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Portland Made Launch Party: Mayor, Music, and MakerBot

Portland Made Launch

Portland Made Launch Party

Craft, art, creativity, and innovation are alive and well in Portland. Manufacturing is back!

Portland Made is a collective of Portland based designers, local goods retailers, and manufacturers. Their mission is to connect consumers to unique, local, and high quality goods and help reconnect designers to the manufacturing process.

Last night, Portland Made hosted their official launch party. Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and State Representative Jules Bailey were in attendance to share their comments.

Portland Made Launch

It was a great event with food from Salt, Fire & Time and beer brewed for the occasion by F.H. Steinbart will be provided. Merit Badge mixed cocktails with local liquors. DJ Leftovers provided the sounds to celebrate Portland’s creative and manufacturing economy.

We were there as well. There was a great vibe. It felt like old world manufacturing gets a MakerBot 3D printer and Arduino lab.

Portland Made Launch

Watch their launch video below.

Fab Lab of the Week: – Fab Lab Portland at U of Oregon

Fab Lab Portland University of Oregon 3D Printing

This week’s featured Fab Lab is the Fab Lab Portland at the University of Oregon.

From the fab lab’s website:

The primary function of the lab is to support students and faculty members conducting research in Portland. Access is offered to patrons that are actively enrolled or teaching in the current term. The culture of the lab supports an open atmosphere of learning. Patrons are responsible for safely operating all equipment and tools themselves, and must first complete a basic safety orientation and sign a release waiver before working in the woodshop or spary booth. Patrons may also use equipment in the fabrication lab if they have received technical training and been approved to operate the machines. Workshops and courses are offered each term to provide patrons with opportunities to improve their protoyping skills and fabrication techniques.

Fab Lab Portland has 3D printers and other equipment for use.

The facility supports two laser cutters, a 3D printer, a CNC milling machine, and a CNC router. Prices and specifications for equipment are as follows:

Laser Cutters: Universal ILS 9.150D
100 watts
Universal VLS 4.60
50 watts
3D Printer: Dimension 1200ES SST
ABS plastic (natural)
10”x10”x12” max dimensions
CNC Milling Machine: Roland MDX-540
14”x14”x5” (9”x6”d.) travel dimensions
*cost varies with material
CNC Router: ShopBot BT48
48”x96”x5” travel dimensions
*cost varies with material
University of Oregon photo by Erik R. Bishoff used under Creative Commons license.