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Learn the basics of Inkscape

Learn the basics of Inkscape, an open-source vector graphics program, at our workshop on Thursday, 10 March, from 7pm until 9pm.

Inkscape is free to use and provides a convenient way to design for any project that requires vector-based artwork, such as designing for the laser cutter.

This workshop will cover the basic functions, then move on to more advanced techniques, such as drawing lines and shapes, converting to paths, Bézier curves, cutting and joining paths, bitmap tracing (and why drawing it yourself could be simpler, and exporting to DXF format.

Ticket are only £5 and are available to purchase now. While computers can be provided, it would be preferred if you brought in your own laptop, with Inkscape pre-installed.

Also, while this workshop will teach you how to design for a laser cutter, this will not teach you how to use a laser cutter. Only Hackspace members are able to book an induction on a laser cutter, and only trained members can use the laser cutter. Tours will be provided on the night to introduce you to the Hackspace and explain how membership works.

Lockpicking Workshop – Learn to Pick Locks Legally

Learn the basics of lockpicking in this all-levels workshop on Saturday, 23 January, from 12pm until 2:30pm.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • The legal aspects and ramifications of owning, carrying, and using lockpicks and associated tools
  • Which tools are available, the tools that we use, and the tools to avoid
  • The techniques involved in picking standard pin tumbler locks
  • Basic single-pin picking with specially-modified training locks
  • Single-pin picking of unmodified locks containing security pins

Locks, picks, and more information will be provided, and picks will also be available for cash purchase on the day.

Tickets are on sale now, for £8. Spaces are limited, so please book now.

Please Note: This is not a locksmithing course. The Nottingham Hackspace advises against picking locks that are in use or picking locks you do not own or have permission to pick. Any person making references to any illegal activities related to the locks, the techniques being taught, or theft will be asked to leave without a refund.

Do you want to paint a model? – Miniatures Painting Workshop 101

We’re starting a new series of workshops for people who enjoy painting miniature models. Come and learn the basic and expert tips to improve your skillset in this workshop on Saturday, 30 January.

Designed for hobbyists and enthusiasts, the first workshop will focus on:

  • The Fundamentals – The anatomy of a paintbrush; basic painting concepts; how to use basic tools; and how to care for your brushes and tools
  • Essential Skills – How to build models; how to de-sprue, clean up, and prepare for painting; how to prepare your paints; and how to look after your paints, glues, and sprays
  • Basic Painting – Basic techniques such as basing, layer painting, and highlighting

The workshop will run from 10am until 3pm, with an hour lunch break. There will also be a tour of the Hackspace and information about becoming a member, if you’re interested.

Tickets are £20 and can be purchased on EventBrite now.

Please bring your own models to paint, or if you contact us ahead of time, you can purchase a set of models to paint for £6.

Python im shack mit der „STUttgart Python Interest Group“

Am Freitag, den 11. Dezember 2015 um 19 Uhr trifft sich im shackspace die Stuttgart-Python-Interest-Group StuPIG.

Diesmal zeigt @michael-k, wie man bei Aexea Celery-Tasks mit Hilfe von Dekoratoren und Metaklassen besser in den Workflow integrieren konnte. Der Vortrag stellt die einzelnen Schritte des Refactorings und was dabei gelernt wurde vor.

Jeder Python/Django-Interessierte ist eingeladen teilzunehmen.

Die Teilnahme ist kostenlos.
Wir freuen uns auf euren Besuch!

Hier die Protokolle der vergangenen Treffen.

Zum Event:
Eintritt frei! (Spenden an shack e.V. sind gerne gesehen) Jeder ist willkommen!
Datum: Freitag, 11. Dezember 2015 ab 19 Uhr
Anfahrt: U4/U9 Haltestelle “Im Degen”, Ulmer Straße 255, Stuttgart Wangen (gegenüber Kulturhaus Arena)

Komende activiteiten: decembereditie

Het wordt weer vroeger donker en buiten wordt het kouder. Hoog tijd om binnen met een kop warme chocolademelk bij de kachel te kruipen, ambachtelijke soep te eten en… een spellenavond te doen! Lekker ouderwets analoog. Bordspellen, kaartspellen, waar jij maar zin in hebt! Hierbij kun je denken aan RoboRally, Munchkin, Carcasonne, Tsuro, Mens-Erger-Je-Niet, Lord of the Fries, Masquerade, Kakkerlakkenpoker, etc etc. Heb je ook zin om te komen vrijdagavond 4 december? Dan kun je je aanmelden via deze doodle. Natuurlijk kun je ook spontaan besluiten langs te komen, maar als je ook graag mee wilt eten is aanmelden wel zo handig.

