Preserving binoculars with 3D printing

April 15th, 2014   

One of our members recently used what he learned about CADing and 3D printing to repair a keepsake from his grandfather.

When I got the binoculars, one lens cap had already torn and no longer stayed on the lens. The others were threatening to go at any time.

Like any hackerspace these days, we have a number of 3D printers. I’m not particularly good at CAD yet, but in OpenSCAD a cap is just one flat cylinder differenced with a smaller cylinder.

Simple as it was, it still took three tries to get right. The first was way too large; the second, though it fit, was tight enough that I worried removing it would break the lenses. The last try was almost perfect. Despite needing three iterations, the whole process took less than an hour.

If you want to learn how to use a 3D printer and design software to repair things in your life, or build something entirely new, we hope to see you at Splatspace soon!

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This week’s schedule (Apr 14 – 20)

April 14th, 2014   

Here’s the schedule at the space this week:

Additionally, this Saturday from 7am to 5pm at the NC Fairgrounds, there is a Ham radio fest. There will be a few Splatters there, so come check it out.

We hope to see you out this week!

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Burlington Mini Maker Faire ’14

April 11th, 2014   

Looking for plans this weekend? Look no further.

Once again our friends in the Alamance Maker’s Guild are hosting a mini maker faire.

The Burlington Mini Maker Faire is this Saturday, from 10am to 5pm, at the Holly Hill Mall in Burlington, NC.

Our theme this year is “Building STEAM in Burlington” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) a recognition of a life long love of learning added to the can-do spirit of the maker in all of us.

We’re bringing together makers from across the region and across the spectrum of creativity and fun. Many of your favorites from the last two years will be returning with familar and new projects. You’ll also meet new makers and see awesome projects. Many exhibits are interactive and will allow you and your family to make something of your own that you can take with you.

We hope to see you there!

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This week’s schedule (Apr 7 – 13)

April 7th, 2014   

Here’s the schedule at the space this week:

  • On Tuesday, from 7pm, we’ll have our usual Open meeting. This is also our monthly business meeting, so unless you’re interested in board member reports and any Splatspace business, feel free to come a little late to this one.
  • On Sunday, from 6pm, we’ll have Software project night.

We hope to see you out this week!

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The Fabrication Annex: Breaking out is impossible, breaking in is insane

April 1st, 2014   

No, we’re not actually making Splatspace’s fabrication annex into Escape from New York’s maximum penitentiary. But we are totally stealing its font.

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Jeff Crews recreated the font (for 3D printing purposes) from the movie, and used it to create this just awesome sign for our fabrication annex. The font is up on Thingiverse for all your sign making needs.

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This week’s schedule (Mar 31 – Apr 6)

March 31st, 2014   

Here’s the schedule at the space this week:

  • On Tuesday, from 7pm, we’ll have our usual Open meeting. This is also our monthly business meeting, so unless you’re interested in board member reports and any Splatspace business, feel free to come a little late to this one.
  • On Sunday, from 6pm, we’ll have Software project night.

We hope to see you out this week!

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This week’s schedule (Mar 24-30)

March 24th, 2014   

Here’s the schedule at the space this week:

We hope to see you out this week!

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This week’s schedule (Mar 17-23)

March 17th, 2014   

Here’s the schedule at the space this week:

  • Tonight, Monday, from 7 to 9pm, Techno Activism 3rd Monday is meeting at the space. Tonight’s meeting is about the Internet Society, a group promoting open development of the internet.
  • On Tuesday, from 7pm, we’ll have our usual Open meeting.
  • On Saturday, from 1pm, we’ll be having our Digital Fabrication meetup.
  • Also on Saturday, from 2pm to 5pm, Triangle Embedded programming will be having a hack afternoon at the space.
  • On Sunday, from 6pm, we’ll have Software project night.

We hope to see you out this week!

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This week’s schedule (Mar 10-16)

March 10th, 2014   

Here’s the schedule at the space this week:

  • On Tuesday, from 7pm, we’ll have our usual Open meeting.
  • Saturday morning, at 10am, we’ve got an OpenStreetMap meetup, focusing on efforts to set up OpenStreetMap data for Durham and the Triangle.
  • Saturday afternoon, from 2 to 5pm TriEmbed is having their Hack afternoon at the space.
  • On Sunday, from 6pm, we’ll have Software project night.

We hope to see you out this week!

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This week’s schedule (Mar 3 – 9)

March 3rd, 2014   

Hey folks, meetup has been suffering a DDoS attack for days now, so we have no links to details for this week's schedule.

  • On Tuesday, weather permitting, we'll have our usual Open Meeting starting at 7pm.
  • On Sunday, from 6pm, we'll have Software Project Night.

We hope to see you out this week!

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