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The Nova Labs Kickstarter campaign just reached 100% funding!!

Thank you to ALL our backers so far!

At Nova Labs we couldn’t be more excited that all of you helped make this goal a reality. Our final renovations and Meetup events are in full swing and we are seeing a surge in interest & participation. We welcome more ideas and encourage everyone to come see our space. Attend some events, learn more about Nova Labs, and join in the fun & creativity! There is a lot to learn, especially when the furniture and AV equipment comes in for the brand new classroom!

But wait… there’s more.

With just about 2 weeks left in the campaign, we have plenty of time to knock out a bunch of stretch goals, too. We already announced stretch goal #1 at $27,000 which funds a welding station. That’s at a new goal of 135% funding.

We appreciate everyone for your support, and for sharing in our excitement thus far! Now, please help us spread the word to your friends about the Nova Labs Kickstarter Campaign. You can use this shortened URL:

Thanks again for your generosity!

NOTE: We at Nova Labs consider Kickstarter contributions to be a tax-deductible donation to a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, but we are not tax experts. (Makers, yes, tax professionals, absolutely not). To ensure you are treating this transaction correctly, we suggest you consult your tax professional.

Kickstarter update – 80%+ funded!

Greetings makers!

Just shy of two weeks into our 2015 Kickstarter campaign, we are happy to announce passing 80% toward our goal (86.4% to be exact)! Thanks to everyone who has backed the campaign and shared the link with friends.

Since the campaign is getting very close to passing the $20,000 goal, now’s the time to start teasing our stretch goals!

Stretch Goal #1

One of the big requests at Nova Labs is welding equipment; our new 10,500 square foot facility has a great workshop just waiting for this new capability. Raising an additional $7,000 will allow Nova Labs to acquire the following:

  • Welding table
  • TIG and MIG Welders
  • Safety equipment (gloves, helmets, and shields)
  • Ventilation and welding curtains

There are many Nova Labs members that are ready to teach welding classes, which should allow more people in the community to learn new skills for their projects.

Back us now on Kickstarter, and stay tuned for stretch goal #2!

Kickstarter update – 80%+ funded!

NL member Srijay setup this Raspberry Pi to display our Kickstarter status – he even made it open source and posted the code on GitHub!

We’re halfway there!!‏

What an awesome start!

One week in to the Nova Labs Kickstarter campaign, and we’re more than halfway to our goal! As of 8:00 pm on Wednesday, April 22, friends like you had supported us to the tune of $10,225!!

We’re halfway there!!‏

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.

If you’ve been waiting to make your contribution, we have some exciting new backer rewards to announce. At the $128 level, you can upgrade how you carry your credit cards, with the awesomely cool CNC machined billet aluminum DM-1 wallet, by Decadent Minimalist Designs.

This wallet is designed and made by Erik Moon, a Nova Labs alum. He launched Decadent Minimalist Designs last year with a his own wildly successful Kickstarter campaign. Now we are offering his flagship product, engraved with the Nova Labs logo, to backers who contribute $128 or more.

Coming soon: stretch goals

As we get closer to reaching our goal, we will be announcing some of the stretch goals for the campaign. These are the things we’ll be doing if we go beyond the initial $20,000 goal, to make Nova Labs an even better place to rediscover the joy of making things. Stay tuned!

Nova Labs Kickstarter campaign LIVE!

The Kickstarter launch party was a huge success, and a ton of Nova Labs members and supporters were still on hand long after the party “ended” at 9.

On Thursday night, with a full house of nearly 200 makers and supporters, Nova Labs launched its 2015 Kickstarter campaign! Everyone enjoyed tours of Nova Labs’ new facility, great food, and demonstrations from members. By the end of the night, the campaign total was just shy of $7,000!

We want you to help us keep the momentum going! Visit our campaign page at

Nova Labs Kickstarter campaign LIVE!

Please visit our Kickstarter campaign and consider supporting one of the premier makerspaces in the Washington DC area (if not the world!)

