Intro to OpenSCAD
This Wednesday at 7pm we’ll be hosting a Intro to OpenSCAD workshop. If you’ve been wanting to make stuff on the MakerBot but didn’t know where to start, this is the class to attend! OpenSCAD is a free open source 3D modeling program that uses scripting instead of your typical graphical elements. While editing text files to do anything graphical is counter intuitive at first it can be very quick and effective once you learn the basics. (It also works a lot better on small notebook screens)
This class will focus on creating simple 3D models with only a few key dimensions. When prototyping a part only a handful of dimensions actually matter and the rest are derived somehow from those key dimensions. For example, when making a coupling to fit two pipes together the outer diameter of the coupler doesn’t matter, only the inner diameter and wall thickness of the coupler do. Instead of manually setting the outer diameter OpenSCAD allows dimensions to be derived from formulas (in this case, inner_diameter+2*wall) so that when one of the key dimensions is updated the rest of the part updates automatically.
I will also cover importing and using drawings from Thingiverse (why reinvent the wheel when you can copy someone elses?) and the basics of using the MakerBot for those who wish to print their drawings/test their patience.
Computer with OpenSCAD (we have a few people can use, but not too many)
Trig is optional but very helpful
$5 Attendance fee (will go towards LVL1)
We are having a Car-B-Gone workshop at the space this afternoon. Sorry we did not get the Eventbright announcement up. Just show up to build your very own Car-B-Gone tonight at 8-ish. If you do not know what a Car-B-Gone is… it is another fine Mitch Altman project. Read about it here
Following the Car-B-Gone workshop will be the ever popular Beer-B-Gone workshop. Hope to see everyone there.
Andy Funston is teaching a workshop on Android Game Development!
He’ll be covering 2d game programming in Android. In this workshop you’ll roll up a simple platformer, simple AI, etc. Cover the main ideas, getting touch events, etc.
It’s suggested that you have software programming experience and in particular a *basic* knowledge of Android programming and it’s IDE.
Come to the workshop with your laptop with the Eclipse IDE installed, along with the Android SDK.
With winter showing signs of weakness it is time to look forward to spring. There are a lot of people in the LVL1 community that have interest in urban agriculture and we plan to offer a few talks and events based around this through out the year. This season will start out with a talk on keeping chickens in an urban environment. This talk is meant to give anyone with an interest in keeping chickens a better understanding of what it will take along with the pros and the cons. This is a free event that is open to the public so come out and meet with interesting people and chickens alike.
Sunday February the 27th
February Freeduino Frenzy is a workshop that will happen on Feb 13, 2011. It will consist of several experiments that will teach the student how to do basic circuits and coding on the Freeduino (Arduino) platform. Some of the projects will closely follow the Spring Training from the Spring of ’10, some of the projects are brand new! Sign up and lean valuable skill on how to use and program your Freeduino.
You will need to bring a laptop and a Freeduino or Arduino or clone. Do not sign up if you do not have a laptop or Freeduino! You will need the laptop to program the Freeduino.
If you can, please download and install the Arduino Programming Software on your laptop as described here. That would save some time.
BTW – this is called a Frenzy because I know I have too much stuff packed into an afternoon. All of my instructions will remain online so you can revisit them whenever you want. I hope we will make it through everything – but no promises.
Brian Wagner 1/31/11
More Info Here!
Learn soldering and basic Arduino programming in this workshop. The cost of this workshop also covers the materials cost for a freeduino microcontroller kit. Your assembled Freeduino is yours to keep! Use the vast open resources of the Arduino community to come up with your own electronic applications. This workshop is intended to teach you necessary skills for further exploration in the world of Arduino.
More information and registration here!
Just in time for the holidays! Build a small & simple, but very powerful USB charger for your iPod, iPhone, mp3 player, camera, cell phone, and just about any other gadget you can plug into a USB port to charge! Perfect holiday gift! Only $35 – cheap!
Sign up for the class here: http://wiki.lvl1.org/MintiBoost
Just in time for the holidays!
Dec 6, 7-9pm or Dec 18, 1-3pm
Louisville Soundbuilders will be hosting a circuitbending workshop Monday 11/15 8pm at LVL1. It is FREE, but please bring something to circuit bend.
Circuitbending is the art of short-circuiting electronic devices to unleash their hidden potential as new instruments.
This is a hands-on circuitbending workshop hosted by Louisville Soundbuilders. Bring in a cheap audio toy and we will guide you through the art and practice of circuitbending. It is highly recommended that you bring something to circuitbend, as there is no substitute for actually doing it! But all are welcome regardless.
-Cheap *battery powered* electronic toy(s)
-Phillips head screwdriver
-Audio jacks (1/4″ or 1/8″)
We will provide all the rest: solder, soldering irons, wire, potentiometers, switches, tools, etc.