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<big>'''Welcome to Bloominglabs, Bloomington's very own hackerspace!'''</big>
 
<big>'''Welcome to Bloominglabs, Bloomington's very own hackerspace!'''</big>
  
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 collectively build projects. We are open to the public on Wednesday evenings from 7pm until 10pm and are family friendly.
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<big>''A space for sharing tools and knowledge to make stuff''</big>
  
Also, a big hackerspace welcome to Club Cyberia, the new Indianapolis hackerspace! This space has been a long time in the making, and is now a reality. Check them out at http://clubcyberia.org/index.php/Main_Page.
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Bloominglabs is Indiana's first hackerspace (also known as a makerspace). We are a group of group of people who have rented 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 are family friendly.
  
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== Stay informed ==
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* 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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* <font color=red>New!</font> We have a [http://www.bloominglabs.org/mailman/listinfo/bloominglabs-discuss discuss mailing list] now.
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* Our [https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=bloominglabs%40gmail.com&ctz=America/New_York  Calendar of events]
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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], and [https://plus.google.com/communities/105267599217836498217?gpinv=AMIXal-2hdMvNciF3pyRl26BurSmDyi3qZS9iewT4Sdvpx9KYt3mUlam08ovoQiCUZ_TgOc9EXsRIEBjTNKH8tYT9G2hG6yhJ2J3LlgNC0em8Aca51_xPVM&cfem=1 Google+].
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* Checkout photos from past events on [http://www.flickr.com/photos/bloominglabs Flickr]
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* Our IRC server is at bloominglabs.org:6667, #hackerspace.
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* We can also be reached via old fashioned email at contact (]at[) bloominglabs dot o r g.
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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]].
  
== Who are we? ==
 
Bloominglabs was forged from the Bloomington Hackerspace Initiative and the former IU Robotics Club. We are a bunch of people that want to do interesting things and explore the world and technology around us.
 
*[[Bylaws]]
 
  
== Stay informed ==
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=== Current Events ([[PastEvents]])===
* 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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*'''Public Hack Meetings!'''
* Our [https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=bloominglabs%40gmail.com&ctz=America/New_York  Calendar of events]
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** Every Wednesday from 7pm until 10pm
* Follow us on Twitter [[Image:Twitter_icon.png]] [http://twitter.com/Bloominglabs @Bloominglabs]and [[Image:Facebook icon.png]] [http://www.facebook.com/pages/BloomingLabs/123873197660062?ref=ts Facebook].
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** Come build projects, ask questions, teach things, and learn stuff
* Checkout photos from past events on [http://www.flickr.com/photos/bloominglabs Flickr]
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** All ages and everyone is welcome
* Our IRC server is at irc.bloominglabs.org:6667, #hackerspace.
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* We can also be reached via old fashioned email at contact (]at[) bloominglabs dot o r g.
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== Our Location ==
 
  
We have 1,000 sq ft of which 750 sq ft is unfinished, cement floor workspace and 250 sq ft is finished office space for hanging out. There's also a full bathroom. The address is 3927 W. Roll Avenue which is just north of 2nd Street up Curry Pike. Come check it out!  [[http://maps.google.com/maps?q=3927+West+Roll+Avenue,+Bloomington,+IN&hl=en&sll=38.244257,-85.738805&sspn=0.010516,0.014913&oq=3927+w+roll+ave,&vpsrc=0&hnear=3927+W+Roll+Ave,+Bloomington,+Indiana+47403&t=h&z=16 MAP]]
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== [[Grants]] ==
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== Spring and Summer Workshops! ==
  
== Kits For Sale ==
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All workshops are for age 12 and older unless otherwise specified. Some workshops have limited seats available, see descriptions for details.
  
