Empower2Make Launch Party, Nova Labs is Hiring, Capitol Hill Maker Faire Demo

JULY 2018 NEWSLETTER

Carl Hutzler demonstrates a clock made by Paul Chase to Congressman Mark Takano at the Capitol Hill Maker Faire that took place on June 12 in Washington D.C.

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
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Nova Labs hit the road in June with maker demonstrations at the Capitol Hill Maker Faire. Further afield, team leads Jeanne Marshall and Jennyfer Peterson represented Nova Labs at the first annual Nation of Makers Conference. Jeanne and Jennyfer will share stories from NomCon at the upcoming member meeting.

Tae Edell is winding up her work at the front desk kiosk to pursue new opportunities with the Smithsonian. Since she starting working here last year, Tae has been a fantastic brand ambassador for Nova Labs. Tae consistently provided a warm welcome, always ready to lend a hand and answer questions. Behind the scenes, Tae kept things running with grace and creative solutions. Tae’s last day is Friday, July 6. After that, you may still find Tae here, from time to time, working on her own maker projects, contributing pro bono on Empower2Make, and, training her replacement – currently Nova Labs is recruiting. Be sure to stop by this week to congratulate Tae on her new venture and to thank her for her many contributions.

The Empower2Make launch party is coming July 11! The woodshop is humming with summer projects, a class lineup with a mix of old favorites and new offerings, and a new wood lathe. For the youth, there are a variety of summer workshops offered.

Happy Making!

Marybeth Haneline
Board President

RSVP to Upcoming Member & Associate Meeting


BOARD UPDATES 

This month, the board approved one new key member and reviewed MakerFaire Nova finances. The 2018 MakerFair Nova was a great success in and of itself, but it also brought in over $13k in net revenue! The board also approved a budget for a new commercial water heater for the makerspace to replace the broken unit. Furthermore, the board approved a measure to allow Physical Security Interest Group classes. This allows lock-related classes to be taught at Nova Labs by a licensed locksmith under the auspices of TOOOL US guidelines.

In addition, the board spoke with both Jennyfer Peterson and Jeanne Marshall about their trip to NOMCon (Nation of Makers Convention) to gain insights into the state of the American maker community, best practices, and creative solutions to common problems.

>Provided by Jim Girardi



NOVA LABS IS HIRING |  Makerspace Administrative Assistant

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 part time position of 20-30 hours per week; includes some weekday evenings and weekends.

Learn more: Makerspace Administrative Assistant
Contact us: jobs@nova-labs.org


EMPOWER2MAKE LAUNCH PARTY

July 11, 7 – 9pm
RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/NOVA-Makers/events/251491255/

We’re opening Orange Bay to host the launch party for the upcoming Empower2make event. The 72 hour make-a-thon to develop assistive technology takes place Sep 14-16. All are welcome celebrate the kick-off of this Nova Labs banner event and share a meal with our close maker community. Meet participants, explore examples of developed products in action, and find out how to get involved. Prospective makers, knowers, partner sponsors, and their families are welcome to attend to see if the event sparks your interest.

Please RVSP on meetup.
For more information on Empower2make check out our website Empower2make.org or email info@empower2make.org.

> Provided by Bo Pollet Wernick


CAPITOL HILL MAKER FAIRE

NOVA Labs and Maker Faire NoVa attended the Capitol Hill Maker Faire on June 12 in the Rayburn House Office Building. We exhibited many maker-inspired items from the NOVA Labs community and helped spread awareness of the 6th Annual Maker Faire NoVa coming up in June 2019. We were excited to have the Chairman of the House Maker Caucus, Mr. Mark Takano (D-California), stop by for a tutorial on the 3D printed clock created by Paul Chase. Mr. Takano, as well as Capitol Hill legislators and guests, signed the clock, which will be exhibited at NOVA Labs.

>Provided by Asma Chaudhary & Carl Hutzler


SUMMER MAKER CAMP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

Nova Labs partnered with Eric Duer at STEMSKILLS to host the first week of the Summer Maker Skills Camp for High School Students with Learning Challenges. The focus of this week was on job exploration and technology skills with the goal to build confidence through developing workplace skills. Emphasis was placed on specific skills that the kids could continue to explore on their home computers. Pulling from the knowledgeable Nova Labs maker community and using our facilities, the students were introduced to Arduino and programming, laser cutting, woodworking tools and glue ups, drones, t-shirt making using the silhouette/heat press, and soldering. The six kids had various learning differences, but our maker volunteers rose to the challenge!

