Zen Woodworking Club’s Inaugural Meeting 02/13/2016

Welcome all woodworkers and would-be woodworkers to PS:One’s woodworking club, currently meeting Mondays at 6:00 p.m. and hosted by Wood Shop Authorizer, Andy L.

Thanks to all who attended the first meeting of the Zen Woodworking Club!
Many diverse woodworking interests represented, from furniture design, to carving, to antique tool restoration to tool making. We did a little tool sharpening and cut some dovetails and only lost 2 pints of blood (total)…

Here’s a guy I once met, who’s method I loosely copy for introducing dovetails.  You can also see a lot of stuff for our equipment wish list in his shop!  ~ Andy L.

Next week 2/20/16: Tool tune up and steam bending demo!
Sharpening of chisels, planes, wits. Letter carving in wood AND Joe’s steam bending box debut

 

 

 

 

 

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02 2017

Pumping Station: One needs Makers for Maker Faire Chicago!

Maker Faire Chicago BadgeDo you make things at Pumping Station: One? Do you want to volunteer and help us show the awesomeness of PS:One at Maker Faire? We need you! Pumping Station: One will have a Makerspace booth at Maker Faire Chicago, April 22nd-23rd 2017, and we want to help you exhibit your stuff! Click HERE for our volunteer and exhibition form and let us know when you want to show your work, or when you’re free to help us set up and run our booth.

Call to MakersIf you have a larger project, or a demo, or something that you just want to show independently, you can go HERE to fill out an independent Maker Exhibit application, and make sure you let them know you want to be set up near the Pumping Station: One booth. We want a HUGE PS:One presence at this Chicago Maker Faire, so please, sign up, tell your friends, and let them know we need Makers!

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01 2017

NERP Next: Up to Speed on Motors (Jan 30th)

If you’re a maker, hacker or DIY person, you don’t need to understand how a motor works “under the hood” to use it. However, a bit of theory will help you make the best design choices for your thing that runs in circles. At the next NERP, Jerry Morrow will bring us up to speed on motor technology.

 

Jerry’s presentation is a full overview of DC and Brushless DC (BLDC) motors and their associated drive circutriy.  Topics include the physics of electric motors, DC motor operation, motor bridges/inverters, control topologies, motor terminology, brushless DC motor operation, hall effect and encoder position feedback, current and velocity control, Park/Clarke transformations, and Space Vector Modulation (oooh..).

People need to make things go ’round. Car wheels, train wheels, drone propellers, compressors and fans in HVAC and refrigeration, hard drives (at least for the moment), reclining seats, robots, power tools, and on and on. Motors are everywhere. The variety of sizes, shapes, and internal structures is bewildering. About the only functional elements that the different types have in common is a moving part and a stationary part joined by a changing magnetic field. Whether or how you can controll the speed, direction, torque, or power consumption depends on the type of motor. Electric motors have been around for about 150 years. Most of the older classes of motor types are still in use, still useful, and still suited to new design.

We are seeing a revolution in motor technology. Software is eating the world, and it’s finding electric motors pretty tasty. The new generation of motors depends on embedded processors to the extent that the software is as much a part of the motor as the shaft. Sophisticated driver algorithms (and in some cases new materials) are making motors smaller, stronger, and more efficient. In addition to making better citizens of existing applications, the improvements open doors to new classes of applications.

Jerry Morrow is, or has been, a bass player, electrical and computer engineering student, home rehabber, sound technician, electro-mechanical actuation software engineer, Japanese student, father, and maker, and member of Pumping Station One,  He prefers the command line, VI editor, and makefiles over IDEs, and wont hold it against you if you don’t.

NERP is not exclusively Raspberry Pi, the small computer and embedded systems interest group at Pumping Station:One in Chicago. NERP meets every other Monday at 7pm at Pumping Station:One, 3519 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago. Find NERP and Pumping Station:One at

http:// www.meetup.com/NERP-Not-Exclusively-Raspberry-Pi/

and

http://pumpingstationone.org/

Doors open at 6:30pm. NERP is free and open to the public. Ed Bennett ed @ kinetics and electronics com Tags: electronics, embedded, NERP, Open Source, raspberry pi, hackerspace, Beagle Bone, Pumping Station One

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01 2017

Celebrations in Pictures – PS:One March Potluck 5th Tuesday

More pictures……

5th Tues. on March

5th Tues. on March

5th Tues. on March

5th Tues. on March

5th Tues. on March

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01 2017

Celebrations in pictures 2016 – Pi Day

Pi Day 2016

Pi Day 2016

Pi Day 2016

Pi Day 2016

Pi Day 2016

Pi Day 2016

Pi Day 2016

Pi Day 2016

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01 2017

Celebrations in Pictures – PS:One’s 7th Birthday

Another picture….

PS:One 7th Birthday Party
Cake decorated by Shelly Loke

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01 2017

Celebrations in pictures from 2016 501c3 Party!!!

501c3 status party

501c3 status party

501c3 status party

501c3 status party
cake decorated by Shelly Loke

PS:One had some wild events, here are some of the pictures…..

501c3 status party
The aftermath

501c3 status party
Our song!!!

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01 2017

We wish you a Shiny New…Toaster Oven

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The kitchen area has some new devices to ring in a proper feast for the New Year!

We now have an AirCrazy on Demand popcorn popper that does not smell like coffee!  It has a hopper for easy popcorn storage and proper serving size dispensing.

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The Microwave has full functioning button panels!

I will show you how long your food has to cook, for now.

I will show you how long your food has to cook, for now…

Behold, a toaster oven!

Go on, make some toast.  You know you want to. It can also bake small items quite efficiently.

be good to me.

be good to me.

Please enjoy, but keep in mind their proper food only use and area safety. Please maintain their cleanliness!

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01 2017

Curse your sudden but inevitable Cookie Decorating

Natural Enemies

Natural Enemies

A gathering of PS:One members came out to try their hand at decorator frosting piping.shelly-explaining-things

A magical reindeer guided the way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

trio-decorating

 

 

Blood, sweat and tears were offered.

 

 

 

Grand amounts of fat and sugar were brought to one glorious offering.

this is how it is done

this is how it is done

everything naughty

everything naughty

Behold, the rose! You can do it too!

Behold, the rose! You can do it too!

pinking-the-reigndeer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the results were amazing!

Fantastic Creations

Fantastic Creations

Wee little houses

Wee little houses

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12 2016

Wear a Circuit Workshop

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Participants with their finished circuit patches at Sunday’s Wear-A-Circuit workshop.

I make knitted circuit boards on my knitting machine. Sunday I brought in a stack of 3″ x 5″ knitted proto-boards for us to turn into wearable electronics.

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Soldering LEDs and batteries 2016-10-30-16-36-34img_20161030_174439_30604255612_o  colleen-circuit-highres_455653410

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doug attaches his to a hat

 

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Colleen used the four rows to make a zig zag pattern.

 

 

 

The event  attracted a number of spectators, curious about my original knitted circuit design.

Their discussion encouraged me to look into doing this again, perhaps using more complex, interactive projects.

So if you’re interested in participating, keep an eye out here for updates. And if you have suggestions/feedback on the future of these workshops, do get in touch!

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11 2016