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




March Workshops

We have a few workshops scheduled for March:

Monday, March 11, 6-9 pm: Arduino Hack Night
We will answer (hopefully) all the questions you have about Arduino, and potentially getting you started (or finished) with an Arduino project. This is a free BYOB (Bring your own board) event open to members and non-members alike. See the meetup page for full details and to RSVP.

Saturday, March 16, 1-4pm: PCB Etching Workshop
We will teach you how to etch your own PCB prototypes using common household supplies. This class is free for paying SSD members. For non-members the cost is $20. See the meetup page for full details and to RSVP.

Saturday, March 23, 1-4pm: PCB Design Class
Learn how to make a schematic and layout a PCB to create your own electronics projects. Bring a laptop – we’ll install and use Eagle (in Linux, Windows, or OS-X), circuit CAD software with a free version. Cost: $10 for non-members, free for members. See the meetup page for full details and to RSVP.

All events will be held at our space at 5311 Western Ave, Suite 115 in Boulder. Happy hacking, hope to see you soon!

Last Call for Soldering Workshop This Weekend!

Soldering Workshop: MintyBoost

What: MintyBoost Mobile Device Charging kit
When: Saturday, October 13, 2012, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Where: Solid State Depot, 5311 Western Avenue, Suite 115, Boulder, CO 80301
Why: To learn to solder! And, to have a sweet mobile device charger that you built.!
Who: Instructed by Joel.
Cost: Members: $13, Non-Members $25
Want to learn to solder for the first time? Want to hone your soldering skills that may be a little rusty? Then this is the class for you.

We will start by covering some soldering basics, and then we will be putting together MintyBoost kits, which allow you to charge mobile devices with AA batteries. The workshop will last 2-3 hours, and when you are finished, you will have a fully functional MintyBoost. Soldering iron and other tools provided. (Altoids tins NOT provided) Please bring your own if you have some.

SSD Members, please pay here, under the donations section. Non-members, please pay on the Meetup site linked above. The deadline to RSVP is tomorrow, Friday October, 12, 2012 at 12:00 noon.

Hope to see you there!