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<big>'''Welcome to Bloominglabs, Bloomington's very own hackerspace!'''</big>
 
<big>'''Welcome to Bloominglabs, Bloomington's very own hackerspace!'''</big>
  
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<big>''A space for sharing tools and knowledge to make stuff''</big>
<b>We have MOVED! Our new address is [https://goo.gl/maps/fmtE2 1609 S. Rogers Street Building 4!!]</b>
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Bloominglabs is Indiana's first hackerspace (also known as a makerspace). We are a group of community members that have commonly rented a place where we can build projects both collectively and individually. We are open to the public on Wednesday evenings from 7pm until 10pm and are family friendly.
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Bloominglabs is Indiana's first hackerspace (also known as a makerspace). We are a group of group of people who rent a shared workshop where we can build projects both collectively and individually. Our space is located at 1840 S. Walnut Street. We are open to the public on Wednesday evenings from 7pm until 10pm, and '''for a trial period, Saturdays from 1pm until 4pm,''' and are family friendly.
  
 
== Stay informed ==
 
== Stay informed ==
  
 
* Sign up to the [http://www.bloominglabs.org/mailman/listinfo/bloominglabs-announce announcement mailing list] to keep up with our group.
 
* Sign up to the [http://www.bloominglabs.org/mailman/listinfo/bloominglabs-announce announcement mailing list] to keep up with our group.
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* We have a public [http://www.bloominglabs.org/mailman/listinfo/bloominglabs-discuss discuss mailing list] too.
 
* Our [https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=bloominglabs%40gmail.com&ctz=America/New_York  Calendar of events]
 
* Our [https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=bloominglabs%40gmail.com&ctz=America/New_York  Calendar of events]
* Follow us on Twitter [[Image:Twitter_icon.png]] [http://twitter.com/Bloominglabs @Bloominglabs], [[Image:Facebook icon.png]] [http://www.facebook.com/pages/BloomingLabs/123873197660062?ref=ts Facebook], and [https://plus.google.com/communities/105267599217836498217?gpinv=AMIXal-2hdMvNciF3pyRl26BurSmDyi3qZS9iewT4Sdvpx9KYt3mUlam08ovoQiCUZ_TgOc9EXsRIEBjTNKH8tYT9G2hG6yhJ2J3LlgNC0em8Aca51_xPVM&cfem=1 Google+].
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* Follow us on Twitter [[Image:Twitter_icon.png]] [http://twitter.com/Bloominglabs @Bloominglabs], [[Image:Facebook icon.png]] [http://www.facebook.com/pages/BloomingLabs/123873197660062?ref=ts Facebook], [https://plus.google.com/communities/105267599217836498217?gpinv=AMIXal-2hdMvNciF3pyRl26BurSmDyi3qZS9iewT4Sdvpx9KYt3mUlam08ovoQiCUZ_TgOc9EXsRIEBjTNKH8tYT9G2hG6yhJ2J3LlgNC0em8Aca51_xPVM&cfem=1 Google+], and [https://www.instagram.com/bloominglabs/ Instagram].
 
* Checkout photos from past events on [http://www.flickr.com/photos/bloominglabs Flickr]
 
* Checkout photos from past events on [http://www.flickr.com/photos/bloominglabs Flickr]
* Our IRC server is at irc.bloominglabs.org:6667, #hackerspace.
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* Our IRC server is at bloominglabs.org:6667, #hackerspace.
 
* We can also be reached via old fashioned email at contact (]at[) bloominglabs dot o r g.
 
* We can also be reached via old fashioned email at contact (]at[) bloominglabs dot o r g.
* '''We have a new mailing address!''' P.O. Box 2443, Bloomington, IN 47402
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* Send us email to get an invite to our [http://bloominglabs.slack.com/ Slack site].
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* Send mail to P.O. Box 2443, Bloomington, IN 47402
  
 
== Support ==
 
== Support ==
We are a non-profit now! Bloominglabs is incorporated as its own entity in the state of Indiana, and is fiscally sponsored by School Factory, Inc., a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Want to make a donation with PayPal? Please use this link:
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Bloominglabs Incorporated is a non-profit registered within in the state of Indiana and has 501(c)3 charitable status. Want to make a donation with PayPal? Please use this link:
 
* (Note to members - this link should not be used for paying membership dues)
 
* (Note to members - this link should not be used for paying membership dues)
  
 
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Also, we have an  [http://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-1572418 Amazon Smile Account For Bloominglabs].
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If you use that link to place an order on Amazon, we get a little cut. Thanks!
  
