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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.

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.

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.