Help build a massive Rosie the Riveter sculpture, and learn about 3D printing

On Monday, May 7th, Nova Labs kicked off a two-part event to help www.WeTheBuilders.com print out a 6-foot-tall statue of Rosie the Riveter. Calling all woman makers to come out next Monday, 5/14, to help print a part of Rosie!

You can sign up for a part here: https://www.wethebuilders.com/projects/8
You’ll need a Google account so they can track who has what part ūüôā

If you need help printing, we’ll have printers and helpers on hand Monday, May 14, 2018 from 7-9pm; we’ll also have a rack of printers dedicated to the project at Nova Labs in the Orange Bay.

You can mail in the parts yourself, or leave them in the Rosie Box and we’ll mail a batch in. Please send an email with your part # to Paul.Chase@nova-labs.org – he’ll send you the tracking number when your batch ships.

Sign up here for next Monday:
https://www.meetup.com/NOVA-Makers/events/xfgtfpyxhbsb/

Thanks!
Paul

ed note: As of 5/8/18 at 2:15pm, Paul and the Nova Labs community is at the top of the leaderboard for number of parts printed!

All the Nova Labs parts are being tracked in this Google Doc.

Nova Labs Maker Market: Artisan Fair, Drone Swap Meet, Drone Races, May 5

Join us at Nova Labs Maker Market, our special showcase of our Artisans and our makerspace just in time for Mother’s Day. More interested in high tech? The market also features a Drone Swap Meet where you can buy, sell, or trade robots, electronics, and parts. Bring or make your TinyWhoop drone and participate in our drone race! Play in our magic sandbox, drive our robots, blacksmithing, woodworking, welding, and laser demonstrations. See below for a list of vendors.

Mark your calendars for a day of shopping, playing, learning, and just plain fun. The market is FREE and open to the public. If you want to try your hand at selling at either fair, contact events@nova-labs.org!

The Maker Market is on Saturday, May 5th from 10am to 4pm. Get there early because many of the items are one of a kind. Looking for unique and special for Mother’s Day gifts? Handmade bowls, glass ornaments, mushrooms, jewelry, rings, and many other items to choose from

Vendor – Custom Engraved Art https://www.facebook.com/cleverlyconcocted

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The Drone Swap Meet is from 10am to 2pm. All are welcome to buy, build, socialize, talk tech, or show off your special mods. The DC Drone Users Group is sponsoring this event and will be on hand to answer your questions and help with technical questions. Sign up to sell your drones, robotics, parts, or tools; or just to have a display booth. Contact Fred Briggs. More informmaton: https://www.meetup.com/DC-Area-Drone-User-Group/events/249711186/

And in the afternoon? Oh, boy, let the drone races and demos begin. First, we are going to clear Classroom B out and have drone races. This series of races will be based on the Tiny Whoop class drone. More information and pilot signup: https://www.meetup.com/NOVA-Makers/events/249153271/.

 While you are here, get a tour of our amazing maker space and try your own making in our craft making room.

Hook

Working on a hook

Image result for nova labs lathe kidsPlay with Mandy the robot, explore our magic sandbox, enjoy our virtual reality room, fly a drone, see the blacksmithers in action (3pm), watch a lathe or welding demo, and just hang out with the indigenous makers (they’re friendly!).

Makers/Artisans/Vendors: We encourage our artists, crafters, and inventors, both young and old. Metalworking, woodworking, electronics. Contact events @nova-labs.org.

– Tables (approx 6X4) are $15 each. Limit of 2 tables please.
– Send some pictures of your products so we can pre-market your items
– Give me a brief description of your product please
– Send us your website/facebook/etc
– Table request must include # of tables

 

LOTS of free parking close to the door. While here you can connect and network with our growing community of fine artists, craters, and makers entrepreneurs.No automatic alt text available.

Blue Jay Cards

We still have a few tables left! A large inventory is not needed at this small, maker-centric fair. We have lots of public foot traffic who do not sign up on meetup. Get exposure to the maker community of what you make and who you are. Mother’s Day gift buyers are also attending.¬†This is meant to be a relaxing day for everyone, including the vendors. Lots of laughter and community spirit. Nova Labs and DC DUG participants of all types can sell at this event. Don’t feel intimidated if you have a small inventory, You can even share a table with another maker.

