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A new paradigm for Human Interface Device

A new paradigm for Human Interface Device

This KickStarter based product will allow us to interact with computers like never before.

Building on the success and industry acceptance of MicroSoft Kinect, this sensor is capable of detecting the position of all ten fingers simultaneously. The applications for this have yet to be realized.

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Leap Motion Human Interface Device

Shop Apron Workshop

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Shop Apron is a great accessory for any craftsperson. (and a perfect Christmas gift)              specially popular with woodworkers, but be it a blacksmith or a shoemaker, many trades appreciate it,s protection and many pockets! For this course we prepared a Pattern, that will fit the 10th to 90th percentile on the shop bell curve, meaning average size +/-. What to bring: your curiosity, and it would be helpful to bring along a strong pair of scissors. Equipment:  We’ll be using industrial straight stitch sewing machines,  the CoLab also will supply black and white thread, pattern, cutting table, fabric punches, iron/ironing table, etc Materials: Materials can be purchased at the course for $30, ( includes heavy natural coloured canvas, Nylon straps copper rivets and grommets ) It is open to participants to bring your own material, or supplying some other material for ‘pockets’ and or ties/straps… Instructor: Don Carmichael, is The veteran Sewer at the CoLab. Cost: Course fee is $50 + materials $30, for a grad total of $80 you get a awesome shop apron! Where: at the CoLab 1907 Triumph Street, Vancouver When: December 10th 2016 Maximum 3 people (Reasonably new or veteran sewers welcome) please register...

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Introduction to MIG welding

Posted by on Jan 8, 2016 in Workshops | 0 comments

  Welding Safely All students will be required to wear proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required by Vancouver Community Laboratory safety policy which students will receive prior to the first class. This includes, but is not limited to: All-leather boots or shoes (steel-toed boots preferred) Long pants and long-sleeved shirt, or coveralls (dark-coloured, natural fibers only). Extra layers & a high neck-line is recommended for upper body Welding cap or bandana Safety goggles, or face shield if you wear glasses Respiratory protection if possible   Leather welding gloves and welding helmet will be provided Optional: Pair of MIG pliers or needle nose pliers if you’ve got ’em   Welding Basics Focus will be on all to do with MIG welding on mild steel, including the proper set-up, operation of, and shut-down of a MIG welder. You will learn about different shielding gasses, their uses and effects on steel and other metals, safe handling of gas bottles and how to treat them once used up. You will learn what to look for in good and bad welds, how to watch your puddle while dealing with a large nozzle and how to maintain the welding gun for optimal performance. Students will be given demos on how to weld different styles of joints in flat position, and practice time for each type if time allows. Students with more experience may get instruction on welding joints in horizontal or vertical positions if time allows.   About the Instructor Lesha Koop graduated from the welding and steel fabrication programs at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, BC in 2003. Since then she has worked in various industrial shops, and currently creates custom mounting systems for museum displays in Vancouver. In 2007 she took a break to pursue training in blacksmithing and metal casting at Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, BC and combines all these skills into her practice as a sculptor and fabricator. Registration deadline: November 26th When: Saturday December 3rd, 1pm – 5pm Where: Vancouver Community Laboratory, 1907 Triumph Street, Vancouver Class size min 3 max 6. Course is $60 for members, $70 for non-members. Prepayment is required, please register at leshakoophines@gmail.com payment is currently only per e-transfer possible toleshakoophines@gmail.com (please send the password in a private e-mail ) Cancellation Deadline: Wednesday November 30th,...

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Drill Bit Sharpening

Posted by on Dec 20, 2015 in Workshops | 0 comments

in this 2 hour workshop you will learn how to sharpen a standard metal twist drill bit on a bench grinder by hand, if there is time left we can go into more detail or other types of drill bits Structure: the basic principle of the cutting edge, which applies to any cutting tool the angles of the bit Demo Practice Please bring: your  curious inquiring mind personal safety equipment if you have some (safety googles, ear pugs or muffs) long sleeve, long leg cotton clothing, close toed shoes   About the Instructor: Markus Kirchgasser, aka Max is a Millwright with more that 15 years of experience in the industry, and in his spare time a adapt Blacksmith, Machinist, Woodworker.   When: Saturday, January 30th 2016, 1:00pm to 3:00pm Where: Vancouver Community Laboratory, 1907 Triumph Street, Vancouver Members: $15, non Members: $20, Class size min: 3, max: 8 please register at: vancolabs.workshops@gmail.com    ...