 
Information for our members: this is how we process cash and hardware [[Donations]].
 
Information for our members: this is how we process cash and hardware [[Donations]].
== News ==
 
  
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== Current Events ([[PastEvents]])==
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=== Current Events ([[PastEvents]])===
* <font color="red">We have MOVED!! Our current address is [http://goo.gl/maps/y6SFF 1609 S. Rogers Street Building 4!!]</font>
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[[File:Boominglabs.jpg|400px]]
  
*'''Open House and Flea Market'''
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[http://www.bloominglabs.org/index.php/Boo!minglabs_Halloween Boo!minglabs More information]
** August 23, 2014, 8am to 2pm
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** We are a stop on the Resale Trail for the Hoosier to Hoosier sale
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** Come check out our flea market and see our new space!
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*'''Makevention!'''
 
** August 30, 2014, 10am to 4pm
 
** Bloominglabs hosts and organizes a makers "convention" where we get all the awesome makers in Bloomington to show off their stuff at the Bloomington Convention Center.
 
** Check it out at http://makevention.org/
 
  
*'''Public Hack Meetings!'''
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*'''[[Public meetings]]!'''
 
** Every Wednesday from 7pm until 10pm
 
** Every Wednesday from 7pm until 10pm
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** 1st & 3rd Thursdays from 7pm to 10pm
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** 2nd & 4th Fridays from 7pm to 10pm
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** Saturdays from 1pm until 4pm
 
** Come build projects, ask questions, teach things, and learn stuff
 
** Come build projects, ask questions, teach things, and learn stuff
 
** All ages and everyone is welcome
 
** All ages and everyone is welcome
  
== Membership ==
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== Workshops ==
We are accepting memberships! Please see the [[Membership Manual]] for details. If you are a new member please check out the [[New Members]] page as well.
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== [[Public meetings|Meetings]] ==
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All workshops are for age 12 and older unless otherwise specified. Parents must come inside to fill out a minor liability waiver for children under 18 (unless previously filled out). Some workshops have limited seats available, see descriptions for details.
Currently we meet every Wednesday at 7:00pm at 1609 S. Rogers Street Building 4, Bloomington, Indiana. These meetings are open to the public; anyone is welcome to attend. We usually meet for 2-3 hours and have a lot of fun. Having access to tools is only part of the equation, socializing with people and learning from each other is another large benefit from our group. Pretty much whatever people want to work on or learn is fair game. We currently have an electronics and robotics focus but there's also interest in general science and astronomy as well. If it's cool and interesting then we are all interested.
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* [[Meeting_Minutes]]
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'''Book Binding Workshop - Sunday 27th October 2019'''
* [[Bloominglabs Log]] - highlights of Bloominglabs events and news
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== [[Location|Our Location]] ==
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[[File:BindExample1.jpeg|400px]]
  
We have moved to a new space! Our new address is 1609 S. Rogers, Building 4, and it is an open, well-insulated warehouse which is over 3100 square feet in size. This space is about a mile south of downtown and is accessible from the B-Line Trail. You can see it on a map at: [http://goo.gl/maps/E3iTh Our Awesome New Space]
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Come learn how to create a hand-bound hard-cover journal, and take yours home! We will fold our pages, sew them, and make our own covers from just boards and decorative cover paper. Learn about the components of a book, how they hold together, and take away the skills to make many more on your own.
  
== [[Laser|Laser Cutter]] ==
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Cost: $50 for Non-Members, $45 for Members
We have funded a laser cutter, which is now on-site!! What can people do with this you might ask?? It can cut light wood and acrylic for rapid prototyping. It can also etch wood, acrylic, and metal. Many objects from iphones to laptops can be directly engraved with a laser. Be sure to [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_FmlorBGqg watch] [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN5CvB47fL8 some] [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfCZpuFUT4U videos] [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arjRtCjI9AQ here], [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfohmrM806w here], and [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HC_Kgs81olQ here].
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We have a [http://fslaser.com/products/lasers/newhobby 5th generation 40W laser from Full Spectrum].
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All materials provided.
  
