Attendees Have Fun At Arduino/Electronics Workshop

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This past Saturday, workshop attendees had fun learning circuit design and micro-controller programming using Arduinos. Students programmed flashing LEDs in various sequences, sounds using a piezo speaker, and more.

Flashbacks to the ’80s and 90’s occurred as the theme songs of PacMan and Star Wars came from the Arduino boards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our instructor, Robin Moseley,  a former Bell Labs scientist who designed microcontrollers and other hardware and software, explained what a microcontroller is, circuit design, and the many uses of Arduinos and  similar boards. He brought in many of the projects he has built with Arduinos, including drones, robots light displays, sound synthesizers, music samplers and connected devices (Nest, Alexa, etc.) sorts of things that can be easy DIY projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students left with a full development kit including the Arduino, breadboard for wiring circuits prior to soldering permanent connections, sensors and resources to find and make more projects.

 

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Valentine Keepsake Box Class

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The Valentine Keepsake Box workshop this past weekend produced some creative designs. Some experimented with inlays- cutting out hearts or roses from the top of the box and filling those cuts with deep red acrylic cutouts of the same pattern.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t worry. If you’re still looking for a creative gift, our laser etch wine glass class is Saturday, February 3rd . Visit eventbrite to register.

 

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Laser Cutter Inspiration

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105 Amazing Laser Cutter Projects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unlike the MakerLab where you can learn and manufacture on your own, Ponoko is a online job shop to which you can send your designs and they will manufacture it for you.

Here’s a link to a great article that lists 105 laser projects that you can do here at SouthWorks. Make jewelry, create invitations, make robots,  and much more…..

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Happy Holidays- Resolve to Make in 2018

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The MakerLab was humming over the holidays as makers were creating hand-crafted gifts and decorations. Everything from LED decorations, gift boxes, smartphone accessories, and more. Personalized glassware and metal insulated mugs were especially popular. One maker had a set of glassware etched with the name of each of her holiday party guests, and they were thrilled to take them home!

Hope you were able to stop by to get one of our Holiday decorations.

   

 

 

 

 

if you didn’t have a chance to create handmade gifts for Christmas, remember that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Open Lab hours continue – Monday and Wednesday evenings 5:30pm to 8:30 pm and Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm.

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3D Geography

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Pictures and maps really don’t give you a full idea of the scope of geographic and architectural features. Such 2D tools can’t show height or depth well.

Now you can 3D print any place on earth to get a greater sense of the terrain. Plus, many important buildings and other man-made structures are now available to be downloaded and 3D printed.

I’ve never been to the Grand Tetons, so I used a free STL mapper to print it out:

3D print of the Grand Tetons from actual USGS data

i could have done my neighborhood or even Antarctica if I wanted.

I found Fallingwater- one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpieces- on a website and printed that out, too. The great thing about it is that it includes the terrain around the house.  You can see how FLW located the house on the lot and how it fits into its surroundings. I had known that a stream ran through the building, but only with the 3D model was I able to actually figure out how.

Fallingwater1

Fallingwater2

Come in and we’ll be happy to show you how you can use this software and locate models to use in your class or as conversation pieces.

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LED Message Board

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Make an LED lit message board by etching a permanent design onto clear acrylic, then use neon chalk or dry erase markers to add a custom message. Great for messages, menu boards, and more.

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Floating LED light workshop

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We had a great workshop this past Saturday. Makers created beautiful night lights, gifts, and holiday decorations.

The item is constructed so that the clear acrylic sign is removable, so you can create additional signs and switch them out with the season, holiday, etc. Besides laser etching the image on the clear sign, we assembled the LED elements and nailed small clamps into the base to hold the LED strip. 

etched sign
sign with neon marker message added

We also found that neon dry erase markers and chalk shine when the LEDs are on, so you can have a permanent design on the sign and add messages with the markers. You can create message boards, menu boards and more with such a system.

 

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Special Event- Create Your Own Flexagon- The Next Gen Fidget Spinner

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Tired of Fidget Spinners? Want something unique? Flexagons are the next evolution of fidget spinners. Every time you fold them you get a new pattern.

 

 

The Flexagon Zoo for Makers – A Geometric Paper Artwork Design Workshop

 

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They’ve entertained Nobel Laureates with their blend of art and mathematical secrets. Learn the history, construction, and beauty of flexagons from a world-renowned expert as you design your own.

This hands-on workshop introduces Flexagons for Makers.  Participants will learn how to create Flexagons from Triangles, Squares, Trapazoids, and other geometric shapes.  Flexing a Flexagon reveals numerous different faces hiding within the paper model and decorated with creative artwork of your choice.  This Workshop introduces the history, geometry, and construction for hexaflexagons, square flexagons, dodecaflexagons, and many others.  Participants will make flexagons from paper templates and will be able to use their own creativity to design the faces for a hexaflexagon and a square flexagon. The instructor will have numerous flexagons of all variations for participants to view.

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Robin Moseley is the creator of the “Flexagon Portal” which has been the number 1 ranking flexagon website for over 10 years on Google search.  Robin has been referenced in numerous flexagon publications, videos, and books for his ideas and research on flexagons.

 

Register at: https://southworks-makerlab-flexagon-17oct28.eventbrite.com

 

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