Monthly Archives: March 2015

April Events (Special Guest, Forge, and Rockets 2.0, and more!)

Arduino Classes continue on Thursdays, with a the exception of April 2 and 9.

The space will be open for making or visiting every  Sat and Sun from 12 to 5.

All events are at the Makerspace–200 Waiehu Beach Road, unless otherwise noted.

Special events

April 2,  Open Public meeting (Free and Open to the Public)–6 to 9 PM

Meet other makers, talk story, brag on your projects, get and share advice and check out the space.

April 9,  Special Guest Speaker–6 to 9 PM

Design a Raspberry Pi HAT using KiCAD running on the Raspberry Pi 2

A step-by-step guide to creating a Raspberry Pi HAT using the KiCAD suite of EDA tools running on the Raspberry Pi 2 itself.

The KiCAD project is an open source suite of EDA tools. KiCAD runs on Linux and the new Raspberry Pi 2 now has enough processing power to run KiCAD. KiCAD includes tools for schematic capture, netlist creation, printed circuit board (PCB) layout and a gerber viewer.

This presentation will cover:
– What is a HAT?
– Requirements for a HAT to be called a Raspberry Pi HAT
– Installing KiCAD on the Pi
– Drawing a schematic in KiCAD
– PCB layout in KiCAD
– Creating gerbers files
– Get your HAT PCB built

This is a great opportunity to preview a talk that will be given at the Bay Area Maker Faire.


Eric Thompson is an Electrical Engineer and the founder of Low Voltage Labs

Low Voltage Labs designs and sells Open Source Hardware for Arduino, Raspberry Pi and easy to solder kits.

April 11, Fire up the Forge–noon to 2 PM

During this class we will fire up our forge and melt some aluminum cans. Learn about forge construction, operations, and safety. This class is a precursor to a metal fabrication working group. (Free for members, must be a paid member at at least the friend level, see our Membership page).

April 18, Maui-makers Rocketry–9 AM to 2 PM

This month the Maui-makers rocketry group is offering an advanced rocketry class. This includes the activities of our Basic class, but adds larger motors Starts with straw rockets, followed by building and launching an Estes Rocket with various motor sizes. The final project the working group will assemble a loadstar rocket and hack a key-chain camera to take video of the flight. (Open to the Public, Class fee is $80 per family, members get a $10 discount)

Loadstar Rocket

Previous Rocket Class


April 18, 3D printing day–noon to 5 PM

Drop in and see the 3d-printer in action, learn how to find pre-made designs, and use the 3Doodlers –a 3D printer that you hold in your hand to draw in 3D!

April Events (Special Guest, Forge, and Rockets 2.0, and more!)

3Doodler creation by Brian Isdale


April 25, Tinkering for kids–10 AM to noon

Introduce children to electronics and electricity in a fun and simple way. Activities are based on curriculum from the Exploratorium, and is great for all ages.

The instructor (Laura Ulibarri) has a Certificate in Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning.

WIP: Project World Domination

At shackspace we always aim for higher goals, therefore team krebs took action and started with the utlimate project - world domination.
For a long time shackspace has had the wooden ‘world domination map’ on the lounge wall, which gave the whole room a unique flair.
Finally, this weekend some minor but annoying bugs on the map got fixed, like the missing Black and Caspian Sea in Eurasia.
The goal was to place as many hackerspaces (among those who implement the Hackerspace API) as possible on the map and show their open status using RGB LEDs.
Here’s a short timeline of this hacking weekend:
  • Sadly, all Mapping projects for the spaceAPI seemed dead at this point, so @momorientes and @makefoo teamed up and built to get started. In the process we found some hackerspaces that had switched lat and lon on their API implementations and notified them, in the near future there should be less hackerspaces in the Somalia region WIP: Project World Domination
  • ciko, @lotho and @momorientes began to make plans to fix minor bugs in the map and add the Caspian and the Black Sea
  • @phrewfuf and @momorientes started by adding the Caspian and the Black Sea to the exisiting wooden map initially built by @n3rdybirdy.
  • @lotho and @momorientes gave the map a finishing paint.


