On this date in 2010 We signed the lease on the first location that Quelab opened. We knew at the time it was not perfect, but with less than 7 people onboard we knew this was a community we needed to grow before we could even dream of perfect.
Quelab 1.0 was a quaint little place, a pretty old converted house (previous to us it was used as a flower shop), less than about 1200 sq foot of usable space (billed as 1400), it was quirky, But it let us have a space to “build it and see if the come”. It was not the dozens of people we hoped for but a small trickle. Our first tasks were building workbenches and some shelving, moving in some tables (most scrounged), chairs. By our grand opening party on August 12th (note that date Its when Quelab is going to observe its birthday this year with some Cake and Icecream with the members.) We had some bits of equipment, and we were just starting to make a name for ourselves.
Can’t say the next 4 years were easy, most of the time we were broke and being propped up on donations, and there were many times where we could have just closed the doors rather than digging deeper, We grew at a slow pace, and there was little chance we could reach out far and fast enough to survive on memberships alone. And none of us were good at grant writing, or experienced marketeers.
To survive we turned to what we knew, how to tinker with geeky things and thought we we should share that with the world. So we put on events, LED’s, Attraction, March of the Robots, Sound of the electron, Eco MAcGyver, Air&space, HauntedLab
Swapmeet’s, Steampunk Crafting, Hacking_Chocolate and more. We started hosting the Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire, and the Ignite Talks meetings, We setup booths at Tedxabq, Ace, and various other spaces. We have been toured by Caleb Kraft of Hackaday, we have won several Contests (Inventables, Instructables).
In November of 2013 after more than a year of hunting, Quelab was able to move to the grand Quelab 2.0 Campus we are in now. With over 340 people in attendance at our @nd grand opening (that is a huge increase over the 24 or so people who made it to our first one.) And a membership in excess of 50 members we are still on rocky waters but we have come a long-long way baby!
Thank you Albuquerque Makers, and supporters everywhere!
Happy Birthday Quelab!
Here is my drawing for a box to enclose a RAMPS1.4 stepper motor control board. If you don’t have any RAMPS1.4 boards… I guess you won’t be interested. You can cut these at Quelab from 3mm acrylic. Cut one copy as is, another copy without the little access holes for the opposing plates. It is easy to delete items in LaserCut, harder to add them.
You will need to add holes for fans, ventilation and cable routing.
In the most recent edition (Vol 40) of Make: Magazine, Quelab was listed as one of the “Most Interesting Makerspaces in America”, listed in the southwest section with folks like HeatSync Labs in Scotsdale, Arizona; LVL1 in Louisville, Kentuckuy; and the Dallas Makerspace in Dallas, Texas.
If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of the magazine which features Quelab, click on the magazine cover above to order it through our Amazon affilliate link. Or you can Subscribe to Make to keep getting intersting project ideas every few months. For selected back-issues of Make:, check out the Quelab Library!
Congratulations to all the makers and hackers who make Quelab great, and whose projects make Quelab awesome! Keep making!
Greetings! The next Quelab general meeting is scheduled for Sunday 6 July 2014 at 4:30 PM.
Please bring something for the potluck at 4:30PM, and we’ll start the meeting at 5PM. If there is anything you would like to discuss at the meeting, bring it up to one of the officers, and we’ll put it on the agenda
Coming July 12, at Quelab, in collaboration with ABQ Old School, we will be hosting another homebrewing class. Click on the link above, or the big homebrew bottles.
Beer. Mead. Cider. Each of these beverages have a number of things in common, but first and foremost: Yeast. This little microbe has so many tasty uses, we will gladly consume it’s bounty.
The other thing these libations have in common is the time-consuming process… and the delicious results. This lecture class (with demonstration) will discuss the history of beer, and then the finisher will be showing you the process on how YOU can make your own libations, and how you can use the insatiable appetite of yeast to your own purposes. Hooray Beer!
LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This class is 18+; NM Statute only restricts the manufacture of alcohol for sale, and the sale of alcohol to minors (21-). This generally is considered to mean that all adults can make alcohol in quantities suitable for personal consumption (aka ‘culinary purposes’).
Old School is a hub of experts happily sharing their user-friendly skills to further the revolution of sustainable and frugal living. Until now, these awesome resources in Albuquerque have had a loose network of independent workshops and classes. Now, these experts and offerings are under one roof, making Old School the place to find the skills you want to learn.
