Intro to Arduino

November 10th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Our intro to arduino class is going on, this session is full. Be sure to keep an eye on the calendar for up-coming classes. Here are some pictures and a video from the first session.

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11/2/11 Open Hack Night Pictures

November 2nd, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Pictures from the Open Hack Night at the Hack Factory. Welcome to the 3 new members that signed up tonight!

Open house at the Hack Factory October 26th Style

October 27th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak


Pictures from the shenanigans that occur weekly at the Hack Factory of Minnesota, including but not limited to, robot, welding, (unfortunately not pictures of a robot welding)  pumpkin carving, paracord watches, crystal oscillator testers, people talking in a hallway, archery, and a smiley face drawn in Hack Factory dust.

Every Wednesday Twin Cities Maker opens it’s doors to the public, stop by and meet the makers of Minnesota. Congrats to the new members that signed up as well! We are still in need of about ~15 to 20 members to make this work into the future, so if you are interested is seeing Twin Cities Maker exist in the future it’s worth becoming a member.

 

Oct 19th Open Hack Night

October 21st, 2011 by Paul Sobczak


Pictures and video from 10/19/2011′s Open Hack night at the one an only Hack Factory in Minneapolis. Lots of interesting and weird stuff going on. Enjoy.

Open Hack Night October 12th 2011

October 12th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Pictures from October 12th’s Open House @ the Hack Factory (every Wednesday) and some photos from the E Hack nights (every Monday).

New estimates from the board put us around 90-100 members to be in the black, that meaning we need ~100 to make rent, pay our other bills, and fund some of the routine things the board needs to do. This new estimate takes into account the more than expected amount of members at the student/unemployed rate. Last month we had 71, so we are close but we have a way to go.

If you have been looking at TC Maker for awhile or just found us and are interested, as always, we recommenced you to stop by our Wednesday night open houses, if that doesn’t work shoot the board an email and they can usually give you some good advise on when to stop by. They are @ info@tcmaker.org.

Twin Cities Maker would also like to welcome 3 new members that signed up tonight, welcome!

Here also is a short video that Steve put together for a community access show that may or may not happen, but the intro is made, and here for your viewing pleasure.

and we are on a map!

Upcoming Events @ The Hack Factory

October 6th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak


A brief list of some of the upcoming events at The Hack Factory, check the calendar for a full list of upcoming events.


Handmade music 10 (10/7/11)the Stella amp build night still has a few seats open if you want to build your own music amplifier.

Riley’s bow making class (10/8/11) is almost filled up, but there are spots open. Due to demand he is offering an additional class bow making course on (10/22/11)

Pumpkin Hacking (10/26/11)  Bring a pumpkin to open house and join the pumpkin hacking party!

Interview on EEweb

October 1st, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Mike Hord previous president of Twin Cities Maker and former member (he moved to Colorado) is one of the featured engineers on EEWeb.

Michael Hord

Michael Hord – Electrical Engineer, SparkFun Electronics

How did you get into electronics/engineering and when did you start?

I came to electronics fairly late in the game. It was my senior year of high school before it occurred to me that I could make a career out of it. My high school physics teacher told us some stories about the fun stuff the electrical engineering students he knew in college had made, and that sealed the deal. That is not to say I didn’t have interest in it in the past—as a child I took apart a ridiculous number of electronic gadgets, some of which my parents would rather I hadn’t.

After high school I went on to study engineering at North Dakota State University. For me it was a great decision because of its engineering program, which is very well-respected especially in the Upper Midwest region.

What are your favorite hardware tools that you use?

My senses. I start out every troubleshooting session with four of my senses: does anything look wrong (size, shape, color), does anything feel wrong (hotter or colder than expected), does anything sound wrong (clicking, buzzing, whining), and what about smell (burning, unnatural odors)?

The best part is that setup and calibration time for these tools is zero. I always know where they are, and they’re pretty easy to use.

Full Interview

Mike was one of the members who worked on the Great Global Hackerspace Challenge that we entered and recently received our soldering irons from, thanks elemment 14!


Here is a video explaining the entry into the Hackerspace challenge

In another note if you look in the bottom left hand section of the photo above from the eeweb site you will a stack of plastic corrugated boxes, Mike is the one who was so kind as to donate hundreds of them to TC Maker when we first got our space, thanks Mike!

Handmade Music Minneapolis 10: Stella Amp Build

September 25th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

HMMM is back building again, HMMM 10 will be a build night.

