New Class: “Intro to Mechanisms” (May 10)


Got a shiny new 3D printer, but not quite sure what to do with it? Interested in learning to make your projects move? Sign up for “Intro to Mechanisms” on May 10th and get a gentle introduction to making stuff spin, wobble and reciprocate using things like gears and cams. We’ll also explore more advanced control mechanisms like Geneva Drives and Jacquard-style Punch Card readers, so you can live out your steampunk fantasies and setup your own desktop Dickensian sweatshop!  Taught by Chris Fenton (chris on thingiverse).


Circuit Bending!

En poquitos días comienza el taller de un gran amigo del Labo, el Sr. Cristian Martinez (aka Norman Bates) :

Circuit Bending!

Dice Cristian: Traé los juguetes sonoros que tu sobrino ya dejó de usar, tu walkie talkie de la infancia, la radio de bolsillo con la que escuchás los partidos o lo que se te ocurra y descubrí todos los sonidos ocultos que tienen adentro!  
No hace falta experiencia previa, pero si alguna vez bendeaste algo ya y ahora querés algo más avanzado también te vamos a ayudar. 

Miércoles 23 y miércoles 30 de abril.  De 18:30 a 21:30

En Casa Abasto (Anchorena 632)

+ info a: tallerbates@gmail.com

Circuit Bending!

3D Printing Talk

On April 8 2014 I (Jerry Isdale) gave an introductory talk on 3D Printing to the Society for Women Engineers (Hawaiian Island Chapter) at the Malcom Center in Kihei. We had about 20 people attending.

This (and other Maui Makers presentations) are available on our public google drive. Look for the ones named “ie 3D Printing” – its there as pdf, odp and google format.

The flyer for the event:
3D Printing Talk

And some pics for your enjoyment…

3D Printing Talk

3Doodler creation by Brian Isdale

3D Printing Talk

3D Printing Talk

3D Printing Talk

3D Printing Talk

3D Printing Talk

Gaithersburg Hobby Store Reinvents Itself as a Makerspace

GAITHERSBURG — Serge and Viat are father and son team running a small hobby store called Hobby Place in Gaithersburg, MD. Half of the store is a workshop full of vehicle and aircraft models in different stages of completion, a terrain race course mounted on a trailer, and small machine tools on workbenches. Clearly it’s not just a business for them.

I know them from my kids’ Saturday Russian school where they teach engineering and competition math classes. Naturally, I mentioned Nova Labs during one of our conversations, and made a few laser-cut parts (all hail Mongo!) for model cars they were building with the kids. Later, I gave them a tour of Nova Labs and explained what we are and how we operate.

There was an immediate understanding and interest:
“- Wow, a laser cutter!”
“- Hmm, we could have used that CNC router…”
“- Do you plan another class for vacuum forming?”
“- Maybe we should join as members…”

However, it quickly became clear that between day jobs, running the hobby store and teaching, combined with lengthy commute between their place and Nova Labs, membership wouldn’t be very practical for them. Makerspaces are pretty local entities, as we learned.

“- Is there something like Nova Labs near us?”

Unfortunately, no. Not yet, anyway.

“- Then let’s make one!”

The two decided to explore creating a makerspace in Gaithersburg. They have the shop space as the base, skills to share and interest in making. Now they face a classic bootstrap problem: to grow community and membership, you need events and activities, but to organize these, you better know what your members are interested in.

Many questions were asked about what worked for Nova Labs and why. Nova Labs is very open and enthusiastic about sharing what we learned, and one of these things is that kids’ events are always popular, have universal appeal, and make waves. Take-Apart Day probably takes the crown in that area. So they decided to try and run a similar event or two locally to gauge the response. If you are in Gaithersburg area and interested in helping to establish a local makerspace, give these folks some of your attention. The first Take-Apart event is planned on April 19th.

Obviously, they have their own Meetup.


Workshop: Chainmail

Am Samstag, 26. April 2014 von 11 Uhr bis 20 Uhr findet im shackpace ein Chainmail Workshop statt. Heißt soviel wie: Wir basteln $Dinge aus Kettenhemdringen. Was gebastelt wird, können die Teilnehmer selbst entscheiden, primär werden es wohl Beutel sein (für Inspiration hier und hier).