  •  Jo merged a piece of wood to complete the Caspian Sea
  •  Jo and @codingrixx began to plan the path our bus would have to take around Eurasia
  • @phrewfuf started to solder the WS2812 LEDs and was later replaced by @pcopfer and @codingrixx.
  • @codingrixx and @pcopfer did an awesome job and got half way through Europe
  • Meanwhile @flachdachjogger had started to rip out the existing background illumination and began to replace it with a high density LED stripe
  • @codingrixx single-handedly finished the soldering on Germany (so many hackerspaces!)
  • ttb and @codingrixx continued till 8am to finish Eurasia by soldering LEDs for the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Spain
  • @gryhsl started to assemble a sorted list of all APIs on the maps part.
  •  @momorientes and @flachdachjogger added 3 more hackerspaces to the map.
  • @flachdachjogger, @momorientes and ttb added wood and hot glue to improve the overall sturdiness of the map.
  •  @flachdachjogger added a power supply and improved the maps supply voltage.
  • @phrewfuf added an arduino for doing a simple fade as long as no ‘brain’ is added.


  •  @makefoo quickly hacked together a control script for the ws2811 on the esp8266 on the nodemcu firmware. The firmware opens a coap server and exposes the control of the LEDs from an external instance. A VM polls the hackerspace APIs and sets the LEDs to red/green according to their open status. Together with Samu the ESP8266 got deployed in place of the arduino used for testing.
After this long weekend the team had completed continental Eurasia (lacking some small islands such as the UK) and added about 80 LEDs (>450 solder joints).
Sadly smaller hackerspaces didn’t fit on the wooden map in crowded places (the Netherlands on the map is as big as four LEDs), but their status is always correctly displayed on
If your hackerspace isn’t on the map, make sure to implement the current version of the hackerspace API, especially when your hackerspace is on the African continent or the Middle East
Work will continue during the next weekends and islands and other continents will be added. The map will also receive a new paint coat and the background illumination will be finalized (we didn’t have enough LED Stripes at hand).
For more pictures of the build check the shackspace Log!


WIP: Project World Domination

Maui Makers Accepted to Participate in mini-Makerfaire

We just received notice that our application for the Mini Maker Faire on Honolulu was accepted!

This event will take place Saturday, May 9th on Oahu from noon to 5 pm.

Maui Makers was also a participant in last year’s inaugural event and we look forward to another awesome event: hanging with other Makers, showcasing the awesomeness of Maui’s maker community and spreading the maker buzz. As Maui Makers grows in membership, we plan to bring a Maker Faire to Maui…

If you’re interested in group builds, manning the booth, displaying “Made on Maui” items, manning the booth, etc. please contact us at

Last year’s event had 750+ attendees and there will be a workshop on the Internet of Things and exciting maker competitions.

Free registration is open now, so please sign up before the early bird deadline of April 9th:




lynxis: 3com/HP Fix LACP Error ‘The port is not configured properly.’

I got the task to setup LACP witch an not so new 3com siwtch on one side and a Debian Jessie + OpenVSwitch on the other. Usally not a so big problem. Just keep in mind, 3com was bought by HP and is still using 3com software in their newer products. It's even possible to update an 3com switch with HP firmware if you're lucky to know which HP product matches your HP switch. Back to the task: setup LACP. I've done everything mentioned in the manual: Check all ports are the same media type All ports must be configured in the same way * have the same LACP priority

Everything seems be ok. The documentation also say that all Ports will loose their individual port conifiguration when added. On the switch side I can see the switch is showing my Linux Box as port partner, but still the link group isn't going into 'Active' state. Still showing 'The port is not configured properly.'. An update is not a option from remote, to much service depends on this switch. Let's take a closer look on the VLAN configuration. The LACP group isn't configured yet for any VLAN. But the ports still have an old configuration with tagged VLAN and is in hybrid mode? Why? It has a PVID configured, but not an untagged vlan asigned. Looks strange.

Go to VLAN -> Modify Port: Select both LACP ports as well as the LACP group and set them into Trunk mode without any VLAN. Now the LACP changed to active. Maybe this changed in newer HP firmware versions.

Laser Crown Project

April is my wife’s birthday, our Anniversary and a roadtrip down to Disney so I had to do something special.   I loved the Instructable by P3nguin and decided to take it a bit further by adding a reed switch to change display modes and a digital compass module.  Check out the full build log over on the VHS forums!

Crown at 20% brightness

Laser Crown Project

Presentation and Display Box

Workshop: Introduction to arduino blink sketch and E-Textiles – Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

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Introduction to arduino blink sketch and E-Textiles.

In this workshop we will be going over the most basic arduino sketch, The blink sketch. We will set up the arduino environment, wire an LED to the arduino board, programing an arduino to blink the LED on and off at a programed rate. We will then continue the workshop building on the blink sketch by adding several LEDS and making them blink in different patterns. We will finish off the night with an introduction to E-Textiles and how you can use the blink sketch in clothing.

For the E-Textiles section of the workshop we will be working with a Lily Pad arduino. It is not required that you have a Lily Pad arduino for this section.

