Using Eagle CAD PCB design Software

This class will cover Schematic capture, PCB design, and CAD File generation.

When: October 26, 2013, 8:30 am to noon

What you should know before coming to this class: You should be somewhat familiar with electronic circuits.

What you should bring with you to the class: You should bring a laptop with the free version of CadSoft Eagle PCB installed and running on it.

What you will leave the class with: After the class you should have the ability to capture a electronic circuit into a schematic, build new components, layout the physical printer circuit board and generate the files needed to have a PCB manufacture make your board.

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Getting Started with Ruby

Ruby is an open source general purpose interpreted programming language intended to be easy to write, read and learn. In this introduction to Ruby, we will focus on basics of the language, with a bit of object-orientation and Test Driven Development.

When: September 28, 2013 9:00-11:00 a.m.

What you need to know before coming to this class: You should be familiar with Unix-like systems (Mac OS X or linux, for example). You should also be able to create and edit text files.

What you need to bring to the class: If possible, you should bring a laptop computer with Ruby preinstalled. We suggest using Rvm (http::rvm.io) to install Ruby.

What you will leave the class with: A knowledge of the basics of Ruby, what it’s strong points are, and how to learn more about programming with Ruby.

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Introduction to Arduino class (Arduino 101) Saturday September 21, 2013

Workshop 88 is offering our introduction to the Arduino platform at our makerspace in Glen Ellyn. This class is for anyone (member or non-member) who wants to learn how to get started with the arduino microcontroller, regardless of experience with programming or electronics. 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.

If you need to get an arduino, please see the Workshop 88 Arduino Store. Sales from that store are fulfilled by amazon.com, and help support Workshop 88. Alternatively, 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. (The Workshop 88 Arduino Store is by far a cheaper route to get supplies.)

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

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

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Jameco build night

Workshop 88 will have another Instructables night on Thursday, Aug. 22nd. This is electronics based and we have already received the booty from Jameco for it:

http://www.instructables.com/community/August-2013-Build-Night-with-Jameco/

Please note that the Grab Bag of Electronics Components has been renamed as the 1 Pound Bag of Crap (1lbboc). It has some odd things like an ISA bus connector, Extra-Wide SCSI and bunches of other junk.

Everyone come out and see what we can do with this!

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Learn to Solder – May 2013

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.  What you need to bring: Nothing! We’ll have everything for you. What you will leave with: Knowledge of proper soldering techniques.

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Introduction to Arduino class (Arduino 101) Saturday May 11, 2013

Workshop 88 is offering our introduction to the Arduino platform at our makerspace in Glen Ellyn. This class is for anyone (member or non-member) who wants to learn how to get started with the arduino microcontroller, regardless of experience with programming or electronics. 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.

If you need to get an arduino, please see the Workshop 88 Arduino Store. Sales from that store are fulfilled by amazon.com, and help support Workshop 88. Alternatively, 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. (The Workshop 88 Arduino Store is by far a cheaper route to get supplies.)

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

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

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New class: Introduction to the Blender UI

Blender UI - Image credit pookstar on deviantart

 

Blender is a power tool for rendering 3D visualizations used in creating animations, special effects, interactive 3D computer applications, video games and models for 3D printing. Historically the interface for using Blender has had the repuation of being difficult to learn to use, but recent development on Blender has been focused on improving the user interface.

This class will be an introduction to the Blender user interface (UI) including how to use the keyboard and mouse effeciently. The class will cover how to model a fairly simple object including the use of a few handy modifiers included in Blender. This class will not cover texturing, rigging, rendering, animation or the game engine, but if there is interest in these topics you should look for a future class on these advanced topics. At the end of the class you should have a firm basis to make more informed searches of how to do what you want with Blender.

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New class: Programming a Tiny85 with Arduino

Tiny85: a simple, cheap alternative to dedicating an Arduino to a long-term project

ATtiny85 - Image credit: Atmel

Atmel offers several processor chips in the same family as the Arduino’s ATMega328P that are often perfect for a simple permanent controller. This class introduces you to the ATTiny85, with mention of some others. You’ll leave with an ’85 running a simple blinkie with code you wrote, you ported to Tiny85, and you burned into the ’85 along with a mini shield to use an Arduino as a programmer for the ’85 and many other Atmel chips.

The class is open to Arduino users with at least basic programming skills. (You’ll need to be able to modify the Blink sketch.) You’ll need to bring a working Arduino (or clone), a laptop with the Arduino 1.0.4 development environment, and a breadboard. We’ll supply a Tiny85.

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