Kom langs met al je Linuxvragen
Ben je net begonnen met Linux, of nog niet eens, maar wel nieuwsgierig? Of droom je in command lines? Een kruk of een crack… het maakt niet uit, op deze maandelijkse inloopavond kun je alle kanten op. Moem en Stoneshop beantwoorden op vrijdagavond 11 december al jouw Linuxvragen op ieder niveau en helpen je om zelf verder te komen. Ook niet-deelnemers zijn welkom!

Arduino workshop
Arduwattes? Dat heeft Witchdoc uitgebreid uitgelegd op de Arduino Workshop wikipagina.

De doelgroep van deze workshop is de absolute beginner, een beetje ervaring met electronica of programmeren is wel handig. Wil je je kennis ophalen of ben je wel aan de Arduino begonnen maar denk je dat een workshop als deze je verder kan helpen dan ben je uiteraard ook welkom.

Bij de workshop wordt gebruik gemaakt van een uitgebreide Arduino starterkit. De kosten hiervan zijn € 42,-. Deze materialen worden natuurlijk jou eigendom. Mocht je zelf al over een arduino met breadboard beschikken dan kan je die natuurlijk meebrengen. Heb je zelf deze onderdelen al dan is de aanschaf van de starterkit niet noodzakelijk. Vermeld bij inschrijving s.v.p. of je een starterkit af zult nemen.

Omdat de Arduino’s besteld moeten worden kan tot uiterlijk 5 December ingeschreven worden, bij inschrijving gaarne ook meteen betalen. Niet-deelnemers (van de space) ontvangen een mailtje van de organisator omtrent betalingswijzen. Er is plaats voor maximaal 12 deelnemers.

Je kunt je voor deze workshop inschrijven via de Arduino Workshop wikipagina.

Maar ik kan die data niet.
Ben je nieuwsgierig geworden naar Hack42 maar kun je op geen van deze avonden aanwezig zijn? Houd dan de agenda in de gaten voor overige activiteiten. Of neem contact op per mail of irc!

Arduino 101 Workshop – Nov 7, 12PM – 4PM

Learn the basics of Arduino and how to leverage this embedded platform for your next electronics project. We’ll cover how to control LEDs, motors, and communicate with a variety of sensors using the Arduino IDE. We’ll also cover general electronics topics including voltage and current and basic components like resistors and capacitors. We’ll provide the […]

Komende activiteiten: oktobereditie

Met de open dag tijdens het weekend van de wetenschap nog maar net achter ons, blikken we graag alvast vooruit naar de andere activiteiten deze maand. Oktober is voor ons een beetje druk en we nodigen je graag uit hieraan deel te nemen. Je bent van harte welkom!

Linux Mint voor instappers
Op vrijdagavond 16 oktober wordt het weekend afgetrapt met een workshop Linux Mint voor instappers. Dit is een workshop voor mensen die nog nooit een computer met Linux hebben gehad en eens willen kijken wat er nog meer mogelijk is anders dan Windows of Mac.

Heb je nog een laptop met (bijvoorbeeld) XP, die je niet meer wilt of kunt gebruiken, en je wilt er weer een veilige en prettig bruikbare machine van maken? Breng hem mee, want als je wilt, staat er aan het eind van de avond Linux Mint op en dat heb jij dan gedaan. Beloofd! De workshop wordt gegeven door een enthousiaste beginneling en een Linux-guru. Samen kunnen zij al je vragen beantwoorden.

De workshop kost € 2,50 inclusief een drankje. Je krijgt dan je eigen USBstick mee, waarmee je zelf Linux Mint kunt (her)installeren, en we leren je hoe. In verband met het aantal USB-sticks en zitplaatsen willen we graag van tevoren weten of je komt. Je kunt je via deze link aanmelden.

Hark24! Pastsummer lectures and general NURDing
Even wat Engels tussendoor! Op zaterdag 17 oktober organiseert Hack42 samen met NURDspace Wageningen een dag vol lezingen, project reviews en random hacking. Een aantal keywoorden van wat er langskomt? Cryptoparty, laser safety, Operation Gladio, !arduino, QtPass, ethical trolling, NurdNodes en SGI Littlefoot. De avond zal worden afgesloten met een feest. Bring your own lights and DJ’s!