OUR VENDORS
Cleverly Concocted:¬† Flower/vases for Mother’s Day. Accepts pre-orders.¬†https://www.facebook.com/cleverlyconcocted
Tricia Radcliff: Painter, http://triciaratliff.com/
Tricia’s son: 3d printed invention and robotics¬† costume will inspire young kids
Dave Fritts: Handcrafted gifts, bowls, glass birds, etc.
Ann Savage: Handmade bookmarks
Carrie Hafer: Jewelry
Lauren Capehart:  https://www.facebook.com/57chapters/
Sean Crane: Handcrafted rings
Rick Weil: Wooden bowls
Dan Menes: tools, art supplies, and materials such as wood, acrylic sheets, metal
Rebecca: Patterns, textiles and craft kits from Lee & Pearl
Kent Slowinski: Washington Monuments in acrylic
Joyous Yoga Soap, gift boxes for mom, joyousyogastudio.com
Brie Hayden: Dots Gone Wild, animal paintings, https://www.dotsgonewild.com/

Nova Labs Celebrates Women Who Make With May Events and Classes

Be like Wendy the welder!

Moms, girls, teens, wives, dads of girls, husbands of maker women, brothers of girls; we all have a role in encouraging makers who make. You are all potential mentors and supporters of women and girls in their quest to discover the joy of making things. 

Add these action items to the ToDo (or HoneyDo) lists this month ladies (and gents).

¬†Celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 13th. But first, drop by the Maker Market and Artisan Fair for your handmade gifts for your Mum or other special lady. She’ll love the awesome handmade art made with love by our makers and artisans. Bring her for a tour of the lab and show that she can join in on the making. Ladies, teens, and girls should join us throughout the entire Month of May for a celebration and encouragement of women who make.¬†

5/2/2018: Our keynote speaker and kickoff event.  Featuring Elizabeth Dougherty from the US Patent and Trade office where she is the Director of Inventor Education, Outreach, and Recognition.

“Encouraging women to participate in STEM fields is not an issue of competing with men or debating whether men or women are better these fields; it is about recognizing and accepting differences and the success that diversity can bring.¬†”¬†¬†

Come meet some of great female makers in the metal and woodshops. Then, sign up for some of our women/girls-only shop classes during the month in the woodshop, metalshop, electronics, laser, and all over the makerspace.

¬†May 23: Women’s MIG Welding 101

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May 20: Women’s Wood Lathe – Wood barrel pens. Learn to make gorgeous pens and other objects on the lathe.https://www.meetup.com/NOVA-Makers/events/250047735/

May 12: Women’s Metal Yellow Shop Orientation

 

***More events to come. Tune back in to this blog post as we put more up on our meetup!***

Maker Faire NoVa 2018 with Theo Nazz a resounding success!

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Maker Faire Nova 2018 goes to college! We have much to celebrate as Nova Labs hosted the 5th Annual Maker Faire in partnership with George Mason University.  This is a tribute to the vision and dedication of the Maker Faire committee led by co-producers Jeanne Loveland and Carl Hutzler.   Special thanks to the Maker Faire NoVa team.  Read more about highlights, including the return of Theo Nazz!

We have great news to pass on from the Maker Faire team alumni.¬†Amy Shaw, co-lead of the 2017 Maker Faire NoVa, continues to make an amazing impact in our community. Amy, along with her colleagues at the South Lakes High School PTSA Food Pantry, will receive the distinguished Vade Bolton-Ann Rodriguez Legacy Award at the 2018 Best of Reston Awards for Community Service. This award has only been given four times since its inception. I recently ran into Amy around town and asked her if she was out on behalf of the pantry — which indeed she was. Generosity of time and talent is the hallmark of the Nova Labs community.

Marybeth Haneline Signature

Upcoming Member & Associate Meeting


BOARD UPDATES 

For the month of March, the Board of Directors welcomes three new Key Members. A warm welcome to Elliot Roth, Alina Koos, and a welcome back to Charles Galpin!

The board also discussed several of the large capital expenditure requests on the table. We referred some back to their originators to gather more information. However, the metal shop will be pleased to hear that the board approved two requests ‚Äď a vertical metal bandsaw and a horizontal metal bandsaw. These high-end saws will add new dimension to the metal shop.

If you are interested in making a pitch for a new tool at Nova Labs, please work with the steward to fill out a large capital expenditure request. The next cycle starts April 1 and all submissions are due by June 30th.

