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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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Board with Tech – 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM Wednesday 26th Sept 2018

The board game nights  at Basingstoke Makerspace have been going well, so we’re doing another one!

The concept is simple, turn up, bring a game if you would like, and we all sit down and have some fun. We can’t promise everyone’s game will be played, so be prepared to join in with another group. Also we suggest games around 1 hour in length, they normally take 1.5-2 hours once the rules have been explained anyway.

So whether you enjoy exploding kittens, want to start a pandemic or feel like going sub terra, come and join us for a night of gaming.

Finally, please bring whatever you would like to eat or drink for the evening. Those that are interested can also club together for a pizza order on the night.

Green Week Repair Café – Noon to 4pm on 23rd Sept 2018

From time to time, we all throw away things that have very little wrong with them and could easily be used again after a simple repair. If you have something broken but could be repaired, then bring it along to Basingstoke Makerspace on Sunday 23rd and we will do our best to help you repair it.

Get help to repair a range of items such as:

  • Push-bikes
  • Household goods
  • Electronics
  • Mechanical equipment
  • Computers (hardware/software)
  • Textiles/Furniture
  • Toys
  • Tool sharpening

The event is staffed entirely by volunteers and anyone can pop in! As well as repairs, tea/coffee and  biscuits will be available. We  appreciate any donations to help fund the next repair café.

A sign outside Basingstoke Maakerspace

Every Tuesday 7-9 pm – Makerspace Open Evening

Do you know what happens in a makerspace? Drop in to Basingstoke Makerspace on any Tuesday evening to find out.

At a recent Tuesday Open Evening. one individual was making a three-foot long dinosaur skeleton using a 3D printer. At the same time another was demonstrating how to use a wood lathe to create a wooden bowl.  A group of people at one table discussed  how  artificial Intelligence could be used in the home, while others were busy creating jewellery at a nearby table. Some just enjoyed the free tea and coffee and watched as others tried out a pen that creates 3D.objects.

All in all, a fairly typical evening at the Makerspace!

You can find us every Tuesday at Maritime House, 65 New Rd, Basingstoke RG21 7PW on the opposite side of the road to Majestic Wine in Basingstoke.

People

A typical open meeting at Basingstoke Makerspace

Thursday night activities

This weekly open evening carried on the theme of wood-turning. Our wood lathe now has a foot safety switch and improved personal protective equipment. A group of us, having been shown basic techniques last week, had a teach-in about the correct tools for specific applications and how to part off a competed object.

Like all Tuesday nights many other things were happening. Some people were working on crochet work. Others worked  on getting video projectors donated to the makerspace working. Like most weeks members were showing objects that they had 3D printed, including dragons and digital sundials.

We completed a project to display the building electricity usage via the internet and updated the X-Carve computer. A dial gauge has also been added to measure bed flatness. Several of us watched a video on the “bCNC g-code sender” that drives the X-carve milling machine.

One member expressed interested in milling house numbers from wood (we are planning to do next Monday). Another member discussed how to cast  house signs in resin and showed a mould that he had made for the purpose. During discussions there was interest in making life casts of faces so we plan to have a go at this in a couple of weeks’ time.

Two members discussed unsolved mysteries including the historical ‘Voynich Manuscript‘ and “On The Trail Of The Golden Owl” . The latter is an armchair treasure hunt for a statuette weighing 33 lbs entirely made of gold and silver, with diamonds on the head. In 1993, the value of the owl was 150,000 euros and it is still unclaimed!   A possible funding option for the makerspace?

As always at 9:30 we retired to the Maidenhead pub to join “Basingstoke Friends” for a pleasant social end to the evening.