Oct 042014
 

Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)

This class will be a fast introduction on not only how to set up and use your Pi but how to program it to do something useful and fun.  Blink an LED?  Move a motor?  Read a switch?   All great and there are other things like Arduino that do a good job at this.  Where the Pi shines is that it is also a “real” computer and makes it easy to get information from the internet and to share information.

Be sure to purchase the $60 Pi kit with this class, tickets are here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/crash-course-raspberry-pi-how-to-do-stuff-tickets-14204101851

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Nov 202012
 
We’re in the early planning stages for our first organized group project.

Goal: Convert a Kawasaki Ninja 250 into an Electric Motorcycle

You can follow the project on this page here

Pre-Project Meeting: Tuesday, December 4th, at 7pm

Email me if you’re interested in learning more about this project.  Participation will be open to members and non-members alike, as well as motivated high school students.
 Posted by at 12:31 pm
Oct 202012
 

First Day Projects


These are all first day projects made from scratch in a single day. Check out MakeIt Labs’ Eventbrite page for the next workshop.

Using Plasmacam


Brian Learns to use the CAD interface on Plasmacam. This allows you to make custom parts fast out of steel, stainless steel, and aluminium.

Special Marker Holding Jig


Before we cut anything, we use a special marker holder to allow plotting of geometry to “preview” the cut. This saves material as everyone learns what geometry does.

Basics Drawn Out by Marker


Basic geometry is simple.  In order to sketch, you need to simplify your ideas into lines and arcs.  This is what we got to in a few hours. We also went over how to locate your work and how to make sure you don’t cut into thin air.

Plotting Text


Plotting some words. Separating the cutting and control steps allows participants to learn one skill at a time. By the end of the day everyone was able to make some parts.

Travel Path Traced by Marker


The pen drags at the bottom of travel so you can see how the “rapid” travel paths work.

Design Modified From Image


A few minutes of work and we were able to make this robot figurine from am image with some added geometry to accentuate the 3d features.

Sparks Fly as the Metal is Cut


Sparks! At 20 amps, shade 5 eye protection is needed to protect from flash. Safety of participants and by-standers was emphasized to keep everyone safe.

Plasma Cut Sign


Brian made this awesome sign for the bar he works at.  

Video of the Plasma Cutter in Action:

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