Workshop 88 walk-through at public meeting

Two of the questions we often get at Workshop 88 are: “How many people show up to your public meeetings?” and “What usually goes on at your public meetings?”

If you’ve been wondering the same things about Workshop 88, take a look at what was going on during our last meeting:

If you’ve never been to Workshop 88 before, the video gives a sense of how the makerspace is laid out.  We have four areas from front to back: meeting room, wood/metal shop, electronics/rapid prototype lab, and multimedia room. All the rooms get a lot of use; it just happened that when the video was shot there were not many people in the back rooms.

Come out some night and make something with us!

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WOYB – Prototyping arduino sensors

Workshop 88 member Jim Williams shared these breadboard photos for our “What’s on Your Breadboard series

This board had a electret microphone with preamp on it, for use in an arduino class that we ran. As you can see, he eventually put the circuit onto a PCB.

Image credit: Jim Williams

Image credit: Jim Williams

The second breadboard shows that sometimes a breadboard is just a convenient way to connect one sensor to an arduino. In this case, it was an ultrasonic rangefinder that Jim wanted to test with the arduino. He reported that it worked well.

Image credit: Jim Williams

Image credit: Jim Williams

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Learning Python Programming for non-programmers

Python is a cross-platform programming language which is a popular choice for novice and advanced programmers. The design of python emphasizes the readability of code, making it easier for beginning programmers to learn.

In this class we will look at the basic framework of python programming and explore how to begin to design programs in python.

Who this class is for: People who are NOT trained programmers, but are interested in getting started with learning python. This class is OPEN to the public. You do not have to be a member of Workshop 88 to attend.

What you should bring to the class: Your own laptop on which you should download and install one of the stable versions of python from the python website.

What you will get from the class: understanding of the python interpreter, how python classes are used, a basic understanding of how to write programs in python

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3D printing – a primer

Model 500 Plugbox Render (top)3D printing is a great way to rapidly produce small parts for just about anything you can think of.

Workshop 88 has a 3D printer that we use often to make things for use in our projects. If you’d like to see what 3D printing is all about firsthand, this demonstration is for you!

This class is OPEN to the public! You do not have to be a member of Workshop 88 to attend. Registration for this is $5.00

What you should bring – something to take notes with and all your questions about 3D printing.

What you will get from this session – you will see how the 3D printing process works, from concept to finished part. If you are a Workshop 88 member, you will get the knowledge and experience necessary to start using the Workshop 88 Makerbot.

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WOYB – Intervalometer

DSCN0002 SmallOne of our newest friends of Workshop 88, Lewis, posted this awesome project he’s prototyping on the breadboard.  It’s an intervalometer for a camera. Here’s how Lew described it:

“The camera is too new to hack, so I made a holder out of 1/8” plywood for an RC servo that would slip onto the camera body and could be held in position with a couple of thumbscrews.  An Arduino micro controls the servo and handles the timing.  The project is still in the breadboard stage.  I’ll probably add an LCD and either an encoder or joystick switch so that I can change the time interval when I’m on the road.”

 

Thanks, Lew!  What’s on your breadboard?

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WOYB – Tiny85 BlingBoard

Workshop 88 member Jim Williams shared a few of his breadboards with us for our WOYB feature.  Here’s one:

Image credit: Jim Williams

Image credit: Jim Williams

He says: “This is the proto for a Tiny85 “bling board”, trying to run as much stuff as possible on a Tiny85. It will be the opening demo for the Tiny85 class (which will actually happen Real Soon Now).”

Stay tuned for details on that class!

What’s on Your Breadboard?

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