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Each week as part of our Tuesday Open Meeting we invite people to show us projects they are working on. Here are some from this week.

Jared is sanding the body of a Powerwheels car in preparation for repainting it.

CAD_Tim is making a shaving brush from paintbrush bristles and a 3D-printed handle.

Paul is designing parts for the dust collector system.

Paul made a clamping jig on the Bridgeport milling machine.

Charles etched some custom beer bottles.

John is making a LED disco ball.

These are just some of the awesome projects that people are working on at LVL1. You do not need to be a member to use our tools to make cool things. What do YOU want to make?

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LVL1—your community nonprofit hack space—in partnership with New2Lou—your favorite local social organization—is competing in the National Red Bull Day of Flugtag in Chicago on September 21st as Team New2Flug. Check out the grandeur that is homemade flying contraptions here: at RedBull Flugtag. More importantly, the entire Bluegrass is resting on our “wings” as we are the sole team representing our great state of Kentucky. The plan is to build our own giant Pegasus (the symbol of our greatest sporting event—the Kentucky Derby) complete with a rider and a LVL1-designed wing. This whole thing will get shoved off of a 30-foot runway located on Lake Michigan along the Chicago shoreline with our pilot and wings first doing some gliding and then ending with what we can only hope will be a spectacular crash landing.

So far, we have worked purely with donated material and volunteered engineering and build time. The point is simple: WE NEED YOU!

You have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help represent YOUR state and YOUR city in a contest that will be simulcast live in front of more than five million people. For more information (and to donate!) check out our crowdfunding video which can be found at Louisville Flugtag on Rocket hub. Also, feel free to come by LVL1 and participate in the building every Monday and Thursday at 6pm.

Thank so much for any and all help and support you can give us.

Kentucky’s only and Louisville’s own,

Nu2Flug

Some Key Event Times for Public Participation!

9/9 Nu2Flug Build Day at LVL1

9/11 Nu2Flug send off party at the Garage Bar!

9/16 Nu2Flug Build Day at LVL1

9/21 RedBull Flugtag Competition Live

 

 

It's probably no secret by now that I am easily amused, but I wasn't the only one entertained by Ben Douglas' dry ice set up at the meeting this past Tuesday. With dry ice, soap bubbles and hot water, he created a fun round of bubble popping for everyone. The bubbles squish into clouds of smoke - like magic!

 

I've made a video for my Youtube Channel in case you missed it. Seems like this would be great for science fair projects for young kids. Watch the Video Here.

 

 

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This is a cross post from my blog at makeawesomesh.it.  It is a little late but I hope it is still useful. All of the code used can be pulled from this github repo.

The Idea:
This project came out of the Hackathon LVL1 had in June 2012.  The rules were minimal but had a big impact on the end product. The competition ran from noon Saturday till noon Sunday, so 24 hours.  We had access to all of the tools at LVL1 plus we could bring our own tools, but we could not have any of the tools integrated as part of the final project.  Each team was given an Arduino and a bread board.  All other material has to come out of the LVL1 boneyard (this is the collection of stuff that has been donated for the purpose of hacking in any way we wish.)  The goal was to make anything you want.

We had the weeks leading up to the event to look around the boneyard and think about what we thought we could make.  We started with a list of things we wanted to make then limited that down to things we thought we had the parts to make.  We tentatively settled on a 3D scanner.  We knew we had all of the parts to make it but there was no guarantee that they would still be there the day of  the hackathon as the boneyard was still being used normally by the hackerspace.
...continue reading "24 hour junk 3d scanner"