Plot your route to success with the CNC ShopBot at Idea Fab Labs

Imagine making a desk with interlocking parts from baltic birch plywood. Or carving a relief into a beautiful black walnut slab. If your design imagination has grown beyond your means of creating it, Idea Fab Labs has a Shopbot CNC (computer numerical controlled) router that might be just what your project needs. With this tool, complex contours, pockets, and even … Read More

New Zone Combines Jewelry, Leather and Textiles… Plus Lots of Room!

Changes are afoot—literally—in the newly combined Jewelry / Leather / Textiles Zone at the Idea Fab Labs in Chico. To begin with, the Lab recently acquired a Juki Industrial Walking Foot Sewing Machine, allowing members to now sew through incredibly thick layers of material, such as leather and cowhide, very easily. The machine gets its name from a metal piece … Read More

Make Some Music In The Audio Zone

The audio zone now has a dedicated computer for audio production including Ableton 9 Suite. Ableton Live is a professional-quality but user-friendly program that can be used for musical recording, editing, and performance! This software is available to IFL members of all levels along with a collection of midi instruments and controllers (including an M-audio 61-key midi keyboard, AKAI APC … Read More