3D Design and Printing Workshop at the Stanford L. Warren Public Library

July 27th, 2014   
On Tuesday, July 22, members of Splatspace, and Durham County Library staff held a 3D Design and Printing workshop at the Stanford L Warren branch.

Turnout was heavy – over a dozen teens and parents showed up.

 

 

Fortunately there were enough laptop design stations to go around and the Library staff also supplied a 3Doodler extrusion pen to help keep everyone busy.

 

 

The teens in attendance all got a chance to design their own personalized keychains or swing-tags, which were printed on the spot with Splatspace’s Lulzbot or later, on the Library’s own Replicator.

 

 

This was just the latest in Splatspace’s ongoing collaboration with the Durham County Library system.Look for more Splat/Library events in the future as the Library forges ahead with their own Maker education efforts!

Special thanks to everyone who made this possible!

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This week’s schedule (Jul 21 – Jul 28)

July 21st, 2014   

Here’s this week’s schedule:

  • Monday, from 07:00PM TA3M:

    Techno-Activism Third Mondays (TA3M) is an informal meetup designed to connect software creators and activists who are interested in censorship, surveillance, and open technology. Currently, TA3M are held in various cities throughout the world. [1]

    Join us for the local Durham TA3M [2], held the third Monday of every month at SplatSpace in Durham [3]!

    RSVP optional.

    [1] https://wiki.openitp.org/events:techno-activism_3rd_mondays
    [2] https://wiki.openitp.org/events:techno-activism_3rd_mondays:durham
    [3] http://splatspace.org/location/

  • Tuesday, from 07:15PM Splat Space Open Meeting:

    Open Meetings on Tuesdays include member show & tell, project updates, and calls for collaborative hacking from 7pm-8pm. By 8:00pm, the meeting will break and everyone is free to mingle, work on projects, and get to know fellow hackers.

    How to get here: http://splatspace.org/location/

    We’re in the basement below Beyu Caffe @ 331 W. Main St. Parking behind the building on Ramseur St — there is plenty of parking and it’s free on weekends and/or as long as you exit the lot after 7pm.

  • Saturday, from 01:00PM Personal Digital Fabrication Saturday
  • Sunday, from 06:00PM Craft Project Night:

    Bring your textile, paper, jewelry, fiber, metal, or any type of craft project to the space.

We hope to see you out!

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Member Project in Focus – Bass Repair

July 21st, 2014   
Splat Space member Jeffrey Crews took an old neglected bass guitar and fix it up. At Splat Space we often try to fix things up as opposed to throwing them out, breathing new life into old things.”I had previously refurbished a child’s-size electric 6-string to be my son’s first guitar, and then had redone the wiring on his later, full-size Strat. So when I found this 4-string bass at The Scrap Exchange for $5, I immediately bought it.

The neck was straight and intact but it needed new pickups, all new wiring and tuners. I gave it a new paintjob, 3-D printed knobs, and as the final touch I added a brushed aluminum pickguard made from a handicapped parking sign I picked up at the junkyard.

To go with it I rewired a basic amp with a 12″ subwoofer. It plays quite well (I don’t, but the bass does.)”

 

This picture is from before the repair.
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Here is a picture of the finished product

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This week’s schedule (Jul 14 – Jul 21)

July 14th, 2014   

Here’s this week’s schedule:

  • Tuesday, from 07:15PM Splat Space Open Meeting:

    Open Meetings on Tuesdays include member show & tell, project updates, and calls for collaborative hacking from 7pm-8pm. By 8:00pm, the meeting will break and everyone is free to mingle, work on projects, and get to know fellow hackers.

    How to get here: http://splatspace.org/location/

    We’re in the basement below Beyu Caffe @ 331 W. Main St. Parking behind the building on Ramseur St — there is plenty of parking and it’s free on weekends and/or as long as you exit the lot after 7pm.

  • Saturday, from 02:00PM Triangle Embedded Computing Hack Afternoon (TriEmbed):

    Triangle Embedded Computing Interest Group (TriEmbed)

    It’s time again for another Hack Afternoon at SplatSpace!

    What is an Arduino? What is a Raspberry Pi?  See these links for more info:
    http://arduino.cc/
    http://raspberrypi.org/

    No prior experience is required to attend hack afternoon and you don’t even need to own an Arduino. There are plenty of members who will be glad to let you look over their shoulder and ask questions. Some will even hand you some parts and let you tinker. If you have your own parts, definitely bring them. We have lots of space and everyone should have room to work on a reasonably sized project.

    You don’t need to be a member of SplatSpace in order to attend, but please do ask about the membership options while you’re there. It’s a great group of folks and, if you’re into embedded computing there’s a good chance that you’ll share interests with other attendees.

    Go here for directions to SplatSpace: http://splatspace.org/location/

    If anyone has projects they’d like to collaborate on, feel free to start a conversation on the http://mail.triembed.org/mailman/listinfo/triembed_triembed.org mailing list. This announcement has also been cross-posted to that list.

    We hope to see you there!

  • Sunday, from 06:00PM Software Project Night:

    Come to Software Project Night with a project that you want to show off, you want to ask others for help with, or that you just want to work on.

    Come to Software Project Night with a software topic you want to talk about because you think it’s cool, or you want to understand it better.

    Come to Software Project Night if you’re a beginner or an expert programmer: sharing your unique perspective on software is what makes Software Project Night work!

We hope to see you out!

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Splat Space to be Home for Durham LUG Events!

July 13th, 2014   

Splat Space is happy to announce that events for Durham’s up and coming Durham Linux User’s Group, the Durham LUG, will be held at our location.