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When: Sunday, 27th October 2019 1pm-4pm.
  
== Who are we? ==
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Location: Bloominglabs
We are a bunch of people that want to do interesting things and explore the world and technology around us.  Expression of this interest takes at least as many forms as we have members, and often employs an amalgam of found and newly-constructed hardware and/or open-source and self-authored software components, but may be as simple as screwing some pieces of wood together to make a useful tool we don't have yet.
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Bloominglabs was forged from the Bloomington Hackerspace Initiative and the former IU Robotics Club.
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Registration required. Register here:
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* Read our [[Bylaws]] for a more formalized overview
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== [[Grants]] ==
 
  
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== Kits For Sale ==
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'''"Giving of Thanks" workshop in honor of Staci Radford-Vincent'''
  
Bloominglabs is a reseller of [http://adafruit.com adafruit] kits and products. See [[KitsForSale]] for details.
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Come join us for a "Giving of Thanks" workshop in honor of one of Bloominglabs' early champions, Staci Radford-Vincent. During Bloominglabs' early years, we greatly benefited from our partnership with Wonderlab, and that relationship was largely fostered by Staci. Her enthusiasm and creativity inspired a lot of our first events. She was always willing to do crazy workshops at Wonderlab and make fun things in sustainable ways.
  
For members: check out our page about selling things at the workshops at [[SellingThings]] and for calculating sales tax, check out [http://www.zip2tax.com/z2t_lookup.asp?inputZip=47401 Sales Tax Calculator for 47401]
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To thank Staci for her role in our early success, we will hold a ScribbleBots workshop. Scribblebots are fun for adults, so come make a bot and remember all the fun we had in those early Wonderlab workshops.  You don't need to be there the whole time, but make sure you come early enough to leave about a half an hour to make a robot. Refreshments will be provided.
  
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Cost: Free. We will be taking donations in Staci's name to split between Wonderlab and Bloominglabs
  
== Workshops/Classes ==
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When: Sunday, November 10th from 1 to 4pm
  
We are currently teaching a machining course for members only. Disappointed? Consider joining Bloominglabs!
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Who: Family friendly and all ages welcome. Under 12 need a parent or guardian.
  
Reserve a spot at any of our workshops or classes by sending '''email to contact]at[bloominglabs.org'''.
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[[File:Scribblebots.jpg|400px]]
  
== What is a hacker space? ==
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== Donations ==
It's a physical location where people can share resources for their own creative pursuits. It's also a resource where people can come in off the street and advance their own knowledge. In urban locations it can often be hard to find places to weld/build/make noise and keep projects on-going without having to tear down and put-up your work each evening. With a hacker space people can work on their projects and not worry about annoying their neighbors or spouses. The social aspect is also an incredibly important component. Having people to bounce ideas off of and discuss your projects with when you get stuck is a great thing.
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We appreciate donations! However, please bring all donations to Bloominglabs during our Public Hack Meetings (see above). That gives us a chance to decide what of your donation is useful to us. For things we can't use, we'll help you figure out other groups in Bloomington who would appreciate them or help you determine the best way to dispose of them.
  
== Current Projects ==
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== Current Initiatives ==
[[Projects]]
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These are things we are working on, or would like to see, to improve the space. If you are interested in any of these, feel free to work on it! If you are unsure where to start, please [[Main Page#Stay_informed|get in touch]]!
  
