Dyeing MakerBot’d Parts

May 31st, 2010 by Jon Barclay

I’ve written up a summary of how-to dye abs parts from the MakerBot on my personal blog.  I’ll be bringing the crock-pot to the Hack Factory and all you’ll need to dye your own pieces is a pack of Rit dye.

You can read the full post here.


Reminder – Wednesday Night meeting (Open to the Public)

May 26th, 2010 by Booka

Every Wednesday the TC Makers hold a meeting that is open to the public.
It is a great chance to come down, meet members, see our space called the Hack Factory, and join in some interesting discussions.

The Hack Factory should be open before 7pm. and directions can be found elsewhere on this site.

June Cabaret announcement, call for topics

May 24th, 2010 by mpm

Mark your calendars: the next Hack Factory Cabaret will be Tuesday, June 22nd at 7pm!

If you’d like to present, send a title and a short description in an email with “Cabaret” in the subject to mpm@selenic.com.

Announcing Hack Factory Cabaret!

May 18th, 2010 by videoman

Ahhhh yeah!
Hack Factory Cabaret is a new monthly community event in the style of the Chaos Computer Club’s Lightning Talks and Noisebridge’s 5 Minutes Of Fame. Our first event will be this Thursday (May 20) from 7-9pm and will be FREE to all and FUN so bring your friends.

Preliminary line-up for this month:

  • The Space Phone Project
  • A Homebrew IDE controller
  • Homerbrew Beer Brewing
  • Building the MakerBot
  • The Star Tree
  • Urban Exploration
  • Bonsai!
  • Interstellar Pleasure Barge
  • Amateur Radio High Altitude Ballooning (ARHAB) with the University of Minnesota Ballooning Team
  • The Tiny Shanty
  • Update from the Dayton Hamvention
  • Hacking your automatic shower cleaner

Come early to meet the Hack Factory crew!

TC Maker Circular Sticker

May 16th, 2010 by wammie

We have a circular sticker design that can be used on your own laptop, notebook, computer, or whatever.

Click the single circular image for a high quality JPG file to print.

Click the page image to download the full page design. Warning: The page file size is 104MB, so it will take a while to download. The page layout is compatible with the Avery 5293 and 5294 forms.

Reminder: Ask-an-EE and Soldering class – 5/15 @ 2pm

May 14th, 2010 by noise

Mike Hord will be holding geek court this Saturday from 2pm on. Come and chat about all things electronics and stay for the soldering primer ($30 for the class).

See the original post for more details.

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Hack Factory Five Minutes of Fame!

May 10th, 2010 by videoman

Hack Factory Five Minutes of Fame
We are going try out something new this month! It’s called Hack Factory Five Minutes of Fame! This will be held on May 20, from 7-9pm. This is like Ignite, but without the crazy sponsors and marketing folks! Anyone can submit on any topic they want to present on (Hacking street lamps, eating with a spork, Spock Sunset Pie, your newest Arduino code, how to make a better piece of toast, etc.). We will be screening the talks, but all topics are encouraged! This is your chance to get some fame, and potentially get other people involved in your project!

To submit this month send an email with the format below to me dave at drstrangelove dot net. As we get more formal this may change, but myself and Matt Mackall will be screening these topics. We aim to have 10-12 talks lined up for this fun filled night!

Hack Factory FMoF Application (Copy and paste into an email)

Name or Handle:
Bio (optional):
Outline or Complete set of slides (one or the other is required) – (PDF/Powerpoint/Keynote/OpenOffice/Etc.)

Defcon 612 Group-Homemade Video Games using Arduino!

May 8th, 2010 by videoman

Defcon Groups

This month Michael Krumpus will be presenting on making homemade video games using an Arduino and a few other simple components at DC612- check out their site and register for the event at Elsie’s!




Makerbot has Arrived!

May 6th, 2010 by noise

Our Makerbot was delivered to Brandon on Tuesday and we started working on it last night.  As you can see we made good progress.  With some luck we will be printing by next Wednesday.  It a great kit with good instructions and quick progress was made.

We also received the sister Makerbot that will be sent out to the raffle winner in the coming days.


Beckie and Jon worked on the Makerbot some more on Thursday night and got it working.

There’s some more tweaking to do before it’s fully functional, but here’s the first object du 3d:

May TCAUG at Hackfactory (Asterix User Group)

May 5th, 2010 by Booka

This Saturday, May 8, 11:30 am in the HackFactory Classroom
Topic is the recent: Atlanta Asterisk User Conference and a recap of what Jay and Jason found out.

Open to anybody interested in VOIP, Meetings run a couple hours and may involve ordering Lunch if you want.

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