CNC SIG Meeting Tuesday 15-Dec-2015

Our CNC Special Interest Group will be meeting on 15 Dec (630-830pm) to continue discussions. Meeting will be at our makerspace, upstairs at 200 Waiehu Beach Rd, Wailuku, HI.

First time attendance is open to all. After that we request you become at least a Friend level member of Maui Makers.

We’ll discuss the new toys in the inventory, as well as some in the pipeline, along with the usual talk story.

CNC = Computer Numeric Control… basically a robot that makes things.

This “week” in Maui Makers 12-7-2015

Lots of exciting happenings at the Makerspace in the last month.

We are trying out a new look to the website. Let us know what you think. If you like the old one, you can find it here.

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As part of our Crafty Makers series, Rob Bartlett led an awesome 3-part introductory class on the Zen of Quilling. It’s a great way to make very complex and wonderful objects using very simple techniques.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_20140523_181938_698Arduino Build Night continued. John D. continued to make progress on his zombie apocalypse props.

3D Printing Special Interest Group completed some more of the prosthetic hands, and started an Intro to Fusion 360 self-paced study group.

 

 

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We kicked off our Menehune Makers program for younger kids (K-12). Some of the kids are calling it the Robot Class. We haven’t built any robots yet, but will soon.

We continue to have awesome and interesting people drop into the space, and it’s the people who make the Makerspace.

 

 

 

In December, we’ll be focusing on CNC Machines.

Island Hobbies made a generous loan of a 3-axis CNC machine. The terms of the loan were that we take care of the machine and teach folks how to use the machine. We’ll need your help with getting this set up and running. It’s a nice machine that can mill wood, brass, aluminum and steel.

Other activities will continue as usual:

Arduino Build Nights

3D Printing

Menehune Makers

Crafty Makers

Crafty Makers–Origami Boxes

Looking for a cool way to box small presents this holiday season. It’s fun and easy to make colorful origami boxes.

Join us every Sunday from noon to 2 PM  in the month of December (2015) to make these clever boxes.

Free to paid members, $5.00 for non-members.

Bring your own paper, or pay a $5.00 materials fee.

Menehune Makers–for Young Makers

2nd and 4th Wednesdays 5:00pm-6:00pm

This is our special program for children. Events will vary, but the primary focus will be on the Art of Tinkering, which encourages learning through exploration of ordinary objects and re-using them in interesting and creative ways. Check the Maui Makers Calendar for specifics. Events are suitable for 3 and up. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian, who will be encouraged to explore with their child(ren).

Shop and Tool Safety Classes

Every Sunday 3:00p.m. – 4:30p.m.

Wanna use the tools in our workshop with sharp pointies? We just need to make sure you understand how to keep yourself and others safe.

We have a safety and basic use program that has you covered. Subject will be chosen by members attending and can either be the Basic shop orientation or any of the advanced tools.

Please RSVP on our MeetUp page so we know to expect you!

Arduino Special Interest Group

Thursdays from 6:00 to 9:00 pm

The Arduino SIG meets to talk about arduinos and other small microcontrollers. Arduinos are a low cost, easy to use family of microcontrollers. We have been teaching classes on using them for several years.  Now its time for the community to have its own Special Interest Group (SIG).

Come down and share your Arduino projects and ideas!   Want to learn about the basic use of Arduino computers?  We will be reorganizing an introductory class to a once-a-month schedule as interest demands.  Want to learn more advanced techniques?  Come down and talk story with fellow arduino users.  Chances are there is someone who has already done something similar or is also interested in learning. Bring your project or project ideas. Come learn and share. If you don’t know Arduinos, you can find out basics and sign up for an introductory class.

3D Printing and Prosthetics Special Interest Group

First and Third Wednesday 4:30pm-6:30pm

3D Printing is a fantastic technology that lets you create parts at low cost form 3d-design files. Maui Makers has several 3D Printers in house (our own and on loan from members).
We are currently printing e-Nable hands for youth on Maui. These low cost prosthetics are a great way to understand the power of 3D printing. Come on down to the makerspace and help out!

Intel IoT Instructable Posted

The Intel IoT Invitational Instructable Contest was extended a few times. It closed monday 9Nov. Our entry for the AINA: Field Lab Using Edison IoT was successfully submitted and is garnering interest (1400+ views in about 1 day). The project proved out several of its goals, found some issues with the Edison/Bluetooth, and leaves many options for ruggedization and enhancement.

Some of the major issues to be addressed:

  • Bluetooth activation and pairing seems to require console access (command line tools) on the Edison.  Rather silly for an embedded device with no or minimal human interface.
  • Grove connectors and cables are not adequate for outdoor use
  • Proper housing of a field lab unit has many issues not addressed in the project
    • weather protection of electronics
    • exposure of sensors to elements they need to test
    • ventilation while protecting from flora and fauna (geckos, bugs, mold, etc)

Please check out the instructable and Vote for it before Nov 12!

Looking for unique, handcrafted presents?

Paper Filigree/Quilling Classes – 3 sessions

Three Saturday Mornings: Nov 14, 21, 28, 10:00a.m. – Noon

our very own Rob Bartlett is a master of turning paper into wonderful and exquisite art. He will be teaching us how to do the same!

He will introduce students to the zen art of quilling, also known as paper filigree – the coiling of paper in intricate designs. This art form, now enjoying a huge comeback, was supposedly used by ancient Egyptians, and throughout the ages. Modern tools and papers take this art to the next level. This class will cover the basic shapes and provide the students with the skills, tools, and materials needed to create 3 increasingly complex patterns designed by the instructor.

For more details, see our Our upcoming events page.

So we can plan appropriately, please register at Meet Up.

Special Event–Calling All Audiophiles

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Maui Makers 6 to 9 PM

200 Waiehu Beach Rd, Upstairs

Steve Griffin from Boeing has offered to preview his class on using the SigmaDSP board.

This class has several interesting aspects:

A group tutorial setting up a noise canceling system to eliminate background noise. This is similar to the system used in expensive noise canceling headphones. It can also be used to reduce noise in building ventilation systems.

The Sigma DSP board here. This cute little board is specially built for audio processing and can be used to optimize your soundscape and compensate for noise or limitations of your equipment and environment.

A tutorial on Sigma Studio, a graphical programming environment that is used to program this board. It can also be used to program SHARC processors.