As Louisville recovers from Derby, don’t forget LVL1’s most recognized foal,
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
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
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:
Kentucky 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:
See ‘Overlord Butterscotch, the Fire-Breathing Pony’ and more: Louisville Makers Faire releases roster
One of the most frequently used pieces of equipment at LVL1 is the
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.
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.
Amazon.com has a program called Amazon Smile that 0.5% of the purchase will be donated to a charity of your choice. In this instance, we want you to select LVL1.
Linking an existing account is easy:
http://smile.amazon.com Sign in with your Amazon.com account
Search and select LVL1 as your charity
Complete your purchase and effortless donation to LVL1
For all future visits begin by going to
http://smile.amazon.com and your account will be remember your donation to LVL1.
So far we’ve collected nearly $150 since being part of the program. The donation helps us purchase and maintain equipment for everyone’s use.
Of course you can always donate to LVL1 with cash (always appreciated and put to use) or used equipment.
We also maintain an
Amazon wish list, just purchase and it will be shipped to.
Color duplexing networked printer
Various supplies for Raspberry Pis
Supplies for printing banners
Hack, shop & donate on.