Hardware requirements:

  • A computer with the arduino software pre-installed.
  • An arduino of any variant (Arduino Leonardo, Lily Pad, Arduino Pro Mini, etc…). You can purchase an arduino from LEE’s Electronics on 28th and main. If your ardunio does not have a USB port you will need the programing cable to download code. I will have several demo arduinos available for you to borrow if needed (these are not for sale).

Workshop: Introduction to arduino blink sketch and E-Textiles – Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

The Vancouver Hackspace
1715 #104 Cook street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 @ 7:30pm

Anyone and everyone is welcome. If you are younger than 18 please bring your parent or guardian with you

There will be a $5 workshop fee.
Please RSVP, if less then 5 people RSVP then the workshop will be canceled.


@funvill (Steven Smethurst) will be bottom lining the event.

Beefhack Success

Last weekend saw Ireland’s first food focused hackathon, Beefhack. The event sponsored by ABP Food Group, was about coming up will solutions for the Irish beef industry. The a prize fund was over €22,500,  it drew people from all over the county to participate. Over 100 people on Friday evening came together to form 13 diverse teams to build all sorts of different projects.  At the end of the weekend, 11 projects were completed and demoed to the public.

Our own Jeffrey Roe was on a team called “Track n Trace”. Their project was developing a smart tracker that monitors and collects data of beef produce while in transit. The tracker provides real time data and shipment info ensuring that there is full traceability of the product from field to fork. For more information about the project you can view this slides or photos.

We are delighted to see team “Track n Trace” came second in the competition winning €5,000.  This TOG’s second success in a hackathon this month after the Smart City’s event. For more coverage of the event and to find out about the other winners you can read the Intel round up or Silicon Republic.

Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!

On Thursday, April 16, Nova Labs is launching a Kickstarter campaign (we’re even having a big party to celebrate and ‘pull the switch’ – sign up for updates here).

Until then, here’s a sneak peek of the campaign and some of the excellent backer gifts we have planned!

Who is Nova Labs?

Nova Labs is community of MAKERS that supports a 501(c)(3) non profit all-volunteer makerspace in Northern Virginia. We provide the facility, tools, knowledge, and mentorship needed to help everyone rediscover the joy of making things!

As a family-friendly makerspace, and as part of our charitable mission, we sponsor a wide variety of fun and engaging classes and hands-on making activities for adults and kids.

 Our makers also enthusiastically support open source development for projects that benefit the local community and the world (Learn more about these projects below!). In just a few years, our NOVA Makers Meetup group has grown to over 1,900 makers (one of the largest in the world)!

For more info check out our Flickr Stream.

Why are we launching a Kickstarter?

Due to the tremendous growth of our community, our first space quickly became inadequate to support all the classes, projects, and equipment that our community wanted. So in July of 2014, we leased a fabulous 10,500 sq. ft. facility allowing us to expand our programs, house more fabrication equipment, and grow and sustain our community for the next 5-7 years!

Moving to a large facility presents a number of challenges. Due to the types of uses we seek to support, local building code requires that we make a number of costly modifications to the facility to convert the space from its current form into a MAKERSPACE!

Our major renovation costs include:

  • Architect and Engineering Services
  • Construction of classrooms for up to 60 people
  • New electrical and ventilation to support our Matsura Tiger CNC Mill, our Laser Cutters, Wood & Metal working equipment
  • New paint, carpet, fixtures and furniture

Overseeing our buildout project is architecture and design firm VOA Associates who designed Google’s DC office and is providing their services at a discount.

A significant portion of the needed funds have already been raised through grants, corporate sponsorship (Including GOOGLE), and donations from our members, but we need additional support to help us complete the project. We need this Kickstarter to be successful to make our vision for Nova Labs 2.0 a reality!

Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!


In addition to the basic renovations, we have a number of stretch goals we are waiting to roll out. In order to help you get excited about getting past our initial goal and on to our stretch goals, we’re releasing our first stretch goal to wet your palate!

Stretch Goal #1: Welding Station

Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!

 After our initial goal we hope to raise an additional $7,000 to support welding at Nova Labs.

The cost includes:

  • Welding table
  • Tig and Mig Welders
  • Safety equipment (gloves, helmets, and shields)
  • Ventilation

Backer Rewards

We are grateful for your help bringing this project to life. In addition to our heartfelt thanks, we are offering a variety of unique rewards at different pledge levels. Whether useful or just cool, we also hope these rewards will serve as an ongoing reminder of your support for Nova Labs.

Social Media Shoutout!

If Eternal Glory wasn’t enough, we’ll shoutout your name in abundant gratitude to hundreds of our followers. Be sure to tell us your Twitter handle!