The board‚Äôs membership experience working group is developing a new member survey which will launch in April. In addition, the Tech Committee is close to selecting our enterprise-level Internet provider as well as completing the requirement for the AV buildout for Classrooms A and B ‚Äď this AV upgrade will significantly improve our overall capability and audio-visual fidelity. All knobs are required to go to 11.

The board is also working with the Safety Committee to update and revise our safety policy. Keep an eye out for specific updates.

Nova Labs is a finalist for the 2018 Greater Washington Area Innovation Awards, Community Impact Innovator of the Year.  Winners will be announced at an event at the Hamilton Live in Washington DC on April 4. Thank you to Paul Chase, Brian Jacoby and Margaret Kositch for representing Nova Labs as part of this event.

Marybeth Haneline will be honored at the 2018 Best of Reston Awards for Community Service, co-hosted by the Reston Chamber of Commerce and Cornerstones. The honorees will be celebrated at an event on Thursday, April 12 at the Hyatt Regency Reston.

>Provided by Jim Girardi and Margaret Kositch


EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
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MAKER FAIRE NOVA 2018 

What a great day for Maker Faire NoVa 2018!  In spite of questionable weather in the days preceding and an actual snowstorm afterwards, the new partnership with George Mason University to host Maker Faire NoVa 2018 was a resounding success. More makers participated, more attendees came, including GMU students, staff and faculty, and everyone saw and engaged with interactive exhibits to their great delight. Everyone enjoyed Makey who made his first appearance at the Faire. There was a definite maker energy in the air.

With three buildings and several outdoor locations, there was room for makers to show their stuff and for the larger attendance crowd to spread out and explore. There were about 140 maker exhibits, 10 speakers, and 11 Maker Ed speakers. Some of our favorite exhibits included NASA, Cutaway Creations, Fairfax County CERT, Lofaro Labs, Dogwood Think-A-Bit Lab, and of course, the blacksmiths including our featured blacksmith Theo Nazz and the Nova Labs blacksmithing group. There were actually too many to list, the entire list can be found here.

Many Nova Labs members either participated or staffed Nova Labs booths. There was almost always a line at The Soldering Station, coordinated by Patrick Thompson, where they created a used a new custom-designed board.¬† The Take Apart tables, organized by Shashi and Ellen (logistics by Brian Jacoby), were always full. Nova Labs Robotics worked with other area robotics teams to provide lots of different robotics activities. Our young visitors never tired of Craig Trader‚Äôs Chaos Machine. The cardboard boats from Lake Anne Cardboard Regatta, organized by Sam Winkelstein, were very popular. Other Nova Labs makers included: Jim Call – Idea to Product at NOVA Labs; Paul ¬†Chase – Nova Labs Makerspace, Jeff Chanesman – Machine Embroidery – From First Steps to Fruition, Lauren Capehart – 57 Chapters about Textiles, Ethan O’Toole – LED video screen / laser projections, Bo Pollett – Rhinohawk, Fred Briggs – Drones, Patrick Waters (aka woodshopcowboy) – woodworking, Gravity is Optional (Dave Fritts and Robert Clemenzi) and the Magic Sandbox (Nick Carter, @localmicro and @Elena) and others.¬† Speakers from Nova Labs included Mike Hogarty & Callye Keen, Sam Aparicio, and Jennyfer Peterson.

Thanks to our sponsors who helped make this event possible. A special thanks goes out to George Mason University for being our Event sponsor and working with us to bring the Faire to new audiences. And many thanks to the 241 volunteers who helped with so many aspects of the Faire.  Nova Labs is especially grateful to the dozens of volunteers who faithfully return year after year.

And special thanks to the Maker Faire NoVa team, led by co-producers Carl Hutzler and Jeanne Loveland, for all their efforts and providing such an awesome showcase for Nova Labs. The Faire leads include: Brian Jacoby, Sara Bradley, Asma Chaudhary, Tae Edell, Jade Garrett, Nick Grzeda, Paul Hancher, Becky Howick (GMU), Lauren Hubbard, Jeanne Marshall, Shane Smith, Todd Snedden, and Taylor Sweeney. We have expanded our reach into new areas and look forward to future ventures. As the Faire grows, more team members are needed, so let us know if you’d like to help.

