Persistence brings shiny stick things to life

What-seems-like-an-eternity ago (it was the beginning of October), we kicked off a light sabre(1) big shiny stick thing making class, using a new circuit board design engineered by ylab member Richard. It’s designed to handle the latest 5V, 144  LED per meter, multi-color light strips for lowest power and maximum brightness....

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Radio at Ylab: New tech, old school and quiet summer

Based on the lack of posts and updates, people say it’s been quiet the last couple of months. Over the spring and summer, we’ve received some interesting equipment donations, and they’ve been put to good use. This picture of ylab member Gilles at work in the space says it all. It’s been quiet. Sometimes, that’s a good...

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New schedule! New seminars! New Open House format!

We’re changing things up for the fall! OPEN HOUSE NIGHTS: LESS IS MORE! We’ve halted our regular open house Wednesdays to make them even better. Starting October 12, we’ll have them bi-weekly, on every second Wednesday, and feature a free one-hour seminar/demo session at each one. To kick it off, we’ve scheduled a free What’s...

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Lots of fun at the Toronto Maker Extravaganza – and some ylab news

The Toronto Maker Extravaganza at the Toronto Reference Library this weekend was another big success – and ylab was there. Nobody told us we couldn’t put up our banner. Until they did. Our contingent and display were organised by Ross and Pek, and staffed over the weekend by Ross, Jay, Brooke and Richard, with Pek volunteering with the...

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AGM: Of Course We’d Like Fries With That!

Ten minutes ago, these were potatoes. Ylab held its first member’s Annual General Meeting on June 20 at the DDO. How do you get a bunch of makers to actually show up for a boring meeting? Hold a BBQ! Can we be any clearer that it’s a ylab BBQ event? July 25 is the anniversary of our first event, so it’s not quite a full year. Fiscal...

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Laser cutter class tested on ylab rats

Ylab members volunteered themselves to test out and be tested themselves in our first two formal classes since moving into the DDO – our Intro to 2D CAD, followed by our Ylab Laser Cutter Certification. No actual rats harmed by this laser cutting. Since we want a solid foundation to build-on, we used the free version of DraftSight, a CAD program...

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No Open House Wed Apr 13 – Laser Cutter Class

Open house is cancelled this week  – Wednesday April 13 – due to our members-only laser cutter class taking over the space. Ylab paid-up members are allowed to come in for whatever activity they normally do. Ylab’s laser cutter at work. What else would we cut?

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March 29: Qualcomm Hosting Next Ylab/North of 41 Event

Our last corporate event at Lenovo was such a success that we’re doing it again – and this time, Qualcomm Canada is hosting us. Breakfast with the CEOs: Innovation and Technology in the Cloud Come out and hear how three York Region companies have innovated to use cloud computing to create new  lines of business. These...

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Habemus Lux Gladium! (We have a laser cutter!)

All great announcements should be in latin.(*) On Monday night we took delivery of our brand spanking new laser cutter – a monstrous 90W unit with a 24″ x 36″cutting surface. OK, it’s a big giant laser. Now what do we do with it?   You can feel the excitement. At least he didn’t take a selfie with it. Now comes...

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Firsts this week for ylab, York Region, and the world!

Hasn’t been a blog post in a few weeks… because it’s better to be doing than blogging. But once in a while, we need to post something – or people claim nothing is happening! York Region is the y and the why of ylab – and this week we had a bunch of firsts in three different cities. At our DDO maker space in Richmond...

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