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Norwich Hackspace is a group of people who enjoy making and recreating things, inventing, investigating, collaborating and generally tinkering. Membership is currently a minimum £15 a month.
We work with new technologies such as 3D printing, laser cutting, electronics such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi, robotics and more traditional forms of making as textiles, ceramics, animation, etc.
The Hackspace is funded by membership subs and not reliant on grants or donations. It can scale with needs of the community that funds it. Occasionally we receive funding for specific purposes.
<p>This week (I may have forgotten last week's post!) the hackspace was a little quiet but still lots going on, including:</p>
<li>Birthday cakes for Tim and Ben (Tim's cake was rather excellently cooked by Nicholas)</li>
<li>Archie, Dan, Ann and Barny tried some SMD soldering, and also tried to convert a toaster oven to do reflow with not much success and a lot of melted components</li>
<li>Ben showed off his awesome 3DPburner DIY laser engraver</li>
<li>More testing and development work was done on the ESP8266/Accelerometer project (and a prototype PCB was designed and ordered)</li>
<li>Lots of chatting on how best to measure laser cutt...</li></ul>
<p>Another busy Monday meeting this week - activities included:</p>
<li>Starting to build cheap Chinese oscilloscope kits (Archie and Toby)</li>
<li>Controlling addressable RGB LEDs from a Raspberry Pi Zero W (James M)</li>
<li>(Finally) laser cutting the signs for our landlords with engraving laminate (Marion)</li>
<li>Making a machine to seal the ends of balloons on the laser cutter (Nicholas)</li>
<li>Laser cutting a template for vinyl flooring sizes (Barny)</li>
<li>Continuing improvements to the workshop area (Alan S and others)</li>
<li>Wiring up a (home-made) plywood floor lamp (Steve)</li>
<li>Inflating modelling balloons with the air compressor, and making...</li></ul>
<p>Good mix of activities on Monday this week.</p>
<p>Neil was in the workshop creating plenty of wood chips on the lathe. James brought in an xBox One Kinect Camera (v2) which was used for 3d scanning and skeleton tracking via the windows SDK. Now the plug packs have come down in cost there seems to be plenty of hacking potential here - A definite upgrade on the 360 Kinects we have been using. </p>
<p>Tim 3D printed a couple of designs his son had put together in Blender and the laser cutter got some use as well: Alan laser cut a spool holder he designed for his 3D printer. We started a 'members' projects' wh...</p>