An Material stehen zur Verfügung (siehe Bild):

  • Aluminiumringe (oben im Bild)
  • Gefärbte Aluminiumringe (Bildmitte; es sind weitere Farben verfügbar)
  • Gummiringe (unten im Bild; für Elastizität)

Die Ringe haben einen Durchmesser von etwa 0,8cm.

Durchgeführt wird der Workshop von flyx, der das selbst auch noch nie

gemacht hat, aber ein paar Anleitungen gelesen hat und Hilfestellung geben kann.
Ihr müsst nicht gleich um 11 Uhr da sein, sondern könnt auch später kommen; der Workshop läuft den ganzen Tag. Bedenkt aber, dass ihr – abhängig davon, was ihr basteln wollt – einige Stunden beschäftigt sein werdet.

Anmeldung: Die Teilnehmerzahl ist auf 10 beschränkt.
Wer mitmachen will, schickt bitte eine Mail an chainmail@flyx.org.
Wer nicht angemeldet ist, für den sind möglicherweise keine Zangen da! Benötigt werden zwei Zangen, möglichst stumpf und mit glatter Innenoberfläche (wegen der gefärbten Ringe). Wer selbst Zangen mitbringen kann, schreibt das bitte in seine Anmeldung, für den werden dann keine Zangen bereitgestellt.

Kosten: Teilnahme ist kostenlos (Spenden an shack e.V. sind gerne gesehen);
allerdings müsst ihr die Ringe, die ihr verbaut, bezahlen. Der Preis beträgt 1,25€ pro 10 Gramm. 300 Ringe wiegen etwa 40 Gramm, für einen großen Beutel benötigt ihr etwa 1000 – 1500 Ringe.

Zum Event:
Eintritt frei! Verbrauchsmaterial muss bezahlt werden. (Spenden an shack e.V. sind gerne gesehen)
Anmeldung: Bitte Mail an chainmail@flyx.org
Datum: Samstag, 26. April 2014, 11 bis 20 Uhr
Anfahrt: U4/U9 Haltestelle “Im Degen”, Ulmer Straße 255, Stuttgart Wangen (gegenüber Kulturhaus Arena)

Workshop: Chainmail


OpenStack Study Group ( May 21 )

Above is a photo of the building that OpenStack ( nova at least ) was born in. That’s node number 6 on the internet, and the home of E root server. The dishes while no longer in use, used to provide internet to places like scandanavia. I also used to work there, as part of the Nebula Project.

Today the OpenStack foundation released their latest version of the software, code named Icehouse. Named for a street in Hong Kong ( where the last developers summit was held ). Many are just calling it Igloo because it’s easier. Anyways, to celebrate the new release of OpenStack, I’ll be trying to start up an OpenStack study group.

That will be on May 21st starting at 6:00 PM ( 18:00 ).


Read on for more detailed information…

OpenStack Study Group ( May 21 )

About the event.

This first meeting will be fairly informal. An introduction to the group and the world of developing for OpenStack. If it looks like we’ve got a solid group of folks, I figure we’ll get a better sense of what it is we want to do going forward. For me, I’d like to setup a once a month block of time to hang out with other OpenStack folks and share notes or just hack away on ‘all the things’. I’d love to also maybe setup a show and tell time as well. So that folks who want to show off some code, or some project can do so. But very informal. IE no vendor pitches =P

Who should come?

Please only rsvp if you intend to come and really are interested in getting your hands dirty. This is not a networking event, or a sales pitch, or a recruiting opportunity. This is hackery. Pure and simple.

I figure you’ll need to have at least some rudimentary grasp of python and a pretty solid understanding of Linux operations and networking. I figure most people who would be interested would have exposure to OpenStack or similar software such as CloudStack, Eucalyptus or maybe even Ganeti.


May 21, 2014, 6pm till we get tired ( 9:00 or so I would imagine )


At NYC Resistor. 87 3rd Ave 4th Floor ( no elevator we use stairs ) in Brooklyn NY. This is about three blocks from the Atlantic Pacific street station near the Barclays center.