Special thanks to Jennyfer Peterson, Bryce Peterson, Curt Welch, Nick Carter, Bob Coggeshall, Susan Parsons, and our wonderful summer interns, Annie Morgan and Ella Parsons.

>Provided by Jennyfer Peterson


MOBILE ROBOTICS WORKSHOP

This month, the FIRST Robotics Team 1123 brought their unique mobile workshop created from a former Greyhound bus to visit. In it there are tools, workbenches, etc. to aid in their robotic efforts. They brought their bus to the Nova Labs Robotic Interest Group free monthly meetup. Meetup members got a tour of this amazing bus and asked questions. This was clearly one of the “biggest” show-and-tell projects ever seen in Nova Labs history!

>Provided by Steve Geyer 


WOODSHOP UPDATE
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NEW WOODSHOP LATHE

The Nova Labs Woodturning Program provides members with formal training in wood lathe safety, spindle turning, and bowl turning techniques. In addition to formal training, members have access to experienced turners who perform demonstrations of advanced techniques and provide mentoring when members are working on their individual woodturning projects. Finally, the program offers project-oriented classes where members can turn things to help them get started…like a pen, an ornament, a tool handle, or a rolling pin.

Members have access to lathe tools and accessories, sharpening equipment, and three different lathes – a mini-lathe suitable for turning pens and small bowls and two full-sized lathes capable of turning anything from a very small toothpick up to a 16″ bowl, a 44″ baseball bat, or a small lawn totem.

The most recent addition to the lathe fleet is a Nova Galaxi DVR lathe. This lathe is manufactured in New Zealand (home of some really amazing woodturners!) and has numerous features that make it well-suited to Nova Labs – the similarity in names is just a happy coincidence! The Galaxi weighs in at 436 lbs. providing a rock-solid turning platform for larger and more complex projects. The direct-drive motor uses 2 HP of tiger-blood infused power and a computer-controlled motor management system to provide an exceptional user experience. A turner can vary the speed continuously from 100-5000 rpm at the turn of a knob without switching pulleys and belts. The motor speed-control also helps the lathe maintain the selected speed regardless of load and can even detect a “catch” and  shut off power instantly if one occurs.

In order to use the Galaxi, previously certified members will be asked to participate in a short familiarization session, which can be provided an ad-hoc basis for free by Frank, Rick, Mike, or Zack. New Lathe 101 classes will include this information. The Galaxi will be placed in service during the week of 6/18/2018. Notification of readiness to use will be provided on the Nova public web site as well as the Nova Labs slack woodworking channel.

>Provided by Rick Weil and Frank Sogandares 

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NEW CLASSES IN THE WOODSHOP

What are you making this summer? We are making cutting boards & slab tables at Nova Labs.  Nova Labs is offering two premier woodworking classes at the premier makerspace in the DMV area. If you have ever wanted to learn woodworking from tree-to-furniture, this is the time to do it!

WW: Live-Edge Slab Tables
Farm to table? We are gonna do tree-to-table! Learn to turn a massive slab of wood into a functional piece of furniture! In this class we will learn all about SLABS! Featuring a field trip to a local supplier, Local Wood of Leesburg/Berryville VA, students will learn all about how slabs are milled, dried and made ready for market. Students will purchase slabs, then flatten and prep their slab for finishing. Students can design and build wood bases during class time, or purchase pre-made legs. Consider this a build-a-long: you get access to the tools, expertise and guidance of an experienced woodworking instructor. Make butterfly keys, discuss epoxy pours, discuss (and if it’s a nice day, actually spray) spray and oil-based finishes. This is the PREMIER WOODWORKING CLASS of Summer 2018.

Be the hipster you know you can be!
Sign up at Meet Up to attend this great class! Plus, you can attend the Day 1 Session for only $10!

