I love kick starter and every other crowd funded tool that is out there. Why? Cause when I see projects like this http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/b9creations/b9creator-a-high-resolut...
I get inspired!
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.
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?
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.
Ever since joining makehaven I've become obsesseed with additive manufacturing and 5 axis CNC. While using the RepRap and using all of the software associated with it has been a blast, the chance to get access to a 5 axis machine is really limited. So I began my quest for CNC.
Being from Stratford aka Helicopter City USA, I figured that there would be abundant training in the area. FAR FROM IT! In fact, CNC is in such demand, that there are over 100+ jobs in the immediate area posted on Indeed.com's site. So I've decided to take the following 2 paths to get my training:
With a little help from the internets I taught my self the basics of Grasshopper (Rhino plugin) this weekend for the purpose of analyzing a complex tower geometry. In the course of my research I came across this posting, illustrating a way to flex file parameters with ultrasonic sensors hooked up to arduino boards. Kind of cool. Thought you guys would be interested.
Video of the thing in action
So I attended last night's get together and learned what a stepper motor is and helped Kam fix one that was jammed (good clean fun), but the highlight of the evening for my own personal self was when Ian Applegate showed up riding a bright green vintage Schwinn Sprint wearing an Evel Kneivel motorcycle helmet AND, under the helmet, Dominique Pinon wrap around shades (VR glasses) that were electronically broadcasting to his eyeballs what his handheld camera (in his hand at that very moment) was seeing.