This Saturday, April 30th, we will meet at 9pm in the shop to discuss our entry into the Power Racing Series. Its a friendly competition between hackerspaces where we modify ride on kids toys and race them at Maker Faires. We have a car that works great but is in need of TLC. We have a race in San Mateo in a few weeks time and need to get it ready. We will be discussing what needs to be done for that race and races to come. If you have experience with welding, electronics, fabrication, you are more than welcome. If you don’t have experience, come by and get some. Continue reading Power Racing Series Meeting→
This weekend the MakerBot team will be showing off their new Replicator printers at C2E2. On Friday after the show, MakerBot will be hosting a meetup for 3d printing fans and anyone who wants to learn more about MakerBots. They’ll be demonstrating their Replicator printers and refreshments and pizza will be on hand. If you attend our automation meetups or are interested in 3d printing, or perhaps just like beer and pizza then come on out and meet the guys who popularized 3d printing in the maker community.
We have begun building our entry for the 2012 Power Racing season. Unfortunately both our vehicles were rather mediocre last year and we are having to build from scratch. We have our power wheel body and we spent this past weekend parting out our bill of materials and came just under budget. The body was then scanned with lasers to make a 3D model so the frame we weld will fit the body like a glove. Yes, we took it way to far. But we giggled the whole time at the absurdity of using $30,000 equipment to replicate a children’s toy so it can be modified into a “big kid” toy.
This is what happens when Reddit is down. I wanted an Egg Tardis for easter/season premier of Doctor Who. I could not find a good vector graphic of the tardis so I drew one up in Inkscape and plotted it out on an EggBot.
The arduino class this past Saturday went great. Twenty people learned how to make an arduino on a breadboard and how to create some simple circuits and programs. I hope to put together a series of classes where students can come in and learn more about programming and electronics. For those of you who missed it, here are the class materials:
Come to Pumping Station: One and learn how to make your own arduino and program it. The kit requires no soldering and is great for makers of all ages and skill levels. The kit includes everything you need: a solderless breadboard, jumper wires, a pre-programmed ATmega328P with pin label, USB adapter and basic components to perform the basic software experiments. You need: a computer with a spare USB port that can run the free Arduino IDE software and a USB A to mini-B cable. If you do not have a USB A to mini-B cable, they will be for sale for $2 each.
Due to the upcoming holiday busyness Circuit Hacking Wednesday will be canceled for the 28th of December. Circuit hacking will continue on January 11th. There will be kits to solder, circuits to bend, and fun will be had by all.
Also PS : One movie night will be moved from January 1st to January 8th. I will be taking requests for screenings until the 3rd if anyone has any good suggestions.