NYC Resistor is a somewhat famous hackerspace with a focus on learning, making, and sharing.


Nuevo taller!

El laboratorio de juguete se complace en presentar un nuevo taller:

Nuevo taller!PICHÓN DE NINJA

Introducción a la programación audiovisual 

a cargo de GUIDO CORALLO

Vas a aprender a programar tus propias aplicaciones, para procesar y generar imágen y sonido, hacer visuales en vivo y comunicarte con otros entornos y programas. El taller estará basado en el uso de herramientas Open Source (principalemente Processing y algo de SuperCollider) .No se requieren conocimientos previos de programación. 

Resumen de contenidos:

  • Lenguajes de programación de propósito general y orientados a la creación audiovisual.
  • Introducción al entorno de programación Processing y su IDE. Comparación con otras herramientas. Alcance. Estructura de un programa.
  • Conceptos básicos de programación. Tipos de datos. Operaciones. Introducción a las funciones de dibujo. Principios de la animación algorítmica.
  • Funciones. Funciones Armónicas.
  • Dibujo en 3 dimensiones. Traslaciones, rotaciones y escalados. Transformaciones.
  • Introducción a la programación orientada a objetos. Programación de un primer sistema de partículas.
  • Entrada de audio y aplicaciones audioreactivas.
  • Introducción a Supercollider. UGens, osciladores.
  • Synths, servidor y cliente en supercollider.
  • OSC. Conexión entre aplicaciones.
12 encuentros (36 horas en total)
Todos los viernes de 18:30 a 21:30 (empezando el 9 de mayo y concluyendo el 24 de julio)
Valor total del taller: $1200 (a pagar en tres veces, al principio de cada mes)
en la sede del Labo (CASA ABASTO – Anchorena 632).
+info e inscripción: labodejuguete@gmail.com 


Gracias por sintonizar!



Nuevo taller!

Circuit Bending and Pot Luck!

When:  Saturday, April 19th, 5:00pm
Where: 23b Shop, 418 E. Commonwealth, Unit 1, Fullerton CA 92832

What: Monthly Pot Luck. Bring something delicious to share. If you are lacking creativity, downtown Fullerton has a plethora of restaurants.

The theme this month is "Circuit Bending." Details are below.

Via Danozano:
Circuit bending is happening this Saturday for sure, so go to the swap meet, or garage sale, or garage, or Filipino 98+ cents store, or dumpster, bring some electrical or electronic toys or objects that can stand to be improved, and we'll void some warranties.

Reed Ghazala has a great site which is loaded with some basic ideas and theory about how some things work: 

and here is his book:

There's a lot of info on the web about bending, but we can jump right in with no prior knowledge and do fun stuff, in many cases.

It's hit or miss, we'll talk about that... we'll talk about how to make a circuit do interesting things, how to find new jobs for old gear, and I will have several very wise and sharp electronics people breathing moist vapors down my neck whilst I flout the very foundational rules of electronics and electrical engineering before your eyes!

We will also probably talk about making little battery-powered amps like that mint box thing, input and output caps, diodes, ckt protection, resistor code, and lots of core foundational electronics stuff, so you can feel good about that. This is probably not an accredited class suitable for transfer to higher learning institutes. but you'll still know more than they do.

A few points:
- If you want to make things that make noises, maybe start with some noisy things?

- We won't be modifying anything with wall power, we are working on devices with batteries only.  So if someone brings a pack of AA or AAA batteries, that's a good plan to make friends.

- We have tools

- We have components, (which we might maybe ask you to consider donating something if you want an expensive thing, or the last one), several soldering stations, and a variety of materials, but if you want something special please do bring it (and a spare if you have one to spare.)
- Doll parts make great knobs for electronics, especially arms and heads, but don't let me fence you in here... go nuts, we have hot glue.

- Newer electronics, and those with very few internal components (like just a chip blob plus a couple resistors) may be very hard to bend.  Old analog stuff is super easy to work with, but harder to find.  Shop wisely and inexpensively with this in mind.