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. Read the rest of this entry →
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People trickled in through the evening and participated in events for our 7th Birthday Party last weekend! Grilled meats, snacks and vegan pizza were served up to the mingling masses. Lockpicking with TOOOL.us went down, a group mural went up, games were played, dyes went into fabric and a familiar face returned to our space…
Confectionery Combat! Chocolate VS Shelly and Gerald:
Friday February 12, 6:30-8:30 pm
We will start with a discussion on the evil ways of this culinary foe and tactics to successfully wage war against it.
We will be making truffles, roasting nuts, coating lots of things with chocolate, and “practicing” our feeble double boiler tempering skills. Practice is the word! Just as in war there is no guarantee of success but at least in this we will have chocolate.
This event is open to PS:One members and their guests who want to watch, sample, and participate as the space allows. (There will probably be a cap at 10 people in that small kitchen) If you know you are coming give us a holler on the member group here so we can prepare excess supplies and plan our battle strategy. The cost is free but donations to fund our efforts will encourage more such campaigns.
Last Monday, NegativeK got the funny idea that he wanted to do a project to practice his sheetmetal work. 20ga mild steel sheet was ordered, and we collected in cold metals to make some very expensive tool trays.
Once we all finished drawing lines all over our sheetmetal we had to come up with how we were going to make all the cuts.
That’s an 8″ shear. It makes cutting sheemetal a magical experience. It’s quiet, smooth, and pretty easy to control. The only thing to remember, is it’s like working with the tip of a pair of scissors. It cuts a long way in front of where you “see” it cutting, and if you reach the end of the cut, it makes a punch mark. Just… it’s steel instead of paper.
That does mean making inside cuts is a bit of a challenge. We all had unique approaches to dealing with the inside corners. Now that we have three and a half toolboxes, I think that the “best” method, would have been drilling holes at each inside corner. Instead, I twisted and wiggled out the metal, and used a file to clean up the corner.
Here’s my tool tray blank. All of the fold lines are marked, and it’s sitting on top of my tool tray handle. I didn’t get good shots of how we did the handles. They were definitely easier than the body of the tool tray. To go from that flat sheet of metal, to a three dimensional tool tray, requires a sheet metal brake.
Those folds were simple in description, but not so simple in practice. None of ours look machine made. But they do hide the sharp edges, and make the tool trays safe to use.
The handles, and sides were affixed to each other with the space’s spot welder.
Spot welding is a very quick method for joining metal. I’m glad we’ve got that tool in the space. I had suggested that we might rivet the parts together, but between drilling and attempting to rivet, we’d have spent two or three times longer affixing the parts together.
The welds also have the air of “professionally made.” Or at least “not in a garage” made.
We’ll meet in the lounge to have have our beer tasting: if you know an unusual or special beer that you’d love to taste but have been waiting for that moment, this is it. We’ll each sample what people (including you, if you want!) bring. While we’re tasting beers we’ll seek inspiration from them and each other and determine what recipe we’re looking to brew. Then we’ll head over to Brew & Grow and posibly Jewel to pick up some ingredients (they’re both right around the corner, how convenient). By 2:00 PM or so we’ll start boiling water and commencing the afternoon of brewing our own beer.
Around evening time after we finish up the brew and get everything cleaned, those who stayed ’til the end will get to taste the warm, sweet, and flavorful wort. Meanwhile, the yeast will be tasting it for the first time themselves. A few weeks after the brew, some of us will take the next steps of kegging the beer or putting it into a secondary fermenter.
This is a hands on class and collaborative project. If you have any questions we’ll do our best to answer them and any participant is totally welcome to take part in any of the steps of the brew: mashing, sparging, weighing ingredients, grinding grain, boiling, stirring, cleaning, racking, pitching yeast, setting up the bubble trap, and many other steps. If you’d rather just watch that’s fine too.
You must be 21 years of age to participate in Beer Church.
You can RSVP on Meetup
Officially announcing the creation of Newbie Programmers’ Office Hours! This will be like PYOO, but specifically with a focus on beginning programmers. We are language agnostic.
Please bring a laptop and we will try to help each other with projects and tutorials. If you don’t know what to work on, we will give you a suggestion from our resources page on the wiki.
For experienced programmers: you are welcome too!
When: Every Saturday at 7 PM
Where: Upstairs in the Electronics Lab
EDIT: PLEASE RSVP at Pumping Station One’s Meetup page so we know how much pizza to get! /EDIT
Save the Date: August 17 @ 7pm in Pumping Station One’s Electronics lab:
Prototyping a Device to Measure Child Body Fat: What a Research Firm Learned When It Dipped Its Toe in the Maker Movement
NORC at the University of Chicago serves the public interest and improves lives through objective social science research that supports informed decision making. Working extensively with the federal government, one of NORC’s key functions is to collect high-quality data.
