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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.

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.

Basic Cosplay Helmet Making

Cosplay is a hobby that involves creating costumes taken from anime, cartoons, comic books, films, television and video games. The talk will show how to create a range of costumes. The bulk of the discussion will revolve around the Kylo-Ren helmet. We hope to build a helmet from scratch during the evening.

If would like to make costumes for family fun, want to make serious costumes for Comic-Con or  just want to understand why trains are sometimes full of superheroes, come and join us, This free talk is  part of the ‘Basingstoke Makerspace Open Evening’ at 7pm on Tuesday 12th June 2018.

Raspberry Pi and Image recognition and processing

Tuesday 29th May – An evening of what can be achieved with a Raspberry Pi in the area of image processing – including demonstrations of…

  • Basic image display and capture from the Pi camera
  • Pin a moustache to your live video image.
  • Find similar pictures based on an example.
  • Motion detection of objects and tracking.
  • Object recognition and identification using neural networks.
  • Tacking a coloured ball in real time.
  • Simultaneous video display from webcam and Pi camera.
  • Make your own simple surveillance system.

If we are lucky Amazon’s Alexa running on the Raspberry Pi may pay us a visit too.

What do you want to make?

We have a laser cutter, 3-D printer, an electronics area, a photographic area, even a sewing machine and wood-turning lathe – see photos.

We also provide regular talks about diverse subjects; such as Raspberry Pi, image recognition, and Block-chain.

But the truth is that we are no longer just an events/talks based organisation, we are a proper Makerspace., We are starting to get interesting stuff made, particularly with our Laser Cutter and 3D printers.. Our workshop is now available for our members 24/7..

So come join us – on one of our open nights (every Tuesday 7-9 pm).. See what you could make, or what you could learn, by getting involved with the local Makerspace in Basingstoke.

Let’s Get Making Night – 18th October

Makerspaces are communities for people who want to build, modify and learn about things: a robot or a drone, a 3D printer or scanner, using a laser cutter, learning to solder and build electronics, programme a Raspberry Pi, make cosplay costumes, weld metal, communicate on the Internet of things, make an electric bike or wheelbarrow…. or a pair of shoes!

 

Come and discuss with members of Basingstoke and other local Makerspaces what you want to build and at the same time see some of the equipment and projects they are working on.