Bloominglabs is a reseller of [http://adafruit.com adafruit] kits and products. See [[KitsForSale]] for details.
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* '''[[Blender Class | Blender 3D Modeling and Animation]]'''
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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** Nine weeks, April 3rd - May 29th
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** Learn essential 3D modeling skills in Blender 2 hours every week. Applicable for 3D animation, model making for 3D printing, and more.
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** The cost is $150 per attendee, class runs from 7-9pm each week.
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== Workshops/Classes ==
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* '''Sustainabarrels!'''
Reserve a spot at any of our workshops or classes by sending '''email to contact]at[bloominglabs.org'''.
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** Any of these dates: April 14, 21, and 28, 11am-3pm
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** Make your own rain and compost barrels from reclaimed bulk shipping containers!
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** Cost is $40 (includes 1 barrel), 8 students max, pre-reg required.
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* '''Learn to Solder'''
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** Two opportunities: April 20th or July 30th
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** Cost is $20 per person, class runs from 7-9pm.
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* '''Learn to Laser Cut'''
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** April 21 and 28th
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** 11am-3pm (formal "class" time), 3pm-5pm (project help provided)
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** Come learn to use our laser cutter to make cool stuff with wood and acrylic!
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** Cost is $40 per person, plus $25 for materials.
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** Bring your own laptop with [https://inkscape.org/en/ Inkscape] installed.
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** Pre-reg required.
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* '''Machining Fundamentals'''
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** Our appologies, this class is already full. If you are interested in future machining classes please email us at contact at bloominglabs dot org. Thanks!
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* '''Retr0bright Day'''
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** May 5th, 10-3pm
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** Do you have an old computer or electronic device from a by-gone era? Has the non-painted plastic case faded from its once beautiful white/grey color to a nasty shade of yellow? Come rejuvenate your device at Retr0bright day! What is Retr0bright you might ask? It’s a simple formula made from common household chemicals which when combined with exposure to UV light will remove the nasty faded stain from old plastics to make them look brand new again!
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** We’ll assist you with the Retr0bright process. You must be prepared to disassemble your own devices as the plastic covers must be removed. We can provide assistance with disassembly, and we will provide the Retr0bright. The process does require several hours of direct exposure to UV light, if direct sunlight does not favor us we will provide an artificial source while you wait with us. Afterwords the solution is washed off to reveal fresh looking plastic once again.
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** Cost is $10 per person, bring as many devices as you can work on.
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* '''Arduinos and Sensors!''' This pairs with the MicroPython class
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** June 16th, 1-4pm
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** This workshop focuses on sensors and making things using Arduino microcontrollers. Cost is $25, pre-reg required.
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** You need to bring your own laptop, preferably with Arduino software installed: https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
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** No programming experience needed (but it's always nice) - this is introductory level.
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* '''Welding Day'''
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** June 23rd
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** This is a beginners workshop, come learn MIG, TIG, Arc, and torch welding, and use a plasma cutter in this half-day workshop.
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** Price is $120 for the public, pre-reg required.
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** Seats for this workshop are locked until we get further along with logistics. We will make an announcement soon! In the mean time, you can let us know about your interest by sending mail to contact at bloominglabs dot org. Thanks!
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* '''MicroPython, IoT, & Microcontrollers'''
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** July 10th and 17th
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** Come learn how to run Python on a microcontroller! Cost TBD, pre-reg required.
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** Seats for this workshop are locked until we get further along with logistics. We will make an announcement soon!
  
*'''[[Makevention]]'''
 
** We are in the beginning stages of planning a maker fair in Bloomington called "Makevention"
 
** Keep an eye on our page for more information!
 
  
*'''Public Hack Meetings!'''
 
** Every Wednesday from 7pm until 10pm
 
** Come build projects, ask questions, teach things, and learn stuff
 
** All ages and everyone is welcome
 
  
== News ==
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* We have acquired a mill. If want to chip in for it, add your pledge to the [[Mill]] page.
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== Current Initiatives ==
* We are trying to acquire a laser cutter. If you want to chip in for it, add your pledge to the [[Laser]] page.
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*Space Improvements
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**Tool and workspace arrangement
  
== What is a hacker space? ==
 
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.
 
  
 
== Membership ==
 
== Membership ==
We are accepting memberships! Please see the [[Membership Manual]] for details.
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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.
  
== Meetings ==
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Currently we meet every Wednesday at 7:00pm at 3927 W. Roll Avenue, 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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== [[Public meetings|Meetings]] ==
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Currently we meet every Wednesday at 7:00pm at 1840 S. Walnut Street, 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. If it's cool and interesting then we are all interested.
  
 
* [[Meeting_Minutes]]
 
* [[Meeting_Minutes]]
 
* [[Bloominglabs Log]] - highlights of Bloominglabs events and news
 
* [[Bloominglabs Log]] - highlights of Bloominglabs events and news
  
== Current Projects ==
 
[[Projects]]
 
  
== What needs to be done yet? ==
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== Who are we? ==
Check out the [[Todo]] list to see the latest things we need to get done.
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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.
  
Also see who else is working on this project: [[Special:ListUsers]]
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Bloominglabs was forged from the Bloomington Hackerspace Initiative and the former IU Robotics Club.
  
Uploaded files: [[Special:ImageList]]
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* Read our [[Bylaws]] for a more formalized overview
  