 

Durham LUGo

 

The first event to be hosted will be on August 2nd at 2:00PM and will be a presentation titled “Why Your Next Linux Powered Machine Should be a Chromebook”. Afterwards, fellow “Linguins” will intermingle and share their passion about GNU/Linux. Anyone interested in coming is encouraged to RSVP so that appropriate accommodations can be made, but it is also okay to show up even if you have not.

 

RSVPs are made on Meetup.com; you can either RSVP via:

http://www.meetup.com/splatspace/events/194690682/ – which is the Splat Space RSVP Link

http://www.meetup.com/LinuxUserGroup/events/194689802/ – which is the Durham LUG RSVP link

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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We Now Have a 65 Inch HD TV at the Space!

July 13th, 2014   

On Saturday, July 12th, members Carl R. Knapp and Geoffrey Tattersfield arrived on the scene to repair a rear projection Mistsubishi WD-65835 HD television.

 

 

The task involved the removal of the set’s “light engine” in order to replace the faulty 4719-001997 chip that was the root cause of problem.  

 

The instructions found online though helpful, showed a slightly different internal configuration than what we had inside, so the quick surgical precision anticipated instead turned into a game of “well I think this is supposed to be that”.

 

 

Here we can see Geoff with his thinking cap on.

 

 

 

After many (more than originally thought!) hours we emerged victorious, having slain the beast armed with nothing more than our wits, some coffee, and mostly patience.

  

Testing it out with a modified Microsoft XBOX, we found our efforts to have paid off. We look forward to utilizing this awesome screen for future events here at Splat Space!

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Learning the ropes with the new vinyl cutter

July 10th, 2014   
This past Sunday, July 6th, creativity reigned free as we came down to the space to learn how to use the new Roland vinyl cutter to design custom t-shirts with vinyl masks!

Unlike the usual screen printing method that allows for multiple copies of a design, this technique uses a vinyl mask applied directly to the fabric without a silkscreen. Screen printing ink is then applied with a foam paint roller, then, after drying, the mask is peeled off.

We look forward to using this new tool for this and other awesome techniques.

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This week’s schedule (Jul 07 – Jul 14)

July 7th, 2014   

Here’s this week’s schedule:

  • Tuesday, from 07:15PM Splat Space Open Meeting:

    Open Meetings on Tuesdays include member show & tell, project updates, and calls for collaborative hacking from 7pm-8pm. By 8:00pm, the meeting will break and everyone is free to mingle, work on projects, and get to know fellow hackers.

    How to get here: http://splatspace.org/location/

    We’re in the basement below Beyu Caffe @ 331 W. Main St. Parking behind the building on Ramseur St — there is plenty of parking and it’s free on weekends and/or as long as you exit the lot after 7pm.

  • Sunday, from 06:00PM Craft Project Night:

    Bring your textile, paper, jewelry, fiber, metal, or any type of craft project to the space.

We hope to see you out!

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Unveiling Our New Shapeoko 2 CNC Mill!

July 6th, 2014   
At our open meeting on Tuesday, July 1st, we finally had the opportunity to run our Shapeoko 2 CNC mill from Inventables for the first time!

We’ve had experience with other small mills like the Mantis 9.1, so we decided to skip over the usual “Hello World”, and jumped right into prototyping a new “business card” model for Splatspace.

Here you can see the cards that were designed in Inkscape with the toolpaths in Inventable’s online Easel app.

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These will be cut on small pieces of laminate material from architectural sample collections. Durham’s reuse/upcycling business The Scrap Exchange has a huge supply of them. We adhered the sample chip to the bed with double-sided tape (just like milling a small circuit board.)

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Video can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQyOp2lww14&feature=youtu.be
Success! We obtained a rough copy by using a basic 60 degree carbide spade bit.

Now our to-do list includes:

  •  Purchase a range of small and medium-sized end mills and other engraving tips (single point diamond bits do a great job on glass, BTW).
  •  Try out and pick feed speeds that are safe for tiny carbide bits.
  •  Make a replaceable spoil board with tee-nuts and hold-down clamps for the Shapeoko 2.
  •  Layout sheets of multiple Splatspace cards so that we can do a dozen or so at a time.
Big thanks to Inventables for the amazing tool!

Here are some more pictures(Thanks to Allie Grey & Jeffrey Crews for the awesome footage and pictures!):

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Makerfaire NC

July 1st, 2014   

Makerfaire NC has come and gone, and it was fantastic.

Every year since it started, MFNC has been bigger and better than the past year. This was no exception, as the Faire was in the larger Exposition Center.

Splatspace had a huge table, which we shared with the Efland Cheeks Elementary school group. We had an awesome wireless enabled cloud–an actual cloud–that flashed and animated colors that could be set from a terminal running below.

Splatspace at Makerfaire, 2014

We also had a MIDI player you could control with a wiimote.

Splatspace at Makerfaire, 2014

As always, we had the Bullitron set up, which was very popular. We also had custom vinyl decals being printed on a mini vinyl cutter and a cardboard pepakura velociraptor that was big enough to be called a Utahraptor, if anyone had measured it.

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Lastly, and possibly most popularly, we had paper Poplocks robots in place for visitors to build.

Splatspace at Makerfaire, 2014

The rest of MFNC was really cool too. Efland Cheeks Elementary had their usual Squishy Circuits set up, and a very popular stand to disassemble hardware. There was a great focus on teaching at the Faire. There was a learn to lockpick station, and a really popular learn to solder station.

Splatspace at Makerfaire, 2014

And there were a huge number of other awesome displays, like the chaos engine or the trebuchet or the mobile NERF weapons platform.

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Makerfaire NC is a genuinely awesome event. If you didn’t make it out this year, you owe it to yourself to get out next year.

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