Amateur photographers are often unaware of the benefits of tethering to a computer. Digital images can be almost instantly viewed on a larger screen once you tether to a laptop or tablet. You can spot issues with focus, lighting, posing or composition and reduce post processing using such rapid feedback.
Join us at the Makerspace at 7pm on Monday 18th February for a workshop that will highlight the practical advantages and disadvantages of tethering. We will compare software solutions in terms of purchase costs and features as well as demontrating several working systems
The background to this project started in early 2018, when a group of Tadley scouts, as part of a scouting explorer belt challenge, walked the length of Belgium visiting sites of interest relevant to the first world war . A chance encounter involved them modelling a clay model for an art installation, “Coming World Remember Me” by artist Koen Vanmechelen.
The 600,000 clay sculptures represent the Belgian town of Ypres, where more than half a million people died during the First World War. The clay model’s backs are bent and they have an associated metal stamp bearing the name of a specific dead soldier.
The scouts found that knowing the name of specific soldier associated with the clay model made the person real in a way that sheer numbers could not. They visited his grave and found out more about his life. As a result of this experience they decided it would be good to do the same thing on a smaller scale for the fallen of Tadley.
The sculpture to commemorate the dead of Tadley has one hexagonal column for each soldier. Thirty one individuals from the first world war and six individuals from the second world war. Information about the soldiers is now the subject of a book by Tadley and District History Society.
The memorial was created in Basingstoke makerspace over a period of two and a half weeks. The circular base was designed with Fusion-360 and cut out with the X-carve, The hexagon columns were cut out with the bench saw and the soldiers names and title plaque etched with the laser cutter.
The memorial supported talks by the scouts and the vicar at the 2018 Remembrance Service at St Paul’s Church in Tadley. Relatives of lost soldiers were present at the service. A brief description of each soldier brought home what a huge impact the loss in 1918 of so many individuals made to a community of about 1500 people. Everybody would have known somebody who had died.
When you look at the memorial the majority of the fallen were between 20 and 30. Some were as young as 18 and the two oldest being 39.
Tadley town council has decided to permanently display the memorial. A glass case will be commissioned to contain it.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.