Website Updates

You may have noticed that the QC Co-Lab website has a number of changes to the top menu and the content that is directly accessible. Below are some of the changes that can be seen on the site! We have added an “Announcements” section to the top menu. This section will contain posts, articles, and ...

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update
The QC-Colab is still working to both keep the membership safe during the Covid-19 pandemic as well as continue to provide services. We are continuing to follow Iowa’s guidelines and are working to keep the lab clean, minimize any grouping of members via social distancing, and asking our members to do their best to follow ...

PPE at the Co-Lab

PPE at the Co-Lab
The Effort. As many of you know from the last post we have been printing and manufacturing as much PPE for front line medical workers as possible these last few weeks. The process has been full of both challenges and rewarding successes. Production Capacity. This effort is continuing and scaling up where possible. We have ...

3D Printing & Giving Back

3D Printing & Giving Back
The QC Co-Lab and its members truly believe in the power of makers and the movement that they have started around the country. The Co-Lab and its members have started a joint effort to print and outfit face shields to be distributed to local hospitals and clinics. During this trying time in the country, it ...

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update
The QC-Colab is taking steps to both keep the membership safe during the Covid-19 pandemic as well as continue to provide services for our existing membership. Following Governor Reynolds’ advice, we are working to keep the lab clean, minimize any grouping of members, in any capacity, and limit the amount of outside traffic into the ...

Conception to Creation

Conception to Creation
At the Co-Lab often times we find ways to utilize our machines in strange and amazing ways. We are makers so modifying and inventing is in our DNA; However, we also know that we are working against the clock when an idea pops into our head. It is only a matter of time before the ...

Upgrades at the Co-Lab

Upgrades at the Co-Lab
The Qc Co-Lab is growing, and so are our tool offerings! The months of December and January marked some big milestones for the Co-Lab. Below you will see how we expanded our offerings in 3D printing, CNC routing, and metal fabrication. All of these projects wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing support the lab ...

Assembly Tables! 1

Assembly Tables!
The Plan These tables had no plan and were 100% a child of creativity and necessity. In the Co-Lab’s old woodshop we used the rickety out-feed table for the table saw and a cobbled-together, very light, and unlevel table for assembling all of our projects. Needless to say, all of our members that utilized the ...

Jewels from the Co-Lab

Jewels from the Co-Lab
Below are some photos of QC Co-lab member Shari of @JewelsbyShari who recently had her jewelry on display at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds during the Black Hawk Gem & Mineral Show. Shari is a self-taught artist who has perfected her skills over the last 20 years. Her crafty beginnings started with building one of a kind ...

Introduction | The Wood Shop Series

Introduction | The Wood Shop Series
Over the last month, the QC Co-Lab, through much deliberation, effort, and hard work has started to move, organize and upgrade the wood shop! The current location of the wood shop isn’t a bad one, and has seen a lot of quality use! The biggest “problem”, if you can even call it that, is that ...