Twin Cities Maker Member and founder of Crazy But Able, John Wilson will be hosting a building of his new kit the Stella Amp. There are a limited number of seats available for the class so sign up early. Handmade Music will be providing the soldering stations and solder, you can bring your own irons if you would like as well.

No prior knowledge of soldering is needed there will be some people to help you along the way if this is your first time around the iron.

Due to the soldering irons this class is limited to persons of 8 years of age or older.

Details:
Date: 10/7/11 7:00 to 9:30pm

Location: The Hack Factory

Cost: $35,

Open to the Public

Register: Via Eventbrite

# of seats: 8 total for current count see the eventbrite site.

SWAP-O-RAMA-RAMA

September 10th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Sun, Sep 11, 2011 11:00 AM – Sun, Sep 11, 2011 7:00 PM @ the hack factory

Clean out your closets SWAP-O-RAMA-RAMA is Here! http://www.swaporamarama.org Pass it on

$5 and any sized bag of your clean unwanted clothing or $10 without donation

“There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger and unhappiness.”- Gandhi

Join in the communal process of reuse and celebrate our collective creativity! You are invited to Swap-O-Rama-Rama, a giant clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops in which a community explores reuse and creativity through the recycling of used clothing.

It’s easy to make the move from consumer to creator – and it’s fun. At this Swap-O-Rama-Rama you’ll find a host of talent brought together to teach you how to transform your new/used duds into works of your own. Together they bring you: DIY Stations where you can learn many wonderful ways to create out of textile reuse, Sewing Stations where local designers will teach you fresh clothing mod tricks, on site Silk Screeners & Stencilers with a host of original designs and extraordinary local designers who’ll show off their work in the Swap-O-Rama-Rama reuse fashion show.

Of course the core of the swap is the gigantic piles of free clothing (several thousand pounds!) sorted into categories: pants, shirts, skirts, sweaters etc. These piles are the collective total of each guest’s contribution of any size bag of unwanted clothes so clean out those closets and let go of what’s no longer inspiring. Take home as much clothing as you can carry. Remainders go to a local charity.

Wondering what to bring?

  • clothes you bought and never wore
  • small stuff you bought while thinking “I’ll fit in to this one day”
  • tragic shopping mistakes
  • well worn and loved items that have exceeded their stay in the closet
  • unloved gifts that you held on to out of obligation Bring: Clothes in season: jackets, wallets, hats, pants,shirts, skirts, shoes, gloves, belts, accessories, jewelry, sunglasses, bags, costumes, lingere, pjs etc. Only clothes please! ********Do Not Bring: books, bikes, vases, lamps etc… If you cant wear it, dont bring it!********* Quantity is not important. Come with a little or a lot, whatever you got. Swap-O-Rama-Rama is for boys, girls, men, women.

When You Wanna Know More. . .

Swap-O-Rama-Rama is proud to be sponsored by Singer and Yudu http://www.singerco.com http://whatdoyudu.com “Swap-O-Rama-Rama by Wendy Tremayne, is an international network protected under a Creative Commons License.”

More questions, comments, or want to volunteer to help contact: events@tcmaker.org

See you there… and please… PASS IT ON!

Learn To Solder @ The Hack Factory

August 21st, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Modeled after SparkFun’s Soldering class, TC Maker is offering a soldering class. The kit and the price is all the same but the location is a not Denver, it’s Minneapolis.

Description: If you’ve never soldered before, this is the class for you! This course teaches through-hole (90% of electronic kits) soldering and is recommended for the beginner. This is a hands-on class where the students learn techniques to help them solder through-hole components. Soldering can be daunting for the first solder joint, then the 2nd solder joint is not so bad, and by the time you’ve assembled the Simon game, you will be quite confident and proficient in basic soldering skills.

Classes take place at The Hack Factory. We provide all the tools, irons, solder, parts, and seats for 8 students. You’ll be soldering the Simon PTH Kit. By the end of the night, you will have a functioning game to take home and show off to your friends (we get funny looks all the time).

There is a minimum age requirement of 8 years old, but other than that, anyone is encouraged to sign up. We teach people all the time with no previous soldering experience!

The class is expected to take around 1 hour to complete, there is a buffer built in in case we go a bit longer.

Prerequisites: None! Just bring you. The class price includes the cost of the Simon Kit. The class is open to the public and to members.

What to bring: TC Maker will provide all the tools, irons and solder.

Proceeds above will go to help keep TC Maker electronics area, we want to get some decent components for the place. We will also be accepting other donations, including components if you have any around. If you are so inclined please do donate.