We’d love to see your pictures to add to our archives. Please upload hi-res photos to Maker Faire NoVa Dropbox.  Feedback welcome at contact@makerfairenova.com

>Provided by Brian Jacoby


THEO NAZZ at MAKER FAIRE NOVA and NOVA LABS

Knife makers and fans of the History Channel’s Forged in Fire show got to see Theo Nazz, Champion of Champions, make a blade from start to finish this year at the Maker Faire NoVa.  Theo followed that up the next day with a master class at the Nova Labs makerspace on how to make a knife with an integral bolster or guard.
Forging alongside Theo was a Forged in Fire contestant named Josh Fikentscher who gave a demonstration of how to melt down iron with carbon to make steel. ¬†Fikentscher showed us how to make ‚Äúbloom steel,‚ÄĚ which is similar to the ancient steel from Damascus that shows crystalline patterns throughout the metal. ¬†His methods are modern, but the steel has the same qualities as the original. ¬†Josh will come to Nova Labs later this year to demonstrate this technique again.

Theo’s knife making class was the first in a series of bladesmithing and blacksmithing master classes at NOVA Labs.  We are working to bring more smiths from Forged in Fire, as well as some of the top smiths from the East Coast and beyond, to teach in Blacksmith’s Alley, behind the makerspace.

We plan to teach beginning through master classes on a wide range of subjects, including:
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Playing with patterns: forge welding layered Damascus steel
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Twisted beauty: making patterned Damascus from crane cables
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Turning farrier‚Äôs rasps into scaly snakes and other art
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Using heat to create gold, blue and purple patinas on steel
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Heat treating steel to make it hard and springy
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Forging hammers, tomahawks and axes
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Making metal look like wood by etching wrought iron
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Knives on sticks: ¬†forging spear heads
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Decorative twists for furniture, door handles and railings

Come join the Twisted Metal Blacksmiths for these classes, or forge with us every Saturday or Sunday.  We have fun with our metal, combining modern tools with traditional skills to make everything from steel jewelry to furniture, battle axes and swords.  We are not your grandfather’s blacksmiths.  Check it out for yourself at Nova Labs of Reston.

>Provided by Bill Steinhardt


Nova Labs Robotics 12787 – FIRST Super Regional East Competition

Nova Labs Robotics FTC Team #12787, foolS TEAM ahead, participated in the FIRST Super Regional East competition March 16-18 in Scranton, PA.  The event included the top 72 FTC teams from Maine to Virginia advancing from state championships.  The team proudly displayed Nova Labs orange in its booth and on the field.  The makerspace elements of the robot captured a lot of attention from judges and other teams.  Our robot showcased Nova Labs CAD, Laser cutter, Woodshop, Metalshop, 3D Print, CNC, vinyl cutter and heat press for our shirts. We had lots of discussions with other teams on makerspace connections in their communities.  People were impressed with the capabilities of Nova Labs.

The robot performed well ‚Äď nearly flawless on autonomous on all matches and scored well in operator mode. The makerspace fabricated parts held up through tough competition matches. ¬†When all the points were tallied, we did not make the cut to advance. ¬†But we had a great time trying and learned a lot.

We debuted an new XL version of the 3D Print Group marble machine at the booth. ¬†It attracted ‚Äėkids‚Äô of all ages the entire three days. Many thanks to all of the Nova Labs makers who helped us and the other Nova Labs Robotics teams this season. ¬†It‚Äôs awesome that members support youth in this important STEM activity.

>Provided by Eric and David Link


MAKERS AROUND TOWN 

It may have been 65 million years since dinosaurs roamed Reston but thanks to Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live, they roamed the CenterStage for a delightful hour. ¬†Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live Delivers laughs, science and most importantly, big dinosaurs, to small audiences. In the show audience members met baby hadrosaurs, giant dragonflies, Tyrannosaurus and Titanosaur. How did they see such ancient long-dead beasts? Through the magic of puppetry!

These giants of the past were brought alive by talented puppeteers. These aren‚Äôt your everyday puppets either.¬†These beasts sport intricate mechanical manipulations, even full body puppets with integrated cameras. It doesn‚Äôt take long before you forget they are simply puppets and fall headlong into a journey into the past – adults and kids alike. ¬†‚ÄúThe giant puppet looked realistic!‚ÄĚ my science-loving son said about the show. Eight-year olds are notoriously hard to impress, and this one certainly was.
Creative theater like Dinosaur Zoo Live makes the CenterStage and the Reston Community Center such an asset to the community.   You can check out future programs and give your support by visiting their schedule at
http://www.restoncommunitycenter.com/attend-shows-events-exhibits/centerstage-schedule.

