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Illuminating Downtown Boston

Illuminating Downtown Boston

Boston, known for its universities and startups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), also has a culture of deep appreciation for the fine arts. It is this recognition of the importance of the arts in its pervasiveness throughout our lives that allows for creative minds in Boston to find new and innovative ways for artistic expressions.

Take for example the Illuminus Festival, a street installation during which artists use light and technology to create illuminative displays in the streets of downtown Boston. The light festival, which premiered in 2014, is an annual gathering for creative artists to showcase their innovative and imaginative renderings using light as a medium.

Mesh Networks and Surviving Natural Disasters in El Salvador

Mesh Networks and Surviving Natural Disasters in El Salvador

We recently had a surprise visit from fablab counterparts in El Salvador, when Mario Gomez and Emilio Velis arrived in Boston to attend the Open Source Hardware Association conference at MIT. While they were here, they offered a workshop to share their expertise in mesh networks and the systems they've helped devise alongside communities in rural El Salvador to cope in the aftermath of natural disasters.

How to Make the Cut: A Branding Talk w/ Aaron Belyea

How to Make the Cut: A Branding Talk w/ Aaron Belyea

Fab@CIC is a unique space in ­downtown Boston where creative imaginations take physical shape - a makerspace unlike any other where the public can bring their ideas to fruition while enjoying a favorite drink by Render Coffee.

Merging creativity and entrepreneurship, Fab@CIC and AIGA Boston jointly held a unique event creatively monikered ‘How To Make The Cut’ on September 19th. It was a two-part event consisting of a Q&A session with Aaron Belyea, a seasoned graphic designer and expert in designing logos, followed by a vinyl cutting demonstration. Alongside learning about the art of logo designing, the audience learned about an artist’s journey to entrepreneurship.

Making That Paper

Making That Paper

Allen Chamberland is finding the next evolution of his art at Fab@CIC. Where most of us would see a blank sheet of paper, Allen Chamberland sees art -- and the potential to make a living doing what he loves. He says the machines at Fab@CIC have revolutionized his ability to do both. Read this full post to learn more about his process and experience “making paper” in Fab@CIC.

“Techno-Vernacular Creativity" - Q&A with Fab Foundation’s Nettrice Gaskins

“Techno-Vernacular Creativity" - Q&A with Fab Foundation’s Nettrice Gaskins

In recent months, Nettrice Gaskins has been practicing her brilliant artistic techniques at Fab@CIC. We’ve enjoyed watching her convert her algorithmic photography into laser-etched woodblock prints, and even model 3D molds from the same designs. In addition to her career as an artist, she’s also the Program Manager for the Fab Foundation’s SCOPES-DF program! Nettrice has filled our fab lab with creative inspiration, and we wanted to pick her brain about her many STEAM projects.

DIY Braces in a Coffee Shop

DIY Braces in a Coffee Shop

By his own admission, Ryan Weiss’s teeth “needed some work.” But braces and retainers -- especially the no-show Invisalign variety popular with adults -- are expensive, running more than $5,000. Ouch.

Then Weiss read a now-viral blog post that would change his outlook -- and his smile. The post, written in April 2016, outlined a way mere mortals can design and print their own invisible braces using a 3D printer, promising to help readers “save money, make yourself happier, and stick it to the dental appliance industry, all in one shot.”

When Weiss began a new job that gave him access to Fab@CIC's 3D printers, he began to build his own set of “Invisalign” retainers. Here's how he did it.