Historically, NORC has collected data through surveys. In recent years, NORC has also begun to capture objective measurements of the “real world” using remote devices and sensors.
To deepen its capabilities, NORC identified a pilot project where it could learn more about the Maker Movement and hackerspaces. This project was inspired by a major federal research effort designed to help scientists understand the causes of a wide variety of childhood illnesses. For this project, NORC could not find an off-the-shelf body fat measurement device that met its needs. So they embarked on an effort to prototype their own device, working with a maker consultant who is an active member of the PS:One community.
Join us for an interactive talk to see the device they developed and share what they learned about the device and about partnering with makers to create a new hardware solution.
Brian Whiteley is an IT Director at NORC. Among his other responsibility, he currently leads NORC’s mobile and sensor based initiatives.
Randy Horton is Managing Principal of 94 Westbound Consulting and is a product and innovation consultant to NORC.
Ed Bennett is a maker consultant and an active member of the PS:One community.
The NORC presentation on August 17th is on the PS:One calendar in a slot normally used by NERP. 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.
Time: 7 – 10 PM
Location: Pumping Station: One, Lounge
bionerd23 has been a youtuber since 2007, but her science channel only became famous from 2012 on – that’s when she started visiting the radioactive exclusion zone of Chernobyl. Being on semester break in Chicago, this physics student will explain the basics of radiation and the devices that measure it to you – followed by insights into her trip to the Chernobyl zone with Ryan & Elizabeth. The three will give you personal insights on what it’s like to walk the abandoned, radioactive ghost town of Pripyat, including photos, video, and artifacts from the zone. They will give live demonstrations of radiation measuring equipment, including Geiger counters, quartz fiber and TLD dosimeters, NaI(Tl) scintillators, and gamma spectroscopy. They will also examine samples from Chernobyl under PS:One’s scanning electron microscope using secondary electron imaging and energy-dispersive x-ray (EDX) spectroscopy.
bionerd23. Female homo sapiens sapiens (confirmed via PCR). Born in an ancient decade of mullet haired people. Resides around the radioactive wasteland of Chernobyl and frequently posts photon based imagery of her natural habitat on youtube. She recently appeared in the documentary movie “Uranium – Twisting the Dragon’s Tail” (aired on PBS on July 28 & 29 2015).
Ryan Pierce. Male homo sapiens sapiens (assumed but untested via PCR). PS:One member since 2012. Collects and repairs Geiger counters. Maintains PS:One’s SEM. Travelled to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in 2013 with someone he had never met, based on the popularity of her youtube channel. Currently serves as PS:One’s Secretary.
Elizabeth Koprucki. Female homo sapiens sapiens (PCR testing refused, leading Ryan to hypothesize she may have DNA of reptilian origin.) PS:One member since 2012. Former PS:One CNC Area Host. Currently employed as Assistant Director of Fab Lab and Design at Chicago Innovation Exchange, University of Chicago. Her first time leaving the country was her 2013 vacation to Chernobyl.
We had a great year at Detroit Makerfaire and ran out of our kits in about 3 hours everyday. Thanks to all of the volunteers who headed out and helped teach other Makers about our noisemaker kits!
After a successful Makerfaire in Detroit, please keep in mind that the next Makerfaire is coming up quick. This is the South Side Mini Makerfaire, Saturday August 8th at the Ford City Hall. We need both donations and volunteers! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
If you want to learn to use LEDs, here’s your chance. This Thursday in Pilsen, I’m teaching a free workshop on them, covering basic electronics theory, diagrams, and breadboarding circuits. (the pix are from last week’s workshop, same thing.)
I’m exploring LEDs in eTextiles so instead of soldering, we’ll finish by breaking out the copper tape, conductive ink, and stainless steel thread. (Everyone gets free samples to take home.)
Participants will learn to design a basic LED circuit, choose appropriate components, and embed circuitry into projects using fiber and paper craft tools. After a crash-course in basic electronic theory, participants can opt to test their circuits out on breadboards and experiment with conductive thread, ink, fabric, and adhesives that are designed for flexible circuit-making. Workshop attendees are invited to bring in their own works-in-progress and/or materials for experimentation.
Parking is free of charge. Entrance to Mana Contemporary is on the east side of the building. Please press bell to be buzzed in. Front desk staff will be available to give directions to the Workshop Space.
This event is free and open to the public. Registration required.
The workshop is free but RSVP is required.
And next week at PS:One…
On Monday, July 13, I’ll be hosting: Stitch n’ Solder, from 7-9pm.This is a casual hang out to work on your own electronics, knitting machine, and e-textiles projects. Trade advice, troubleshoot, and socialize. Visit the link for details, please. (This is open office hours, not a workshop.)