== What needs to be done yet? ==
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* improve the tool and workspace arrangement and cleanliness
Check out the [[Todo]] list to see the latest things we need to get done.
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* purge excess junk
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* vend snacks and drinks (we used to do this at the previous space, but haven't since moving)
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* revive the asset management system, and add our new assets to it
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* make Bloominglabs's web presence friendlier
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** The page you get when people from the public go to [http://bloominglabs.org bloominglabs.org] has an overwhelming amount of information on it.
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** The [[New Members]] page and the [[Membership Manual]] should be merged together.
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** In general, it would be great to see more participation in the wiki, especially on the [Projects] page.
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** It might be good to have a page that lists all members with their name, picture, username, email, interests, areas of the space they are familiar with, etc.
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* make the [[3D Printers]] more reliable, make the 3D printing process easier, and spread the knowledge
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* wire the CCTV system
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* wire speakers in the lounge (and maybe in the classroom)
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== Membership ==
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We are accepting memberships! Please see the [[Membership Manual]] for details. If you are a new member please check out the [[New Members]] page as well.
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== [[Public meetings|Meetings]] ==
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Currently we meet every Wednesday from 7pm to 10pm and every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm at 1840 S. Walnut Street, Bloomington, Indiana. These meetings are open to the public; anyone is welcome to attend. Having access to tools is only part of the equation. Socializing with people and learning from each other is another large benefit from our group. Pretty much whatever people want to work on or learn is fair game. If it's cool and interesting then we are all interested.
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* [[Meeting_Minutes]]
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* [[Bloominglabs Log]] - highlights of Bloominglabs events and news
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== Who are we? ==
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We are a bunch of people that want to do interesting things and explore the world and technology around us.  Expression of this interest takes at least as many forms as we have members, and often employs an amalgam of found and newly-constructed hardware and/or open-source and self-authored software components, but may be as simple as screwing some pieces of wood together to make a useful tool we don't have yet.
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Bloominglabs was forged from the Bloomington Hackerspace Initiative and the former IU Robotics Club.
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* Read our [[Bylaws]] for a more formalized overview
  
Also see who else is working on this project: [[Special:ListUsers]]
 
  
Uploaded files: [[Special:ImageList]]
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== What is a hackerspace? ==
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A hackerspace is a physical location where people can share resources for their own creative pursuits. It's also a resource where people can come in off the street and advance their own knowledge. In urban locations it can often be hard to find places to weld/build/make noise and keep projects on-going without having to tear down and put-up your work each evening. With a hacker space people can work on their projects and not worry about annoying their neighbors or spouses. The social aspect is also an incredibly important component. Having people to bounce ideas off of and discuss your projects with when you get stuck is a great thing.
  
  
== Nearby Hacker Spaces or initiatives: ==
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== Nearby Hackerspaces/Makerspace or initiatives: ==
* [http://clubcyberia.org/index.php/Main_Page Club Cyberia (INDIANAPOLIS!)]
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* [http://www.clubcyberia.org/ Cyberia (Indianapolis, Indiana!)]
* [http://makerspacegoshen.org/ Makerspace Goshen (Goshen Indiana)]
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* [http://castlemakers.org/ Castlemakers (Greencastle, Indiana)]
* [http://hive13.org Hive13 (Cincinnati, OH)]
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* [http://www.shakmakerspace.com/ The SHAK (Kokomo, Indiana)]
* [http://www.lvl1.org LVL1 (Louisville Kentucky)]
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* [http://hive13.org Hive13 (Cincinnati, Ohio)]
* [http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/Vault404 Vault404 (Louisville Kentucky)]  
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* [http://www.lvl1.org LVL1 (Louisville, Kentucky)]
* [http://collexion.net/ Collexion (Lexington Kentucky)]
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* <strike>[http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/Vault404 Vault404 (Louisville, Kentucky)]</strike>
* [http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/Pumping_Station:_One Pumping Station: One (Chicago)]  
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* <strike>[http://collexion.net/ Collexion (Lexington, Kentucky)]</strike> All that remains is a [https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!topic/collexion/3m5kRObHP-U discussion list].
* [http://www.daytondiode.com/ Dayton Diode]  
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* [https://pumpingstationone.org/ Pumping Station: One (Chicago, Illinois)]  
* [http://wiki.detroitfacility.org/index.php/Main_Page Detroit Facility]  
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* [http://www.daytondiode.org/ Dayton Diode (Dayton, Ohio)]  
* [http://www.i3detroit.com/ i3 Detroit]
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* <strike>[http://wiki.detroitfacility.org/index.php/Main_Page Detroit Facility]</strike> Merged with i3 Detroit
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* [http://www.i3detroit.com/ i3 Detroit (Detroit, Michigan)]
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* <strike>[http://makerspacegoshen.org/ Makerspace Goshen (Goshen, Indiana)]</strike>
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* [https://www.kre8now.com/ Kre8now] (Lexington, Kentucky)
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* [http://www.themakerhive.com/ The MakerHive] (Elkhart, Indiana)
  