>Provided by Patrick Waters



UPCOMING EVENTS IN APRIL 

April 8, 2 Р4PM, Introduction to Welded Sculptures and Found Art Projects
Learn the basic skills needed to make welded sculptures and found object artwork. Each student will make their own sculpture based off a frog design.

April 12, 7 Р9:15PM, THREE WAYS to INLAY РDesigning Wood Inlays for Box Covers & Beyond
Attendees will learn THREE ways to quickly add Inlays to their wood projects such as box covers. Techniques will use the laser cutter, heat gun and demonstrate which adhesives should be used.

April 14 & 15, 9AM Р5PM, Geometric Marquetry/Inlay Class
Learn the art of marquetry from master woodworker, Dave Heller. Spend two full days exploring the art of of using pieces of wood veneer to form works of art. This class is sponsored by the Washington Woodworkers Guild.
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A CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Nova Labs is seeking volunteer help for the following
-Electronics Steward
-Wiki Information Maintainers
Contact¬†volunteering@nova-labs.org¬†if you’re interested!

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Looking for new work opportunities?  Check out the #job-postings channel on our Slack workspace.


 

Valentine Make and Dine Makesperience (for Couples)

Join us Sunday, Feb 11th. Spend time with your sweetheart ‚Äď Make/Dine/Relax. It‚Äôs all about making time to share together.

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love and friendship. Let‚Äôs face it, you probably didn‚Äôt think of Nova Labs while thinking up your romantic plans. Well, paradigm shift. What if Valentine‚Äôs Day was more about an unusual sense of togetherness? The idea of forging something with a significant other.

Wouldn’t that open things up a bit of a new experience this year? Maybe even a MAKERSPERIENCE!

OK, if you are with me. Let’s do this thing. 

Here’s the plan.

You still have the chocolates, the roses, and the romantic dinner! Except, you forego the crowded restaurants with tough-to-get reservations. This year, you and that significant other will share and experience; you’ll make¬†something together.

Let’s face it, when it comes to the maker experience, Nova Labs has got ALL the tools in AAALL the right places.

Making is our thing, but now, we are adding RrrrOMANCE! Tools AND romance? Awesome.

Here are a few simple steps to help you get a personalized experience:

Step 1. Sign up for your class. Space is limited. Each class has its own meetup.

 

Classes include

  • Intro to woodworking with handtools ‚Äď Learn to make a frame
  • Paper roses – Learn to make realistic paper roses that last forever
  • Wine rack – Blacksmith wine bottle rack
  • Patrick ‚Äď Design and laser cut your own love birds heart light
  • Woodshopcowboy –¬†¬†Woodworking for the Kitchen

Step 2. Sign up for the dinner at 4pm. https://www.meetup.com/NOVA-Makers/events/247457901/

The dinner features a romantic setting, candle light, wine, food, music, back ground visual. Dine alone or combine tables with friends. Relax on the couches and talk about your makesperience during you classes and what you made.

Additionally, for those of you still looking for unique gifts from our local artisans. Mark your calendars for this last minute gift idea market later in the week.

Maker Market (Valentines Edition) ‚Äď February 13th, Nova Labs

  • Need a special Valentine ‚Äôs Day gift? We‚Äôll have handmade items from our artisans and makers for sale. Beautiful, personalized vases. Paper flowers. Just drop by and pick them up

** If you wish to be an artisan/vendor contact us at events@nova-lab.org. Tables are just $5

** If you wish to order a personalized vase with a floral arrangement, contact us at events@nova-labs.org

Crafting Custom Floral Valentines, Forging Press Arrival, Maker Faire NoVA Coming Soon!

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

   

Nova Labs is off and running with a variety of activities as diverse as our membership. In the shops, makers craft custom Valentine’s vases with expertly arranged roses thanks to a collaboration between longtime member and CNC laser engraver/cutter steward Patrick Thompson and florist Melanie Cameron of Mystical Rose Flowers, who recently discovered Nova Labs when Tech Shop unexpectedly shuttered their doors. Makers explore the capabilities of the recently arrived forging press. Girl Scouts discovered making in the second annual Pinewood Derby Workshop made possible by a generous grant from the Northern Virginia Community Foundation. Out and about, Nova Labs volunteers enjoyed productions at the CenterStage made possible by the Reston Community Center including Tamika Mallorydelivering the Keynote Address for the Reston Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration, and performances of The Color Orange, and Peter and the Starcatcher.

