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Maker Year Challenge

 
MakeHaven has a challenge for you. Can you prove your maker skills by doing one project per month for the year? Starting in January for every month in 2016 I will be putting forth instructions for how to do a project. These projects with use all the different capabilities of the space. Those who succeed in doing all the projects will come out as skilled master maker. The list of projects is still developing but here is an idea of what will be on the list.
  • Create engraved box on laser cutter

Blade Left Circular Saws

So about 25 years ago I lived in a 5000sf loft space for $500/mo. The windows were falling out and the heat was splotchy but I was young and resilient and it was a great place to host parties with garage bands (NH post crack-war, pre-boom days, ahh nostalgia)… We had to build our own rooms which were more like little boxes inside of a big room so, fresh out of college I commenced to buying tools. One of my first buys was a Dewalt circular saw. I forget the model but it was simple, lightweight, trustworthy and I loved it.

Dreamjob. How Do I Apply to be an Elf in Santas Workshop?

So Gina and I were having coffee this morning and chatting with our friend Katy, when I noticed her 18 month old Paul grabbing hold of a parked bike's chain. Even though I thought this was funny (becuase for no good reason I would have done the same thing ....from his age up until about a couple of years ago) I didn't laugh but warned Katy who noted that he just had a bath (bonus dirt points) and that he really wants to ride a bike and that maybe she should get him a tricycle.

3d Printing Problems on the Replicator 2's

Was finally able to complete a print of the infamous shift knob this AM.  Used Adam vice Eve this time and tried something completely different.  I mounted the (white) filament on Eve and strung it across to Adam.  It was much easier to monitor the slack and several times detected overwraps that would have not have been seen behnd the machine.  I suspect that even minor tension on the filament will cause the type of problems I have been having.  A good solution might  be to mount the reels on the wall where they can be better observed and controlled.  You definitely can't walk away and hope

HERMS Progress

Hey MakeHaven,

Just wanted to let everyone know we have several updates to the HERMS project page.  Have a look to get up to speed.

http://makehaven.org/project/herms-heat-exchange-recirculating-mash-automated-brewing

We're still refining the process, but we're also making beer.  I was considering scheduling a brew day to introduce people to the project, and get them some time using the machine.

Arduino Matrix

My computer science teacher and I are trying to make and program an led matrix, (possibly like 5 X 5 or a little bigger). We started off with a scrolling 1 X 5 led matrix, but that the letters were pretty difficult to read and it was too simple, so we moved on to a srolling 2 X 5 matrix. However, that was still pretty dificult to read and didn't look great either. Neither of us have much experience with the hardware for excedding the maximum number of output pins.

Sound Absorption / Treatment

 

I recently moved from an apartment on a noisy street to a different apartment a few blocks away on the same noisy street.  I have wanted to work on a few musical projects that involve recording live instruments, vocals, etc, for some time.  The loud nature of my living quarters has made this impossible.  In my studio in the new apartment, however, is a rather large closet measuring 5.5' x 4' x 8.5'.  It is not luxurious, but it is more than sufficient for a vocal/small recording both provided it is treated properly.  To get it to a useable state, it will require some bass traps around the sides, some treatment on the door, and foam around the sides and on the ceiling.  

Tool envy -- Shapeoko

I love robots. I love computers. And Im starting to love tools the more I get to try to improve on my n00b skillz. So when I get a chance to see tools and computers together that I can have access to in my own house, garage, or makerspace that I am happily a member of,  I think this may deserve a look as something to add to the space.  

https://www.inventables.com/technologies/cnc-mill-kits-shapeoko

C2000 LED Experimenters KIT

 

So I got this C2000 LED Experimenter's Kit from my Texas Instruments representative.  I have it setup on one of the PCs running the color light demo.  Everyone feel free to mess with it, the documentation is in the box next to the PC.  The kit itself supplies a license for developing on the kit via the USB. The kit includes a Piccolo microcontroller which has dsp functionality.  This may be a useful platform for the sign contol, and they have reference circuits for powering the LEDs.

 

Creating a Bonderman fellowship but for makers to work out of MakeHaven

Ever heard of the Bonderman fellowship?  It's a fellowship that gives 20,000 dollars to a recent graduate with the idea that they go out and explore the world. More details here:  http://depts.washington.edu/bondermn/ I wish I had done something like this after graduation.

Maker Startup Weekend

Startup Weekends are cool. Makeathons are cool. Startup Weekends + Makeathon = ???

They had one out at TechShop http://3d.startupweekend.org/ 

I've been talking to some people in the general area that have access to some technical tools and personnell  about doing something like this.

If there was a Maker Startup Weekend, what would you like the focus to be and what would you like to get out of the weekend?

CNC Training @ Gateway

SUCCESS!

I reached out to Erika Lynch , who is the head of workforce development institute over at Gateway Community college and we spoke about their CNC program. They are consolidating their campus into the new location in New Haven but expect to be ready by the 1st of August. She said that she would be happy to do a site tour and for us to have a look at their CNC machine. She also is intrigued by what Makehaven has to offer and is going to come by on a tuesday night once they have moved to the new campus.