July 26, 6pm @ Leesburg Local Wood VA
July 27, 7pm to 10pm
July 28, 9am to 4pm

That’s over TEN HOURS of small group instruction.  LET’S DO THIS!

WW: Cutting Boards
Two-Day class: Seven shop hours. Friday July 13, 7pm – 10pm & Sun July 15, 10am – 2pm

Have you ever wanted to learn woodworking, but didn’t know where to start? In this course, build a beautiful wood cutting board while learning the ins-and-outs of the major woodworking machines in the woodshop.  We learn the basics about makerspaces, hardwood vs. softwood, shop safety, milling dimensioning and more. This is a popular class, offered quarterly…in fact, it might already be full!

Learn to use the SawStop Table Saw, Jointer, Planer, Miter Saw, Band Saw, Disk/Belt Sander, Oscillating Sander, Drill Press, Small Band Saw, Scroll Saw – every tool except the lathe and the kitchen sink!

>Provided by Patrick Waters, Woodshop Cowboy


JULY SUMMER CAMPS AT NOVA LABS

Nova Labs Robotics

These workshops are put on by Nova Labs Robotics teen mentors and coaches. The lead mentor is Elena, captain of Marshall High School FRC Team 5549 – in her fourth year of volunteering with Nova Labs Robotics. Ian Willebeek-Lemair is also assisting with the camp.  He is a rising sophomore at Virginia Tech, majoring in Aerospace Engineering.Nova Labs Robotics: Robot Makers
Rising Grades 5-9
July 30 – Aug 3, 9am – 4pm

Build and code a robot to solve increasingly complex challenges. Kids will get to bring their strategies to life with servos, sensors and LEGO EV3 Mindstorms.
Register: https://www.meetup.com/NOVA-Makers/events/247205408/ 
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TEQ Strategy Teen Summer Drone Workshop
Session 1: July 9 – 13, 10am – 3pm
Session 2: Jul 16 – 20, 10am – 3pm

Students will learn how to build their own drone from scratch, which they will keep at the end of the session. Taught by a Drone Prototype Product Developer and university professor, this intensive workshop designed for students who want a deeper understanding of how to assemble, program, and operate drones.

For more information & registration, contact:
Teqstrategy.com/droneworkshop
workshop@teqstrategy.com

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STEMSKILLS: Summer Tech Camps & Pre-Employment Skills for Students with Disabilities
Ages 15-20
Sessions: Jul 2-6 (except Jul 4), Jul 9-12

STEMSKILLS offers camps for young people with autism, ADHD and LD. It will give students interested in STEM fields a change to learn necessary skills to thrive in the workforce.For more information & registration, contact:
https://www.stemskills.org/
eduer@stemskills.org

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STEM Summer Camps from Mindframe Education
Rising Grades 3-6 & 6-12
Weekly Sessions from Jul 9 to Aug 17

Mindframe summer camps include hands-on, project-based activities with real world tools with topics ranging from robotics programming and app creation to website development and digital filmmaking.For more information & registration, contact:
MindframeEducation.com
info@mindframeeducation.com

UPCOMING EVENTS IN JULY

Sundays, 1 – 4pm
Tiny Woodshop Series
Have a passion for woodworking, but very little space? This series will cover building shop furniture, using and maintaining hand tools, and working in a small space. With these skills and some inexpensive tools, you can build a tiny woodshop of your very own.

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A CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Nova Labs is seeking volunteer help for the following:

  • Open House tour helpers, 2nd Saturday fo each month
  • Helpers Nova Labs activity tables, STEAM Day, National Air and Space Museum at the Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Volunteers get free parking, free day access to museum
  • Fall interns at college and high school level
  • Wiki Information Maintainers

Contact volunteering@nova-labs.org if you’re interested!


 

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 – 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’s 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 – 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 CreationsFairfax 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’s 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 “bloom steel,” 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:
•    Playing with patterns: forge welding layered Damascus steel
•    Twisted beauty: making patterned Damascus from crane cables
•    Turning farrier’s rasps into scaly snakes and other art
•    Using heat to create gold, blue and purple patinas on steel
•    Heat treating steel to make it hard and springy
•    Forging hammers, tomahawks and axes
•    Making metal look like wood by etching wrought iron
•    Knives on sticks:  forging spear heads
•    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 – 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 ‘kids’ 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’s 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’t your everyday puppets either. These beasts sport intricate mechanical manipulations, even full body puppets with integrated cameras. It doesn’t take long before you forget they are simply puppets and fall headlong into a journey into the past – adults and kids alike.  “The giant puppet looked realistic!” 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 – 4PM, 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 – 9:15PM, THREE WAYS to INLAY – Designing 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 – 5PM, 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.