Omdat er toch wel een limiet op het aantal personen zit, en er een aantal kosten zijn, kun je via Hark24.nl een kaartje kopen. Ze zijn niet duur, namelijk € 5,00. Voor € 15,00 extra verzorgen we ook een degelijke avondmaaltijd en indien van toepassing ontbijt de volgende ochtend.

Hackaday visits Nova Labs!

This post was originally written by  for Hackaday.com- used with permission.

Hackaday’s DC Meetup and Workshops

Washington DC has a vibrant hardware hacking community and it was out in force on Saturday night, September 12. We had over one hundred people through the door at Nova Labs in Reston, Virginia (DC metro area). This sleek and spacious hackerspace opened their doors for a Hackaday Meetup as part of a weekend packed full of activities.

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The building that Nova Labs moved into not too long ago is a really well-suited area for a Hackerspace. The front half of the building includes a huge open space which has plenty of room for people to set up the hardware they wanted to show off. The back has a full woodshop, machine shop, and more, with classrooms and conference rooms in between.

Above are a set of hats with addressible LED strings wrapped around them which [ArsenioDev] brought along with him. Several members of the Wyolum team are involved with Nova Labs and they were showing off some LED matrix-based projects like the marquee cube and a 3-player reaction time game. And clacking away all night long is a vintage teletype machine that [Bob Coggeshall] fixed and connected to a Raspberry Pi.

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There was pizza and beer for all to enjoy. This kegerator was just outfitted with an ESP8266 module which used Amazon SNS to report each time the tap was pulled. The tablet behind is displaying real-time data on these events.

Last month when we were in Boston someone brought on an InMoov robot and there was a different one here. I haven’t run into these very often but two in a row makes me want to take a second look at the project.

And there was a freestanding photo booth but in kiosk format. It included LED panels that lit up different colors to snap a collection of [Andy Warhol]-esque colored portraits.

Hackaday visits Nova Labs! Hackaday visits Nova Labs!

I’m fortunate enough to run across some of my favorite hackers in the world thanks to travels with Hackaday. It was a pleasant surprise to meet [Charles Lohr] whom you may know by the alias [cnlohr]. He’s the one who built a Minecraft server on a glass-slide PCB he fabbed himself. Recently he’s been killing it with the ESP8266, including a bare-metal programming guide he wrote for Hackaday. Above you can see him demonstrating the features he’s added to his ColorChord project. In this case it’s an ESP8266 performing DSP on an electret mic input. It drives a WS2812 strip for great visualizations while plotting the waveform on his phone via WiFi. You know… just the easy stuff.

Also on hand is Hackaday.io celeb [ArsenioDev] who was mentioned above for his blinky hat. He was showing off something much more serious though, an active control system for rockets. He’s coming along quite well with his feedback loop that pairs IMU with four servos for rocket fins. His next test will be driving a car down the runway at the local airport (with permission) while mounting the rocket on a stick for testing. Unfortunately some of this work is ITAR restricted so he’s limited on how much he can publish about the project.

There were a ton of other interesting and notable hackers on hand, like [Alex Rich] of Stickvise fame. You’ve got to make it to one of these events to understand how awesome the Hackaday community is when we’re able to get together for an evening of fun!

The Workshops

Hackaday visits Nova Labs! Hackaday visits Nova Labs!

This weekend was highlighted by a 3-day KiCAD workshop which [Anool Mahidharia] presented. I was fortunate enough to sit in and it was spectacular. I’ve used KiCAD for years and have spun boards from my design, but [Anool] is master at both PCB design and KiCAD itself.

On Friday afternoon and Saturday morning he walked everyone through a demonstration circuit based around a pair of linear regulators. He’s a remarkable teacher and included several gotchas to illustrate all aspects of KiCAD. For instance, he used a barrel jack in the design which has an oblong through-hole footprint that isn’t supported by OSH Park’s fab process. This way he was able to talk about how to change out the footprint and it was immediately applicable.

The rest of the weekend each participant worked on their own circuit and layout. I’m happy to say that everyone managed to get a design sent of for fabrication by the end day on Sunday! A render of my hastily-conceived design (I didn’t plan ahead on what I wanted to make) is seen above.

