Fix-It Clinic with Eco-Cycle

Volunteers of the Solid State Depot Boulder Hackerspace, along with Eco-Cycle, coached and assisted citizens of the Boulder, Colorado area in need of electronic equipment repair as part of the Fix-It Clinic event on Sunday, August 11th.  By not only helping fix, but also helping teach and educate by demonstration, the Solid State Depot volunteer fix-it coaches aided those from the community in the process and approaches required to fix their appliances instead of throwing them out.

The Fix-It Clinic coaches repaired appliances vacuums, toasters, two blenders, a scanner, and various other appliances.  Of note was a broken plastic part for a blender.  To replace it, Solid State Depot member Rob Bryan rapidly, algorithmically defined and modeled a replacement part using OpenSCAD, and then Bryant Hadley handled the 3D printing of the modeled part at the hackerspace.

Replacement Part Modeled in OpenSCAD

Replacement Part Modeled in OpenSCAD

This is even more recently relevant, since last month Colorado followed suit with 19 other states and banned the dumping of electronic waste into its landfills. Notably, the health risks associated from heavy metals from various electronics potentially escaping out of the landfills and into groundwater has prompted this movement.  There are electronic waste handling facilities, but the processes required to recycle the electronic equipment can also be rather toxic. Thus, by repairing instead of disposing, we reduce the negative impact upon our environment.

3D Printed Blender Replacement Part

3D Printed Blender Replacement Part

Facilities such as the Solid State Depot offer an important venue in the community — allowing people to get together and have access to tools and resources for tinkering, creating, making, and repairing that are often collectively too costly and take up too much space for most individuals to have all in one spot. In the end, fun and excitement was had by all in the exploration and discovery of the household devices around us all.

Open House January 22

We had a great turnout with still more new faces. Big shout out, we also passed the 100 member mark on our Meetup Group. Great projects continue to kick off! Thanks to Chris and Kenny and all the other new folks who came out. We saw some hardkernel ARM Odroid boards. That was pretty cool, driving LCD, ethernet, bluetooth, you name it. The ARM revolution continues (and accelerates).



Open house again next Tuesday!

Hackerspace a’ rumblin

So things have been going really well at the Hackerspace lately. We’ve had some people join, including another Ross (which is a little weird for me) which is just awesome. Every person that is part of the space brings their own unique attributes and contributions which help make the space that much better. Heaven forbid I say something like “synergy” but that is what it is. As a group we are more then the sum of our parts. Anyways, along with new people we’ve also had some new equipment come our way via some wonderful donations (thanks Anne!) and some savvy shoppers and yard sale wanderers (you know who you are!).

For those of you who have been to the space before this last week, you should come back. Last Saturday there was a huge re-organization to separate out the computer working areas and all the machining tools.

We’ve taken over the front half of the space we were in which is now the main computer / meet and greet space.

The back end is still getting organized as we’ve got some machines that need to be put on tables which still need to be built.

Basically right now in the back we’ve got

  • Soldering station with microscope inspection tool (can’t see it in the image, to the left you can see the table, barely)
  • Radial Arm Saw (Liz)
  • Small Drill press (Anne!)
  • Large Pneumatic Band Saw (sort of working, needs a new switch / fuse) (Anne!)
  • 1 donated lathe – semi working, needs stand and some cleanup not to mention tooling (Anne!)
  • 1 on loan lathe (thanks Edwin)
  • 1 on loan belt sander (Edwin)
  • 1 on loan grinder (Edwin)
  • 1 corded drill (Dan Z.)
  • Lots of hand tools, saws, clamps, bits etc.
  • Some spare lumber
  • A nice bike maintenance stand (thanks, don’t know who brought it)

Right now we’ve got a great bike lighting (POV) workshop being organized, stay tuned for more details. But as a teaser here is some video 🙂

link to video on YouTube

Also, it looks like were going to be having a BBQ on Saturday the 14th at 5pm. So bring your hacking spirit and eat some foods!