2nd annual WinterLAN coming up: 1-15-11

Save the date! On January 15th,  i3 Detroit will be hosting the second annual i3 WinterLAN Social event, starting Saturday at noon and ending when the sun comes up on Sunday.

The event will be all about games – BYOC (Bring your own computer) gaming, Board gaming, and tabletop RPG.

The i3Detroit common space will be set up for computer gaming with plenty of power, tables, and chairs.  The loft will sport a projector hooked up for console gaming (Got a vintage console you can bring?).  Board games will take place in any of our multiple rooms.

If you have any kind of game people will enjoy, bring it, bring yourself, and bring your thirst for gaming.  See you then!

Lights, Camera, Collaborate! DIY Filmmaker Meetup 11/18

i3Detroit’s first DIY Filmmaker Meetup was a great success, with over a dozen locals coming out to meet and show their work. It’s time for a sequel!

Whether you’ve produced entire features yourself, or have just watched from the sidelines, this event is for you. Like the first one, this is open to anyone, regardless of whether you’re an i3Detroit member or not. This is your chance to show off your work, recruit help for your next project, or just meet your peers. Also, we will again feature a talent exchange board, where folks who have skills can hook up with folks who need them!

If you have samples to show (under 10 minutes?), please bring a DVD or something with a VGA output for the projector. Snacks will be provided. Let’s aim for 7:00pm.  Note: There’s also a papercraft party happening in the craft room at the same time, so if you find them first, don’t assume you’re in the wrong place!

Intro to Metal Mill, Lathe & Precision Drill Press (11/7)

Curious about the big scary equipment in the back of the machine shop?  Curio no more!

Join Nick, at 4p on 11/7, as he walks the class through the very basics of how to operate each of these machines.  He will cover safety, tooling, measurement, set-up & operation of the mill, lathe & precision drill press. 

Nick is a self-trained machinist so he won’t have all the answers.  But you will get a good overview on how to safely use the equipment for simple projects.  You will also be equipped with the fundamentals to seek out further training on your own. 

The class will be $5 to go toward the tooling repair fund.  Please register on eventbrite.

This is a demonstation class but feel free to bring some aluminum stock to practice with after the class. 

Local Supply Houses
http://www.factorysteel.com/ (favorite!)
http://www.metalsupermarkets.com/
http://frentzandsons.com/ (small stuff)

Open Shop Tonight – 7p (10/29)

Need to do some last minute work on your Halloween costume?  Have some projects that you need help on? 

Attend openshop tonight at 7pm.  The machine shop will be running, the Swit gaming corner will be bumping and the festive drinks will be flowing.

Bring your projects/costumes, help with one of ours or just hang out.  All are welcome.

Puppet-Making Workshop

Flint the Hand-and-Rod PuppetCome one and all, Muppet fans and Makers!  i3Detroit will be hosting a puppet-making worskshop for members and guests on Thursday, October 21st from 7 to 9 PM.

The workshop will show you how to use a pattern, basic sewing machine use, some sewing techniques to hide stitches, and how to create a puppet’s structure and features. The puppet design is a hand-and-rod style similar to a Muppet. Bring fabric if you have an idea you want to try, but lots of material will be on hand to get you started. There is no cost for this workshop, but we are suggesting a $10 donation to i3Detroit.

Come on down and join the fun!