New space now open for members 3

New space now open for members
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 ...

Midwest Makerfest 2015

Midwest Makerfest 2015
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 ...

MakeFest a big hit!

MakeFest a big hit!
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 ...

We’re temporarily closed 2

We're temporarily closed
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, ...

Fingerprint Scanner for Garage Door

Fingerprint Scanner for Garage Door
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 ...

Get involved: donate art supplies

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 ...

Annoucing the First Annual QC MakeFest!

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/

QC Co-Lab gives shocking performance @ 3rd Annual CR Makerfaire

QC Co-Lab gives shocking performance @ 3rd Annual CR Makerfaire
A small, but spirited crew made the trip up to Cedar Rapids for the annual Makerfaire, hosted by the Cedar Rapids Metro MakerSpace. Our display consisted of RC Dalek, augmented reality sandbox, Tesla coil, Van De Graaf generator, Jacobs ladder, quadcopter (display only) & plasma ball. The AR sandbox & Tesla coil seemed to have ...

Monthly Movie Night

A huge shout-out to those who got the new projector up and running in time for our monthly movie nights. We here at the Co-Lab Does Committee (CDC) are really appreciative of all of the hard work of the members who researched, proposed, and then installed something the whole lab is going to have fun ...

Sit/stand computer desk built from reclaimed lumber 4

Sit/stand computer desk built from reclaimed lumber
We had a heap of wood. Mark needed a desk. It seemed like the reasonable thing to do.   Update: I got tired of kicking my computer tower under the desk, also the supports between the legs weren’t incredibly sturdy and after a few sit/stand intervals they were loosening up a little bit. I decided ...