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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.

This is a costume of Kylo Ren

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.

R-PiBot

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.

July 25th Lets Get Showing !

 We will try to find authoritative speakers on interesting topics, and if and when we find them we will slot them into the programme, with extra publicity for their presentation.

However in the meantime we need to start Making stuff – as that is what we are all here for – and our meetings will be based around that.

In particular we need stuff that can be shown and demonstrated in pop-up spaces in town, or at the Library Tech evening, or as a display in public places like the Library. Or used in the Library SCI-FI Fantasy Evening in November.

So the next meetings will focus on what we can do together and as individuals to demonstrate our capabilities and interests – as well as providing an opportunity to learn off each other. If we can set ourselves design challenges to work on as a group or individually, then the following meetings over summer can provide opportunities to use the meetings as a workshop, to show progress, and exchange ideas, etc.

Projects so far include:

  • A Demo of minecraft
  • Twitter Racing
  • Crafty Robot Racing
  • Arduino Home Automation applications
  • Producing a LoRaWAN basestation to be deployed in Basingstoke
  • Producing some cool LoRa based ideas to run on said basestation – e.g. tracking the location of your chocolate bust of your grandma, or bus location reporting to an app, or child location system
  • Computer Vision Projects
  • Making a Pi Robot – from a Kit or from scratch
  • Some sound demos
  • A demo of Fusion 360 3D design tools
  • A demonstration of Electronics Design tools and soldering

Up to you – whatever floats your boat, and whatever you might like to either share with us, or work with others to produce. If it is something that stretches you, and that you might need help with, then so much the better.

If anyone has something that they wouldn’t mind showing us – like Steve did with his 3D scanning / carving project, then bring it in to any of our meetings and showcase it. If you have a slideshow, then let us know, and we can make sure that the necessary screen and projector is there – and advertise the talk, if that is what you want. Or it can be done less formally.

Hopefully we can also bring in different tools occasionally, like the 3D Printer, when there is something to show – and designing interesting/useful stuff to run on it would also be a great thing to Demo at the TECH evening in the Library, of course.

16th May – 3D CAD Theme Night

This meeting will have a theme of 3D CAD, such as Fusion360. We will attempt to connect to the Cloud, and to demonstrate using Fusion360 but we aren’t certain how well it will work on the night at Four Lanes, as it needs a good internet connection to work really well. But if anyone is using an alternative 3D CAD package and can demonstrate how they use it, then that would be a welcome addition to the night.