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Robot Challenges

The Robot Challenges has officially started.

Robot Challenge Stage 1
Complete the set maze by traversing the maze from one end to the other end. Your robot should not use any sensors. The cubes are 230mm by 230mm. There are 4 waypoints and you have to start from the beginning each time. Your name and time goes on the scoreboard on each waypoint you pass.

If you beat stage 1 (reach wp4), you win a custom made MakerLabs Robot Challenges Stage 1 medallion.

The Set Maze
Score Board
Simple no sensor bot.

Prize are subject to change on each stage of the Robot Challenges.

Good luck robot technicians.

The challenge has been made. Who will meet the challenge?

Stage 1 BOM
Robot Chassis With Servos –
UNO R3 – Compatible with Arduino –
Battery Holder 9V with switch –
Mini Breadboard 45 x 35 mm – (Optional)
Jumper Cable Combo M-M, M-F, F-F 10cm – (Optional)

Getting or making your own 3D Printer

Getting a 3D Printer can be a rewarding experience. To get one you would either have to get a fully assembles printer or a kit. The kits can be imported from China/AliExpress or even a local supplier like which sells kits around R6000.00. But the most rewarding is to build your own printer.

I have been working on one built around a 20×20 aluminium frame using several designs.

The design has a 300x300x400 print volume.

Most of the hardware you can order from


Come join us and make your own printer and learn from many experienced makers.

Collecting data on the edge of space!

Weather balloon payload development and having a fun time doing it.

MakerLabs is going to participate more directly in the next weather balloon launch that Binaryspace launches on 4 August 2018 @ Deneysville. The callsign is Binary04.

MakerLabs’s payload has two components. Radio repeater and a community goal of a data acquisition module. The payload will include a temperature and humidity sensor that will store data using a data logger module. Everything will be controlled using a Arduino nano and powered with a LiPo 3.3v battery.

Optional sensors that can be included depending on how many participants assist in the build can include:

  • altitude,
  • voltage probe,
  • solar cell.

Anyone that wants to participate in the project and future projects join us at MakerLabs and learn about electronics, robots, additive manufacturing, ham radio and even some magic the gathering if you feel brave.

So join us next time and have a blast doing learning all kinds of maker stuff.

Find us on meetup for regular meeting details.

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Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019, 6:00 PM
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Workshops coming soon

Hi Makers,

So this year has kicked off and we are slowly starting to get our projects off the ground.
This year we will focus on collaborations with other maker groups in developing and presenting workshops in different fields. The workshops we are looking into are in the field of robotics.
When we are all up and running we will advise on the wait time and cost of the kits so that we can have more frequent wokshops.

We are excited on the plans for this year and hope you join us in this adventure of learning and experimenting.

Watch this space!

MakerLabs Team