 

Don’t miss out on being part of Maker Faire NoVa!

Time is running out to be part of Maker Faire NoVa!

Deadline extended! Submit by Sunday, January 21!

Maker Faire NoVa
The 5th annual Maker Faire NoVa is coming up on Sunday March 18 from 11AM-5PM and we’d like to invite you to be an exhibitor! It’s one of the biggest events of the year for Nova Labs! Last year we had about 140 exhibitors and speakers and 5,000 attendees.
You do not have to be a Nova Labs member to be a Maker Faire exhibitor, by the way!

Here are six reasons why you should join us this year.

Cardboard robot at the 2017 Maker Faire NoVa

Cardboard robot at the 2017 Maker Faire NoVa – photo by Tim-Stahmer.

  1. If you are not selling anything, an exhibitor booth is free. If you are selling something, it’s $150.
  2. We are looking for makers of all types—the bottom line is that your exhibit should be about something you make and want to talk to others about. We are looking for 3D printing exhibits. rocketry, robotics, fiber artists, beekeepers, artisans, blacksmiths, woodworkers, glass and ceramic artists, Minecraft pros, programmers, STEM programs for kids, printmakers, LEGO fans—what else you got?
  3. It’s a chance to meet interesting people of all ages
  4. This year it’s at George Mason University—so free parking!!
  5. Free t-shirts and free admission for all volunteers
  6. It’s more fun than grownups usually have

There are lots of ways to get information about Maker Faire NoVa.

3D printers on display at the 2017 Maker Faire NoVa

3D printers on display at the 2017 Maker Faire NoVa – Photo by Anna Kulyk

General info is here:
The application for exhibitors is here:
The email address for the Maker Recruitment team is here and we’d love to help. 
Teaching kids the wood lathe at the 2017 Maker Faire NoVa

Teaching kids the wood lathe at the 2017 Maker Faire NoVa – photo by Anna Kulyk.

Thanks, and we hope to see you there!
Maker Faire NoVa 2018 Organizing Committee

Time is running out! Submit your application by Sunday, January 21, 2018!

Nixie Tube Clock by Bob Cogeshall

Nixie Tube Clock by Bob Cogeshall, photo by John Nelson

After Maker Faire NoVa 2017 – What next?

Panoramic of Maker Faire NoVa, 2016.Greetings from the aftermath of Maker Faire NoVa, 2017!

Many Nova Labs members are part of the team that runs this event, and have spent months planning and preparing for it. In addition, many Nova Labs members are exhibitors at the faire, sharing their projects, giving talks, and volunteering to help the event run smoothly.

We all hope you enjoyed the event and will come back next year, but you don’t have to wait that long to get another dose of making! Nova Labs is a community and there’s something for practically everyone, whether you’re a beginner or expert, into crafts or technology, woodworking or metalworking, additive (3D printing) or subtractive (CNC machining) manufacturing… the list goes on!

What’s next for me?

If you’ve never visited Nova Labs before, you can take a virtual visit: 

Join our Meetup group – NOVA Makers:

You don’t need to be a member of Nova Labs to attend talks, or visit open events such as our bi-weekly Friday game-night. But, you do need to join us on Meetup so you can see upcoming events, and RSVP for the ones you want to attend: https://www.meetup.com/NOVA-Makers/

Take a “Green Session”

If you want to take classes on the safety and general usage of tools at Nova Labs, or attend events in the workshops (such as the open Blacksmithing times that have started recently), you must attend a “Green Safety Level Orientation” session. These happen several times a month and give you an overview on the membership structure and basic safety considerations for being at Nova Labs.

Sign up at www.nova-labs.org

You’ll do this as part of the Green Safety class mentioned above, but all machine signoffs are tracked via an account on the Nova Labs website.