Part 1 of a continuing series…
If you’re a member of our Facebook group, you’ve probably already heard this, but we won a really neat tool!
It started with Mr. What (Aaron) emailing out to the members mailing list about the Inventables.com contest – they were giving away a Shapeoko 2 3D carving machine to a Maker Community in every state.
That message led to a back & forth flurry of others between members, officers & the board of directors, talking whether we should apply for it (honestly? That was the easy no-brainer part!), and the best way to fill out the application.
We worked & worked, and edited & edited, down to the wire, and made the deadline to submit. And we won for New Mexico! Yay, Quelab!
That was last month. Since then, Inventables contacted us with instructions how to actually get our hands on their magic machine. Walter volunteered to be the point man, so it was delivered to his house. I can’t imagine how excruciating is must have been to have that sealed box in his possession, yet not able to open it! While everything is included, it comes as a kit, so there’s much work to be done in getting it all together & ready to cut.
Here in the Southwest, we are entering Year 5 of the drought, and there are more firework restrictions than ever. So once again I have compiled a few ideas/links from my own head and around the net. Share and enjoy!
Milk jug rockets Got old snap top milk jugs? How about making little rockets for the tops, and pouring a little baking soda in the bottom, pour in a few table spoons of vinegar and snap the cap on, and stand back. (experiment option alka-seltzer tablets can work too, which works better?
For previous year’s ideas, check out:
Quelab’s Fireless Fourth Links from 2013
Quelab’s Fireless Fourth Links from 2011
After making it part way through the dreaded calibration procedure for a delta 3D printer, it does not seem that bad. I tried to write a quick overview that may be helpful to some.
I am not done yet, but I am within +-1mm of flat. I hope that the autocalibration procedure will take care of the rest. I think that the residual error is from loose tolerance on my mechanical build. The solution would be to check the squareness of the frame, and re-print the diagonal bar carriages to be exactly the same. Mine were printed at different times with minor design changes, and don’t perfectly match.
Centering the extruder tip on the print bed is a matter of position of the endstop switches. This is very hard to correct with sub-mm accuracy. I may add a fine-adjustment screw to the carriages for these small adjustments.
People sometimes ask me ‘where does all the money go’.
Ok, People don’t really ask me that, but I figured I ought to show folk where things do go. The answer is “Rent and Utilities”. I was inspired by the London Hackspace’s “Cost of Hacking” page, and figured I ought to throw one together for us as well. So, here is the Quelab Cost of Hacking.
As you’ll note, we’re still short. We’ve still got a spot of reserve left from our Kickstarter, but we’re burning through it quickly. We have no employees, and none of the directors or officers make a dime off this project. A lot of the expenses after rent and utilities are costs of doing business; Credit Card fees, State and Local incorporation taxes, General and Directors Liability insurance, and the like all eat into our monthly income.
So how do we carry on? Increased Membership and more Workshops. Fifty-three sustaining members and three workshops a month is our break-even point until November, when our rent goes up again. We are on target to have sixty-three sustaining members by then, but we need your help.
Donations of both goods and services or money are gladly welcome. Quelab benefits if you shop at Amazon using our affiliate link, and if we do group orders of hardware from Sparkfun and Adafruit, Quelab gets the difference between the Retail and Wholesale prices.
But how else can you help?
Consider teaching a workshop on something you know. Quelab charges $15 per person for most classes, and the class fees come straight to Quelab.
Conserving energy (raise the thermostats, turn off the lights, coolers, and computers) helps as well, but not as much as telling your friends to come on down!
I have gotten busy, and not heard much from ACE. I don’t have tickets yet (guess I’ll get them at the door). I don’t know if I could bring the Dalek if I wanted to, without permission as an Exhibitor.
It has a blown transistor, which I have not fixed yet. I could just replace the transistor, but I’d like to try to improve the drive circuit to make this failure less likely to happen. I haven’t gotten around to it.
If anybody is interested in a last minute push for ACE, I can arrange to go over to Quelab in the evenings to try and get this done. I need to repair the drive, and perhaps work a little more on the aesthetics.
A local cosplayer is doing a push to have a lot of superheros in tutu’s. If you have or could make a tutu for the dalek, that would be awesome. A tutu might give me extra motivation to at least repair the current drive circuit.
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