Nova Labs Sticker

Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!

Your Name Written by a Young Maker on a Featured Wall

Your name will be written on our ‘Thanks For All The Fish!’ wall by a Young Maker. Spelling and quality of handwriting cannot be guaranteed Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign! !

Laser Cut and Etched Acrylic Key Chains

Show your support for Nova Labs everyday with these cool laser cut and etched acrylic key chains featuring the Nova Labs logo.

Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!

Carbon Fiber Money Clip

Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!
The money clip jig and newly molded carbon fiber money clips!
Whatever cash you don’t throw our way can be kept in this geek-approved carbon fiber money clip produced by makers from our materials lab!

DM-1 Card Wallet

Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!
Ditch the wallet, help your posture and support us all at once!
 The DM1 is milled from a solid billet of 7075-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum. It weighs 0.8 ounces and holds up to 12 ID or credit cards. You’ll feel and hear a “click” when cards are inserted to let you know they are secure.

Nova Labs PCB Reference Ruler

Need a quick reference for surface mount sizing for your PCB designs as well as standard inches and centimeters? This PCB Ruler will feature the Nova Labs logo and will be your handy guide during those late night PCB design sessions.

Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!

Tech Orange on Black Nova Labs T-Shirt

Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!
 Our striking logo and color scheme will catch the eye of envious makers and let them know you support one of the largest non profit all-volunteer makerspaces in the country!

Available in the following sizes: YS, YM, S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL.

Sudo Man Page Signed by “SudoBob”

Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!
 Bob Coggeshall (aka “SudoBob”) is a Nova Labs member, founder of Small Batch Assembly and is credited as the co-author of the sudo command. SudoBob will send you a signed copy of the sudo man page on card stock.

Nova Labs “Blinky” Board

The Nova Labs’ custom-designed Arduino-compatible microcontroller is finally ready to share. It is a great educational tool to help new makers learn Arduino!
Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!

Priority Registration for Popular Nova Labs Classes

Many of our classes are so popular they fill up quickly. Beat the crowds by contributing for a small private session and get expert training in Laser Cutting, Woodworking, CNC Machining, or Carbon Fiber Molding Making.

Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!

Nova Labs Flying Wing

Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!

 The Nova Labs Flying Wing is a custom-designed RC wing created by our Rhinohawk team. It is easily customizable for autonomous flight.

Name Our Work Tables, Benches, or Equipment

Your name will be featured on one of our work tables, benches, or equipment.

Founder, Benefactor and Sponsor Plaques

Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!
What a great way to display your support in your home or office!
 Backers contributing as Founding Contributors, Benefactors or Corporate Sponsors will receive this commemorative plaque. The plaque is laser engraved wood w/ acrylic cover. Your name will also be featured on a special wall at Nova Labs indicating your backer level!

Thanks for reading so far

That’s just a preview of what’s to come. We have more backer gifts in store that we’re keeping as a surprise.
Sign up to receive updates on the campaign at

Video Analógico

El labo presenta una nueva edición del Taller Introductorio de Video Analógico de Javier Plano. Este taller tiene como objetivo realizar una introducción teórica y práctica al campo del video analógico, y su utilización como herramienta de creación. Se estudiarán características de diferentes dispositivos y configuraciones de video estándar y experimental. Se procederá luego a armar dos módulos electrónicos para afectar la señal, y se los utilizará junto a equipamiento de video profesional para proyectar una puesta audiovisual. No son necesarios conocimientos previos en video o electrónica.

Visuales electrónicas experimentales

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6 encuentros (Lunes 13 de abril al lunes 18 de mayo)

18:30 A 21:30 / ANCHORENA 632

Arancel: 750 + 150 (materiales).


Pueden ver el programa completo del taller aquí

Para conocer más del trabajo de Javier en visuales analógicas, pueden seguir este link . Antes de despedirnos, los dejamos con su video para Los Pat Moritas. Saludos!

Video Analógico

Soft Robots for Hard Problems

What is a soft robot anyway? Over the last few weeks I’ve been giving demos at Resistor to show students what they are, what they’re good for, and how you can make your own.

Resistor was host to two meetup groups: the ACM NYC Group and the Soft Robotics Technology Group. During the demonstrations I gave a brief overview of the state of the art in soft robotics and then went into how I designed and built my most popular soft robot to date: the Glaucus.

Students helped out by casting waxes, degassing silicone, and pouring up molds themselves. Maybe soon I’ll come up with a way to get an even more hands-on demo where people can each make a bot themselves to take home.

Below you can find video from the ACM lecture: