On the third Thursday of each month Basingstoke Makerspace members get together for “Pi Night”.
You would be surprised how many people have bought a Raspberry Pi and left it sitting in a drawer unused. Come along to the Makerspace and find what could be done with it.
This is an open meeting for Makerspace members to pose and answer any Raspberry Pi related questions and join others working on projects such as pollution mapping and using cameras for object recognition..
This group includes people with a range of experience: from those who just want to ask what a Raspberry Pi can do, to those connecting their Pi to electronics and manipulating the GPIO pins via C.
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.
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,
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.
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.