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Month: October 2018

This is scale-maile, a bit like chain-maile but with scales

Scale Maille

Earlier this year  Shorey Designs  invented fabric-based flexible scale-maille. They did this  by 3D printing individual scales with a backing tulle fabric, embedded after half a dozen print layers.

We could not resist giving this a go at Basingstoke Makerspace. As you can see we produced a robust set of scales with the tulle backing firmly attached. Several applications come to mind:  using the  technique for Cosplay items,  creating scale-backed gloves for bike riding or making an interesting necklace and ear-rings.  We really like the idea of using it for really neat  cat armour.

Why not come along to  Basingstoke  Makerspace Open Evening any Tuesday between 7:00 pm and 9:30  pm  and think about what you might make.

 

Laser-cut greeting cards and Halloween Decorations.

The laser cutter at Basingstoke Makerspace is ideal for cutting paper and card. Steve H made the following cards and  seasonal decorations at Basingstoke Makerspace.

This card was cut and scored on our laser cutter
Laser cut card

The ability to choose to cut or only score the surface of the card by varying the laser settings is invaluable when creating complex 3D pop-up cards like the one shown above.

 

Simple shapes  easily produced on the laser cutter make impressive decorations for Halloween.

As well as creating our own dxf files, we also downloaded a commercial design for a 3D box card from the internet.

3D Halloween Box Card
3D Halloween Box Card

Why not come along on a “Tuesday Open Evening” at Basingstoke Makerspace and see what you can make!

Raspberry Pi

Pi Night – Thursday 18th Oct 2018

On the third Thursday of each month Basingstoke Makerspace members get together for “Pi Night”.  This month that will be on 18th Oct at 7:00pm.

This is an open meeting for all members to pose and answer any Raspberry Pi related questions.  Any Pi based topics can be brought up.  There is normally a range of levels of experience available, from those who want to know how to get started to those connecting their Pi to electronics and manipulating the GPIO pins via C.

 

7:30 pm Monday 15th October –   Photography Interest Group –  Water droplets! .

On Monday 15th October the photography interest group spent an evening photographing  water drops.

 

David who took the above picture said: “On Monday Basingstoke Makerspace held a ‘photographing drops’ session. I think this is my favourite shot of the night from my camera.
It’s also given me an idea for a project I want to try.”

 

 

We used  a Speed-light flash and a Pluto trigger together with a triggered drop release mechanism to produce reproducible drops.

 

After a falling water drop splashes into  a bowl of water  a crown is forme  from displaced water. the bulk of the drop remains intact and enters the water. In the following picture  the crown can be seen with  a second drop timed to fall artistically just above the crown.

 

 

 As the initial drop enters the water in the centre of the crown it displaces water in the bowl upwards. This  slows the drop’s downward speed until it stops. At this point it starts to moves up  pushed by the displaced water.  When it reaches the surface it breaks out of the  surface with surface tension forming  a stalk with some fraction of the original drip on the top.  The remains of the crown can be seen spreading out.

 

 

 

 

We then added a second drip to collide with  the upward rising stalk from a previous drop. When the two collide

 

 

Makerspace Members get full 24/7 access to the Makerspace and its studio.

Makerspace Repair Café gets people re-using rather than buying

Basingstoke Green Week at the Makerspace – Sunday. 23 Sept 2018

Residents  came to Basingstoke Makerspace from across the borough  to have their broken items looked at and hopefully repaired, so that they did not have to throw out the broken items.

On hand at the Repair Café was a wealth of local expertise from the volunteers at the Makerspace, as well as members of Basingstoke Shed, the Basingstoke branch of Men’s Shed, a communal workshop experience for men.

A myriad of  other items and objects that came in for repair, not just  mechanical repairs either. Coats, clothing  and electronic items were on the list of repaired items,

 

Clothing mending at the repair cafe
Bike mending at the repair cafe.
Electronic repair cafe.

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