JOIN our Team for our latest group project: The Strandbeest ! A creative conversation between to members of the CT Hackerspace Community, Fred and Matthew, has now lead to a new Project at CTH: The Strandbeast Project. Not only is this project highly educational and thought provoking excersize (with a high coolness factor), but is a real possibility thanks to two of our sponsors: Autodesk and Stepcraft CNC.
New Group Project:
Anybody interested in building something with this mechanism???See links below for other exampleshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGOled86Sjo&index=3&t=0s&list=PL49oqRPQBaYxtrROVX6nMMRmp9VpRHzmihttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emW6ymgvvak&t=0s&index=53&list=PL49oqRPQBaYwHcXY2qHvZfIJjAXxGVp8hhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcccj4P727U&t=77s
Posted by Matthew Hubbard on Sunday, September 16, 2018
CT Hackerspace held an official unboxing night October 3rd for the Open Source Maslow CNC System. Maslow CNC is a unique “vertical” CNC router and is notable for its low cost. The unique vertical design mimics a hanging plotter allowing it to have a 4′ x 8′ cutting area with a footprint 10′ wide x 19″ deep.
Maslow CNC graciously provided CT Hackerspace the official kit to start the project. The CT Hackerspace community, active in hobbyiest CNC ventures, immediately took up a collection for additional materials needed to build out the machine. The community is excited to see the Maslow running in our workshop, side by side with 2 existing DIY CNC builds, along with the Stepcraft Multifunction CNC.
The CT Hackerspace Team will continue working on building the Maslow CNC in future Wednesday Nights as well as scheduling some longer workshops in the upcoming future weekends.
If you are interested in learning more, stop by CT Hackerspace during or public Open Space Wednesdays.
Want a cheap and easy way to get WiFi or Bluetooth into your project? Take a look at the ESP8266 and ESP32 modules. Both come on boards that are very inexpensive and can be programmed through the Arduino IDE. These modules can be found all over the internet in various form factors and it can be confusing which to use.
October 11, 2018 7PM
We will attempt to clear up some of the mystery of the module and dig into the capabilities of it. There will also be a review of different boards that the module is available on and look at the differences between them. Finally, we will run some demo projects to demonstrate the capabilities.
You can find these boards on Adafruit, Sparkfun, Amazon, and eBay. So if you would like to play along during the presentation, order them from one of the links below and bring your computer with the Arduino IDE installed and we will walk through getting set up.
Register Today for our MAKE YOUR OWN 3D Printer Workshop!
Class is on November 10th, 2018. Registration cutoff is October 27th.
Paul Langdon, active maker/inventor and instructor who is involved with MakeHartford as well as being a Hackster.IO ambassador, will be offering his class at CT Hackerspace. During this workshop, students will use a kit to assemble their own Prusa i3 style printer, which they will then get to keep and take home. They will also learn how to connect the printer to their computer, set it up and actually make things. There are no prerequisites for this class other than having a computer and being able to operate it. Cost of this class is $200, and this INCLUDES the cost of the Prusa i3 3D printer kit. A registrant is welcome to bring a friend, team, or family to help participate. (A separate $5 per person cost will be taken day of class to get Pizza/Drinks for lunch break)
Paul has created a reference page for all his resources at https://github.com/plangdon/3D-Printer-2018/blob/master/README.md.
You will not be fully registered for this workshop until payment is complete. $200 INCLUDES the cost of the Prusa i3 3D printer kit.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER COSTS OR EXPENSES?
A separate $5 per person cost will be taken day of class to get Pizza/Drinks for lunch break
WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS?
This class has set a maximum capacity of 10 printer builds. A build can include an individual, team build, or family. Registration will be closed in advance to allow for ordering the kits.
Our Meetup Link is : https://www.meetup.com/CT-Hackerspace/events/255085507/
Come join us once a month to share and learn about the craft of software development, at the CT Hackerspace. We are a group of developers, programmers, hackers, creators and inventors committed to learning new coding skills, and furthering our software projects.
If you’re totally new to programming, we can guide you through the basics and introduce you to a community of other people all working to improve their own skills in a supportive environment. And if you’re an experienced developer already, think of this as your chance to get some cool work done, or a chance to pick up a new technical skill!
Wednesday Night Spotlight 10/3
Maslow Open Source CNC Unboxing
During October 3rd’s Open Space, Join us as we will celebrate the start of CT Hackerspace’s next Group Project, the Maslow CNC. Maslow is a community driven open source project with the goal of making large format CNC technology available to everyone. We believe in a world where people everywhere can collaborate, share, and build amazing things together. We will Open up our starter package, and make plans to start this new tool build.
Maslow is a large (4’x8′) CNC cutting machine designed to let you cut big, useful things out of wood and other flat materials. Cut out a tiny house, a kayak, a tree house, some furniture, or anything else you can imagine. Maslow is designed to be affordable to buy, cheap to ship, easy to use, and powerful. Because designs can be shared digitally, you can build on the work of others or create your own from scratch.
Meet Paul Langdon, active maker/inventor and instructor who is involved with MakeHartford as well as being a Hackster.IO ambassador. Paul will be showcasing his example 3D Printer as we discuss and plan his upcoming workshop.
Learn all about “BUILD YOUR OWN 3D PRINTER WORKSHOP. This is your chance to see the machine you will build and ask questions directly with Paul prior to the class being scheduled. Event happens During CTH Open Space Night 9/26, beginning around 7:30pm.” to be hosted at CT Hackerspace.
On the heels of our fundraising event, we have new parts and a refurbished Bridgeport head to install to upgrade our current metal shop machinery. We invite all those interested in learning more about the Bridgeport intimately to be involved in seeing and participating in the rebuild. Event happens During CTH Open Space Night 9/12, beginning around 7pm.
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/ ]
The second part of our group name goes beyond the Arduino into the Raspberry Pi. In this meeting we will give a short intro into the single board computer and learn what its capabilities are. Discussion will include setup, programming, and various projects that are popular on this board.
The second half of the night will be dedicated to working on projects. If you have a Raspberry Pi that you would like to get set or work with, bring it along. This is the perfect time to get comfortable with the board or work on your own project.
[ CLICK HERE FOR MEETUP LINK ]