Meet the Maker: Fab Lab NOLA

By Kristen Lomasney

If Fab Lab NOLA at Delgado Community College sounds familiar, it's because it was a stop on Adam Savage's maker tour in 2017.

If Fab Lab NOLA at Delgado Community College sounds familiar, it's because it was a stop on Adam Savage's maker tour in 2017. At that time, the students were working on a year-long NASA-funded payload competition that exposed them to real-life aerospace project development, and we got to witness their initial test drop!

They impressed us, and there was no question we'd approach them again with Project Egress.

Bio: New Orleanians change the world through science, technology, engineering, and math. FabLab NOLA at Delgado Community College is an advanced fabrication lab established through a partnership with the Fab Foundation. With a focus on K-12 STEM education and outreach, our goal is to be a hub for educators and makers in New Orleans, provide open access and instruction to makers, and function as a collaborative space for exploration and experimentation.

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Artist Statement: "We began with a pilot trial. We used Cura to attempt our first model. The pilot print came out pretty well. We were pretty impressed of ourselves. The following couple weeks were a series of trial and error, trying to figure out what unique material we were going to use, how we were going to execute, etc.

After searching our options, we decided to do flower-filled plus glitter resin casts with 3D printed balls. But first! We had to make molds. And to do that, we had to laser cut some boxes for our molds. Mold making was messy but fun. It took a few molds to get a satisfying result.

We found small flowers on campus to make our casts cute and unique. We had to dry the flowers via microwave. Many, many attempts and experiments came with the resin. What looked best? How do they fit? What is too much? Too little? Finally, after many trials, we designed and assembled a finished project!"

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