This week’s schedule (May 5 – 11)

May 5th, 2014   

Here’s the schedule at the space this week:

  • On Tuesday, from 7pm, we’ll have our usual Open meeting. This one’s also our board meeting, so unless you’re very interested in the Space’s administrative details, feel free to swing by a bit later than 7pm.
  • 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 (Apr 28 – May 4)

April 28th, 2014   

Here’s the schedule at the space this week:

We hope to see you out this week!

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A 3D printed thumb piano

April 25th, 2014   

There have been discussions of 3D printing musical instruments at Splatspace for a few months now, and one of our members, Jeff Crews, has taken the first step to build one.

You may have heard of thumb piano before. It’s an instrument of African origin, that is played by plucking at metal (or other material) tines connected to a resonating chamber. It’s a relatively simple instrument in terms of construction, so it’s ideal as an instrument to print.

Thumb Piano

Crews printed the body in two stages, first the top portion with the fretboard, and then the bottom to create a resonating chamber. He used a simple piezo electric sensor to capture the vibration of the instrument to play on an amplifier. The tines are made from old saw blades.

Here’s another member, Bill Culverhouse, demonstrating the thumb piano in action:

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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.

fab-sign

 

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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