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Printer Hacking

Reposted from Hackerspace member Ross’s blog

So the other day I was walking home from school and as I was walking by the dumpster I saw an old printer in there. I don’t know why someone was throwing it away but I didn’t care as I had more nefarious plans for it than simply spraying tree skin with black blood. For a long time I’ve been reading about electronics, about hardware hackers and I thought it was time for some hacking of my own. As someone who doesn’t have that much spare cash to throw at buying the components I want I’ve been seriously interested in what other people are throwing away and how I can use it. To that end this printer became my first victim.

Tearing off the plastic case didn’t take too much and it exposed the electronics underneath.

The control board has lots of interesting pieces that I can salvage

Finally I pulled out what I wanted

From just this old printer I pulled out two controller boards of questionable value but fun to see how the circuits workd and two prizes, a stepper motor and two DC motors. Not a bad haul since buying just those motors could have cost up to 30 bucks separately (new of course). After I pulled this stuff out and threw away the rest I realized that the next time I do this I am going to have even more fun trying to build a CNC using the actual physical hardware thought the steppers are usually too weak but it should be fun.

Boulder Ignite 13 – We’ll Be There

John English and Dan Davis-Boxleitner (and possibly others) from the Boulder hackerspace/makerspace Solid State Depot will be presenting at Boulder Ignite 13. The presentation is called “Fight Consumerism by Building It Your Damn Self” and will discuss the history and present day hackerspace experience as well as some interesting projects that hackerspaces around the world are working on. We will have 5 minutes to show 20 slides and entertain a crowd of Boulder’s finest geeks. For more information check out the Boulder Ignite event page.
The tickets are $10 and sell out pretty quickly, so definitely get ’em while they’re hot.

Boulder Ignite Homepage
“Ignite Boulder is a night of presentations with a twist. Presenting on a subject of their choice, speakers have exactly 5 minutes to teach something, enlighten us, or simply inspire — backed by 20 slides auto-advancing every 15 seconds. Quick, fun, and smart: we sell out the largest venues in Boulder.”

Our Wiki Is Online

Weapon Systems: Check.
High Impact Reactive Armor: Check.
All Systems Online.

Oh, right.. We have a wiki now! Please feel free to browse around and discover some of the exciting new interest groups that are springing up. You can also find some updates about ongoing projects and even read our Bylaws as we become slightly more official than we once were. We’re currently working on obtaining some office chairs, work benches and fold-up tables for our space as well as any electronic goods we can snag on the cheap (or free!). If you have any inquiries please direct them to donations@boulderhackerspace.com.

As always, we are accepting members. Come and attend one of our tuesday night open-to-the-public meetings and find out more!