Monthly Archives: October 2012

Sandy Uses Hurricane! It’s Not Very Effective…

Hurricane Sandy crashed her way through Hoboken, causing ridiculous citywide flooding, turning the PATH into real-life BioShock, and mildly inconveniencing Eli Manning. Flooding, water damage, and debris have laid waste to our fine city… except the MakerBar!

A man chooses, a slave obeys. Courtesy NY-NJ Port Authority


Our intrepid member Chris Ferreira trekked (swam?) through the flooding and found that the MakerBar did amazingly well. The space is dry, all projects and tools are safe, and the roof is holding like a champ. The only immediate damage was one window that got torn off, but we needed a place to put an air conditioner anyways. The power is out; considering the damage to the city, it might be a while until it’s back online. Oh yeah, there’s a little flooding.

The MakerBar’s front door and Jackson Ave. Water is about 6″.


Oh window, we hardly knew ye.


Projects, tools, and other stuff are all safe and sound.


Six feet of water and that intersection still causes traffic jams. Note the MakerBar door in the bottom-right.


Minimal water got in. If there is a god, she really wants Bert to finish that 3D printer.


Damn storm broke the mirror (not really)


Chambord Place, south side. These cars are so screwed.


This is what I got when I asked if the west side flooded

The MakerBar seems to have a resistance to hurricanes! The space, projects, and members are safe; and hopefully things will soon drain and power will get restored.

We’re still deciding if we want to run a Postapocalyptic Craft Night this Friday. If you’re man enough, leave a comment or reach out to makerbar at googlegroups dot com !

Would you like to see a Maker Faire in Waterloo Region?

For the past few months, there’s been some behind-the-scenes planning to bring a Mini Maker Faire to Waterloo Region. For this to happen, O’Reilly needs to know there’s lots of interest in the area.

(From O’Reilly) Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with others about it. Many makers say they have no other place to share what they do. DIY is often invisible in our communities, taking place in shops, garages and on kitchen tables. It’s typically out of the spotlight of traditional art or science or craft events. Maker Faire makes visible these projects and ideas that we don’t encounter every day.

To us, Maker Faire has been an awesome experience that takes place in many cities around the world. Kwartzlab has participated in the Detroit Maker Faire in 2010 and 2012, as well as taking the Toronto Mini Maker Faire by storm in 2011.

We’re looking for makers, hackers, tinkerers, artists, friends, parents, former roommates, and pretty much everyone else interested in seeing a Mini Maker Faire happen in Waterloo Region to fill out our Letter of Support form with a little information about yourself, and why you think it would be awesome to see a local Maker Faire happen in 2013. These messages will go to O’Reilly to be included as part of our application.

If you have a few minutes, please send a letter of support to help us get the ball rolling on what will be an epic addition to great local events in 2013. When do you, make sure to let @kwartzlab know on Twitter!

Again, the form is here:

The No-Video Game!

It’s a vidya game but not! A completely audio-based game, the objective is to use sonar to find the hidden submarine and destroy it with depth charges. But be careful! If you are not close enough to hit the submarine, it will get away and you must hunt it down again.

Got an Arduino Mega2560 on the innards side. Got the joystick and arcade buttons from Ada Fruit! Very nice quality, shipped very quickly, and not too expensive to boot. Box was just a little, prefab wooden deal from a craft store somewhere in the middle of nowhere. And the speakers, I think I pried them out of a few alarm clocks.

Raspberry Jam for RPi – Introducing EVE Alpha at Cape Bar, Victoria Road

The Raspberry Pi Jam, 6th November 2012 will introduce EVE an add on for Raspberry Pi developed by Hackspace members and CISECO.

This event runs from 6:30pm. At Cape Bar on Victoria Street in Nottingham. Please do bring your own RPi or related projects. This event is FREE and open to all (even if you DON’T have a RPi).


Hackeá tu ropa!

El labo se da otro gustazo antes de fin de año: Constanza Piña (Ch), co-fundadora de Chimbalab (2008-2012), artista electrónica especializada en “circuitos blandos” (soft circuits),  nos presenta su taller:


Laboratorio teórico-práctico enfocado a la manufactura de circuitos electrónicos incorporados a proyectos textiles. Durante el curso aprenderemos a desarrollar circuitos suaves y flexibles ejercitando costura con materiales conductivos, combinando elementos del mundo textil con el componentes electrónicos.