In addition, you can sign up for one of our many email listservs on topics ranging from woodworking, 3D printing, CNC, laser cutting, textile crafts, IT security, STEM and kids, robotics, etc.

Like us on social media

NovaLabsVA on Facebook and @Nova_Labs on Twitter 

March 2017 newsletter

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Heart fidget toy

The affordable Valentine’s fidget designed by Mike Hogarty along with his daughter Alana.

Nova Labs was at its best at the recent Cupid’s Arts and Crafts Fair. When I walked in, metal shop steward Mike Hogarty had a laptop open with Solidworks and shared a design he was working with his daughter, Alana, for an affordable Valentine’s fidget. I am proud to hang from my key ring the prototype of a cool fidget that found its way into dozens of homes just in time for Valentine’s Day.  

Nova Labs’ strength is in diversity. Newcomer Basim Alkaim, a skilled artisan, volunteered at Cupid’s Arts and Crafts Fair and again at the February Member Meeting, sharing a Middle Eastern specialty dish alongside sliders and pizza. The familiar fragrance of biryani caught the attention of the minutes-taker, Raji Madhuvana. As the membership wrestled with policy, Raji diligently took notes. In spite of the nuances of membership at Nova Labs (and the impassioned discussion that took place), Raji was inspired to become a member herself. What was clear is the passion and value membership brings. That is the heart of what Nova Labs and this effort is about — building a welcoming space where people want to belong and contribute talents.

Even as the membership has divergent views on the path forward with membership policy, the ongoing dialogue around membership is an opportunity to embrace what makes Nova Labs special. These steps take us closer to a stronger community that is true to our core values. The Board is looking forward to continuing to engage and strengthen membership.

As we continue the policy discussion, the work on rebranding is coming to a close. A survey went out in the last newsletter, yielding 79 responses. The top choices were: Gear, Needle and Thread, Electronics, and Question and Answer. There will be follow up with a cross-section of membership to tweak the design and to ensure there is representation across interest areas.

Lastly, Maker Faire NoVa will be here in just a few weeks! Many hands are contributing as preparations are wrapped up before this signature annual event. We are especially thrilled to welcome celebrity Theo Nazz, from “Forged with Fire”, demonstrating alongside members from our latest interest group, blacksmithing. I’ll see everyone at the Maker Faire NoVa!

Read on to see a recap of the Cupid’s Arts and Crafts Fair, and more info on Maker Faire NoVa!

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Lil Dragon v-tail quadcopter – developed at Nova Labs

Building a 250 quad racer from scratch

With 250 quad racing becoming more and more popular and local racing events starting to pop-up, Nova Labs member Fred Briggs decided to give it a try. Being a Maker, he didn’t want to buy the same ole’ frame that everyone else had so building from scratch seemed like the obvious way to go. Wanting something a little unique, Fred’s main goals were to develop something that looks cool, flies well, and is inexpensive to build. To meet those goals he quickly decided that Mongo, Nova Labs’ 100 watt laser cutter was a good option for cutting the frame. Having also recently finished building a 3D printer in Nova Labs Build Group 8, having some 3D printed parts seemed logical and a good use for the new tool. Fred also reported always loving the look of the V-tail quads so he settled on that design.

The design

250vtail2With that design criteria in mind the next step was CAD. Fred decided to use this project to learn OnShape which is becoming quite popular at Nova Labs. There were some frustrating moments with the CAD but the support of the OnShape User Group at Nova Labs helped through this portion. Once it looked cool in CAD it was time to make something!

20160131_135315Fred was able to get DXF files from OnShape and start to laser cut some wood frames which are simply hot glued together. This went through several iterations and this pic is of an early design. You can see the tabs that allow all the parts to key into place for quick and accurate assembly.

20160226_081607Then the “V” for the rear motors got 3D printed. While initially concerned that it might not be strong enough, some stress testing (i.e. crashing) has proven that the design is plenty strong and Fred hasn’t broken one yet.

Finishing touches

20160206_112645The frame was painted with a rattle can and then put together. To really make it look cool it needed a thermoformed shell and this was probably the trickiest part of the entire build. It required a CNC routed mold which was made from old 2X4’s that were glued together. After a little sanding and then some paint it came out really well.