If you have already contributed, thank you! If you haven’t, check out the great backer rewards. You can also help spread the word on social media; give us a shout-out @nova_labs on Twitter, or like us on Facebook!

Nova Labs Kickstarter campaign LIVE!

Pressing launch for the Kickstarter campaign with the help of young maker.

2 days until the Kickstarter launch!

Nova Labs will be launching a Kickstarter campaign on Thursday, April 16 at 7p. Come join us for a launch party!


By now you have probably heard that Nova Labs will be running a Kickstarter campaign…

Because you know it’s all about our space
‘Bout our space
No trouble

It’s all about our space
‘Bout our space
No trouble

It’s all about our space
‘Bout our space
No trouble

It’s all about our space
‘Bout our space… space… space… space…

Yeah it’s pretty clear
We ain’t finished dude,
But we can make it, make it, like we wanted to.

The Nova Labs crowdfunding campaign will raise the money necessary to complete the remaining tasks outfitting and furnishing the space. There has been LOTS of incredible progress getting the new facility renovated to house our maker community. There are still a few more major expenses left to cover.

‘Cause we got those tools tools
That all the makers chase
Putting all the right junk in all the right places.

We are nearing the end of their construction phase. We’ve already got classrooms and workshop space fitted with electricity and WiFi. The incubator offices and kitchen are drawing crowds. It looks amazing, and when everything else is done, it will function amazingly too.

We got workshops, classrooms
They’re quite a sight
‘Cause every inch of them is perfect
From the carpet to the lights

But my momma she told me to worry about the chairs
She says, “You need computers and welders and cleaners for air
You need a place to make silicone molds and composites”
So, if that’s what’s you’re into, then go ahead, support our campaign.

We’ve set the remaining fundraising goal to cover the last few tasks. Classrooms need furniture to become comfy and stylish learning environments. Projectors and AV equipment will round out the educational experience. In the workshop area, dust collection system requires ducting and ventilation installation. Then there are inspections and certifications to acquire.

Because you know it’s all about our space
‘Bout our space
No trouble

It’s all about our space
‘Bout our space
No trouble

It’s all about our space
‘Bout our space
No trouble

It’s all about our space
’bout our space.

With apologies to Meghan Trainor

Don’t miss the party!

When: Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. No school the next day for Fairfax County Public Schools, so bring the kids!

Where: At Nova Labs’ new space! 1916 Isaac Newton Square W, Reston, VA 20190

Join us as we celebrate the launch of our 2015 Kickstarter campaign! See the new space. Talk to makers. See exciting demonstrations of Nova Labs projects. Activities for kids. Free food and drink!

Please RSVP on Meetup here:

The Campaign

The maker community at Nova Labs has grown tremendously, and our first maker space was no longer meeting our needs. So last July we rented a cavernous 10,500 square foot facility at Isaac Newton Square in Reston. Now we need your help to outfit our new digs as THE BEST MAKER SPACE IN THE GALAXY!

Seriously, an amazing amount goes into outfitting the premiere facility in Northern Virginia for people to rediscover the joy of making things. With wood and metal shops. Classrooms. Composites work area. Laser cutters. And more!

Grants, corporate sponsorships, and contributions from our community have already gone a long way towards funding the work. And the work is well underway! We’ve vacated the old space. We’ve completed the engineering and consulting work. Most of the interior partitions and much of the mechanical work is complete. But that’s just the start.

We need your help to finish the job! For things like furniture and computers and A/V equipment to outfit the classrooms where we will be teaching great STEM classes like these.

That’s why we are asking for your support. We are setting the initial Kickstarter goal at $30,000. That will be enough for us to get up and running with the basics. But the more we can raise, the more we can offer the community!

So we hope you will join us to celebrate the launch of our campaign on April 16!
And we hope you will help us meet our goals in the campaign!
And we hope to see you around as part of our community!

Thanks, and don’t forget to rediscover the joy of making things.

Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!

