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An update on what’s been happening at Makerlabs

We have had some fantastic meetups in the last few weeks its been amazing.  Between the conversations there is a lot of hacking going on. Some of the active projects Ive seen in the space in the last few weeks: electric bike,  ham radio aprs tracking units, quadcopters, 3d printers, a battle bot and some home automation

I would like to say welcome to all our new members who have joined us in the last few weeks.  We have seen a lot of new faces joining in and we look forward to seeing many more. We are a open space and everyone is welcome.

I would like to extend a thank you to our members who have donated tools, funds and their time. The space is really coming together and we are starting to reap the benefits of all the effort put in thus far. If anyone has any spare tools or items you believe would aid the space we love to take them off your hands.

After chatting with the regular members we decided that we would formalize the contributions in to a membership fee. We have been accepting membership fees since Feb and we are starting to see the benefits of these contributions with us filling up the tool board on a weekly basic with everyday tools you would need to hack with. I encourage anyone who cant afford to contribute with money is welcome to speak to Marius or myself about contributing in other way to make the space better.

 

 

Last Night’s MeetUp 13/08/14

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Due to work and life interfering with our making time, we skipped/missed last week’s wire up. We really do apologise for that, please mail your written complaints to the MLCCSA(MakerLabs Complaints Commission South Africa), and they will get back to you in due time. But in the meantime, please join us next week to voice your complaints and have a brilliantly crafted beer with us.

Back to business then… T’was a good meet last night, with four barrels of beer being prepared for bottling. The o so famous capper machine was working  overtime and Mat’s beer pump, pumped many litres of beer.

Brew

Mark received his shipment of Arduino products last week and started playing with the LCD. We all celebrated when he finally got “Hallo World” printed on the screen! Now Mark, how about loading Mac OS on that?

Mark

Marius worked on the “gate-opener-2000” that Devin built to get it to version 2, while Lee and Kurt toiled away at a distance sensor and the Nucleo board.

Marius-and-Kurt

Marcel finally gave power to JackFrost, and behold, no smoke. He is bout two weeks away from his first print… Stephen showed off his printer, BlackJacK, and some of the very nice prints.

JF

 

99 bottles of beer in the cave, 99 bottles of beer….

Mat will carry on working on his SkyNet swarm of robots next week, and Devin will tackle a card reading machine for cave entry maybe? JF will be closer to a first print and we will have some locally crafted beer.

Cheers vir eers!

 

Last Night’s Meetup 30/07/2014

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What does soldering, chatting, testing and pizza have in common? A super meet up at Maker Labs!

Compared to previous meet ups, last night was a bit lean but fun none the less….

The evening started off with Mark going on with his tin-foil-hat theories and Matthew designed the best looking TFH for Mark

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Kurt purchased a Nucleo board recommended by Lee, and brought it along for some testing and playing. The whole team was on hand giving him some tips and advice.

The-nucleo

 

Matthew’s miniature robots is taking shape. Devin brought along some SMD components for the robot swarms, and Matthew had great fun soldering these minute components onto the proto-board.

Robot-Army

Black Jack is making awesome progress and is very close to printing it’s first print. Devin shared some expert knowledge on the software and firmware for the printer.

Dev-Kev

Whilst Jack Frost is about three weeks away from it’s first print.

Jack-Frost

 

Marius decided that Franken Printer is not enough, and a Franken Scnner is needed by any maker space. He started playing with an old scanner donated to Maker Labs.

Franken-scanner

What will we get up to next week? Who knows…. But I know  it’s gonna be another rocking night!

Over and out!

Last Night’s Meetup 23/07/2014

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What a meeting last night! Leather working, PCB designing, general chit chat and toasted ham and cheese!

Tom van den Bon from Binary Space joined us. Devin and Tom discussed PCB design and Tom gave some valuable tips and what to do and what to avoid.

Tom-and-Devin

 

We have been talking about a leather working course @makerlabs for a  while now, seems like we ill have that very soon. Johan brought through some of his tools and sample leather. Devin and Johan discussed in great detail what an how the course ill work. Watch this space.

LeatherWorking

 

Kevin and Marcel made good progress with the two Jacks. Marcel re-mounted his electronics and added the power cable while Kevin managed to insert the linear bearings, not without some difficulty. Stephen could not make it, as he had to study for exams.

Jack-and-Jack

Kevin showed off Stephen’s work to a new member and Einstein decided to take a nap with Mark coding away.

Mark-and-Kevin

So all in all, not a bad way to spend 3 hours!

See you all next week….

Last Night’s Meetup 16/7/14

We had great fun last night, with some new faces and some new hacks at #makerlabs

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Jan told his car that the Arduino is a CD Shuttle, and this way he can connect bluetooth and other devices.

Jan-car

Marcel and Steven worked very hard on their 3D printers and making some good progress. Marcel started mounting electronics and cleaned some wiring and Steven received some parts from Devin and started wiring of the mega.
Marcel’s printer was nicknamed JackFrost a few months ago by friends of his, and so last night, Steven’s printer was name – BlackJack

Marcel-Steven

Matthew started working on his robot swarm, collecting a vibrating motor from an old cellphone…
Keeping his work space very tidy!

Matt-robots

Marius brought along local resident, Franken Printer and showed off some of the toys he has printed.

Marius-Frankenprinter

Mark worked on his Pi and and code. He also had a chat with Marcel about some gam development in the near future. But his main contribution to the evening was the preparation of the toaster….
Thx Mark!

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Next week?

More building, tweeting, and eating!
Come join us…

Till next time, happy making!

Last Nights Meetup – 16/04/14

So the Easter weekend kind of ran away with this post but its finally here.
I arrived to find the lights off and the rest of the guys trying to prank me. It can be seen at 1:11 in the time lapse video Marcel put together of the meetup.
I brought the missing piece of the cnc frame which Marcel has been putting together

He continued with the wiring and we discussed some of the next steps on what track or rods we would use for the x,y,z axis

Here Mark and Marius get serious, deciding what to get for dinner…

Matt pop riveted a new top and temp sensor holder on the reflow oven

We wired up a relay board to the oven and gave it a test. it all fired up as it should and now we will just need to tweak software side

Mark started brewing his first batch of ale.

Mark started soldered a kit board he had bought awhile back

I rewired my mendel90 after upgrading the x carriage with updated parts. x-carriage runs a lot smoother now. next ill look at putting a optical endstop on the z axis

Marius forgetting his printer, picked a lock instead.

Tasted the current batch of beer. Really coming together and will be ready to be bottled at the next meetup. Looking very clear as well

What’s in store for the next meetup:

Bottling the american pale ale which will then be stored for another month before we start dishing it out.

Finalizing our list of names that we will have a vote on.

Running more tests on the reflow oven.

Time permitting working on a fun mini arduino project.

Till next time…

Happy Hacking!

 

 

Hello world!

Welcome to the new site/ blog for Jozi Makerspace.  We are a small community driven group of makers/hackers that get together every Wednesday night in Randburg to take on interesting projects.

Some of the projects we are tackling at the moment:

* The art of Beer Brewing.

* 3D printing objects

* Building a desktop CNC

* Building a reflow Solder Oven

If your keen to build a project with the help of a bunch of people or you like the idea of the projects we are working on, come join us on our adventures.