This blog entry is a general newsletter update. We’ll keep you up to date a few developments, celebrate some Ideas and some Fabrications, and otherwise illuminate where possible.
It’s been an exciting four months since we officially opened our doors. The community has grown in that time to around 45 members, with more joining each week. New technology and toys and tools continue to arrive, as we settle in and find our footing. Recent acquisitions include:
- Two new 3D printers
- A plastic vacuum-forming rig in progress
We’ve had some fun group projects, including the Augmented Reality Sandbox which we showed at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History’s GLOW festival.
And numerous member projects, only a couple of which we’ve managed to grab pictures of. (And we’d love to show pictures of YOUR project next time, ping me or Shannon if you’d like to share. Share your art, your experiment, your entrepreneurial endeavor…)
“Forest Fireplace” at SCMAH, laser cut prototype and CNC cut final project, with LCD TV inserted:
“Kerbal Space Program” Custom video game controller with authentic NASA-style buttons. Laser cut & Arduino:
“Cookies” Laser cut stencil, cocoa powder for pigment.
“Ornaments” Laser cut and tinted.
We have a Wiki up and running. It’s member-managed, so it’s only as good as we make it. Use and contribute at: http://wiki.ideafablabs.com/. (A current contributor has to sign you up to add or change content. Our Slack channel is a good place to ask someone to do that for you.)
We usually have something to show on First Fridays. We’re thinking to alternate between “Main Events” on even numbered months, which the Wrigley Building team helps promote, and lower key “pop-up art showings” on the odd numbered months, where any member can hang out and show their projects. Let us know what you think.
Check https://santacruz.ideafablabs.com/event/ for upcoming classes.
Don’t miss the Holiday Jewelry Series of classes by IFL Jewelry Zone Manager Carrin Olsen!
Register Now Looking to create hand-made gifts for the Holidays for someone special? Come learn basic jewelry fabrication to create earrings and pendants with roller printed patterns in the second of our Holiday Jewelry Series classes. Class Description: Learn how to use basic jewelry tools, how to work with non-ferrous metals, and how to roller print on metal to create beautiful jewelry. We will roller print designs on a copper sheet to be constructed into beautiful earrings and pendants. You…
Register Now Looking to create hand-made gifts for the Holidays for someone special? Come learn basic jewelry fabrication to create earrings and pendants by etching designs into metal in the third of our Holiday Jewelry Series classes. Class Description: Learn how to use basic jewelry tools, how to work with non-ferrous metals, and how to etch on metal to create beautiful jewelry. We will acid etch designs on copper sheet to be constructed into beautiful earrings and pendants. You will…
Register Now Looking to create hand-made gifts for the Holidays for someone special? Come learn basic jewelry fabrication to create a stone pendant in the last of our Holiday Jewelry Series classes. Class Description: Learn how to use basic jewelry tools, how to work with non-ferrous metals, and how to solder on metal to set a stone and create beautiful jewelry. We will construct a pendant with a stone cabochon set in a bezel setting. You will have a completed…
As we continue to ramp up, we’ll be having more scheduled events, community-oriented, creative and social. Stay tuned.
The Santa Cruz Idea Fab Labs zone managers and administrators are:
- Director: Erin Banwell
- General Site Operations: Shannon Stillman
- Administrator: Jordan Layman
- Woodshop: Pete Boscacci
- Electronics: Austin Neff
- CNC Milling: August Anderson
- Jewelry: Carrin Olsen
- Laser: Clay Chollar
- 3D Printing: Matt Spevak
- Class Coordinator: Ginger Vaughn Hollinga
Shannon Stillman, our fearless Head of Operations for the last 6 months, will be transitioning out of his current position, now that things are up and running. Thanks for all your hard work Shannon! During the transition, if you notice anything awry, please let us know through the contact page on our website, and Jordan or Erin will get back to you promptly.
WE NEED YOU
Now Hiring: Lab Lead
Lab Lead Job Description:
$18 per hour
4 pm to 8 pm, five nights a week
20 hours per week, more possible for the right person
Applicant should be a motivated, technology friendly, proactive individual able to quickly learn new technologies (machines and programs), who is very comfortable with power tools and has strong interpersonal skills.
Volunteer management: Create task lists, supervise volunteers as they perform tasks.
New Member Orientation: Lead the weekly New Member Orientation, explain policies, answer questions.
New Lab Projects / Tasks / Improvements: Institute new systems/make changes to systems as they are developed and improved.
Communication with IFL leadership: Keep and report a detailed log of goings on, communications, progress, notable developments, etc. during each shift.
Answer Emails: Respond to incoming emails daily.
Finances: Pay bills,receive cash and check, bank deposits
Leadership and People Management: Attract, retain, motivate, coach and develop team members for high performance.
Communication Skills: Communicate, present, assert, speak senior management language.
Collaboration Skills: Influence, build relationships, navigate politics, manage conflicts, negotiate.
Business Management Skills: Understand strategy, business functions, decision-making and workflow.
Project Management Skills: Plan and manage successful projects, manage risks, costs, time and project teams.
Vector graphics (CorelDraw/Illustrator) experience, digital fabrication a plus.
If you are interested, please send us a message. Resumé and cover letter will be requested.
We still have several un-filled volunteer slots. Also, we are looking for an education coordinator/liason, to help organize a kids education program, meet with charter and homeschool groups, and other youth outreach. This is potentially a paid position. Speak to us about these opportunities.
And do tell your friends about Idea Fab Labs!
Happy holidays and happy making from your humble newsletterist (I’m David Van Brink), Shannon, Erin, Jordan and everyone here at IFL Santa Cruz!