  
== Other Cool Groups in Bloomington ==
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== Other Cool Groups in Bloomington & Monroe County ==
* [http://www.bloomingtonprintcollective.org/ The Bloomington Print Collective] -- a non-profit community print shop.
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* [http://ifnbloomington.blogspot.com/ Indiana Filmmakers Network] -- provides support, camaraderie and resources to filmmakers.
 
* [http://ifnbloomington.blogspot.com/ Indiana Filmmakers Network] -- provides support, camaraderie and resources to filmmakers.
 
* [http://www.bloomingtonradio.org/ Bloomington Amateur Radio Club]
 
* [http://www.bloomingtonradio.org/ Bloomington Amateur Radio Club]
 
* [http://www.indiana.edu/~k9iu/ Indiana University Amateur Radio Club]
 
* [http://www.indiana.edu/~k9iu/ Indiana University Amateur Radio Club]
 
* [http://www.iub.edu/~iumakes/index.html IU Makes]
 
* [http://www.iub.edu/~iumakes/index.html IU Makes]
* [http://bfabs.wordpress.com/ Bloomington personal Fabrication Group (IU 3D Printing Club)] - also a trac hosted [http://bloominglabs.org/trac/pfab/ here]
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* <s>[http://bfabs.wordpress.com/ Bloomington personal Fabrication Group (IU 3D Printing Club)]</s> (no longer meeting) - also a trac hosted <s>[http://bloominglabs.org/trac/pfab/ here]</s>
 
* [http://sustain.indiana.edu/programs/hoosier-to-hoosier/index.php The annual Hoosier to Hoosier event (resale trail)]
 
* [http://sustain.indiana.edu/programs/hoosier-to-hoosier/index.php The annual Hoosier to Hoosier event (resale trail)]
 
* [http://www.discardia.org/ Discardia]
 
* [http://www.discardia.org/ Discardia]
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* [http://www.presspuzzles.com/ Press (jigsaw) Puzzles]
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== Special Wiki Pages ==
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[[Special:ImageList | Uploaded files]]

Latest revision as of 10:31, 19 October 2019

Welcome to Bloominglabs, Bloomington's very own hackerspace!

A space for sharing tools and knowledge to make stuff

Bloominglabs is Indiana's first hackerspace (also known as a makerspace). We are a group of group of people who rent a shared workshop where we can build projects both collectively and individually. Our space is located at 1840 S. Walnut Street. We are open to the public on Wednesday evenings from 7pm until 10pm, and for a trial period, Saturdays from 1pm until 4pm, and are family friendly.

Contents

[edit] Stay informed

[edit] Support

Bloominglabs Incorporated is a non-profit registered within in the state of Indiana and has 501(c)3 charitable status. Want to make a donation with PayPal? Please use this link:

  • (Note to members - this link should not be used for paying membership dues)

Also, we have an Amazon Smile Account For Bloominglabs. If you use that link to place an order on Amazon, we get a little cut. Thanks!

Information for our members: this is how we process cash and hardware Donations.


[edit] Current Events (PastEvents)

Boominglabs.jpg

Boo!minglabs More information


  • Public meetings!
    • Every Wednesday from 7pm until 10pm
    • 1st & 3rd Thursdays from 7pm to 10pm
    • 2nd & 4th Fridays from 7pm to 10pm
    • Saturdays from 1pm until 4pm
    • Come build projects, ask questions, teach things, and learn stuff
    • All ages and everyone is welcome

[edit] Workshops

All workshops are for age 12 and older unless otherwise specified. Parents must come inside to fill out a minor liability waiver for children under 18 (unless previously filled out). Some workshops have limited seats available, see descriptions for details.

