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Prusa i3 Buildoff – May 31st – June 1st @ LVL1!




On May 31st, Sonny Mounicou will be returning to LVL1 to teach another Build Your Own 3D printer workshop! You might remember Sonny from a similar workshop last March, in which 10 people came together, and build 10 Prusa i2 printers in just 2 days. From seasoned makers, to newbees, to father-son teams, everyone walked out with a working 3D printer. It was a really great event, and we’re happy to bring it back to LVL1, with even more expanded options! Seating is limited, however, and Sonny needs deposits early, so sign up ASAP!

Sonny has lead 42 builders across 4 build events to create their 3d printers.  In a weekend worth of time, you could have a 3d printer as well!  Please see the details below.

The goal is to start with a set of parts that we provide and end the weekend with a working printer.  This normally takes people months to get worked out.  At the event, we’ll provide you with the guidance to get it built, the familiarity  to use your printer going forward, and experts to help troubleshoot any issues that arise.

We are presently looking at the weekend of May 31st for the build.  This date is only moveable by a unanimous vote of all attendees!
In order to make this viable, we’ll need at least 12 – 15 (or assembled) printers being build.  In addition, to make the upgrade option viable we will need 5 participants.  The slots filled up quickly last time.  I would urge you to reserve your seat ASAP.
We will be building an aluminum frame I3 for this build event.  There will be three different options to choose from:
Conversion: $300
If you have been part of one of my previous build events, I will offer an upgrade option to convert your I2 to an I3.  The instructions I provide will make the assumption that you have kept your I2 as built.  If you have customized it, you can still participate but will need to improvise.  You will need to print your own plastic parts.
New I3 Printer: $950
This will be an aluminum frame I3 with Rambo electronics, precision bearings and shafts, an electronics enclosure, and a heated build platform.  I am working to include an all metal hot end in this price so that you can print any plastic material.  I am also looking to include an LCD control.  I will confirm that as we get closer to the event.
Assembled I3 Printer:$1450
For this build I’m going to offer an special option for those who don’t want to do it themselves.  I’ll assemble, calibrate, and bring the I3 with me to the event.  It will be identical to the new I3 above, but ready to go.

I will be offering a payment schedule to help make this more achievable for participants.  Please send your deposits via paypal to “”.
New Printers:
April 4th: $100  Deposit due with color choice (choose one of the selections from this page
April 16th: $450  First installment
May 15th: $400  Final installment
April 4th: $100  Deposit due
April 16th: $200  Balance due
Assembled I3:
April 4th: $100  Deposit due with color choice (choose one of the selections from this page
April 16th: $1350  Balance due
Any questions? E-Mail Brad at or Sonny at  Sign up early, or you’ll be left out!

Map Reading for Beginners



Ever get lost in the woods? ever get lost in the woods even with a map and now want to know how to read it. Here is the chance to learn the skills you need to read that map and get someplace. If you have a compass bring it. If you know what a scale is and have one bring it. If you have neither then you will know enough to go get them after the class. This class is for the novice to learn how to read a USGS 7.5 minute map and the corresponding Geologic Quadrant Map (GQ). This class is for anyone that would like to learn enough to get out into the woods and start doing a few simple hikes or understand the geology in an area.
Monday March 17th at 6:00. Free class. Will go until we run out of questions.

Suicidal Robots: A 24hr Hack-A-Thon




In another exciting hack·a·thon event, nine sleep deprived teams will work for 24 hours straight, pushing the limits of technology and human creativity to design and build a robot with only one purpose… to destroy itself in the most spectacular and innovative way possible.

Kicking off Saturday, March 22, 2014 at noon with demonstrations happening Sunday, March 23 at noon.

Sign up here and download the poster here.

Team size and budget is unlimited. A winner will be decided by a vote of other teams and probably some kind of hastily constructed trophy will be awarded. Participants should have a reasonable plan to demonstrate their robot without damaging people or property or otherwise violating the law.

Drone Meetup at LVL1, 1/23 (and every 4th Thursday), 8pm



Did you get your first taste of Quadcopter blood at our QUACC event? Are you a seasoned RC veteran, a curious bystander, or a fervent naysayer? Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about the (semi-)autonomous flying vehicles commonly known as drones. As these vehicles become more popular among hobbyists, and grow into commercial markets, LVL1 is there for you.

On January 23rd (and every 4th Thursday thereafter), we’ll be getting together to talk about drones. Whether you’re interested in building your own, or just have some questions about how these devices work, show up for the meeting. We’ll have hobbyists, start-ups, and professionals talking shop well into the evening, and plenty of fun toys to show off! Meetup RSVP here:

LVL1 Hackerspace
814 E. Broadway
Louisville, KY