Events

Events held at Quelab, or which are relevant to our interests (not classes or hacknights)


Quelab goes to TEDxABQ

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Going to TEDxABQ on Saturday September 17? So are we! Drop by the Quelab booth — outdoors on the Civic Plaza for the “audience engagement” session from 10 am to 1 pm, and indoors during the Speaker Sessions from 1 pm on. Learn more about our makerspace and how you can start making at Quelab!

We will have live demonstrations of a 3d printer, a wood lathe and a hand-made bowling lane. (I’m guessing the convention center isn’t going to let us take ALL of our fun toys inside, so arrive early if you’d like to see everything!)   We will also be giving away some laser-cut gears (made on Quelab’s laser cutter — some of the gears are being cut by the laser head in the photo above), which are part of a geared back-scratcher (also a great fidget!) design that you can make yourself with the free design files at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1766894. If you don’t have a 3d printer or laser cutter, or would like to learn how to use them, come visit us at Quelab and we can help you!  Our open hacknights are every Sunday and Tuesday from 7-10 PM at Quelab, 680 Haines Ave NW, Albuquerque NM, 87102. Tours at 7:30 and 8:30.

Special thanks to Kris Hardy with Albuquerque Software for custom laser cutter and 3d printer design, and donating the materials and time for making the gears and backscratchers!


5th Annual Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire

Quelab is a sponsor of, and will be exhibiting at, the fifth Annual Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire at the Anderson-Abruzzo Balloon Museum on Aug. 27-28, 2016.

Check them out at http://www.albuquerque-minimakerfaire.com/.
See our prior coverage of Maker Faires here:


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“We are not just consumers. We are makers of Things.”
Dale Dougherty, creator of Maker Faire
 
 
Part science fair, part county fair, part interactive show-and-tell, and part something entirely new, Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire is a multi-generational gathering that brings together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “Makers” come to the Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. Maker Faire features hands-on activities, learning opportunities and the chance for visitors to learn new skills such as soldering, sewing, rocket building and welding.
 
Typical maker activities include engineering-oriented pursuits such as electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, and the use of CNC tools, as well as more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, textiles and the artisanal arts. Makers take a do-it-yourself approach to standardized hobbyist and engineering technologies, and encourage the re-use and modification of designs, materials, and techniques available in the public arena. Makers focus on learning, using and teaching these practical skills.
 
 
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Adult $10, Kids $5, Senior Retired or Active Military $5


(Additionally, No Orientation this week, and while we will be there for unloading everything from Maker Faire, we probably won’t be up to a hacknight of projects).


Community Meeting Sunday March 6, and a few of our upcoming events

Come to Quelab for our next community meeting and potluck on Sunday, March 6!  Potluck at 4 PM, meeting at 5:05 PM.

All community meetings are open to members of the public. Please bring a potluck dish if you’d like to join us at 4 PM.  You are welcome to stay for our hack night at 7 PM as well! We hope to see you there!

The agenda can be found on our wiki here. If you would like to add anything to the agenda please let an officer know.

Upcoming and Ongoing Events:

Quelab is open to the public for hacknight every Sunday and Tuesday from 7 PM to 10 PM, this is a great time to check out Quelab, have a tour of the space, and meet some of the wonderful folks in our community of makers.

Locksport initial meetup on Friday, March 18, 7 PM – 9 PM. Open to any level of locksmith/pick tinkering, no experience required. If there is enough interest a Toool locksport chapter here is a possibility. Free for members, $5 donation requested for nonmembers.

Join us for Arduino Wednesday on March 9 and March 23, 6 PM. Come work on your Arduino projects at Quelab!

Tabletop Game Night happens at Quelab every second and fourth Thursday, 6 PM – 10 PM. Come on down March 10 or March 24 and try a new game or bring an old favorite. New players welcome!
New Mexico Radio collectors club meets at Quelab on Sun, March 13, 1 PM. Quelab members are welcome to sit in on the meeting at no charge. More info at http://www.newmexicoradiocollectorsclub.com/

See even more events on the Quelab calendar! Have a great March and thanks for supporting Quelab!

Quelab — A Place to Make Things — A Community of Makers

2016 Annual Election Recap

Last night, we held our Election Party at Tractor Brewing Wells Park; we had a good turnout of Quelab members. Going into the party at 7PM we had 27 voters request electronic voting codes, which meant we needed only 27 voters to vote in person to make our quorum of 54 votes. We had 12 votes cast in-person, so a mad-dash to get 15 more electronic voters coincided with a convenient extension of the voting period to allow us to keep the polls open until 9PM and get a total of 58 voters through the system.

Using OpaVote to conduct a Scottish STV count, we entered in the in-person votes and ran the tally. Twelve candidates, 49 ballots, and ten rounds of vote allocation, reallocation, and candidate elimination, the final result came down to John Benedetto (JT), Don Menning (Gönner), Charel Morris, and Craig Goldsmith (Zoot) winning seats on the Board of Directors.

