Tonight we're starting Open Hack Night a little early. Doors will open at 5:00 instead of 6:00.
Open Hack Night is every Tuesday and Friday night. Our address is 687 McKinley, Suite 2, Eugene, Oregon.
Eugene Maker Space now has its name on the sign out front of the building. We are easier to find than ever before.
Open Hack Night was busy tonight. I did not catch what everyone was doing. I did catch that Michelle was gluing together a puzzle box, Ben and Kassie were installing Raspbian on their new Raspberry Pis, Celeste was prototyping an LED-illuminated yo-yo kit for girls to make, Taper was wiring up a circuit to drive some Nixie Tubes (?) from an Arduino, Austin was printing a plastic fan guard and then a special-purpose Wii holder on the MakerBot, and I was making the wiring harness for my laser cutter project.
We've been getting really good turnouts at Open Hack Night lately. It must be the lovely weather. (-:
Austin shot this short video of James' hexapod.
Austin gave me this video of my interactive LED diversion being interacted with.
Eugene Maker Space will not be having Open Hack Night next Tuesday, December 25th, because it will be Christmas.
We will be back on Friday, December 28th, and probably on Tuesday, January 1st, 2013.
Open Hack Night is every Tuesday and Friday night from 6 to 8 PM (major holidays excepted (-: ). Come to the shop. Bring your project and/or see what other people are working on.
I haven't posted here about the laser cutter in quite a while.
It's coming along. I'm nearly done with the mechanical assembly and ready to start on wiring and electronics. The gantry, the movable beam in the center of the picture, is installed. The laser carriage, which rides on the gantry, is also installed. The table has been installed for a while, though I'm going to replace the plastic eggcrate table surface with an aluminum eggcrate.
I have been writing Arduino software to drive a stepper motor. I am planning to grow this into a complete control program for the laser cutter I've been building. Today I got some interesting things working, and I made some videos and uploaded them to Youtube.
What happened at Open Shop Night tonight?
Weston's project was to make new wheels for his cardboard robot. He had designed some and wanted to print them on Rick's 3D printer. Darrell showed him how to use the printer, and they worked together to get two new wheels printed. Here is the robot with his new wheels. He looks pretty excited about them.
After the new wheels were installed, Weston let the robot roam around the lab for a while.
Ionel, Darrell, and Weston also compared notes on OpenSCAD. I (Bob) built a metal box. After that, I tried to drill out a 5mm coupler to make a ¼ inch coupler, but the hole went off center.