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Wood Carving Workshop

Posted by on Dec 20, 2015 in Workshops | 0 comments

In this 4 hour workshop Angel Hall will give you a introduction to the vast world of wood carving you will explore how to realize your project from a block of wood to your finished piece  the basic principles of different carving techniques tool care Please bring: a sketch of a project you are interested to work on, if you don’t have an idea yet,we can get you started on a project like a decorative bowl a block of quarter sawn Softwood if you have Instructor: Angel Hall (the picture above is a Yellow Cedar Mask of her’s)  When: March 20th 2016,  6pm to 10pm  Where: Vancouver Community Laboratory, 1907 Triumph Street, Vanoucver Members: $40, non Members: $50, excluding Materials Class size min: 4, max: 8 please register at: vancolabs.workshops@gmail.com or...

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Knife and Chisel Sharpening Workshop

Posted by on Dec 20, 2015 in Workshops | 0 comments

In this 2 to 3 hour Workshop you will learn the basics of hand sharpening your tools, knifes and chisels to a razor edge. including: an introduction to the different techniques of sharpening correct body position Waterstone maintenance how to keep your tools sharp How to look at the knife and see what you are doing please bring: one or two of your cutting tools you are interested in sharpening. i.e. knifes, chisels, gouges A Waterstone and Strop if you own one   Instructor: Angel Hall When: February 21st 2016,   6pm to 8pm Where: Vancouver Community Laboratory, 1907 Triumph Street, Vanoucver Members: $20, non Members: $30 Class size min: 2, max: 8 please register at: angel.bootstrap@gmail.com  ...

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Workshop: Beginner’s Woodworking

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Workshops | Comments Off on Workshop: Beginner’s Woodworking

Workshop: Beginner’s Woodworking

November 12th from 6:00pm-10:00pm In this brief course, students will learn how to use the table saw, jointer, thickness planer, drill press, chop saw, router and sanders in the process of making mallets. This course also includes joining techniques, wood structure and anything else woodworking related Colin can shoehorn in there. About the teacher: Colin has been woodworking for 16ish years and spends way too much time in the shop. He posts project pictures on instagram.com/cpcreations. Cost: $20 all inclusive. RSVP and/or questions to...

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Tiny House Workshop

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Workshops | Comments Off on Tiny House Workshop

Tiny House Workshop

Do you want to know more about tiny houses? Do you want to know what’s involved in building tiny houses? Do you want to learn construction skills? The Vancouver Community Laboratory is hosting a series of hands on tiny house building workshops this summer in association with Camera Buildings, a local tiny house building company. Workshops start July 5 and run until August 31 and take place 9am-12 noon Saturdays and Sundays all summer. Please note: Most workshops have a hands on elements which require a safety orientation unless otherwise indicated. We have set dates for orientations here. The Workshops: Intro workshop Whether you are somewhat interested or unsure if you want to build a tiny house, this workshop is for you! Learn about legality & expected costs, explore your design & layout, learn about safety, loads, egress, building envelope & provisions for energy and waste. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about our other workshops this summer. Note: This workshop does not require a safety orientation. If you are considering signing up for future workshops, all participants must attend a mandatory safety orientation prior to the workshop date. Safety Orientations dates are posted here  Tickets are $75 and are available here 9 Week Intensive For those who are planning to build a tiny house, but feel they are lacking some (or all) of the skills, knowledge or techniques required to feel confident in their build. Outline for the 9 week Intensive is the same as the 1, 2 and 3 day workshops. We offer discounts if you are missing a weekend or two! Note: This workshop require a safety orientation which MUST be attended prior to the start of the workshop. Safety Orientations dates are posted here  You can register here via our crowd funding campaign for access to sliding scale registration. 1, 2 or 3 Day Workshops Interested in learning about a few subjects but can’t commit to the whole 9 week series? The weekend workshops might be a good fit for you. We are offering 13 individual 1, 2 and 3 day workshops on a range of subjects from July 5-August 31. The Workshop outlines are and links for registration are available here By participating in this workshop you are participating in a community art project!  The Tiny House Building Workshop Series brings together communities of trades workers, architects, designers, inventors & artists to host a hands on construction workshop. The end product of the workshop is an inspiring off grid Tiny Community Center! Hopefully we will see you this...

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Member Show: Ian Powell

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Members Shows | Comments Off on Member Show: Ian Powell

Member Show: Ian Powell

Member Show: Ian Powell

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Hardware, Embedded Systems, and Legal Dimensions of 3D Printing

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Event Calendar, Events, Members Shows | Comments Off on Hardware, Embedded Systems, and Legal Dimensions of 3D Printing

Hardware, Embedded Systems, and Legal Dimensions of 3D Printing

Hardware, Embedded Systems, and Legal Dimensions of 3D Printing

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Form and Place

Posted by on Jan 12, 2014 in Members Shows | Comments Off on Form and Place

Form and Place

Member Show: Veronica Aimone

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