Today we had a herd of Elephants running around here at CTH. They are 3D printed and part of Dmitriy’s most recent project, a three dimensional zoetrope. He started by modeling 10 different elephants, each representing one-tenth of a stride. Each model is printed and attached to a spinning disk powered by a stepper motor. A bank of LEDs flash 10 times per revolution resulting in the illusion that the elephants are running. The contraption is powered by an old ATX power supply, 12v going to the stepper motor and 5v for the logic. An Arduino controls the stepper motor and times the LEDs.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to use a Milling Machine? At our most recent “Intro to the CTH Workshop“, Matt gave a great overview of our Bridgeport milling machine. Attendees learned the specific uses for drilling, milling and boring as well as how to change the tool in the machine. Matt also went over using an edge finder and the DRO (digital readout) for super accurate positioning. Now, no piece of metal is safe from modification into some cool project. Each “Intro to the CTH Workshop” will focus on a different piece of equipment. Future workshops will be listed on MeetUp.
OCTOBER 3rd 2015: CT Hackerspace will be on site for be part of the inaugural Greater Hartford Mini Maker Faire. Enjoy the day and spend some time at our booth to help promote the our community. The Faire has already had 700 people sign up on their website and they anticipate at least 700 more walk-ins, so get ready.
Using a Lathe / Woodturning : Bowl Making
In this full day workshop, you will learn basic bowl making on the lathe, going from a rough cut piece of wood to creating a finished bowl.
October 10th, 2015 1:00PM – Cost: $45 – 2hrs
Interested in the Internet of Things ( IOT ) you have been hearing so much about?
Want to publish values from a sensor to the Internet or your LAN?
Interested in Low Cost Microcontrollers that have built in Networking?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, this work shop is for you. This workshop will introduce you to the ESP8266 family of Wifi capable Microcontrollers that are more powerful than an Arduino yet can be purchased for less than $5.
Felt left back in this data-centric era?
Have problems describing needed reports to colleagues?
Sean N. Henderson will be helping beginners understand how to get better results at work by understanding SQL – a language used to retrieve portions of data from a database. Sean is a software developer and IT professional with over two decades experience working with databases and happy to share his knowledge and expertise in this area with the CT Hackerspace community.
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Success in a roundabout way thanks to improvising.
Hacking is finding your solution and obtaining your goal by out of the box thinking.
One of our projects has been trying to interface an old Vinyl Cutter / Plotter with newer software options (post 1996!) After months verifying separate components, we still have been unable to get get it all of the parts to correctly work as a system. (if you know Linux, Serial, and HPGL we would love help in getting our hardware fired up correctly!)
At wit’s end, and help from everyone in the CTH community, the vinyl cutter cutting blade was installed in an improvised mount that was interchangeable with our operational hand-built CNC router. The vector logo file was loaded and cleaned up in Draft Site. We then converted the image to g-code (compatible the router software) with a 1/16 cut depth.
For those of you who missed today’s WordPress workshop, credentials are still available for you to post your own content online. See Rich or Bill for issuing you credentials.
Worried about figuring how to post? Ask Bill, Rich or Keefe. It’s pretty self explanatory …and Rich wrote up a reference sheet on how to post to help ease any trepidation.
With CT Hackerspace’s new site, its easy and is also mobile responsive; I wrote this post entirely and easily from my Android phone