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The final completed memorial.

Tadley Rememberance Day Memorial 2018

Basingstoke Makerspace recently helped Tadley Scouts and Tadley and District History Society, to produce a memorial for the fallen soldiers of Tadley.

Memorial at St Pauls Church
Memorial at St Paul’s Church

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.

Koen Vanmechelen in front of his art installation
Koen Vanmechelen in front of his art installation

 

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.

 

600,000 sculptures in no-mans land
600,000 sculptures in no-mans land

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.

 

Original design in openscad
Original design in OpenScad

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.

Making Hexagonal columns
Making Hexagonal columns

 

First trial pieces
First trial pieces

 

Completed hexagonal stack
Completed hexagonal stack

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.

Remembering the dead during the service
Remembering the dead during the service

 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.

The final completed memorial.
The final completed memorial.

Tadley town council has decided to permanently display the memorial.  A glass case will be commissioned to contain it.

 

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!

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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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.

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.

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.