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NEW Event Series at LVL1 — Workshop du Jour




Welcome to the Workshop du Jour!

This is the beginning in a series of laissez-faire learning experiences that will seem less like school and more like troublemakers getting together on a Friday night to try something new.

Some people call it the “maker movement”–we don’t really care, as long as whatever happened was awesome and somebody got pictures.

So stop by around 7PM on Friday, May 15th if you want to (1) learn a skill/tool, (2) teach people how to cause trouble with it, or (3) eat pizza and dick around with friends (bring some cash for pizza).

There will be a theme each month or two, and the current theme is (FRICKIN’) LASER CUTTING!

I urge everyone to stop by–especially if you’ve been wondering how to work with our magnificent lasers (pew pew!).  Those with great laser experience would be particularly helpful in sharing the wealth of their knowledge, too.

There is no cost.  Ever. Even if we are offering a kit to pay for, we’ll always have scrap.  And as such, I plan to bring lots of cardboard and fun designs to share with everybody.

PLUS–I will work to schedule a few more dates for our FRICKIN’ LASER theme, but don’t just come to one per theme; you can continue to come and contribute to the community by helping other newbies as they learn to laser.

This will be an ongoing series, and I’m looking for more people who want to step up and be part of the fun in upcoming themes!  Stay tuned for more announcements and updates.

Hope to see you there!

Danielle B.  

LVL1 President

Post Derby Events at LVL1


As Louisville recovers from Derby, don’t forget LVL1’s most recognized foal, Butterscotch.

Butterscotch Fire Breathing Pony

Here’s a rundown of this week’s activities. Hope to see you at the space for this or open hours as people post on the Google Group.

  • Monday, May 4: 7-8PM Learn to use the laser for Mend it Monday; join us for basics on the 80-watt laser & quick tips from our members on cutting wood, plastics, textiles & more
  • Tuesday, May 5: 8PM -? Our general meeting where projects are showcased, updates on upcoming events, calls for help & tours. You’ll usually find the space open as early as 6:30 PM for your projects.
  • Wednesday, May 6: 7-9PM Join a network of educators to share resources to promote making in the education space.
  • Friday, May 8: 7:30PM Irregular Movie & Pizza Night – always a fun time to work (or not) on your project while a movie is on & people devour pizza.
  • Sunday, May 10: 2 – 6PM: Gammers assemble to learn how to code games for computers, mobile or whatever else.

More events located on our calendar at www.lvl1.org/events including:
Drone meetups, sewing workshops, and other items added frequently!

A few of our members of the community are looking for spare items, let us know if you have access to any of the following:

  • Outdoor seating & tables for the space
  • Working treadmill (to make a walking desk)
  • Tool cabinet for newly donated tool storage
  • Lightweight frame tubing
  • 1/2″, 3/4″ conduit pipes
  • 2 person wide arcade cabinet
  • Keep hacking on & see you at the space soon.

Butterscotch – The Fire Breathing Pony & Derby 141


Butterscotch Fire Breathing PonyKentucky and Louisville in particular are known for a lot of great historical contributions surrounding anything from bourbon to horses.

As you celebrate the 141th running of the Kentucky Derby in 2015, keep in mind that not all horses are created equal, including robotic, fire breathing ponies like our own Butterscotch.

You can see Butterscotch at LVL1 anytime, just come by anytime our space is open including our open meetings at 8PM every Tuesday. More items are available on our calendar too.

How to make your own Butterscotch
On social media:

Media Coverage:

See ‘Overlord Butterscotch, the Fire-Breathing Pony’ and more: Louisville Makers Faire releases roster

Equipment: Meet the Laser Cutter


One of the most frequently used pieces of equipment at LVL1 is the laser cutter.


The laser is capable of cutting through a variety of materials including wood, plastics (such as acrylic sheets) and even textiles such as felt.

Here’s a few sample projects you can try:

Frequently you’ll be instructed to create a vector file which is simply a set of geometric shapes the computer or laser cutter can understand and move the laser left, right, up, down at specific speeds. You may be asked to use Adobe Illustrator (part of Creative Suite) or LVL1 uses the freeware version called Inkscape which you can download and learn to use.

After designing your file you can then follow the direction on the equipment’s WIKI entry to load and operate the laser. Further directions.

So get your pattern, obtain your material and get cutting!

You can find our open ours through our Google Group or find more information on getting involved.

Hack on!