February Meetup Highlights

Posted February 26, 2012
Category News
Our first month in operation has seen us put the final administrative touches on our young organization, and as promised, that means that we get to concentrate on our user projects!  Last night, Saturday the 25th most of our membership collected and had a blast printing things in 3D, scanning ourselves using ReconstructME, calibrating some printers and overall having a blast.  In the near future, we will begin facilitating classes and workshops. Starting off in March we are happy to announce 24/7 access to Open Lab by all full members. If you are interested or just plain curious about what Open Lab is, or might become, feel free to stop by on one of our Saturday evening meetups!

One thing we are rich in is our community spirit, ideas and projects, and the will to make things happen.  Our plans for the future are big, and I believe that we are off to an absolutely fantastic start. Pictures to prove it after the break!



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Open Lab Idaho is Live!

Posted January 16, 2012
On Saturday, January 14th, Open Lab Idaho had its first meeting as a "formalized" organization.  We want to thank everybody who showed up and and especially thank all the people committed to making Open Lab Idaho a reality. Check out the details after the break!



Costs for 501c3 Nonprofit status are at $800; a one-time fee.  To make this leap, the membership dues are currently set at $35/mo. with $20 for location and utilities, and the rest for nonprofit filing cost, insurance, and the establishment of a general fund.

After the initial (read: boring) part of the meeting, the group moved to projects.  The majority of work currently going on is the proliferation of RepRap, with at least five machines making an appearance.  An ultraportable laser engraver is in the works as well as "translucent concrete" and a $30 projector TV.

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One of the more ambitious projects being the potato powered NSLU2.  Although this particular project met defeat at the high resistance of galvanized nails, it is this kind of creativity OpenLab encourages and hopes will persist in the years to come.

The board is encouraging people to come out every Saturday around 6pm to show off what they are working on.  These meetings are informal and attendance is not required, but encouraged as a regular meeting and sharing of ideas.  Weekends with an emphasis on certain kinds of projects to come later.

Thank you all for all the support, and don't forget to sign up on our forums!  We hope to see you there!

First General Assembly 1/14/12

Come on come all to the first general assembly of Open Lab Idaho in 2012!  We have great ambitions for the future and even though the year is quite young, we have hit the ground running. At our next meeting, we will be inaugurating our membership and voting on our membership fees.  Right after that... we build. It doesn't need to be said that working on projects and getting our community coordinated are our top priorities.  The meeting will be held at the Reuseum ( 108 W. 33rd St. in Garden City) at 6pm after the shop closes. Our Reprap User Group will be down as well with their printers and we'll be doing some tinkering into the evening, so feel free to stay and check it out!

Welcome to Open Lab Idaho!

Posted November 13, 2011
Category News
You have reached OpenLabIdaho.org , The home of the Open Lab Idaho Hackerspace & The Idaho RepRap User Group.