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Pardon our dust — LVL1 is Still Moving!

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LVL1 Move, Wall Logo

It’s been a busy month around LVL1! As we announce in April,we’re moving to a new building at The Pointe in Butchertown! The new digs feature 8800 square feet of concrete floors, with three phase power, plenty of electricity run throughout, a dedicate wood/metal shop area (including the ability to weld indoors!), and better climate control. We’ve been working hard to get the new place ready to inhabit. We raised $9,001 through the Community Foundation‘s Give Local Louisville campaign (thanks to you, our community!), which we’ve been using to customize our space for hacking. In true DIY fashion, we’ve been working on this almost entirely on our own.

Plenty of space upgrades some along with the sweet new hackerspace, including new member shelves (care of the Community Foundation capacity building grant), a Shapeoko mill (care of Inventables), upgrade networking equipment, brand new kitchen appliances (care of GE), new projectors and smart-board technology (care of Power Creative), and more!

We’ve spent the past two months clearing out the new space, moving the old space, pulling building permits, and building walls. Currently, the walls stand roughed-in, waiting for inspection. After we receive our rough inspection, we’ll add drywall and insulation. Following that, we can receive our final inspection and occupancy certificate. As soon as we receive our occupancy certificate, all operations move to the new space!

Until further notice, operations are still at the 814 E Broadway location! When operations move to 1205 E Washington, we’ll let folks know via this blog, facebook, twitter, meetup.com, our public mailing list, our member’s only mailing list, and possible smoke signals from the roof. Our grand-opening celebration is tentatively scheduled for August 9th, so save the date!

More pictures and details of our move after the break:

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Sketchup Workshop – 5/27 @ 6pm – 8pm

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Sketchup Title

John Pagya of Verdant Design is back on May 27th, teaching another Sketchup Workshop!  John’ll be reviewing the basics, and going into more detail about how you can actually design parts for the 3D printer!  If you’re interested in 3D design, art, or printing, you should stop by on Tuesday, May 27th! Sketchup is a completely free tool, and John is a downright Sketchup professional.  This tool allows you to create 3D models, which you can then take and print on one of the two LVL1 3D printers.

Like many of us, John Pagyga was immediately taken by the idea of 3D printing.  As a landscape architect, he has already adapted sketchup into his daily routine, so he was able to translate those skills into near-immediate 3D printing prowess.  He’d like to share these skills with others in the LVL1 community.  On May 27th, from 6 to 8pm (immediately preceding one of our regular Tuesday meetings), he’ll be teaching a workshop about the ins and outs of Sketchup in a 3D printing context.  Come on down, and learn you a 3D design tool!

You can sign up now using Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lvl1-sketchup-workshop-527-tickets-11565762507

Seating is limited to 15, so sign up now and sign up often!  This is a pay-what-you-want workshop, with all proceeds going to LVL1.  Eventbrite imposes a $0.99 minimum, but anything above that goes!

If you’ve got any questions, email workshops@lvl1.org, or pop over to our mailing list!

#GiveLocalLouisville, Help LVL1 Move, May 6th ONLY!

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LVL1 is participating in GiveLocalLouisville, an event supporting donations to local non-profits with matching funds!  Help us move into our new location at The Pointe by donating $25 (or more)!  LVL1 is a 501(c)3 non-profit, and all donations are tax-deductible.  Your donation will be enhanced with magical local matching funds, and TODAY ONLY, all donations will be match 1:1 by an anonymous donor!

Over the 3 years we’ve been around, thousands have walked through our doors and created amazing things. Help keep that going by supporting your local hackerspace!

You can donate by following this link: https://www.givelocallouisville.org/#npo/lvl1

Here’s a form you can fill out directly, as well:

Hack-A-Day SciFi Contest

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A project that was built at LVL1 is part of a contest that H-A-D is hosting and it needs your votes.

The project submitted is Alien Operation aka Alien Autopsy. It is a life size version of Operation with a scifi twist. Here is a link to the voting page: http://hackaday.io/project/919-Alien-Operation-(aka-Alien-Autopsy).  In order to vote you will need to create a HackADay account.

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So click the link and give us your vote, so that we can continue to show all the awesome things that come from LVL1.