This month we are pleased to welcome new key members, including family members (a key member benefit) and a number of longtime volunteers with cybersecurity for youth. We are thrilled to host a monthly Startups Social where ideas for new ventures are shared. The Maker Faire NoVA committee is hard at work preparing for our upcoming signature event hosted at George Mason University.

Happy Valentine’s Day and Enjoy Making!

Marybeth Haneline Signature

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Fun with Appliqué and Embroidery Рmulti-tool projects at Nova Labs

Ed note: This article was provided by Jeff Chanesman, a Nova Labs key member and steward in the woodshop, laser lab, and instructor for our CNC embroidery machine. Look for sessions on our Meetup page.

Applique pillowThe embroidery machine isn’t just for embroidery. Suzanne and I made these fun pillows using appliqué. Appliqué is the sewing of fabric onto larger piece of fabric to create pictures. The only thread used in this example is black. All the colors you see are pieces of fleece cut on the laser cutter and then sewn into place. It’s like painting with cloth!!!

This was very easy to do with the embroidery software we have at Nova Labs;¬†Hatch from Wilcom. Shapes are imported or created and the converted to appliqu√©. This not only automatically creates the stitches to hold it in place but also creates stitch outlines for placing your pieces of fabric. You can then print out a template for cutting out your fabric ‚Äúparts‚ÄĚ or print them to PDF so you can convert them to DXF for laser cutting. I was able to cut out the eye, iris, and mouth for twenty of these pillow guys in less than 15 minutes including setup.

A bunch of pillows

You could easily make all sorts of projects using this technique. From potholders to stuffed animal friends.

I will give you an overview of instructions for doing this below, but remember you need to be signed off on the embroidery machine (and laser cutter if you plan on using it to cut your fabric) in order to sew these at Nova Labs. Hatch software is installed on all the machine in the CAD lab and you are more than welcome to use it but I would strongly encourage you to take the class. It is easy to use but can be daunting at first, especially if you are a first timer, as there are many specialized tools and settings.

Digitize AppliqueSuzanne created the initial design in Adobe Illustrator but you can use anything including Inkscape or CorelDraw (in fact if you happen to have CorelDraw X6 it integrates directly into Hatch). I had her size it to the exact dimensions she wanted and then saved it as a PNG. You then import the PNG into Hatch for digitizing. Using the Appliqué toolbox from Hatch’s left side menu. Digitize your shapes and then use the Object Properties toolbox from the right side menu to select fabric type as well as the kind of stitches to be used. This is also where you can select whether or not you will be using pre-cut fabric, or if you intend to trim in place.

Objects menuFor my project I chose pre-cut. Once you are done with each piece, save and export to the desired embroidery file type. You can then print out the templates to PDF. The machines in the CAD lab have the ‚ÄúMicrosoft Print to PDF‚ÄĚ as one of the printer selections. Choose this and save the file to a known location.
Import this into Inkscape or similar and save/convert it as a DXF in millimeters for importing into the laser software. If you are using Fleece, 400 speed 70 power works pretty well.

Hoop your fabric and stabilizer on the embroidery machine.

Load and run your embroidery file. The first stitch will be your placement. It will outline the location of where to place your pre-cut fabric pieces and then stop. Spray the piece with temporary fabric adhesive and place onto your fabric. Start the next part of the file which will tack and stitch your cover. Move on to each piece until complete.
Let me know if you have questions or if you would like a class specific to this sort of project.

Applique pillow eyeball

Parts of the eye after the outline (for placement) and tack-stitch were finished. The next step will be a satin stitch to cover the edge and provide a solid outline around the parts.

 

Nova Labs is Hiring! Part Time Coordinator

Now Hiring: Member and Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, Part Time

Nova Labs is looking for a Customer Service Superstar who makes everyone feel welcome, assists with communications and membership tasks, and helps classes run smoothly at the makerspace. This is a part time position of 10-20 hours per week; primary hours are weekday evenings and/or weekend afternoons. Please email resume to: jobs@nova-labs.org

Full Job Description
Nova Labs Tour

Nova Labs Front Desk

 

 

October 2017 Newsletter

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Youngborg

We are thrilled to welcome Tara Youngborg, Nova Labs’ own Makerspace Coordinator. Tara is an artist and a maker, and comes to us highly recommended from Bowdoin College where she was a Visual Arts Technician. Tara is here to help our community grow. If you see her, please introduce yourself and make her feel welcome in our community.  You can find Tara here on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights.