On Thursday, April 16, Nova Labs is launching a Kickstarter campaign (we’re even having a big party to celebrate and ‘pull the switch’ – sign up for updates here).

Until then, here’s a sneak peek of the campaign and some of the excellent backer gifts we have planned!

Who is Nova Labs?

Nova Labs is community of MAKERS that supports a 501(c)(3) non profit all-volunteer makerspace in Northern Virginia. 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 charitable 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 1,900 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 expand our programs, 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. Due to the types of uses we seek to support, local building code requires that we make a number of costly modifications to the facility to convert the space from its current form into a MAKERSPACE!

Our major renovation costs include:

  • Architect and Engineering Services
  • Construction of classrooms for up to 60 people
  • New electrical and ventilation to support our Matsura Tiger CNC Mill, our Laser Cutters, Wood & Metal working equipment
  • New paint, carpet, fixtures and furniture

Overseeing our buildout project is architecture and design firm VOA Associates who designed Google’s DC office and is providing their services at a discount.

A significant portion of the needed funds have already been raised through grants, corporate sponsorship (Including GOOGLE), and donations from our members, but we need additional support to help us complete the project. We need this Kickstarter to be successful to make our vision for Nova Labs 2.0 a reality!

Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!


In addition to the basic renovations, we have a number of stretch goals we are waiting to roll out. In order to help you get excited about getting past our initial goal and on to our stretch goals, we’re releasing our first stretch goal to wet your palate!

Stretch Goal #1: Welding Station

Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!

 After our initial goal we hope to raise an additional $7,000 to support welding at Nova Labs.

The cost includes:

  • Welding table
  • Tig and Mig Welders
  • Safety equipment (gloves, helmets, and shields)
  • Ventilation

Backer Rewards

We are grateful for your help 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 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

Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!

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 Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign! !

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.

Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!

Carbon Fiber Money Clip

Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!
The money clip jig and newly molded carbon fiber money clips!
Whatever cash you don’t throw our way can be kept in this geek-approved carbon fiber money clip produced by makers from our materials lab!

DM-1 Card Wallet

Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!
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 will feature the Nova Labs logo and will be your handy guide during those late night PCB design sessions.

Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!

Tech Orange on Black Nova Labs T-Shirt

Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!
 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”

Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!
 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. SudoBob will send you a signed copy of the sudo man page on card stock.

Nova Labs “Blinky” Board

The Nova Labs’ custom-designed Arduino-compatible microcontroller is finally ready to share. It is a great educational tool to help new makers learn Arduino!
Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!

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.

Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!

Nova Labs Flying Wing

Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!

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

Name Our Work Tables, Benches, or Equipment

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

Founder, Benefactor and Sponsor Plaques

Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!
What a great way to display your support in your home or office!
 Backers contributing as Founding Contributors, Benefactors or Corporate 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!

Thanks for reading so far

That’s just a preview of what’s to come. We have more backer gifts in store that we’re keeping as a surprise.
Sign up to receive updates on the campaign at

Nova Labs Alum Launches Kickstarter for “The Decadent Minimalist One” Card Wallet

We already know our business card is CRAP!

And now we can suffer even more humiliation at the hands of Nova Labs alum Erik Moon, creator of the Decadent Minimalist One – Aluminum Wallet (DM1).

Like most things, we need a purist with a vision to help us see the light:

I was not satisfied with other so-called minimalist wallets – the idea of taking a beautifully machined metal wallet and pairing it with elastic straps, velcro or rubber bands was offensive to me.

The only way to get a DM1 right now is through its Kickstarter campaign, which launched September 23rd. The campaign was funded after a day and after a week it has raised over $26K!


The DM1 is milled from a solid billet of 7075-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum. It weighs 0.8 ounces and holds up to 8 ID or credit cards. You’ll feel and hear a “click” when cards are inserted to let you know they are secure.

Nova Labs Alum Launches Kickstarter for “The Decadent Minimalist One” Card Wallet

The DM1 is one piece of machined aluminum. There are no screws, rivets, hinges, magnets or clasps.