Sábados 10 y 17 de noviembre

15 a 20hs.


(Anchorena 632 – Abasto)

Valor: $350

( incluye los componentes electrónicos y el hilo conductivo)

info e inscripción:


Constanza Piña es Artista Visual e intérprete en Danza Contemporánea. Su trabajo artístico se centra en la relación entre la tecnología y el cuerpo humano, desarrollando propuestas que integran danza, performance, video, textiles, electrónica y wearable technology.
Constanza es Co-Fundadora del Laboratorio de Arte y Tecnología Chimbalab (2008-2012). Ha realizado numerosos workshops y charlas sobre experimentación electrónica y Cultura DIY, participando de festivales internacionales como FILE (Brasil), LiWOLI (Austria), Congreso de mujeres tecnología y cultura libre (Colombia), encuentro Labsurlab (Ecuador), Festival TECHNE.11 (Uruguay), Interface arte ciencia cuerpo y tecnología (Chile) y Electronic Experimental Interventions EEII’12 (Croacia).Forma parte de Sudamérica experimental, plataforma de intercambio y colaboración de proyectos independientes de Artes electrónicas en América del sur.


Open Skills Lab


Op donderdagavond 15 november, een week voor de hackathon Regiohack, organiseert de redactie van De Twentsche Courant Tubantia in TkkrLab een Open Skill Lab / Hackcafé over social media.

Programmeur Breyten Ernsting spreekt over zijn webtool (verwijderde tweets van politicy)

Lidwien van de Wijngaert, senior onderzoekster van de Universiteit Twente, vertelt over de mogelijkheden van sociale netwerkanalyse.

Heinze Havinga, betrokken bij Regiohack en eigenaar van vertelt over de mogelijkheden en uitdagingen bij het visualiseren van een grote netwerkanalyse. Tijdens de hackathon Regiohack zal één team zich over de data en de visualisaties van het netwerk buigen.

Dit event wordt gehouden in Hackerspace Tkkrlab aan de Kloosterstraat 1 in Enschede (Fabrieksschool). Inloop vanaf 19:00, start programma 19:00

Meer informatie op de TkkrLab Wiki

A Family of Cut-Out “Art Boxes”

A family of 5 two-inch square wooden boxes featuring gears, vines and Celtic knots

Well, this all started as a small experiment which I didn’t expect to work.  Originally, I had conceived of the “Vine” box on the lower left as something to etch onto a series of rather banal boxes that I’m making.  In a sudden fit of “Oh, what the hell,” I decided to put our 60 watt laser-cutter to the test and actually cut out the shapes, rather than etch them.

The first Vine Box didn’t turn out so well, but the idea was there and I went home to further tweak the image so that it would cut out properly.  Once I achieved success, images, questions, and potential swam around my head.  What else could I cut?  How fine could I get it?  Does Ashton Kutcher really think that “Dude, Where’s My Car?” is a good movie?

More experimenting followed and the results of said experiments are pictured above.

Ultimately, I will be making these and other Art Boxes for sale to the general public on Etsy, but in the mean time, I’m testing out further designs so that I’ll have a full product line up when it comes time to open the store.

Scheduling Conflicts?

Crazy Calendars!

Let’s say your interested in Milwaukee Makerspace, and want to check it out, learn more, meet some makers, and see if becoming a member is something you’re interested in…

Because of the structure of Milwaukee Makerspace, we want to meet you, and we want you to meet some of us, and make sure it’s all a good fit before you join us, and that’s why we invite people to stop by Tuesday nights at 7pm for our weekly meetings, or Thursday nights at 7pm for our “Builder’s Night Out” but those days and times may not be ideal for everyone. If you’ve got classes or work, or just can’t make it out on a Tuesday or Thursday night, we can always figure something else out.

Feel free to contact us about getting into the space to meet people at a time that works for you. Maybe you can only stop by on the weekend, or during “normal” business hours… either way, if you’re interested in joining, we’ll do what we can do accommodate you. We’re helpful like that! :)