For those of you interested in the nitty-gritty of the breakdown, the summary is as follows:
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2016 Election Night

Quelab’s annual board election will be held on Wednesday 17 Feburary 2016, starting at 7PM at Tractor Brewing Wells Park. We will have the whole taproom to ourselves to have a celebratory end to 2015, and a welcoming of the new 2016. Bring a project to show off, and come join the community of Quelab in a party setting.

The nominations will end this coming Wednesday, and the official slate of candidates will be announced at that time on the members list. All members paid in full (or on automatic payment) will be sent a voting guide, and all the candidates will be invited to post a quick blog entry as an introduction: keep your eyes peeled.

We will have the folks from Spork The World on hand to provide food, but the taproom is welcome to any food brought in. And even though this is being held at an drinking establishment, minors are welcome with their guardians.

Electronic voting will start on Monday at 8PM, and will run until Wednesday at 8PM, so on-site and electronic voting will both be closed at that time, and we will go and tabulate the results and announce the winners of the election this evening.

So join us at Tractor Brewing Wells Park on Wednesday 17 February, from 7-10PM!

Electronic voting link here

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Thanks Everyone Who turned out!
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CLASS – Introductory Woodworking Workshop Series

Learn woodworking at Quelab’s fully-equipped wood shop! The Basic Woodworking course is designed for the average person who would like to learn how do wood working projects and learn how to use both hand and power tools. The course will expose attendees to all facets of wood working and include planning, preparing and finishing projects. Attendees will design and build a project of their own selection.

Darrel Knutson, John “JT” Benedetto, and Gönner will be facilitating an Eight-Week Introductory Woodworking course on Mondays, 6 PM – 8 PM.

All the sessions for the course will be held in both the Core and MASTS Wood section. The class will be $100 for the whole 8 week course, and members get a 60% discount ($40 for the entire run)This course is limited to adults 18+.

We will be looking to offer a future Basic Woodworking course open to ages 14 and over accompanied by a parent/guardian, so keep an eye out!


Time for Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire!

Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire

It’s the 2015 Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire!

Come on down and check out the faire from Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday 11am – 5pm, at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE 87113

There’s going to be all kinds of fun and interesting things for adults and kids of all ages: drone racing, model rockets, building and decorating the Go VanGo art car, propane flame effects, virtual and hands-on welding, interactive projects from Intel, learn to solder. Let your creativity, invention, and resourcefulness out to play!

Quelab will be there with 3D printers, a giant spirograph, a wood lathe, CNC machines, a solar hot air balloon, and too many other things to list. Look for the giant white tent on the North side of the museum.

Tickets $10 for adults and $5 for kids/seniors/military, at the door or online


Quelab Presents: “Maker” Documentary Film Screening Friday (6/12) @Epicenter

Celebrate National Maker Week (June 12-18) With A FREE Showing Of The Movie MAKER

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What:                            Maker is a feature-length documentary that depicts the Maker Movement and its impact on society, culture, and the economy in the United States.  It will be shown free of charge to the public this Friday, June 12th, at 7pmto kick-off National Maker Week.

When/Where:              Friday, June 12 at 7:00 PM

At The Epicenter – 101 Broadway SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Northwest corner of Broadway and Central Ave

 

Why:                              June 12-18 is National Maker Week.  The week will introduce the community to the importance of collaboration, entrepreneurism and STEM education to our local and national economies. People of all ages and backgrounds are invited to get involved in makerspaces and special events focused on everything from 3D printing, robots, gaming, coding, and digital art and electronic art, to crafting and design.

Local organizations participating in National Maker Week are ABQ Mini Maker Faire, Quelab, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails, CNM STEMulus Center, UNM Health Sciences, Intel, Ole’, and Explora.  These organizations will be represented at the Movie viewing kick-off.

Quelab Presents: “Maker” Documentary Film Screening Friday (6/12) @Epicenter

What: 

“Maker” is a feature documentary looking into the maker movement in America reforming the economy with a new wave of Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-Together. The “Maker Movement”, sometimes called the “Third Industrial Revolution,” subverts traditional manufacturing by building on innovative concepts such as open source, local manufacturing, crowd funding, and digital fabrication. Breaking the hobbyist movement stereotype, “Maker” delves deep into this ecosystem of design and manufacturing in the Internet era. The film explores the ideas, tools, and personalities that are driving the Maker Movement – and returns with a timely snapshot of one of the transforming influences of the current age.

http://makerthemovie.com/

When:

Friday, June 12th from 7:00pm-9:00pm

Where:

Epicenter ABQ

101 Broadway Blvd NE

Albuquerque, NM 87102

 

The closest intersection is Broadway Blvd and Central Ave. You can enter the parking lot to get to the Epicenter from Broadway Blvd NE or Tijeras Ave NE. Look for the Old Noonday Church and drive southwest through the parking lot to get the the smaller building in the back of the main church (driving toward the railroads).