If you missed the post on Saturday, you’ll want to click through to read about the surface mount soldering workshops which [Bob] conducted several times on Friday and Saturday.

Many People to Thank

Thank you to [Bob Coggeshall] and all the Nova Labs members. They opened their door to us and made sure the place was packed and help make the event run smoothly.

[Anool] had this workshop planned long before the rest of the Hackaday ever thought of being there. Thanks for letting us join in on the fun and for making Open Hardware such a big part of what you and Wyolum do!

A big thanks to [Andrew Albosta] for taking all the photos of the meetup. He has a ton of cool builds written up on his blog, including several really cool carbon-fiber items like the wine bottle holder which were part of a composites class at Nova Labs.

And of course, thank you Hackaday Prize sponsors Atmel, Freescale, Microchip, Mouser, and Texas Instruments and to Hackaday’s parent company Supplyframe for making Hackaday live events and educational opportunities possible.

Ed. note:

Be sure to check out Hackaday’s writeup of the Surface Mount Soldering class that Bob Coggeshall conducted the same weekend.

Blacksmithing workshop

If there is one thing that is more dangerous than fire, and more mesmerizing, it is molten metal. Every kid has seem blacksmiths working at historic villages, though few get to experience the art first hand…

Back when every town had a blacksmith, it would take seven years of learning and practice to become a journeyman. Here is our four hour tour…

Kwartzlab member Sean Stoughton, a pro blacksmith, led a four hour intro workshop. See more about him at his OABA page. He’s a veteran of 8 years, and you might know him from Black Creek Pioneer Village or Waterloo Region Museum. The end product of the workshop would be to make a hook out of mild steel.

The first half was dedicated primarily to how not to get seriously injured by burning or impact, as well an intro to the tools and fire maintenance. Safety glasses are a must! Don’t try this without a safety lesson and expert supervision… unless you’re okay with loosing fingers or getting third degree burns.

There are dozens of tools and every blacksmith makes many of their own. The basic set it the forge, pliers, hammer, and anvil.

The anvil, for example, is not a chunk of metal as we found out. It is carefully constructed by fuse welding together different steels that make each of the different parts. Sean demos how to use the horn of the anvil to selectively bend the work piece.

The forge depicted here is DIY made from a brake drum, welded pieces of tee bar for legs, and discarded food cans for the vent port. It is aerated with an old hair dryer with a foot petal switch.

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The coal fire starts with a slightly acrid smell and yellow smoke of sulfur as it burns off. It really makes you wonder what it would have been like to live in the middle of the industrial revolution, where Wales and England were choked by coal smoke. Coal not only ran metal foundries and smiths, but pretty much every machine that was in use from ships to textile mills. As the fire progresses, blue flames indicate a much hotter flame: one that is ready for business…

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Finishing touches are done hitting the piece with a raw hide mallet on a wood block. This allows for final shaping without destroying the detail that was previously added.

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A decorative twist is added to the larger end of the hook. It’s tricky to get the middle properly heated without burning the tip. One of the students ended up melting the piece in half.

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While differing metals were mentioned, for beginners it is recommended to stick to mild steel. It is pretty forgiving and has a large range of working temperatures. Specialized alloys tend to be far more temperamental and each takes even more time to learn how to handle. Just opening any metal catalog will give you a glimpse of the complexity of metallurgy.

If this workshop taught us anything, it’s that this is most certainly this is a trade that is way harder than the pros make it look. After a couple of hours, only some of us came away with a hook. And generally these looked pretty bad. Slightly misshapen, with a variety of defects. Some had melted or weren’t quite finished. A blacksmith would be able to safely make a nice looking one in a minute or two, and would know about many other tools, techniques, and materials.

Workshop: Self-defense in the digital world

Hej Internets!

There will be a workshop held by a couple of us at Kontrapunkt on the 25th.

This workshop will feature a lecture by Hanno Perrey, in english, about the basics people need to know to try and use the internet in a safer way and get a better general understanding of personal integrity online.

After that there will be a break with some fika, and then we will all learn how to use encryption and hopefully hold a little “signing party”.

Stop by and check it out, this is a free event!

Place: Kontrapunkt @ Västanforsgatan 21, Malmö
Time & Date: 14:00 on saturday the 25h of april.
Bring: Laptop & you
Duration: ca. 3 hours

Workshop: Self-defense in the digital world