There are many people who brought us to this wonderful place. Jennyfer Peterson, last year, founded the Service and Hospitality team, to fill the gap in a volunteer capacity while we strengthened our revenue stream. The work done by this all volunteer team is critical in defining the  Makerspace Coordinator role and providing a support team. Since January of this year, Suzanne Chanesman, Bean Design and Andrew Albosta, faithfully publish the newsletter. The August newsletter on the Nova Labs website attracted our finalists to this opportunity. Sam Aparicio shared his considerable recruiting and interviewing talents, to craft the winning profile that attracted the attention of suitable candidates and guide the interview process. Jim Girardi, while transitioning the role of treasurer also played an instrumental role on the hiring team, along with Jennyfer Peterson. Patrick Waters led the team to document Nova Labs policy, laying the necessary groundwork for hiring paid staff. Nine months ago, in establishing priorities, the Board prioritized defining policy as essential before the first hire. It is incredibly satisfying to reflect on the amazing contributions of so many talented members to bring us to this place.

We are well positioned for the work on the horizon. Sam Aparicio is leading the Nominating Committee team for the Board Positions opening up. In the coming months, the Board will work on crafting policy around how the Board operates. We will also develop a succession plan for the role of President. Taken together, along with policy put in place over the past year, the organization will be in a stronger position to build Nova Labs 3.0.

Please join us in welcoming Tara Youngborg to our team!

Thank you, 

 MB_sig


 BOARD UPDATE

The board is pleased to welcome our latest Key Members: Eric Link, Michele Tulley, John Youmans, and Ying Zhang.

The board also hired Tara Youngborg as Nova Labs’ first paid position, the Makerspace Coordinator. Please be sure to introduce yourself and welcome her to our community.

Accounting-wise, Nova Labs’ receivables are currently below $4K which means that fewer people owe dues, fees, etc. If you’re still having trouble with Stripe or another payment system, please contact Jim Girardi to help resolve the issue.

As there will be two open board positions (after Jim Sweeney’s term is over), the board commissioned a nominations committee to identify and vet possible board candidates. If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact the committee chair, Sam Aparicio.

Please feel free to reach out to the board members if you have any questions.


 HAPPENINGS: Call for Board Candidates

Help Us Fill Two Board of Director Positions

Do you know someone amazing who could help the Board in its leadership of the Nova Labs community? We are looking to fill two positions. Great candidates have a passion for making, bring business skills, show good judgment and are willing to put in the effort to drive key initiatives. Please send in contact info to jobs@nova-labs.org. Have questions? Contact:

Sam Aparicio (Chair)  |  Jim Sweeney  |  Bo Pollett Wernick


WHAT’S NEW

HAPPENINGS: Member Spotlight

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Curt Welch

Hospitality and services would like to express rather obnoxious and loud praise for all the cool little important things Curt Welch has been doing round the labs.

If I listed everything, it’d take a while. There are a few people like Curt who help me with the small jobs. Hanging the white boards, relocating cabinets for rentals.

One of the key, but essential, projects Curt has tackled is creating hanging storage in the metal shop, and a locked outdoor tool cabinet- lots of people use it but not many people know that it is all thanks to Curt that we have these storage solutions!

>>> provided by Jennyfer Peterson and Mike Hogarty

 HAPPENINGS: 2017 Woodshop Roundup and Awards

Patrick and the Woodshop Stewards would like to recognize the contributions of the following volunteers:

Shop Volunteer: Larry R
Person who has made a great impact in shop over the course of the year

Over-Sharer: Frank S
Person will share not only knowledge, but also show and tell projects during meetings

Over-Engineer Engineer that Could:  Will P& Zach B
This is for the most ridiculous project!

Who Made That?: John S & Will P
This is based off the number of times a tour guide has to explain what the heck that is to visitors- this is certainly an award of ambition, not completion.

