Meet the Makers: CUDO

CUDO-logoWe are really excited about a new project that CUDO will be promoting at this years Mini Maker Faire.  CUDO Plays, assembles teams of gamers, designers, and makers to design and produce artistic board games that will be played by the public at a final exhibition. So after learning about some of the great maker resources Urbana Champaign has to offer CUDO Plays could be the perfect outlet for focusing your maker creativity.


CUDO is the organizing force behind a lot really cool and creative events in the Champaign Urbana area.  From Pechakucha Nights to ABCU they are on a mission “to cultivate a vibrant design culture that engages and enriches our local community”. And we’re so happy to add them as a new maker to the faire this year.

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Some great projects brought to us by CUDO

Meet the Makers: Illinois Geometry Lab

The Illinois Geometry Lab is back. You may remember them from the first UC Mini Maker faire when they had quite the display mathematical visualizations. This year they will be back with their new 3D printer which they use for the very interesting and creative purpose of bringing curious mathematical shapes to life.


Paper Polyhedra

They will  also raffle off two 3D-printed copies of Altgeld Hall (home of the math department). And will bring their popular construction paper cutouts for assembling polyhedra.

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Altgeld Hall

As they would say:

“The Illinois Geometry Lab (IGL) is a facility at the Mathematics Department focusing on mathematical visualization and community engagement.”

Learn more about the Illinois Geometry Lab:

Photo Credit:

This is just a picture I found on their website and thought was cool. Source:


Meet the Makers: Mikie’s Shop

We are always excited to meet new people that have 3D printers around, thus we’re happy to introduce Mikie’s Shop as a new maker to this year’s UC Mini Maker Faire!
OrdBot Hadron 3D printer

OrdBot Hadron 3D printer

Mike will bring a OrdBot Hadron 3D printer that he built. He will also show some 3D printer barrels he makes for QU-BD MBE 3D Printing extruders. Plus an add on extruder for a CNC router he built along with the controller setup he made for it. With all of this he will be showing off lots of the neat details that go into homespun 3D printing.


Fancy controller setup

He will also have a demo showing how to drive a 3 phase motor using standard household 110V(very carefully of course)! And if we’re really lucky he may also have a filastruder 3D filament extruder working by then that he will be able to demonstrate.

Thanks for joining our ranks as a maker this year, Mike! We look forward to having you here!

Meet the Makers: FRC Team 4096, “Ctrl-Z”

Ctrl-Z is one of Champaign’s very own high school robotics teams that participates in the FIRST robotics competitions. These kids have accomplished some pretty amazing things in the field of robotics, and if this video in any indication, I think it’s safe to say they are going to be a slam dunk maker this year:

They will have their 125 lb frisbee shooting robot of awesome at the Mini Maker Faire this year.  So stop by and see it for yourself, because it looks beautiful.


Come see the robot!

And if you would like to learn more about the team check them  out here:


Welcome Ctrl-Z
We’re excited to have you!

Meet the Makers: Fab Lab

Fab Lab Desktop smThe Champaign Urbana Community Fab Lab has truly become a staple of the DIY/Maker community in Champaign Urbana. They are always a favorite at the UC Maker Faire and will be returning once again to show off all they have to offer. Be sure to stop, say hi, and get hands on with some of the fun equipment they will be bringing. Perhaps make yourself a custom sticker before you move on.


Vinyl cutter setup at the fablab

As they would say:

“The Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab is a small-scale workshop for computer-based innovation, design and fabrication. The Fab Lab allows you to dream up, design and make almost anything you can imagine using open source software and DIY equipment.”

Minecraft village from their 3D printer

Minecraft village from their 3D printer

 Find our more:

Beautiful results from their laser engraver

Beautiful results from their laser engraver


Inside their awesome space

Call for Makers has been Extended!

We already have a pretty full selection of awesome makers this year but the IMC is a big place and we think we can fit in a few more. So in light of that we’re extending our call for makers till next friday (9/13)!! So sign up here  or find more info on our Call for Makers page.

Meet the Makers: The Bike Project

The Bike Project of Urbana-Champaign is an amazing community resource for bikers, and one of the most maker friendly places in town. We are incredibly excited to have them representing this year at the Mini Maker Faire.  Last year they built an amazing spirograph from old bike parts, and we’ve heard their working another such creation for attendees to get hands on with this year!


The Bike Project is a non-profit, charitable organization of bicycle users whose mission is to educate and empower the community by providing a welcoming space to learn about bicycle repair, engage in maintenance practices, and promote safe operation through outreach and advocacy activities. The Bike Project is  located in the Independent Media Center, right down the hall from Maker Space Urbana , creative collaboration between the two organizations is not only easy, but has been a lot of fun over the years.

They are also helping to support the new LIFECykle project. A North-End Community Bicykle Ko-op you can support here.

We’re looking forward to having them back to represent the amazing biking community we have right here in Urbana Champaign!

Meet the Makers: DustDuino

This year we’re very excited to welcome local maker Matthew Schroyer and his project the DustDuino.  He’s creating a new hardware platform to help enable crowdsourcing of environmental reporting. You’ll be getting an inside look at this exciting new device and learning how it can empower you to participate in data collection at home and help us all better understand pollution!


More specifically the DustDuino is a low-cost means to measure particulate matter, or “PM”, in the home and outdoors. PM is a major pollution concern due to its ability to affect the lungs and travel through the circulatory system to other important organs. This Maker Faire display will have functioning DustDuino units for all to examine, so you can find out how it was made, and how to build one so you can use one at home!

You can learn more about this project online at and of course at the UC Mini Maker Faire!

Are you interested in participating in this year’s UC Mini Maker faire? Simply fill out our Call for Makers form!



Meet the Makers: Outta the Mouths of Babes

Can it be true? Really properly true? It is! You will be able to record your own broadcast this year through the youth radio program Outta the Mouths of Babes! How exciting is that??

Here’s is a little about the project and what we can expect:

Outta the Mouths of Babes (OMB) is a 12-week radio project that invites Urbana-area youth to become “youth correspondents” in a radio show where kids comment on social, political, and cultural happenings in the Urbana-Champaign area. When not in summer session, OMB staff organize youth indymedia workshops n the Chambana community that help connect youth with producing and engaging in local media. At this year’s Maker Faire, OMB will offer participants an opportunity to record their own broadcast and create indymedia!

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We welcome OMB to the 2013 UC Mini Maker Faire with open arms!

If you would like to participate in this year’s Maker Faire, please fill out the Call for Makers form. Spots for makers are FREE!



Meet the Makers: Living Letter Press!

Makerspace Urbana enjoys our Living Letter Press workshops so much that we are down right ecstatic at having them join the UCMMF this year! Prepare for a messy fun time hand printing cards this year.


The Living Letter Press began as a Kickstarter project, and now they offer press rentals to designers and artists who wish to incorporate letterpress into their professional and personal work. They provide commercial print service for everything from business cards to event posters and much more. They also offer classes and workshops throughout the year, teaching people how to compose a design with their vast collection of wood type and art cuts. This is a unique opportunity to work with some of their  large collection of vintage wood type to create unique messages!

If you want to have a booth at the Urbana Champaign Mini Maker Faire, don’t forget that our  Call for Makers is open until September 6th!