Announcing another member’s-only event: Friday, 25 May 2014. I will be sponsoring a Cook-out and movie night at Quelab. I’m bringing Space-themed movies, and food to cook on the grill.  If you also bring food for the grill or a side dish to share, then we can make it a party!

If you’ve been meaning to sign up for membership, then now’s your chance.  I’ll be happy to sign you up the night of.

Some of the movie choices, or suggest your own:

  • Mars Attacks
  • Apollo 13
  • October Sky
  • Mission to Mars
  • Iron Sky
  • Astronaut Farmer
  • Gravity
  • From the Earth to the Moon
  • …more?


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YelptropolisCome join Quelab and New Mexico Yelpers at Yelptropolis, May 8 at Sister Bar downtown from 7-9pm.

Following up on our stellar grand opening event, we’re going to be showing off our flavor-hacking treats with the folks from Yelp. Here’s their blurb:

Yelptropolis will bring an interstellar bash to Sister Bar with plenty of sights, bites, sounds and sippable delights that test the laws of modern man. There’s a lot happening behind these doors, you’ll have to experience Yelptropolis to believe it. Our Makerspace/Hackerspace partner for the evening, Quelab, is stacking the house with fascinations unforeseen, and you can experience what’s Next in the 505 with an array of modern magicians.

Themed threads aren’t required, but we’d love to see you costumed for your vision of the future, anything goes: dystopia, space odyssey, zombie apocalypse, we’re game. Yes, there will be prizes. While the event is totally free, please bring tips for servers and we suggest a $10 donation at the door for our nonprofit partners. Check out this list of contributing vendors and sponsors!

Click through to see our own Vice President Walter demo the flavor-hacking tablets on uPublic’s “Morning Brew” with Howie from Yelp!

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I hope myself or one of the rest of us is able to adequately express the gratitude and joy that seeing Quelab visited by such numbers of people, and seeing so many people get engaged and inspired and having fun!

Thank you all! Quelab is proud to be part of this great community. Hope to see many of you back to do what spaces like this do best. Get people and tools Together to make dreams come true.

Here are some photos Taken by the Quelab Camera Yesterday.

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

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Join Quelab at our Grand Opening celebration, Saturday 3 May 2014 from 10am – 6pm. This all-ages, free event will showcase the creativity and potential of Albuquerque’s Makers and Hackers and show off to the public the Makerspace where it can all happen.

In our six-thousand square-foot area, where you can discover what your neighbours and friends are making and building.  Join us for some collaborative art projects, a live mural painting, tours and demos of the space, and live performances.

This is a free event, and we will be selling tokens for the various hands-on workshops for $2 per a token (some workshops may take multiple tokens). You will be able to pre-register for both the event and workshops on, but advance tickets are not required.

There will also be food trucks on-hand for your refreshment needs, including the Toasted Bean and Boiler Monkey.

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James Carlson – President of the School Factory, INC
Join us for our Keynote Address and Ribbon Cutting; Presented by the School Factory, our fiscal sponsor, James Carlson will speak about the dynamic power of hackerspaces and non-traditional education.

Performances by the Albuquerque Aerialist Collective and Improv comedy by Blackout Theater will take place throughout the day on our main stage. Other speakers will be scheduled throughout the day giving informal 5-minute talks about what it is about making things that energizes their creativity

Demos of our tools and guided tours of the space will be scheduled all day, and our members will be giving small workshops as well. Some of the workshops planned are:

  • Mousetrap Racers
  • Non-Newtonian Fluids
  • Bottlecap Candles
  • Sticky-Note Mural
  • People-Powered Parade
  • Learn to Solder
  • Make your own Simon Says Game

Materials fees are extra for the workshops, so don’t forget to buy your workshop materials tokens for $2 each at the door, or through eventbrite.


  • Junkado People Powered Parade
  • Albuquerque Aerialist Collective
  • Blackout Theatre
  • New Mexico Lego User’s Group
  • ABQ Maker Faire
  • Wells Park Neighbourhood Association
  • City of Albuquerque
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Coming soon to Quelab are two classes on making your own things.

[Geoff] will be teaching a class on making your own screen printed t-shirt, bag, or tote. On 19 April, from noon-2pm, we’ll teach you how to do it, and we’ll supply the paints. You’ll leave with something you screen printed yourself and the know-how to do it again on your own. Bring something you’d like to screen print and an idea of a single-color design you’d like print, and we’ll provide the rest.

