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Help us expand the Nova Labs Makerspace in Northern Virginia so that many more people can rediscover the joy of making things!
Help us expand the Nova Labs Makerspace in Northern Virginia so that many more people can rediscover the joy of making things!
214 backers pledged $23,346 to help bring this project to life.

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What is Nova Labs?

Nova Labs is a 501(c)(3) non profit all-volunteer makerspace in Northern Virginia that supports a diverse community of MAKERS.  We provide the facility, tools, knowledge, and mentorship needed to help everyone rediscover the joy of making things!

As a family-friendly makerspace, and as part of our educational mission, we sponsor a wide variety of fun and engaging classes and hands-on making activities for adults and kids.

Our makers also enthusiastically support open source development for projects that benefit the local community and the world (Learn more about these projects below!). 

In just a few years, our NOVA Makers Meetup group has grown to over 1700 makers, (oops....in the short time it took us to launch this campaign we grew to over 2,100 makers - one of the largest in the world)!

For more info check out our Flickr Stream.

Why are we launching a Kickstarter?

Due to the tremendous growth of our community, our first space quickly became inadequate to support all the classes, projects, and equipment that our community wanted. So in July of 2014, we leased a fabulous 10,500 sq. ft. facility allowing us to offer even more classes, host more meetings, house more fabrication equipment, and grow and sustain our community for the next 5-7 years!

Moving to a large facility presents a number of challenges. First, due to the types of uses we seek to support, local building code required us to make a number of costly modifications to the facility to convert the space from its previous incarnation into a MAKERSPACE!

Our major renovation costs include:

  • Architect and Engineering Services
  • Construction of numerous classrooms to support multiple simultaneous activities including classes in Raspberry PI and Arduino programming, Prosthetics, robotics, 3D printing and Art Lab meetups and numerous build groups to name a few 
  • New electrical and ventilation to support our Matsuura Tiger CNC Mill, our 100 watt Laser Cutters, and our fully equipped Wood, Metal and Electronic shops
  • New paint, carpet, fixtures and furniture throughout the facility

A significant portion of the needed funds have already been raised through grants, corporate sponsorships, and donations from our members and others, including Google, Comstock, Palantir and AOL, but your donation will help us complete the project and make Nova Labs 2.0 a reality!

The space is almost completed and even the floors are almost done!

All we need now is classroom furniture and accessories
All we need now is classroom furniture and accessories

Your donation will provide needed furniture and audio visual equipment for our classrooms to support the mission of our Makerspace.  Here is a list of just some of the critically needed items:

  • Tables
  • Workbenches
  • Chairs
  • Conference Tables
  • Collaboration pods
  • AV Projectors
  • Webcasting Station

Backer Rewards

We are grateful for your help in bringing this project to life. In addition to our heartfelt thanks, we are offering a variety of unique rewards at different pledge levels. Whether useful or just cool, we also hope these rewards will serve as an ongoing reminder of your support for and your partnership with Nova Labs.

Social Media Shoutout!

If Eternal Glory wasn't enough, we'll shoutout your name in abundant gratitude to hundreds of our followers. Be sure to tell us your twitter handle!

Nova Labs Sticker

Your Name Written by a Young Maker on a Featured Wall

Your name will be written on our 'Thanks For All The Fish!' wall by a Young Maker. Spelling and quality of handwriting cannot be guaranteed ;) !

Laser Cut and Etched Acrylic Key Chains

Show your support for Nova Labs everyday with these cool laser cut and etched acrylic key chains featuring the Nova Labs logo.

DM-1 Card Wallet

Ditch the wallet, help your posture and support us all at once!
Ditch the wallet, help your posture and support us all at once!
The DM1 is milled from a solid billet of 7075-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum. It weighs 0.8 ounces and holds up to 12 ID or credit cards. You’ll feel and hear a “click” when cards are inserted to let you know they are secure.

Nova Labs PCB Reference Ruler

Need a quick reference for surface mount sizing for your PCB designs as well as standard inches and centimeters? This PCB Ruler features the Nova Labs logo and will be your handy guide during those late night PCB design sessions.

Tech Orange on Black Nova Labs T-Shirt

 Our striking logo and color scheme will catch the eye of envious makers and let them know you support one of the largest non profit all-volunteer Makerspaces in the country!

Available in the following sizes: YS, YM, S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL.

Sudo Man Page Signed by "SudoBob"

 Bob Coggeshall (aka "SudoBob") is a Nova Labs member, founder of Small Batch Assembly, a Nova Labs incubator,  and is credited as the co-author of the sudo command. SudoBob will send you a signed copy of the sudo man page on card stock.
"Sudo Bob"
"Sudo Bob"

Nova Labs "Blinky" Board

The Nova Labs' custom-designed Arduino-compatible Blinky board is a great educational tool to help new makers learn how to program an Arduino! Our board is Leonardo-compatible but has our logo in LED lights right on the board.  Jump right in and program these LEDS to glow! No breadboarding required!

Priority Registration for Popular Nova Labs Classes

Many of our classes are so popular they fill up quickly. Beat the crowds by contributing for a small private session and get expert training in Laser Cutting, Woodworking, CNC Machining, or Carbon Fiber Molding Making.

