from across the U.S. to learn, grow, and be prosperous in today’s economy.
Adventures in Designing & Rapid Prototyping ~ 4 x 6
Digitally fabricated designs by CUA’s School of Architecture Students, Mike Bollino, Stacey Carbone, Ryan Horton, Toni Lem, Charlotte Styer, and Michelle Ticar, with their instructor Ryan McKibbin. CUA Architecture Students are preparing for their submission to the upcoming Solar Decathlon. By appointment: fab(at)fablabdc.org
Kashuo Bennett with Rhino workshop participants @ Fab Lab DC.
FAB LAB DC brings the Mobile Fab Lab @ the National Building Museum for the 24-hour Project in conjunction with the Intelligent Cities Conference and Kashuo Bennett’s Team.