Update on the Shapeoko CNC router


From Workshop 88

At last week’s meeting, our expert in all things CNC, Branden, was around for the last meeting before his move to Boston. (We will miss you, Branden!!)  He was, however, kind enough to show us how to work the LinuxCNC distro software in order to get our Shapeoko running when we get the parts. (See the above video.) We are expecting the parts to arrive in the next two weeks.  Very soon we will be milling parts!  What will you make with the CNC router?

Build a Nerf gun workshop!

Workshop 88’s own KaneTheMediocre has been featured in Make Magazine and on the Makezine blog (he’s therefore now known as KaneTheMentioned).  We’re excited to have Kane host a workshop where he will show us how to construct a HAMP: the High Airflow Manual Plunger.

Here’s a video of what the HAMP can do to whet your appetite:

What you need to bring to the workshop: nothing! Come prepared to have fun and build a HAMP!

What you will leave the workshop with: You will leave the workshop with your own HAMP and the ability to construct nerf guns based on the HAMP.

Public Meeting

Every Thursday night we have our public meeting starting at 7:00 pm.  Meetings are always free and open to the public.  Come build something with us!

Public Meeting

Every Thursday night we have our public meeting starting at 7:00 pm.  Meetings are always free and open to the public.  Come build something with us!

Lockpicking Workshop

Patrick from Pumping Station: One will be giving his informative lockpicking howto workshop. This workshop will take about one hour with plenty of hands-on practice available for everyone who comes out.

This workshop is FREE.  Please bring a friend!

(Workshop 88 does not condone lockpicking on any locks other than your own. Don’t even think about using your skills for evil.)

Introduction to EAGLE (June 2012)

Jim Williams, our resident PCB expert, will lead this overview of how to start working with the EAGLE software package at an introductory level.  EAGLE is a PCB (printed circuit board) layout design software package which is useful for laying out your own circuit boards. This class is an overview of the software that will help you start to learn how to use it on your own. The class will introduce the  schematic capture and board layout features of the software and touch on custom library part creation.

What you need to bring to this class: A laptop computer with EAGLE 6.2 (the free version) pre-installed.

What you will get from the class: You will learn how to find parts to put into a schematic. You will learn how to draw parts that are not pre-made to put into a schematic. You will get experience in using EAGLE to layout a printed circuit board ready for etching.

Basic learn to solder class (June 2012)

Image credit:MJN123

Have you been dabbling in electronics and building all your circuits on breadboards? Maybe it’s time you learn how to solder with Workshop 88! Want to improve your soldering skills? Come to our soldering class and see what you can do to make you soldering better.  We’ve got some new soldering irons that you’ll get to make use of during the class.

What you need to bring: Nothing! We’ll have everything for you.

What you will leave with: Knowledge of proper soldering technique

Made some Workshop 88 decals


Workshop 88 decals (click photo to see all decals)

I was at the Museum of Science and Industry this past weekend volunteering at the Fab Lab, and I learned how to use their vinyl cutter.  I made four different decals of the Workshop 88 logo.  One is a transparent decal, one is a bumper-sticker-style decal with a white background, and the other two are just logo decals on white that need to be cut out.

We’re looking to be getting a vinyl cutter at Workshop 88 very soon!  What will you make with it?

Introduction to Arduino class (Arduino 101) May 2012

Workshop 88 is offering our introduction to the Arduino platform at our makerspace in Glen Ellyn. Class attendees will learn how to configure their arduino programming environment, how to design simple circuits for interfacing with the arduino and how to write simple programs to control the arduino. What is Arduino, you ask? From their home page:

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

You can order Arduino systems from several places, including Adafruit and Sparkfun. Both companies have lots of tutorials and howtos to get you started with Arduinos. If you’re looking for a local source to get Arduinos, try Trossen Robotics.

What you’ll get from this class: If you choose the registration + materials option, we will have an arduino and assortment of electronics components for you to take home after the class. In this class you will learn how to start programming in the Arduino environment including interacting with the inputs and outputs of the Arduino.

You should bring: a laptop with the Arduino environment downloaded installed. 

Please contact us (info@workshop88.com) if you have any questions.


Image credit: By Linuswiki (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

How to contact Workshop 88

Summer is nearly upon us and we’re making plans for events at Workshop 88.  We’d like to hear from you!  Here’s how you can contact us:

On twitter, on meetup, or the mailing list (which is not just for members, anyone can subscribe).

If you don’t use any of these services you can always shoot an email to info@workshop88.com and we’ll get back to you.

Drop in our Public Meetings every Thursday night at 7:00 pm in downtown Glen Ellyn, IL.