YOU can help carve out a permanent home for our 4’x8′ CNC Machine before it goes!

Recent changes have put the future of our 4′ x 8′ CNC Machine on notice! The CNC, which was on long term loan from one of our older members, has been slated for removal. Your immediate action can change this outcome.

An agreement has been made that the hackerspace can buy the machine permanently for a very reasonable price of $1500. If our users and supporters feel strong enough to make this permanent purchase for the space, now is the time.  Replacement machinery would go for at least twice as much as well as coordinating efforts to build a new one from scratch. Keeping it is a far more attractive option if the community acts now!

Donate now or see a board member for details.

Support the CT Hackerspace Bridgeport Rebuild during our 1:1 Matching Fundraiser

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CT Hackerspace has an opportunity to purchase a newer Bridgeport head to replace our existing one.  This new head would help our machine to be fully operational with more turning speeds, and run on better bearings.  We also have the opportunity to $$ DOUBLE YOUR DONATION $$ right now with a private 1 to 1 matching program to make your donation dollars work twice as hard. Help us hit this $500 Goal before we loose out on this opportunity!

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ArduinoPi at CT Hackerspace Presents Workshop: Sending Data to the Cloud – Pt Deaux on 5/10/2018

There was so much information in the first session that we had to split into two! In the first session, we learned about shields for the Arduino, using a temperature sensor with the Arduino, and using libraries for both. We also had an overview of the Internet of Things, the Cloud, and dashboards on IoT services such as Adafruit IO.

On May 10th, we are going to bring it all together where we will set up a dashboard on Adafruit IO, read the temperature sensor, and push the data to the dashboard for our viewing pleasure! We will need the Ethernet shield, temperature sensor breakout board, and our Arduino.

If you don’t already have an account on adafruit.com, create one before the class. If you have already bought something on adafruit.com or created and an account, it should transfer over to Adafruit IO. Test it out at io.adafruit.com.

Bring your Arduino, Laptop with Arduino IDE working, USB cable.

Meetup Link [ https://www.meetup.com/CT-Hackerspace/events/249832730/ ]

 

 

 

 

Milling Machine Fundamentals

CTH Equipment Workshop

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.

SQL Workshop: SQL Wars aka SQL Jumpstart

Felt left back in this data-centric era?SQL Icon

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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Improvising – Using One tool in the Hacker Toolbox

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!)

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Custom CNC Mount for Vinyl Cutter Blade

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.

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