Painted_shellOn to the thermoformer!!

20160219_11465720160219_115126Here is some video of the actual thermoforming process:

After trimming it fit great! The electronics are a very tight fit but it does fit.

20160219_21495220160219_220932Here is the finished product with a painted shell. Fred is really happy with the results and it meets all of his design criteria. It flies fantastic, it builds very easily and it gets attention every time it comes out at the field.

After looking at it Fred has decided to call it the Lil Dragon, and he hopes to run classes using the design at Nova Labs.

The final specs on it are 1806, 2300kv motors with 5” carbon props, 2200mah 3S battery and Naze32 flight controller. It gets about 12 minutes of hover and it is shockingly stable.

For more information please contact Fred directly at fred@openaeris.com, or be sure to check out the Open Aeris booth at the NoVa Mini Maker Faire, Sunday, March 13, 2016

Nova Labs’ Teletype Wins Editor’s Choice Award at The New York Maker Faire

2014-09-21 12.04.24NEW YORK Member Bob Coggeshall’s Raspberry Pi Teletype won the Editor’s Choice award at this year’s New York Maker Faire. The hack allows an iPad or computer keyboard to wirelessly interface with a 60s-era teletype machine!

The teletype was a hit with children, however, they were shocked to learn that teletype machines were how the world communicated before the internet and cell phones!

IMG_7736Big thanks to Mark Millsap, Nikolai Teleguine, Brian Jacoby and Lee Ciereszko for helping to staff the Nova Labs table!

Nova Labs and Small Batch Assembly at the New York Maker Faire

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Brian Jacoby staffs the  booth at New York Maker Faire

NEW YORK — Nova Labs set up camp next to the “power racing” track. The booth was shared with Bob Coggeshall and Small Batch Assembly. Bob showed off his modded 60s-era teletype machine, which uses a RaspberryPi to interface the teletype with an iPad or keyboard!

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Did you stop by to say hi? Tell us about your Maker Faire experiences in the comments!

Hands-on Creation, Invention, and Fun at
 Northern Virginia’s Inaugural Mini Maker Faire, Sunday, March 16th 11am-4pm

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RESTON, VA — Robots, rockets, radio broadcasts, and repurposed trash: So much to do and see at Nova Labs’ inaugural NoVa Mini Maker Faire on Sunday, March 16th from 11am to 4pm, at South Lakes High and Hughes Middle School campuses.

Inventors, hackers, crafters, artists, and DIY’ers from across the region will demonstrate and collaborate with Faire-goers to make things, new inventions, tools, and gadgets, which can often be completed with reusable materials or household items.

The Mini Maker Faire celebrates working with raw materials, engaging kids’ minds, and helping them to become critical thinkers. All kids — and adults — need more encouragement to follow their curiosity and be innovative problem solvers.

                     — Brian Jacoby, President of Nova Labs

Tickets

Early bird discounts are available until February 28, 2014. Students are free; adults $10.

At the door, tickets will cost $8 for children and $20 for adults.

What to Expect

Along with hands-on projects for adults and kids of all ages, Faire-goers will enjoy food, performances, and a series of short talks. More than 85 booths will feature “Makers” aged 12 to 92. A few of the unusual mix of projects and activities include:

  • Aluminum Aerogami (a combination of origami and model airplane building from aluminum cans)
  • 3D scanning and printing of YOU!
  • Musical instrument maker
  • Snoopy Robot
  • Solar- Powered Car
  • Light-up sewing
  • Hand-spinning yarn
  • Kinetic, wearable, and electronic art
  • Science experiments you can do at home by Gravity is Optional
  • Spy gadgets by the SpyMuseum
  • Open-source hardware projects

For a list of all scheduled Makers, visit http://makerfairenova.com/meetthemakers/

Sponsors

The NoVa Mini Maker Faire is presented by Nova Labs,  a non-profit makerspace in Reston, Virginia. Sponsors include Make:Makezine.com, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, WyoLum, Ideaventions, the Girls Excelling in Math and Science (GEMS) Clubs, Holland & Knight, the International Spy Museum, Activity Rocket, and Small Batch Assembly.

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