Each DM1 comes in your choice of 3 colors (or un-dyed hard-anodized finish) and is laser-engraved with two lines of customer-supplied text.

Nova Labs Alum Launches Kickstarter for “The Decadent Minimalist One” Card Wallet

Tough: Hard Anodized Aluminum Finish

Maker Roots

Erik has the prototypical maker at heart, having been a member of Nova Labs. During his time with us, Erik exhibited superior fabrication skills and a passion for great craftsmanship. This maker is most deserving of our support and we look forward to seeing what’s next!

NYCResistor and Brooklyn Ballet

Nick and Sayaka Vermeer, Olivia Barr, and William Ward have been working hard for the past couple weeks on an exciting project with the Brooklyn Ballet. We are transforming the dancers’ costumes into interactive performance pieces.  Our contribution consists of six LED snowfall tutus for the ballerinas, one Pexel shirt for Mike “Supreme” Fields and six sparkling LED hair accessories for the young ballerinas. The dancers will be performing the snow scene from the Nutcracker in the Brooklyn Ballet‘s Vectors, Marys, and Snow performance from April 3rd to April 13th.  Please support the project through our Kickstarter!  There you can also watch an interview with Nick and Lynn Parkerson, founding artistic director and choreographer of Brooklyn Ballet.  We’d really appreciate your donation to further our work!  All our hardware designs and code are open source, and we hope to see more creative works mixing technology and dance.

Snowfall Tutus:  To accomplish the snowfall/glitter efffect we’ve added LED lights, motion sensors, and custom coded/fabricated microcontrollers to the tutus. The sensor we used is called an accelerometer and its placed at the waist of the corset.  It reacts with with movement of the dancer by increasing the amount and brightness of the LEDs with more vigorous movement from the dancer.  Nick found a remarkably strong ultra flex 36 gauge silicone wire thats perfect for the supple construction of the tutus and its become a standard material at NYC Resistor for wearables.  The wire connects 24 neopixels that are broken down into 6 strands of 4 pixels in each tutu. Special thanks to Max Henstell and Adam Mayer for helping in production.  Take a look at this amazing video of our twinkling Tutu!

NYCResistor and Brooklyn Ballet

Pexel Shirt:  Pexel Shirt is custom made for the dancer Mike “Supreme” Fields and is designed to interact with his pecks and arms.  Mike is a popping artist and his dancing incorporates the flexing of muscle groups to create surface movement on his body.  The shirt is activated by individual accelerometer sensors placed over his muscles that illuminate the LEDs through a Flora microcontroller.  There are four sensors total, one on each peck and each wrist.  When he flexes an individual peck it lights up.  The lights on his arms are controlled by moving his wrists up/down or right/left. The entire piece is hand sewn including stitches in between individual pixel on the arm strands for optimum elasticity while still being secure.  Watch the Mike in action here: Mike “Supreme” Fields

NYCResistor and Brooklyn Ballet

Sparkle Hair Clips:  To accent the young ballerina’s costume we designed an LED accent on a hair clip.  The clip uses a Gemma microcontroller and a strand of neopixels.  The clear acrylic beads on the clip filter the LEDs and sparkle.

Please come out and see the show at the Brooklyn Ballet April 3rd – 13th and support our Kickstarter to fund the project!

NYCResistor and Brooklyn Ballet NYCResistor and Brooklyn Ballet NYCResistor and Brooklyn Ballet NYCResistor and Brooklyn Ballet

NYCResistor and Brooklyn Ballet

Meet the Maker Behind The Pocket Drone, Now the Largest Drone Kickstarter Ever

With a little more than a day to go, The Pocket Drone is nearing $1 million on Kickstarter. It is now the largest, most successful drone Kickstarter project ever.

Read the full story about T.J. Johnson, the “maker” of The Pocket Drone, and who has ties to the DC maker scene, at MAKE.

Meet the Maker Behind The Pocket Drone, Now the Largest Drone Kickstarter Ever