LED Signboard on the Wiki

January 31st, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Pete put his code and design for his LED signboard up on TC Makers wiki.

You can find the project here.

Bare Bones Arduino and A set of GE Color Effects lights (36 count)

Right now the code is all in C, and Pete is looking for some help if your interested he brought it to last Wednesday’s Hack night and might bring it this week.


Handmade Music: Minneapolis 4 Roundup

January 31st, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Handmade Music 4 was a success about 30 or so people made their way to the event, that was pretty neat and overall it was a good time.

Pictures and a short review are over at TCMaker’s Handmade Music: Minneapolis Blog.

Hmmm5 is scheduled for sometime in February, a post announcing it will come in the future.

Roundabout Dog Challenge

January 27th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Roundabout Dog = Homemade Dog Sculpture + Roundabout

Deadline: February 23rd

Prize: A picture of your roundabout dog framed and displayed in the basement of Minneapolis’ Hackerspace the Hack Factory, bragging rights.

How to Enter: Anyone can enter, kudos if your from another Hackerspace. Send a picture of your roundabout dog, the gps coordinates (Lat,Long), your name, and anything else you would like to say to bigroundaboutdog@gmail.com

How to Win: A winner will be chosen on February 23rd based on Random.org’s decidedly geeky atmospheric noise random number generator. The more dogs you enter, the better chance you have to win.

For those of you in the Minneapolis area, a few brave souls, myself included will be at TCmaker’s weekly Wednesday hack meting on February 2nd, and we will be putting together some roundabout dogs. The meetings are informal and open to the public and usually start around 7pm or so.

The Hack Factory likes roundabout dogs.

Jan. 26th Wednesday Roundup

January 27th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

A few shots from Jan. 26th’s open meeting at the Hack Factory, lots of interesting things going on, a few things of note.

Two bows (the bow and arrow type) were being built, a successful foray into C turned some addressable Led lights into an array that spoke of “Hey Jude”, a new permutation of the arduino The Arduino Stripper saw the light of day and half a dozen or so were sold for 10 bucks a piece. The makerbot got introduced to Hunter S. Thompson’s double thumb.

The Hack Fac got introduced to Make’s new streaming show, Make: Live. Wayne started to try un-hacking the garage remote control that stopped working after the first attempt. Mike had his gloves on cleaning the gears of a piece of our equipment that has seen better days. Paul lost to Mat several times at Go.

It was a great night, a lot of other stuff was happening that I didn’t get a chance to take photos of. It was great seeing everyone. See you guys at this weekend’s Handmade Music: Minneapolis Hmmm4

Short video of a work in progress at the Hack Factory. These LED are addressable.

The message kind of says “Hello Jude!”

Pecha Kucha 20×20 Presentations at BLB

January 23rd, 2011 by videoman

Get ready for the next Pecha Kucha #6, and this one is perfect for all us Makers, as the topic is “Handmade”.  I suggest any and all folks submit a talk, I would love to see other folks from the Hack Factory presenting!  It’s about 6 minutes, or 20 slides advanced every 20 seconds.


January Welding Class

January 22nd, 2011 by videoman

Hey folks, we have a January Welding Class up!

Pre-registration is required!

Website Maintenance

January 20th, 2011 by orion

The website will be undergoing some planned maintenance to move to a different server you  may notice some disruptions as sections are moved. The plan is to start at 12:00 CST and be done at 15:00 CST.

Maintenance complete let me know if you have any issues.

The man behind the curtain

Handmade Music Update: HMMM4

January 19th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

A few updates to the upcoming Handmade Music 4.

Emily Iwuc is going to give a workshop on making contact Mics and she is working on screenprinting some awesome HMMM shirts (although I don’t know if they will be done in time.)

Will Dixon is going to give a workshop on guitar set up and play with his band Sorry OK.

Andres Varela is gonna show of his Handmade ribbon controller.

Matte Resist will be showing off his instruments from Resist Instrument Works .

Sorry OK are bringing along their friends from Bouncer Fighter .

Ryan from Food Team will be there but is postponing his performance/workshop for next month.

Please come, bring friends, and enjoy. You can bring your own instruments if you have them but it’s not necessary by any means, the night is free and open to the public, hope to see you there.

Fundamentals of Electronics class

January 13th, 2011 by uptownmaker

I’ll be teaching a “Fundamentals of Electronics” class on February 1 and 3 (Tuesday and Thursday) at the Hack Factory.

The intent of this class is to lay a ground work for understanding what electronics is, why we do it, how it relates to the real world, and to provide some introductory tools for getting started tinkering.

For more information, check out the Eventbrite page. Class size is limited to five students, so register soon!

Handmade music – January 30th

January 10th, 2011 by jrsphoto

On January 30 at 8 pm, the HackFactory be hosting a Hand Made Music night.

Special Guests include

Matte Resist from Resist Instrument Works showing some cigar Box Guitars and other cool stuff.

Ryan Olcott From Food Team.  Ryan will have some crazy electronic instruments and a great performance.

So stop by and meet some old friends, make some new ones and make some stuff that makes music. Hope to see you there

More about Handmade Music: Minneapolis including info on past events can be found over at TCMaker’s Hmmm Page.

Plasma Cutting Introduction 1/6/11

January 5th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Nick Bauman will be going over some of the basics of plasma cutting on January 6th at the Hack Factory. More information about the plasma cutter event is over on the Fourm. Photo by dav.

The plasma cutter will cut anything that conducts electricity, although I think some things you could theoretically cut you would not ever want to, such as magnesium or galvanized steel. Everything you mention can be cut by this plasma cutter.

Clothes Line Racing 2010

January 5th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

2010 Clothes line racing in review, enjoy some of the photos in this flickr slideshow. Photo by tirsek.

TC Maker would also like to extend a big thanks to the wonderful people over at Make: Magazine who donated many gifts for the occasion, and to Bill Gurstelle who sent us an autographed book. Thanks Bill and Make!

New Year, New Wiki

January 2nd, 2011 by danbackslide

The TCMaker Wiki has been overhauled! We’ve moved over to DokuWiki, cleaned out the cruft and laid the groundwork for The Future. Work continues, so expect lots of non-existent pages for a bit. More info after the jump…

New TCMaker Wiki home page.

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