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[Adric] will be teaching you about making handmade holograms. On 20 April from 4-6pm, he will teach you some of the basics of holograms and reflection, and then we will discuss the concept of abrasion holograms. And then you will make a few!

Our Hand Drawn holograms are sunlight visible (no need for special lasers). However, they do require a pinpoint lightsource to view well, so they may not show up well inside (sort of like many classic foil holograms). They may not have the same level of detail as foil holograms, but you will be able to transfer a 3d geometric shape onto clear plastic, then see that object float in the plastic and allow you to see around it from side to side. Each person will be able to make several holograms, and we will send you home with the tools required.

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Following up on the Rocket Mass Heater class which we hosted in collaboration with ABQ Old School, here are the photos from the class. We had fifteen people show up to hear the basic theory on making Rocket Mass Heaters, and get some hands-on time with the materials.

On the first day, Brett gave us hands-on experience with the J-Tube concept, and the physics of lateral burning; and on the second day we got muddy mixing cob adobe.

Rocket Stove

Folks looking for pointers and help on how to build a rocket mass heater are suggested to check out the RMH forums at both and, or to reach out Brett.

And without further blathering, here are the pictures!

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Greetings! The Quelab general meeting is scheduled for Sunday 6 April 2014 at 4 PM.

Please bring something for the potluck at 4PM, and we’ll start the meeting at 4:30PM. 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

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Howdy all,
Greg here, to tell you about the next 2 Quelab events this week.

Tuesday, (25 March @ 8:30pm) – Come to hacknight on Tuesday to hear all about the plans for the Official Quelab Grand Opening event. The event is planned for May 2-3 and we’re looking for your help. We need people to run workshops, decorate the space, and spread the word through their own personal networks. On Tuesday night you can hear all about the relevant details and sign up to help. You need not be a member to help out.

Wednesday, (26 March @7-9pm) – Back by popular demand, I’ll be teaching another Spray Painting Space Scenes workshop. Sign up via this Event Bright link: Check out the the Quelab flicker feed from the previous class. You can see everyone is having an AWESOME time!

And of course there are many other projects in the works:
– Aquaponics groups meetings
– Tetroon build
– Photography project: “Facial hair of Quelab”
– 3-D printer
– New Laser cutter installation
– and much, much more!

See you in the space!
-Greg, Quelab Prez


Greetings everyone; the Tsar of Maintenance here…

Quelab is not closing for good, but we do have to close the space temporarily for a few days in the first week of April. As part of the work that our landlord originally scheduled for November (before we were supposed to be moved in) we were going to have the tile floors in the lab cleaned and sealed…they’ve finally gotten around to doing it.

This means we have to remove everything from the floor in these rooms so the contractor can come in and work on the floors. Then we can’t walk on them for a day or two while the sealant cures. The rooms affected will be 1, 49, the Core, the Kitchen, the hallways, and the bathrooms. Since this covers our exterior doors and most of the lab space itself, we have no choice but to close while this is done.

To this end, Quelab will be closed from 2 April until 4 April (the week before the general meeting). Additionally, we will need help at the hacknights on 1 April and 30 March to move all of the contents of these rooms out to make space for the workers, and then help again before the general meeting on 6 April to put everything back.

Sign up to help with the moving in the linked gDoc, and in the words of Douglas Adams “we apologize for the inconvenience”.

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Quelab, in association with ABQ Old School, would like to announce a class taking place this weekend and next in the Shipyard (Workshop), a how-to and hands-on class on building a Rocket Mass heater. This two part class on 22 and 29 March, from 9a-12p each day, will teach the design and construction of a rocket mass heater.

Rocket mass heaters have gained a considerable following from permaculture practitioners, homesteaders, and individuals wishing to build their own fireplace from locally sourced materials and avoid contributing to the fossil fuel and fracking industry. A rocket mass heater is a modification of a rocket stove that passes the flue gas through a large thermal bench. The term rocket in the name comes from the fact that it sounds like a rocket! It can be used to heat homes, greenhouses, and other places needing a warm touch.

Go visit ABQ Old School to learn more about the class and register to attend.

See you on Saturday!

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