QC Co-Lab – Page 2 – The Quad Cities Makerspace

Jewels from the Co-Lab

Posted on November 6, 2019 by weeklyr

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 dreamcatchers. She was commissioned to make a pair of tiny dreamcatcher earrings by a customer and discovered her love of jewelry making.  Since then her offerings have grown from earrings into a wide array of rings, bracelets, and necklaces. Her wire wrapping work is unique


Introduction | The Wood Shop Series

Posted on April 10, 2019 by weeklyr

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 the usage of the wood shop has increased over the last few months. With the increase in use, also came an increase in storage requirements, space needed for assembling and finishing projects, and overall tool availability. The good news for the Co-Lab, is that one


Coding for Littles

Posted on June 15, 2018 by Ryan J.

The QC-CoLab is offering another coding class for children on June 19 at 5:00 pm. This class is one hour long and is for 5 to 8 years olds (along with their parents). There will be six laptops available for use but we do strongly encourage participants to bring their own (how else are you going to practice at home?!). Registration is required and can be done at The class is free and tours of the Co-Lab will be given at the end of the class. We can not wait to see you there.


Mikaela Simmons shares Picademy Experience

Posted on August 3, 2017 by Keith Claussen

Ms. Simmons is a Co-Lab member and teacher at Moline Coal-Valley Schools From July 24-25, I attended Raspberry Pi’s Picademy in downtown Ann Arbor. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Raspberry Pi, it is a $35 ‘mini computer’ that can be hooked onto a desktop as a computer replacement or can be used for coding projects and inventions. Picademy is a Raspberry Pi training session for educators that you have to apply and be accepted for. I found out at my training that there were over 1000 applications for Picademy training, which means that not everyone was accepted.


Photos from MakeFest 2017

Posted on July 27, 2017 by Ryan Kopf

MakeFest 2017 was a great success, with hundreds of quad-citians stopping by to learn about 3D printing, virtual reality, makerspaces, technology, and everything else you can do with a do-it-yourself maker attitude! Some photos are below. Here are some photos from MakeFest 2017! For more photos, check the Facebook album.


Saturday Open House

Posted on July 27, 2017 by Ryan Kopf

Join Co-Lab members for a Saturday open house, come see our space, and learn about potentially becoming a member of the Co-Lab! Saturday is a great day to bring your friends and potential new members by and see what the lab is working on. We’re working on robots, 3D printers, and more! If enough people come, we may play a fun game of Artemis, the spaceship bridge simulation game. We’ll teach you! Open House Saturday, July 29th 4pm to 9pm


Co-Lab member launches Kickstarter campaign

Posted on March 20, 2017 by Keith Claussen

So, what has our laser cutter been up to lately at the QC Co-Lab? Making parts for a Kickstarter campaign, of course! Roscoe Vertein has been working on prototypes and samples the last couple of months at the Co-Lab. He recently launched his Kickstarter campaign, Boffin’s Beneficial Battle Box: Decks, Dice, and other stuff. The idea came to him one day, thinking about something he could build and sell. His passion for table top gaming made him wonder, “what would be a cool thing I could build?” This epiphany moved Roscoe to start working on designs for the Battle Box.


Latex Mask & Sculpting Class

Posted on September 29, 2016 by Keith Claussen

UPDATE: The class is now full, please stay tuned for new classes, new topics, electronics, computers, wood shop, and more! Learn how to professionally sculpt, cast & finish a latex mask for Halloween, play or movie. The class is only $25 per person for four two hour sessions, and all materials are included so you get to take the mask home! If interested, please sign up online at or email us at [email protected] if you have questions. Seating is limited. Session 1: Tuesday, October 11, 6pm Session 2: Saturday, October 15, 1pm Session 3: Tuesday, October 18, 6pm Session


Cosplay Social a great success

Posted on July 21, 2016 by Keith Claussen

Over 60 people attended the Cosplay Social at the Co-Lab, hosted by the organizers of Anime-zing! Games included Munchkin, Are You a Werewolf, Cards Against Humanity, and more. For cosplayers, the next cosplay event will be a benefit cosplay game night on August 6th.