Teleconference with a Nova Labs Expert

One of our resident experts will be available for 1-2 hours for lectures, interviews, or 1 on 1 support on a variety of topics: Laser Cutting, 3D Printing Support and Tuning, Drone Design and Development, CNC, CAD, Starting a Makerspace, Robotics.

Nova Labs Flying Wing

 The Nova Labs Flying Wing is a custom-designed RC wing created by our Rhinohawk team. It is easily customizable for autonomous flight.

The kit includes:
  • Laser-cut foam air frame
  • Wooden motor mount
  • Electronics (motor, speed controller, battery, servos)
  • Various small parts to complete the plane
(The kit does NOT include an RC transmitter, RC receiver, or battery charger.)

Name Our Work Tables, Benches, or Equipment

Your name will be featured on one of our work tables, benches, or pieces of shop equipment.

Founder, Benefactor and Sponsor Plaques

What a great way to display your support in your home or office!
What a great way to display your support in your home or office!
 Backers contributing as Founding Contributor or Benefactor Sponsors will receive this commemorative plaque. The plaque is laser engraved wood w/ acrylic cover. Your name will also be featured on a special wall at Nova Labs indicating your backer level!

The Maker Experience!

Get your group of 10 people a customized half-day event featuring many aspects of the NoVA Labs Makerspace experience. You'll have hands on time with: 3-D printing, Laser cutting, Soldering projects, and Woodworking!

Fun for adults and kids of ALL ages.

More Info about Nova Labs

Nova Labs members are working on projects and starting companies that benefit the maker community and the world! Here are just a few!

Kids especially love the Iron Man edition!
Kids especially love the Iron Man edition!
 

Risks and challenges

We have donated or co-located equipment, which may break and need servicing. We have reserve funds to service equipment, but this may cause a delay in fulfillment.

We are an all-volunteer makerspace. In addition to supporting our operations, performing some of the renovation work, they will fulfill and ship back gifts. Due to schedules and operational needs, some delays may occur.

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    We'll shout our your name in abundant gratitude to over 2,000 of our friends and followers! Get a social media boost from Nova Labs!

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    You get a Nova Labs sticker to proudly display on your laptop, your car or any other place you want to show your Maker pride!

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    Get your name on the Nova Labs "Thanks for All the Fish" wall. Your name will be written, in crayon, for display in the new space by one of Nova Labs's young makers

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    Nova Labs Laser Cut and Etched Acrylic Key Chain

    Our laser cut and etched neon orange acrylic key chains features our name, logo and small ruler!

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    Nova Labs "Blinky" Board, the custom-designed Arduino-compatible microcontroller.

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    Get a copy of the Sudo Man page signed by "SudoBob"

    Bob Coggeshall (aka "SudoBob") is a Nova Labs member, founder of Small Batch Assembly and is credited as the co-author of the sudo command. Show off your greek cred with a signed copy of the sudo man page!

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    Nova Labs "Tech Orange" on Black T-Shirt

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    Nova Labs PCB Ruler

    Our Nova Labs-branded PCB Ruler will feature surface mount sizing and will be your handy guide during those late night PCB design sessions!

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    Priority RSVP and Private Instruction for in-demand Nova Labs classes.

    Beat the crowds by contributing for a small private session and get expert training in Laser Cutting, Woodworking, and more!

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    You may have seen the wildly popular Kickstarter campaign for the card game, Exploding Kittens! Well, we have a preview copy that was play tested at Nova Labs' game night. While the final version isn't due to ship until July, we'll ship you this deck as soon as we can after our campaign is done! Get it before anyone else! It might even be collectible one day since it is a pre-release copy!

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    60 min Teleconference with a Nova Labs Expert

    Need expert help on Laser Cutting, 3D Printing Support and Tuning, Drone Design and Development, CNC, CAD, Starting a Makerspace, or Robotics? Find it here!

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    Decadent Minimalist Wallet!
    Thanks to Erik Moon, a NoVA Labs Alum, we are offering 6 different versions of the DM-1 wallet. Erik successfully launched his project with his own Kickstarter, and has graciously offered his flagship product to our backers as well. You will be able to choose the black or orange anodized aluminum version with a 4-, 8-, or 12-card capacity. Right here is the only place where you can get your DM-1 wallet engraved with the NoVA Labs logo! It also comes with a stainless steel money clip accessory at no extra charge.

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    Nova Labs Flying Wing

    The Nova Labs Flying Wing is a custom-designed RC wing created by our Rhinohawk team, which is competing in a global competition to build a UAV to help stop Rhino poaching in South Africa!

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    Name our Worktable, Benches, or Equipment

    Your name or a name of your choosing will be featured on one of our work tables, benches, or equipment!

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    Founder Wall and Plaque

    Your name will be featured on our official founders' wall. Founders will also receive a laser engraved wood plaque with their name.

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    Nova Labs Benefactor

    Generous individual contributors will achieve "Benefactor" status and be featured on our sponsor wall (and our website for 1 year).

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    The Maker Experience!

    Get your group of 10 people a customized half-day event featuring many aspects of the NoVA Labs Makerspace experience. You'll have hands on time with:
    * 3-D printing
    * Laser cutting
    * Soldering projects
    * Woodworking

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