== Nearby Hacker Spaces or initiatives: ==
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* [http://clubcyberia.org/index.php/Main_Page Club Cyberia (INDIANAPOLIS!)]
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== What is a hackerspace? ==
* [http://hive13.org Hive13 (Cincinnati, OH)]
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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.
* [http://www.lvl1.org LVL1 (Louisville Kentucky)]
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* [http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/Vault404 Vault404 (Louisville Kentucky)]  
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== Nearby Hackerspaces/Makerspace or initiatives: ==
* [http://collexion.net/ Collexion (Lexington Kentucky)]
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* [http://www.clubcyberia.org/ Cyberia (Indianapolis, Indiana!)]
* [http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/Pumping_Station:_One Pumping Station: One (Chicago)]  
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* [http://castlemakers.org/ Castlemakers (Greencastle, Indiana)]
* [http://www.daytondiode.com/ Dayton Diode]  
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* [http://www.shakmakerspace.com/ The SHAK (Kokomo, Indiana)]
* [http://wiki.detroitfacility.org/index.php/Main_Page Detroit Facility]  
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* [http://hive13.org Hive13 (Cincinnati, Ohio)]
* [http://www.i3detroit.com/ i3 Detroit]
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* [http://www.lvl1.org LVL1 (Louisville, Kentucky)]
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* <strike>[http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/Vault404 Vault404 (Louisville, Kentucky)]</strike>
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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].
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* [https://pumpingstationone.org/ Pumping Station: One (Chicago, Illinois)]  
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* [http://www.daytondiode.org/ Dayton Diode (Dayton, Ohio)]  
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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 ==
 
== Other Cool Groups in Bloomington ==
* [http://www.bloomingtonprintcollective.org/ The Bloomington Print Collective] -- a non-profit community print shop.
 
 
* [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]
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* [http://www.iub.edu/~iumakes/index.html IU Makes]
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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>
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* [http://sustain.indiana.edu/programs/hoosier-to-hoosier/index.php The annual Hoosier to Hoosier event (resale trail)]
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* [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 15:59, 19 April 2018

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 have rented 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 are family friendly.

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[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)

  • Public Hack Meetings!
    • Every Wednesday from 7pm until 10pm
    • Come build projects, ask questions, teach things, and learn stuff
    • All ages and everyone is welcome



[edit] Spring and Summer Workshops!

All workshops are for age 12 and older unless otherwise specified. Some workshops have limited seats available, see descriptions for details.


  • Sustainabarrels!
    • Any of these dates: April 14, 21, and 28, 11am-3pm
    • Make your own rain and compost barrels from reclaimed bulk shipping containers!
    • Cost is $40 (includes 1 barrel), 8 students max, pre-reg required.


  • Learn to Solder
    • Two opportunities: April 20th or July 30th
    • Come learn to solder! No prior experience necessary. You will assemble a fun working electronic circuit.
    • Cost is $20 per person, class runs from 7-9pm.


  • Learn to Laser Cut
    • April 21 and 28th
    • 11am-3pm (formal "class" time), 3pm-5pm (project help provided)
    • Come learn to use our laser cutter to make cool stuff with wood and acrylic!
    • Cost is $40 per person, plus $25 for materials.
    • Bring your own laptop with Inkscape installed.
    • Pre-reg required.

Providing your own materials? Then $40. Need materials? Then $65. Bloominglabs member? Just the materials fee: $25.


  • Machining Fundamentals
    • April
    • Our appologies, this class is already full. If you are interested in future machining classes please email us at contact at bloominglabs dot org. Thanks!


  • Retr0bright Day
    • May 5th, 10-3pm
    • Do you have an old computer or electronic device from a by-gone era? Has the non-painted plastic case faded from its once beautiful white/grey color to a nasty shade of yellow? Come rejuvenate your device at Retr0bright day! What is Retr0bright you might ask? It’s a simple formula made from common household chemicals which when combined with exposure to UV light will remove the nasty faded stain from old plastics to make them look brand new again!
    • We’ll assist you with the Retr0bright process. You must be prepared to disassemble your own devices as the plastic covers must be removed. We can provide assistance with disassembly, and we will provide the Retr0bright. The process does require several hours of direct exposure to UV light, if direct sunlight does not favor us we will provide an artificial source while you wait with us. Afterwords the solution is washed off to reveal fresh looking plastic once again.
    • Cost is $10 per person, bring as many devices as you can work on.


  • Arduinos and Sensors! This pairs with the MicroPython class
    • June 16th, 1-4pm
    • This workshop focuses on sensors and making things using Arduino microcontrollers. Cost is $25, pre-reg required.
    • You need to bring your own laptop, preferably with Arduino software installed: https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
    • No programming experience needed (but it's always nice) - this is introductory level.


  • Welding Day
    • June 23rd
    • This is a beginners workshop, come learn MIG, TIG, Arc, and torch welding, and use a plasma cutter in this half-day workshop.
    • Price is $120 for the public, pre-reg required.
    • Seats for this workshop are locked until we get further along with logistics. We will make an announcement soon! In the mean time, you can let us know about your interest by sending mail to contact at bloominglabs dot org. Thanks!


  • MicroPython, IoT, & Microcontrollers
    • July 10th and 17th
    • Come learn how to run Python on a microcontroller! Cost TBD, pre-reg required.
    • Seats for this workshop are locked until we get further along with logistics. We will make an announcement soon!



[edit] Current Initiatives

  • Space Improvements
    • Tool and workspace arrangement


[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 at 7:00pm at 1840 S. Walnut Street, 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. 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.

[edit] Nearby Hackerspaces/Makerspace or initiatives:

[edit] Other Cool Groups in Bloomington

[edit] Special Wiki Pages

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