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Raspberry Pi Foundation Visit

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Please join us this Thursday in the “Barrel Room” of The Pointe at 7pm for a presentation by Ben Nuttall of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

Last years visit to the LVL1 hackerspace was a huge success and resulted in an attendance of nearly 100 people and brought out many of the local community’s Raspberry Pi based projects for display and discussion. This year we aim to top those numbers by partnering with FirstBuild and Velocity Indiana and to that end we’ve rented an event hall at The Pointe, located at 1205 E. Washington Street, 40206, in the same building as the LVL1 hackerspace, which can accommodate 300 people.

This is an all-ages event for anyone who is interested in the Raspberry Pi platform. Show us your Pi projects or just come learn about what the Pi is and how it can be used to interact with the world around you and educate kids and adults alike.

The Raspberry Pi is a small, cheap computer designed to be used in schools to encourage kids to play and learn with computers by removing the worry of the expense; at $35 it’s not a big deal if they end up breaking it. This low price point, combined with some pretty powerful hardware for the cost, has made it a darling of the Maker Movement. The latest iterations are increasingly targeted to the Maker Movement with increased access to digital and analog inputs and outputs.

LVL1 have moved! Grand Opening – 8/9 at 4pm!

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It’s finally here! After months and months of hard work, we’ve been granted occupancy of our new space at The Pointe in Butchertown, 1205 E Washington Street!

Starting on 8/5, we’ll be holding our regular Tuesday meetings at the new space (join us, 8pm, every Tuesday!), and on 8/9 we’ll have a grand opening celebration at 4pm!

LVL1 is Louisville’s Hackerspace. We’re a community of engineers, artists, makers, tinkerers, scientists, and hobbyists of all types. With over 75 paying members, and a huge community of non-members, Louisville can come to LVL1 to learn, teach, or discover just about any skill on the planet. We give Louisvillians access to the tools they need to make anything they might want to make, including 3D printers, laser cutters, soldering irons, sewing machines, vinyl cutters, large format printers, welders, and lots more.  At The Pointe, LVL1 has 8800 square feet of space for making, including a fully featured Wood and Metal shop (each over twice as large as our old space!), a main work room (again, twice as large as the old space!), classroom space, and a huge boneyard of derelict, decrepit, and unwanted goods for your tinkering.

Over the past 5 years, LVL1 has become a community hub for tinkering with just about everything. From our humble beginnings meeting in bars and coffee shops (thanks, BBC and Heine Bros!), to our original space on E Broadway, now to The Pointe in Butchertown.

Join us, 4pm on 8/9 for a short ribbon-exploding ceremony, followed by tours and demonstrations at the new space. Are you a Louisville Maker? Bring your project and show it off! Stick around and celebrate the new space with the rest of our community!

Questions? Send an email to BradLuyster@gmail.com, or hop on the mailing list thread here: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/lvl1/QLUUHZH9VQM

Pardon our dust — LVL1 is Still Moving!

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LVL1 Move, Wall Logo

It’s been a busy month around LVL1! As we announce in April,we’re moving to a new building at The Pointe in Butchertown! The new digs feature 8800 square feet of concrete floors, with three phase power, plenty of electricity run throughout, a dedicate wood/metal shop area (including the ability to weld indoors!), and better climate control. We’ve been working hard to get the new place ready to inhabit. We raised $9,001 through the Community Foundation‘s Give Local Louisville campaign (thanks to you, our community!), which we’ve been using to customize our space for hacking. In true DIY fashion, we’ve been working on this almost entirely on our own.

Plenty of space upgrades some along with the sweet new hackerspace, including new member shelves (care of the Community Foundation capacity building grant), a Shapeoko mill (care of Inventables), upgrade networking equipment, brand new kitchen appliances (care of GE), new projectors and smart-board technology (care of Power Creative), and more!

We’ve spent the past two months clearing out the new space, moving the old space, pulling building permits, and building walls. Currently, the walls stand roughed-in, waiting for inspection. After we receive our rough inspection, we’ll add drywall and insulation. Following that, we can receive our final inspection and occupancy certificate. As soon as we receive our occupancy certificate, all operations move to the new space!

Until further notice, operations are still at the 814 E Broadway location! When operations move to 1205 E Washington, we’ll let folks know via this blog, facebook, twitter, meetup.com, our public mailing list, our member’s only mailing list, and possible smoke signals from the roof. Our grand-opening celebration is tentatively scheduled for August 9th, so save the date!

More pictures and details of our move after the break:

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Sketchup Workshop – 5/27 @ 6pm – 8pm

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John Pagya of Verdant Design is back on May 27th, teaching another Sketchup Workshop!  John’ll be reviewing the basics, and going into more detail about how you can actually design parts for the 3D printer!  If you’re interested in 3D design, art, or printing, you should stop by on Tuesday, May 27th! Sketchup is a completely free tool, and John is a downright Sketchup professional.  This tool allows you to create 3D models, which you can then take and print on one of the two LVL1 3D printers.

Like many of us, John Pagyga was immediately taken by the idea of 3D printing.  As a landscape architect, he has already adapted sketchup into his daily routine, so he was able to translate those skills into near-immediate 3D printing prowess.  He’d like to share these skills with others in the LVL1 community.  On May 27th, from 6 to 8pm (immediately preceding one of our regular Tuesday meetings), he’ll be teaching a workshop about the ins and outs of Sketchup in a 3D printing context.  Come on down, and learn you a 3D design tool!

You can sign up now using Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lvl1-sketchup-workshop-527-tickets-11565762507

Seating is limited to 15, so sign up now and sign up often!  This is a pay-what-you-want workshop, with all proceeds going to LVL1.  Eventbrite imposes a $0.99 minimum, but anything above that goes!

If you’ve got any questions, email workshops@lvl1.org, or pop over to our mailing list!