Time and Place: Friday Aug 26th 7:00pm to 10:00pm at the Hack Factory.

Who is Teaching: Paul Sobczak, Electrical Engineer, and other TC Maker members.

The class is $40. Sign up on theEventbrite page.

Pictures From The Clean Up

August 21st, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Thanks to all who came in and helped clean up the Hack Factory over the last two weekends. Here are a few pictures from the first time around.

Handmade Music Minneapolis: Nine

August 21st, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Handmade Music 9
Sunday, August 28 at 8:00pm
Location: Hack Factory, Minneapolis

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Birthday Party for Leon Theremin!!

Ice Cream
Theremins
Documentary
Paul Metzger
Kevin Cosgrove
Dustbuns

Arduino for English Majors

August 21st, 2011 by Paul Sobczak


Arduino for English Majors

SOLD OUT!

Watch the TC Maker Blog for future classes.


An introduction to the arduino, the development software, and interfacing with basic hardware. The class will be broken up into two days, split one week apart. The first session will be an introduction to the arduino, and coding. We will also be making a LED blink.

The second session will be working with sound and resources related to arduino.

No experience with arduinos or as an English major necessary.

What to bring: 1 arduino, 1 laptop, and the usb cable to connect the two.
Cost:$15 for non-members, $10 for members
When: 9/22 6:30 to 9:30pm, 9/29 6:30 to 9:30pm
Where: The Hack Factory. Minneapolis, MN
Total Students: 8
Teachers: Scott Hill (English Major) and Paul Sobczak (Engineering Major)
Sign up: EventBrite (if you are a tcmaker member you will need to pay $15 on the eventbrite page and we will refund you at the event)

If you do not have an arudino, please take some time to order one from sparkfun, or pick one up in town at Micro Center. If you do not have a computer send Paul a message to sobczak.paul at gmail.

Wednesday Night Roundup 7/13/11

July 14th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak


Pictures from 7/13/11 Open Hack at the Hack Factory.

Two post from TCMakers went up on Make:Blog which is always fun to see.


Our very own Sunsh1ne was interviewed along with a few others on Women in Hackerspaces! The full article is up on Make:Blog.

Paul Sobczak’s video showing a prototype of a sound based led switch that he was working on last during last weeks open hack video below.

Arduino PD LED Adudio Thing from paul sobczak on Vimeo.

Handmade Music Minneapolis Number Eight

July 7th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

It’s time for another round of Handmade Music!

Number 8 will be held on July 25 9pm at the Hack Factory.

  • Rifflord is gonna play heavy music on Handmade gear.
  • Mike Hutchins is gonna talk about that gear.
  • Adam Loper is gonna play his modified organ and leslie cabinet.
  • Dust Buns is gonna freak out the squares

Bring your ears and toys. The event is free and open to the public.

Handmade Music Minneapolis Blog

Join the Facebook event and pass it on to your friends!

Open Hack Night 7/6/11

July 7th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

 

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Pictures and videos from the 7/6/11 Open Hack at the Hack Factory.

Twin Cities Maker operates an open house every Wednesday from 7:00pm till late, and it’s open to the public! If you are interested in getting to know what TCMaker is about, or just want something to do on a Wednesday night stop by and say hello. Bring a project if you’re working one, or a problem if you need something fixed, we might be able to help.

We now have over 2,000 images in the Twin Cities Maker Flickr pool too!

Open Hack June 29th

June 30th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

If you’re on the blog you can see that we exceeded our member goal for June by 13 members! That is really great news for Twin Cities Maker! Thanks to all the members that have decided Twin Cities Maker is worth their time an effort.

We are currently at 83 members including the three that joined up on the 29th. Because some members get the $25 dollar rate for being a student or unemployed and the associated fees from paypal, the funds from membership are not as simple as 83×50, but we are getting really close to being in the black. We need about 85 to 90 members each month to be there, and it seems we are well on our way.

So again, welcome new members, we are glad you’re here.

June 22nd Open Hack

June 23rd, 2011 by Paul Sobczak


Roundup photos from the June 22nd Open Hack Night at the Hack Factory, enjoy.

June 15th Open Hack

June 17th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak


Pictures and video from the June 15th open hack at the Hack Factory.

Saturday Brewing Class Filling Up

June 16th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Spots are open for the upcoming class on brewing at the Hack Factory on the 18th. We will be going over an introduction on how to brew, sanitation, equipment, ingredients, and process. Best of all beer will brew!
Sign up on the Eventbrite page, and the facebook page.
More information on the forum post.

And now there is a city pages article!

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