Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

First Open Science Meeting this Sunday at 6PM

Have you ever wished you could help direct investigations or do some hacking in areas like chemistry and biology (or others), but feel shut out of the scientific process because you don’t work in academia or industry?

Are you working in science within industry or academia, but feel locked into a narrow field of R&D that is dictated by conservative sources of funding either via business allocations to meet short-term profit imperatives or from government grants?

Open Science is the practice of making methodologies and results publicly accessibe as well as facilitating various degrees of distributed collaboration in the research process. “Hacking,” or altering the objects of study for various reasons, will be emphasized in our program for purposes that could range from art to biofuel development.

Please attend our meeting this Sunday and subsequent meetings every third Sunday of the month to help shape this nascent program. Early meetings will develop strategies for acquiring lab space and equipment, formating the program, and selecting initial group projects.

Who: Open to the public

Where: Pumping Station: One, 3354 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL

When: This Sunday, December 18, 6pm (and every 3rd Sunday at 6pm)

Cost: Free

We look forward to meeting you!


12 2011

updated: DIY CNC Night December 14, 7pm

Sneaker Spurs

UPDATE: I can’t read a calendar – this event takes place on December 14, not december 7 as this post originally stated.

It’s almost time for December’s DIY CNC Night, a growing group of enthusiasts of automated manufacturing: 3D printers, laser cutters, automated mills and routers, plus all the software and hardware tools that enable automated manufacturing technology!

Please come if you’re interested in learning more, already have a CNC tool at home, want to show off your latest build, or just want to meet locals who are into this exciting technology!

Who: Open to the public

Where: Pumping Station: One, 3354 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL

When: December 14, 7pm

Cost: Free ($5 suggested donation for non-members to help pay the rent)

Typical Schedule:

  • 7-7:10: people show up
  • 7:10-7:25: introduction round-robin
  • 7:25-9pm or so: schmoozing, machine assembly and show off, discussion of tools and techniques

Image: Sneaker Spurs! by Thingiverse user MikeBattaglia


12 2011

DIY CNC Night #4 October 12 at 7pm

Interested in 3D printing? Lasercutting? Wish you had an automated mill to play with?

Come join us for our monthly DIY CNC Night #4 on October 12 at 7pm.

Our typical schedule:

  • 7-7:20pm: introductions
  • 7:20-7:45pm: brief talk (TBD)
  • 7:45-9pm: machine demos, schmoozing, repair work, machine assembly, discussions, etc

Who: open to the public

Where: Pumping Station: One 3354 N. Elston Ave, Chicago 60618

When: 7pm on Wednesday, October 12

Cost: Free

Gear O’Clock designed by thingiverse user PrintTo3D


10 2011

DIY CNC night, volume 2

The second edition of PS:One’s DIY CNC night (Automation Station: One) is this Wednesday, August 10 at 7pm.  All 3D printing, CNC mill, laser cutting, and any other CAD/CAM tool enthusiasts are welcome (members and non-members alike).

Feel free to bring things to show off.

Image by Thingiverse user rotoscan.


08 2011

Circuit Hacking Fun Night featuring Mitch Altman

The most excellent Mitch Altman, co-founder Noisebridge & TV-B-Gone inventor, is in town to speak at Flourish Open Source Conference at UIC this weekend.

Mitch Altman presents ‘Hacking Cool Things with Microcontrollers’ at Maker Faire Detroit 2010

Mitch loves hackers, so he’s coming by our space for a special Thursday edition of the our bi-weekly Circuit Hacking Wednesday: Circuit Hacking Fun Night!

Come get your electrons & solder on with Mitch and other friendly hackers on Thursday, April 7th, 7pm-9pm.

Inspired by Noisebridge’s Circuit Hacking Monday, any experience level is welcome. Beginners can learn to solder and make cool stuff in a couple hours. DIY electronics kits from Cornfield Electronics (Mitch’s company) and Adafruit Industries will be available for cash sale.

And remember: Soldering is Easy!

Solder is Easy - Here's how to do it!


04 2011

DIY Music Evening


Hot on the heels of MEECAS… Pumping Station: One’s very own monthly DIY music Evening.

November 20th, 4 PM @ PS:One. This event is free and open to the public.

Are you interested in circuit bending, DIY musical instruments, noise gen, percussion? Join us as we explore the creation of a joyous cacophonous cacophony! Bring your bent toys, instruments, amps and rattles.

Just what does DIY music sound like? Click here to listen to some audio candy:

Questions? Contact Hank at hkrishman at gmail dawt comm.

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11 2010

Flex Resistor Jacket!

My flex resistor jacket is finally finished. After a month and a half of failures and a whole bunch of setbacks, the PS:One logo is finally embedded with twenty big LEDs which are attach to a circuit board and a flex resistor. The LEDs only light up when the right elbow is bent to a certain extent. It runs off of two AA batteries held along with the circuit board in a pocket on the left shoulder.

The jacket was premiered (sort of) at Digital Breakdown on Dec. 18th to help promote PS:One. Bunches of recently printed stickers didn’t hurt either. Luckily, the jacket is perfect for dancing.

Thanks to Jeff Kantarek and Jordan Bunker for their huge amounts of help on this project. Without their expertise this jacket would not be glowy.


12 2009

Want to build a fabric light bright?

Photo 149Go ahead! The link below this post will take you to V1.1 of the PDF How-To to build one yourself, with step-by-step instructions and a pretty exhaustive materials list. Also some pictures, but perhaps not as many as there should be. Regardless! Is the PDF confusing or vague? Any questions? Go ahead and e-mail me at so that I can update the PDF and so that your questions can get answered. Happy hacking!

Fabric Light Bright PDF

[EDIT!]: This project is under a Creative Commons license!

Creative Commons License
Fabric Light-Bright by Eli Skipp is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.


12 2009