Fall BBQ & Space Improvement

This past Saturday we held our Fall BBQ / space-improvement day at the space.

A few of the things we tackled were: organizing and assessing accumulated electronics and computer equipment, affixing whiteboards into 4 of the panels on the mainroom bay door, insulating the woodshop bay door, installing peg board and clamp rack in the woodshop, and mending the sewing shelf.

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Learn How to 3D Print Workshop

3D printing has started to become the talk of the town; so why not throw a workshop and teach others how to use it for their own personal projects? After all, we have 2 of them and have spawned about 18 of these self replicating machines with many other prototypes, trinkets, gadgets, and gizmos that members have made along the way.

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Saturday, June 1st, the first formal 3D printing workshop at our new location was held with an excellent turnout. A great group of 8 people with a broad spectrum of backgrounds showed up to add this useful skill under their belt and bounce ideas off each other; certainly a stimulating and entertaining environment.


The main point of this workshop was to set you up for success; how to set up the printer correctly:




Calibrate it:



And then how to use the programs necessary to make your idea into a tangible object:


final product



Having access to this emerging technology is nothing short of…Awesome=) I’ll be hosting another workshop June 15th at 3pm; proceeds go towards helping SSD become a better place to Make, Hack, Learn, and Play! Sign up quick because there’s only a limited amount of spots left: http://www.meetup.com/Solid-State-Depot-The-Boulder-Hackerspace/events/121847242/

Looking forward to teaching you how to 3D print successfully and make some cool things=)

Hack on,

Bryant Hadley




Arduino Night @ BHS

We had Arduino night last Thursday. The big win was all the mentorship happening around the room on Arduino, projects and discussing the how’s and why’s. It was a terrific buzz with a wide range of activity.




From simple beginner projects…



to “The Midi Mushroom”, a really cool project Chris is working on that sends Midi instrument signals when you hit it.



We saw more of the hardkernel Odroid. It runs either Android or plain Linux.


Looks like some “projects waiting on the shelf ” were there too.

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Most of the rest of us got some LEDs blinking or hooked up some device. Except the LED project which shone with the light of a thousand burning suns, but didn’t get a picture of that.

And hey, if anyone has a spare bipolar stepper motor (4 wires), post on the list! For everyone else, see you at the next Meetup or at the next Arduino night.