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Here lies a collection of news about the makerspace and making in general. If you think we are missinmg something from our news please let us know. :)

Open Night 27/06/2019 - Another creator is introduced to the laser cutterJune 27, 2019

For her first time at the makers this one certainly has taken to it like a duck to water. Have not used drawing software more elaborate what MS Paint, a little while on the laser cutting software and sheer determination has once again proven to triumph! Sorry for the lack of photo's this week, some networking issues had my attention for most of the night and I completely forgot to take more. Just…

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Open Night 20/06/2019 - Underwater ROVJune 20, 2019

Having been approached by a local school Kurt is working on an OpenROV that was assembled by students, they were having a little trouble getting it up and running despite doing a great job of the assembly (a massive manual to put this guy together!!!). Apart from a few cabling issues the real problem was the Beagle Bone Black(BBB) was not booting correctly. After flashing the latest firmware…

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Open Night 30/05/2019 - Hacking LED Display, Sand walker assembly.May 30, 2019

Well it started off as a quiet night.... However that was short lived and the night was another awesome one! A quick drop in by Clinton Freeman a fellow maker and artist who visits a little less often than he used to after moving up the hill. Always great to see your smiling face. Tropical Steampunk LED and control hacking Kurt has been busy hacking away at a recycled LED display, apparently…

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Open Night 2/05/2019 - Explorations with 3D printing, Laser Man, starship enterprise, pixel LED bike helmet, metal turning with a pro..May 02, 2019

Explorations with 3D printing By testing how different orientations effects the end result, the designer can improve and gain a better understanding of the process. Metal turning with a pro We love it when people take the time to pass on their knowledge to others, here we have a prime example of open night attendees organically passing on their skills to anyone with an interest. This is the true…

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Open Night - 18/4/2019April 19, 2019

3D Printed Aliens This lovely guy was successfully printed using our ultra fine UV resin, laser printer. This weapon is capable of printing features below 10uM! Kids crafting! Lots of fun to be had with glue, paint, off-cuts and felt pens. Tiny 3D printed parts

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Open Night - 11/04/2019April 11, 2019

T'was the Easter school holidays and the children were merrilly crafting marvelous creations from the laser offcuts. There was laugher, rejoicing and most of all, lots of glue! The Blackbelt was on a continuous printing cycle, pumping out many of these bad boys. 3D printed fence caps, who would have thought?! A sketch was scribbled by Evie, a dragon-like creature.

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Open Night - 21/3/19March 21, 2019

Pizza for the Punters It was a quieter night than usual, as you can tell by the smaller array of pizzas. Though no less productive! Laser Cut Artwork Neil had his clear acrylic piece engraved and had placed white paint in the recess and wiped the excess off while it was drying to leave the colour behind. Quite a nifty idea. 3D Printed prosthetics A long time interest of a few of our makers and…

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Open Night - 7/3/2019 - IoT on ice and more laser cutting!March 18, 2019

What a great turn out we had on another successful open night and as usual the laser cutter was getting a good workout. Most of the night was spent working on personal projects, having a good chat and a few makerspace tours for those who have not seen our developing space. Enjoying many pizzas. IoT temperature logger cooling down. Trying to unsuccessfully repair a monitor salvaged from the dump…

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Open Night - 13/3/2019March 13, 2019

Laser Cut Lamp After having some troubles with the design file last week, these makers were happy to successfully cut the parts for the lamp. We look forward to the updates as this lamp comes along... Giant LED Clock progress... Here Matt continues to work on his giant LED clock. Here we see him controlling the colour of the strips(to be used in the clock) on a breadboard. The breadboard is just…

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Weekend Working beeMarch 10, 2019

Extractor fans for the laser cutter As you can see below, it is no wonder we were having some difficulty with smoke and fumes when laser cutting. A clean was well overdue. Thanks to Matt Munsel and Kurt Schoenhoff the fans are back to 100% and as a bonus we now have a quieter workshop... LED Clock Not afraid of large projects Matt Munsell is working on the design of a larger than life LED…

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Open Night - 21/2/2019 - Brass etching and laser cutting!February 21, 2019

The evening was warm at another night at the Makers. Frigid air circulated the work room, the air conditioning bringing the temperature down to a degree that was almost too much for the tropical residence. The turn out was more than what you see here. There was a lot of activity going on! Here, you can see the templates that I (Evie) have been working on. The grooves in the rectangular shapes…

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Open Night 14/02/19 - Arduinos, RPis, and Jackfruit.February 14, 2019

3D Printed RPI case! Here one of our young makers is proudly presenting his Raspberry Pi in a brand new 3D printed case / base printed this evening with glow in the dark PLA filament! whilst the case was printing he was working on setting a fresh install of Raspbian and using a webcam inside Scratch. Arduino 8x8 LED matrix. Not content with just a Raspberry Pi this powerhouse is also sharpening…

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Open Night 2/1/2019 - Sparking Joy - AgTech - Workshop redesignFebruary 09, 2019

We were all delighted by the changes made to the workshop layout by master makers Matt Munsell and Evie Wort, this area is Sparking Joy. This evening saw a surprising amount of visitors considering the torrential rain. Everyone was delighted to see a couple of maker pro farmers from the tablelands, who focused on their custom AgTech solutions. We had a couple of new visitors who were happy to…

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Open Night - 7/2/2019 - Vacuum forming and Lasers.February 07, 2019

Another Thursday another open night at theMakers. We had some laser cutting and some vacuum forming fun, not to mention the farmers were back working on coding their custom AgTech solutions. Sharks & Lasers. As usual we were treated to some of Dominos finest. Most of the night was spent experimenting with the vacuum former trying different types of plastic and heating times. - Matthew Munsel.

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Open Night 24/01/2019 - Laser Cut table top decorations and CNC milling a PCBJanuary 25, 2019

Laser cut table decorations: Some freshly cut table decorations being painted gold for their debut this weekend. CNC milling a PCB: Using an isolation routing technique to create a prototype circuit board on the CNC router. Board layout was created in Eagle and milled using chillipeppr as the gcode generator and sender. A very quick way to have a circuit board ready to test in a matter of hours…

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A beginners’ tour of theMakers.orgJanuary 04, 2019

We will just take a quick look at all the maker space, and hopefully answer a couple of the questions you might have. What is a "maker space" Due to the many different spaces out there it can sometimes be a little hard to pin down what a maker space is, so it is probably best to explain a little about our (your) maker space. Quite simply it is a resource for the community, we provide a space in…

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Shiny new website!January 01, 2019

With the last website just being a placeholder (and it was holding place for a long time...), we are super stoked to be delivering a brand new website with the new year! What doe this mean to me? Blog / News Well instead of just being a landing page we now have a news / blog section (which you obviously know about...), in this section we will endeavour to keep you up to date with what is happening…

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