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Juggling Classes


Posted on July 19, 2016 by Keith Claussen

We are hosting classes in Juggling at the Co-Lab the first week in August! Please see the following schedule and fill out the signup form if you’re interested. Space is limited. Signup form Aug 1, 6pm to 7, $5, Beginner juggling, scarves, 1-3 beanbags/balls and basic patterns Aug 2, 6pm to 7, $10, Intermediate to Advanced juggling, +3 objects and more patterns Aug 3, 6pm to 7, $15, Clubs Aug 4, 6pm to 7, $15, Flower sticks Aug 5, 6pm to 7, $20 plus materials, DIY juggling props: bags, clubs, flower sticks

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QC MakeFest 2016 – Save the date!


Posted on May 1, 2016 by Keith Claussen

The QC Co-Lab is hosting the Second Annual QC MakeFest on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at The RiverCenter in Davenport, Iowa. We are currently doing an open call for exhibitors, vendors and volunteers. If you would like to be a part of QC MakeFest, please register at www.qccolab.com/qcmakefest or email [email protected] for more information as soon as possible. Space is limited. MakeFest is open to the public and all are invited. What is a MakeFest? MakeFest is a family-friendly event designed to showcase learning and making in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. There will be demonstrations

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3D Printing Meetup – Hosted at the QC Co-Lab – 627 W. 2nd St.


Posted on March 17, 2016 by Neal Meeker

The QC Co-Lab will be regularly hosting a 3D printer Meetup! Anyone is welcome to attend. We would apprciate if you RSVP for this event at http://www.meetup.com/QC-Makers/events/229685319/ This meetup is all about 3D printing. — If you have an interest in 3D printing, this meetup is for you! This meetup will be fairly informal. I would like to see what kind of interest there is in the Quad Cities. If you have a 3D printer of your own and would like to show off some of things you have made, or show off your own printer, please bring it down.

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New space now open for members


Posted on September 18, 2015 by Keith Claussen

We are still in the process of setting things up, but we are open to our membership at 627 2nd St. in Davenport, IA! Please stop by to visit, tinker with a project, or lend a hand working on the space. We got 12,000 sq. ft. (main floor alone) of totally awesome that needs a little TLC at the moment. Our regular business meetings (3rd Saturday each month) are also going again. We’ll be meeting tomorrow, Sept. 19th, at 1 p.m. at the (new) space. We’re not quite ready for public tours just yet, but we will be posting updates

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Midwest Makerfest 2015


Posted on August 8, 2015 by Keith Claussen

The QC Co-Lab made the trip out to Peoria, IL for the 1st Annual Midwest Makerfest, hosted by River City Labs & Ignite Peoria! The usual bag of tricks were on display for all to see & experience. Thanks to Ben Ziegler, Nick Benge, Keith Claussen, April Choi, Dana & Mark Kruse for making the trip!

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MakeFest a big hit!


Posted on July 28, 2015 by Keith Claussen

With the 1st Annual MakeFest in the books, our editors have finally recovered enough to get some media published from the event. A big thanks to all of our sponsors – AnimeCon.org, Aquent IT Solutions, Crafted Quad Cities, DCS Computer Services, Eric’s Gear, Muddy Water Press, Hamilton Tech, & Xtream powered by Mediacom. Also, thank you to our vendors, attendees & volunteers for making this happen! Save the date: July 16th, 2016 for an even bigger & better show! Photos & videos courtesy of Therese Guise and Keith Claussen. Special thanks to Dave Langkamp on the assist with the video

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We’re temporarily closed


Posted on July 22, 2015 by Keith Claussen

As of this week, the QC Co-Lab is closed temporarily during our transition to a new space. We’re working hard to ensure the downtime is kept to a minimum & want to stress this is not a permanent closure. There is a exciting announcement we hope to make very soon! But, in the mean time, please stop by the old space to sign the entryway wall. We sincerely appreciate and have nothing but gratitude for Mary Ann Hamilton, Hamilton Tech faculty, and staff for supporting the QC Co-Lab over the past five years. Because, without them, we wouldn’t be here

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Fingerprint Scanner for Garage Door


Posted on July 14, 2015 by Bill Peterson

A while back I came across the fingerprint scanners on SparkFun, which had a link to a cool Instructables project. It incorporated AVR coding/flashing, soldering, and drilling holes in my garage, so it seemed like a fun thing to do. I wanted a version with more buttons and a cool lasercut panel, so I did my own build (which got featured on Instructables!). I won’t duplicate effort, but below are some pics from the project. Maybe something for the new space?

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Get involved: donate art supplies


Posted on June 26, 2015 by Ben Ziegler

We’re proud to feature Eastern Iowa Upcycle at MakeFest. You can help this group by bringing the following supplies to donate: PAPER Copy paper, cardstock, letterhead, art paper and pads(watercolor pads, drawing paper pads, etc), construction paper, butcher paper rolls, small rolls of paper, large rolls of paper, poster board, paper sample books, select art books, blueprints, sturdy cardboard tubes, tissue paper, calendars FABRIC AND NOTIONS Fabric (yardage only¬≠ 1/4 yard minimum at standard width), zippers, buttons, beads, jewelry pieces, thread, sewing needles, sewing pins, sewing tools, sewing patterns, ribbon, lace, trim, Velcro, leather, string, twine, yarn (no tangles), knitting

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Annoucing the First Annual QC MakeFest!


Posted on May 7, 2015 by Keith Claussen

The QC Co-Lab is proud to announce the first annual QC MakeFest on July 18th, 2015! The RiverCenter 10a-6p More details to follow, please check the event page for more updates: https://www.qccolab.com/qcmakefest/

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