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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] My roommates and I became obsessed with finding new ways to reuse wax after joining Noelle's Candle Making Workshop. There was a lot of trial and error but I hope that you can learn from my experience. Here is guide of how to avoid a mess and take your candle making up a notch! If you are a beginner check out Noelle's workshop first. http://irl.depaul.edu/candle-making-at-home-kit/      DO   Lay...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Our makerspace took on a huge mask order this summer and we have now sewn over 830 masks. Lead by Declan and Rachel, our team ordered custom DePaul fabric and distributed mask materials and sewing machines to our employees across Chicago and out of state.   As this project kept growing, our team expanded as well. We branched out to family members and got two new employees...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Kendamas are a popular Japanese cup and ball game. When I first started at the IRL, I bought a ball and combined it with the physical grip of a 3D printed kendama  that my coworker Jake created for me on Fusion 360 . ** There are fully modeled free files on Thingiverse now from other creators now like:   https://www.thingiverse.com/search?q=kendama&type=things&sort=relevant     I recently cracked my print when I was practicing....

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Discussion Topics and Brain Storming from the University of Wisconsin's "Green Makerspace" Meeting   Partnerships can help direct what types of materials are being purchased and used as well as how waste is directed in and out of makerspaces   3D printing causes most visible waste due to : Inexperienced users 3D printing Failed prints/machine problems People leaving prints / never collecting prints People printing without putting...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] In collaboration with our friends at Chicago Public Schools' Lane Tech, the IRL is running a pilot program 3D printer club beginning February 24th. The club will meet once a week on Wednesday from 3:30pm-4:30pm until the end of the academic year.   During our meetings, we'll cover building Creality Ender 3 3D printers and modifying them. In turn, we'll send you a free 3D printer, and...

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  To download files to 3D print Java worlds are needed, so it is necessary to convert whichever world you are looking to print from into Java. Most Minecraft platforms such as Minecraft Education use Bedrock as it allows for better cross platform play while the Java PC version allows for more customization. It is also easier to print from Java so that is the avenue...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Now that it's cold enough for comfort food it's time for Halupkies.  A Czech stuffed cabbage recipe. For any of my polish friends this is a Gołąbki - (similar to the word for pigeons, which refers to the shape of the birds body and the shape of the food) This dish is made in Russia and Turkey as well. family always makes this in bulk because they can...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Hello! Today, I decided to write a post for the IRL as I explored the world of cooking with a Crock Pot. Now, I grew up in Minnesota—the epicenter of the paisley-printed slower cooker—and have been eating crock pot meals since I can remember. Pot roast and pulled pork are staples in my family. But now I am living on my own in Chicago and...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]One of the most common problems you may encounter with older, worn out clothes is the issue of buttons falling off or being torn off easily. While it’s annoying to realize your favorite shirt or jacket is missing a button, you should know that it’s a pretty easy problem to fix! In this blog post I will walk through the steps of fixing a button....

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