Book Binding Workshop - Sunday 27th October 2019

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Come learn how to create a hand-bound hard-cover journal, and take yours home! We will fold our pages, sew them, and make our own covers from just boards and decorative cover paper. Learn about the components of a book, how they hold together, and take away the skills to make many more on your own.

Cost: $50 for Non-Members, $45 for Members

All materials provided.

When: Sunday, 27th October 2019 1pm-4pm.

Location: Bloominglabs

Registration required. Register here:

Are you a member?

BindExample0.jpeg



"Giving of Thanks" workshop in honor of Staci Radford-Vincent

Come join us for a "Giving of Thanks" workshop in honor of one of Bloominglabs' early champions, Staci Radford-Vincent. During Bloominglabs' early years, we greatly benefited from our partnership with Wonderlab, and that relationship was largely fostered by Staci. Her enthusiasm and creativity inspired a lot of our first events. She was always willing to do crazy workshops at Wonderlab and make fun things in sustainable ways.

To thank Staci for her role in our early success, we will hold a ScribbleBots workshop. Scribblebots are fun for adults, so come make a bot and remember all the fun we had in those early Wonderlab workshops. You don't need to be there the whole time, but make sure you come early enough to leave about a half an hour to make a robot. Refreshments will be provided.

Cost: Free. We will be taking donations in Staci's name to split between Wonderlab and Bloominglabs

When: Sunday, November 10th from 1 to 4pm

Who: Family friendly and all ages welcome. Under 12 need a parent or guardian.

Scribblebots.jpg

[edit] Donations

We appreciate donations! However, please bring all donations to Bloominglabs during our Public Hack Meetings (see above). That gives us a chance to decide what of your donation is useful to us. For things we can't use, we'll help you figure out other groups in Bloomington who would appreciate them or help you determine the best way to dispose of them.

[edit] Current Initiatives

These are things we are working on, or would like to see, to improve the space. If you are interested in any of these, feel free to work on it! If you are unsure where to start, please get in touch!

  • improve the tool and workspace arrangement and cleanliness
  • purge excess junk
  • vend snacks and drinks (we used to do this at the previous space, but haven't since moving)
  • revive the asset management system, and add our new assets to it
  • make Bloominglabs's web presence friendlier
    • The page you get when people from the public go to bloominglabs.org has an overwhelming amount of information on it.
    • The New Members page and the Membership Manual should be merged together.
    • In general, it would be great to see more participation in the wiki, especially on the [Projects] page.
    • It might be good to have a page that lists all members with their name, picture, username, email, interests, areas of the space they are familiar with, etc.
  • make the 3D Printers more reliable, make the 3D printing process easier, and spread the knowledge
  • wire the CCTV system
  • wire speakers in the lounge (and maybe in the classroom)

[edit] Membership

We are accepting memberships! Please see the Membership Manual for details. If you are a new member please check out the New Members page as well.


[edit] Meetings

Currently we meet every Wednesday from 7pm to 10pm and every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm at 1840 S. Walnut Street, Bloomington, Indiana. These meetings are open to the public; anyone is welcome to attend. Having access to tools is only part of the equation. Socializing with people and learning from each other is another large benefit from our group. Pretty much whatever people want to work on or learn is fair game. If it's cool and interesting then we are all interested.

[edit] Who are we?

We are a bunch of people that want to do interesting things and explore the world and technology around us. Expression of this interest takes at least as many forms as we have members, and often employs an amalgam of found and newly-constructed hardware and/or open-source and self-authored software components, but may be as simple as screwing some pieces of wood together to make a useful tool we don't have yet.

Bloominglabs was forged from the Bloomington Hackerspace Initiative and the former IU Robotics Club.

  • Read our Bylaws for a more formalized overview


[edit] What is a hackerspace?

A hackerspace is a physical location where people can share resources for their own creative pursuits. It's also a resource where people can come in off the street and advance their own knowledge. In urban locations it can often be hard to find places to weld/build/make noise and keep projects on-going without having to tear down and put-up your work each evening. With a hacker space people can work on their projects and not worry about annoying their neighbors or spouses. The social aspect is also an incredibly important component. Having people to bounce ideas off of and discuss your projects with when you get stuck is a great thing.


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[edit] Other Cool Groups in Bloomington & Monroe County

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