Slacker of the Year: Curt W
This member contributes online in our Slack chat the most

I Learned from You: Philip, Norm, Larry R. Frank S, Patrick W.
Acknowledgements of woodworkers that have taken on mentor roles for the Nova Labs woodworking community

Volunteer Appreciations: Curt W, Adam G, Siobahn W
Nova Labs members have reached out and acknowledged these three volunteers for their work throughout the year, though they are not the only wonderful volunteers we have had in the wood shop this year!


UPDATE: Safety

At Nova-Labs, one of our main goals is to make this a environment that prioritizes safety. There are several parts to this effort:

  • Our safety policy

    • You can find it on the¬†wiki

  • Our safety committee

    • Which is meeting soon to review recent incidents and hot spots

  • Each of you!

    • If you see something unsafe, it is your responsibly to say something.

    • As stated in our safety policy – every person in the shop is expected to use work-stop authority to intervene and stop activities until safety procedures are adhered to when they witness unsafe work practices.

Keeping the shop and space safe is one of the most important things we do as a community.

>>> Provided by Lieselot Whitbeck

Nova Labs at the 1st Reston Cardboard Boat Regatta

The Nova Labs Navy

Reston Cardboard Boat Regatta - 2017

Reston Cardboard Boat Regatta - 2017On Saturday, August 12, Nova Labs participated in the first Reston Cardboard Boat Regatta! The regatta, hosted by the Reston Museum at Lake Anne, went from 2 PM to about 4 PM and had over twenty participating teams ‚Äď three of which were from Nova Labs! One boat was built by a Nova Labs team and another built to represent the Maker Faire NoVa ‚Äď both participated in the Navigator Class (adults and students). Another craft, called the ‚ÄúTetraheboat‚ÄĚ built by Paul Chase, competed in the Skipper Class (adults).

Cardboard skeleton for the Nova Labs boat. Photo by Curt Welch.

Cardboard skeleton for the Nova Labs boat. Photo by Curt Welch.

Teams were only allowed to use cardboard, duct and masking tape, wood glue, and water-based paints. The Nova Labs boat, which utilized advanced CAD design, a gratuitous amount of laser cutting, and an innumerable number of human-hours, was voted ‚ÄúMost Likely to Float‚ÄĚ during the design contest.

Reston Cardboard Boat Regatta - 2017

Maker Faire NoVa’s boat embodied the spirit of teamwork, learning, and making. While Maker Faire’s boat did not make it far past the launch point, the craft turned out beautifully and got the word out about the fantastic Maker Faire NoVa. This team also won third place in the Navigator Class! Boat Maker Faire NoVa was crewed by: Shane, Jackson, and Dylan Smith.

Paul and his Tetraboat. Photo by Jim Girardi.

Paul and his Tetraheboat. Photo by Jim Girardi.

Tetraheboat was constructed with no plan ‚Äď just a humble experiment with nature‚Äôs favorite platonic solid. Tetraheboat initially did a flip in the water and then pressed on to survive the rough seas of Lake Anne for a full run of over seven minutes. Scandalously, endurance was not a metric for award. Tetraheboat was commanded by the now-infamous Paul Chase.

Overall, the contest was filled with impressive and creative designs, good sportsmanship, exciting races, and spectacular sinkings (best sinking won the coveted ‚ÄúTitanic‚ÄĚ award)!

Reston Cardboard Boat Regatta - 2017For the Navigator Class, team Nova Labs came in First Place at 2:16. The team was awarded an epic cardboard trophy which was also designed and built by the Nova Labs team – out of cardboard, no less.

Talking about Tetraheboat. Photo by Shane Smith.

Talking about Tetraheboat. Photo by Shane Smith.

Nova Labs and Maker Faire NoVa were in-kind non-profit sponsors of the event and ran a dry dock booth with supplies for quick, last-minute repairs. Remember, you can never bring enough duct tape!

Many thanks to all the volunteers, including the organizer Jeanne Marshall, Sam Winkelstein, Shane Smith, Curt Welch, Richard Freytag, Paul Sorensen, Dave Fritts, Carl Hutzler, Keane Peterson and the numerous makers who dropped in on occasion. In addition, a shout out to the dry dock volunteers including Lieselot Whitbeck, Sally Byer, and Jennifer Meinelp!

For more information about the event, please visit the Reston Museum.

For more photos and videos of the event, please check out these galleries:

Andrew Albosta | Jim Girardi

Curt Welch videos: Team Nova Labs | Tetraheboat

>>> provided by Jim Girardi. Photos by Andrew Albosta unless otherwise indicated.