Jan 10, 2013 0
Jan 10, 2013 0
The University of Louisville’s University Student Launch Initiative rocket team is holding a Kickstarter campaign to fund their rocket develop efforts. The team has been using LVL1′s facilities for meetings and fabrication since 2012 and have had great success.
Check out their kickstarter for more information!
Jan 9, 2013 0
Oct 25, 2012 0
I’d like to thank everyone who came out to the LVL1 Make Food Not War Hackathon this past weekend. Without a doubt, this was the most dangerous group activity ever attempted by LVL1!
We had 6 teams participate, with 6 very innovative ways to launch food very long distances. Team Aaron built a device to remotely launch shot glasses into half-filled pint glasses, resulting in the most entertaining Irish Car Bomb you’re ever likely to consume. The device worked amazingly well, and was incredibly easy to use. Props to Aaron for one of the most polished projects! Tuesday night, we used it to lob burning alcohol through the air, for kicks.
Team Sprinkles, consisting of three people from the local science center (and our own Ben Hibben) was probably the most well-prepared team. They had plans to build an advanced device capable of mixing flavored ice cream on-the-fly, and freezing it with liquid nitrogen. The ice cream would then be launched from an automatic ballista. Unfortunately, the ice cream mixing robot didn’t quite get finished, and the automated portion of the ballista broke during the demonstration, but they still hurled ice cream over 100 feet, and tossed the shaft for their projectile on the neighbor’s roof (4 stories!) And the ice cream was delicious!
Team Muff Cannon (the only all-woman team) built a fantastic muffin cannon. Powered by exploding ether, their pink hello-kitty adorned cannon managed to launch a muffin over 150 feet, and it remained intact! They also experimented with a very entertaining waffle flinger, which threw waffled onto parked cars, and the roof of a nearby building.
The Bomb Squad started the evening with a bang, burning up teflon wire and bulging a fully-charged lithium-ion battery in an attempt to bake a cupcake. Their plans changed from flying a helicopter ez-bake-oven, to integrating the cupcake into a miniature Up! house. Unfortunately, at launch time they weren’t able to achieve neutral buoyancy without cutting off some critical components. As soon as they did, the wind carried their (tethered!) house straight into the power lines! A few well-placed tugs, and the cupcake came back down, but not without some worry among the crowd.
Team Pat created a powerful martini shooter. Although it only took him 2 hours to put it together, it managed to fling food the furthest, reaching over 300 feet, at high velocity. In fact, the aluminum bottle he used to store his libation was destroyed on impact, and very little martini was left! He also created a smaller olive shooter, which served to atomize the olives, more than shoot them. Still, very impressive, from both a danger and a distance perspective!
Finally, the idea that spawned the hackathon so many months ago: The taco cannon. Long a dream of many LVL1ers, it became a reality this weekend. A taco shell is loaded into a carrier at the muzzle, pulled back by a powerful magnet, and a screw-driven hopper dumps taco ingredients into the shell. The ingredient-door is sealed, and the weapon is fired, propelled by the same mechanism (but bigger!) as the Muff Cannon. Unfortunately, the blast door wasn’t as secure as it should have been, so upon ignition, vaporized taco ingredients showered the crowd! Still, a very tasty weapon, with a lot of future potential. Next year, guys?
We had two teams tie for first place: Team Sprinkles and Team Aaron. Well done to both of you! They split the first and second place trophies, cutting them in half and gluing them back together!
Trailing them (but only barely!) was Team Muff Cannon, taking home the third place plaque.
Once again, thanks to everyone that participated in this second 24 hour hackathon. We’ve seen great success with the past two hackathons, and we hope to continue the tradition. Start thinking about next years hacks, along with ideas for future hackathons! What could be better than combing sleep deprivation with power tools and explosives?
There are many dozens of pictures on our flickr feed, so please browse through to see more of the hard work these guys put in! http://www.flickr.com/photos/lvl1/
Oct 12, 2012 0
We are offering not one, not two, but THREE new Makerships for fall / winter 2012-2013! Through private donations from the LVL1 community, we have raised funds to award $100 of project financing and 3 months of LVL1 membership to THREE worthy makers!
The Makership recipient gets $100 for project materials like arduinos, sensors, electronic components, laser cutter materials, conductive fabric, EL wire, software, books, 3D printer filament, tools, bits, odds, ends or whatever else you might need.
The LVL1 membership gives you access to our 40W laser cutter, Makerbot Replicator 3D printers, woodworking tools, electronics tools, metal mill, computers, electronic surplus and much more.
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS IS NOVEMBER 6, 2012 8pm
A Makership is a $100 project stipend and 3 months worth of LVL1 membership dues awarded to an individual in the Louisville area. We recognize that potential makers with limited financial resources often are unable to afford any membership rates- no matter what the discount might be. Similarly, the cost of materials to develop a cool project can be just out of reach to those strapped for cash. Our makership program seeks to eliminate these financial hurdles and get makers making!
We award our makerships to applicants who can put together the best pitch for (1) what they want to make and (2) how they plan to do it. Your project could be anything from an electronic gadget, to an open source software project, to a citizen science project, to a fire-breathing robotic pony, or (hopefully) a project we haven’t imagined. We want LVL1 to be the place where these things are made! LVL1 makerships are open to anyone whom could benefit from our community and resources to make something great.
For more information on applying for a LVL1 Makership click here.
Do you want to see this Makership program succeed? You can help LVL1 provide more Makerships with a small donation of $5/mo. We will announce a new Makership as soon as the donation funds make a new one available! Click the Paypal donate button below to contribute to a Makership:
Oct 9, 2012 0
The 3rd annual Sumobot signup sheet is out. You can fill it out online:
You can read about the Sumobot competition here http://wiki.lvl1.org/Sumobots
There are loads of links and information about sumobots on that page. IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO MAKE A BOT!
Also there is a costume party that night so be sure to dress up!
Sep 24, 2012 0
This past week, LVL1 worked some 3D printing magic for Louisville’s IdeaFestival! Throughout the festival, we were printing 1/1000th scale models of Louisville’s existing buildings and visionary new ones as part of the kick-off for the Vision Louisville initiative. We had 5 Makerbot Replicators cranking out buildings for 4 full days of 3D printing awesomeness! These Makerbot Replicators will now be going to their new homes at the Louisville Public Libraries and Louisville Science Center, where they will be used as educational tools and public 3D printing resources. More information about the exhibit can be found in this excellent article from The Atlantic Cities.
Sep 3, 2012 2
ANNOUNCING – LVL1′s 3rd annual Sumobot tournament will be on Saturday October 27th, 2012, 8PM at 814e Broadway (our home). There will be a Halloween party following the fun. All are welcome to join in the festivities. You have 6 weeks to build your bot. There will be prizes and eternal glory!
The rules and loads of information about how to make your own bot are on our wiki page http://wiki.lvl1.org/Sumobots
Sumobots are a good project if you are looking to prove your engineering powers. There are also several kits on the Internet that are fun to build!
Print a poster and post it at your favorite coffee shop: Sumo 2012 Poster
Aug 23, 2012 1
Brad and I created Mind over Melon. Ever since I was a boy, I’ve dreamed of exploding things with my mind. At LVL1, we now have the technology to make this dream come true. Using a hacked Star Wars Force Trainer, Arduinos, XBees and a solenoid valve, we’ve developed Mind over Melon. It’s a game where you focus your mind to an intense level of concentration; and explode a watermelon. It’s a combination of David Cronenberg’s classic sci-fi film “Scanners” and Gallagher.
We will be welcoming new players to try Mind over Melon this Saturday at Bernheim CONNECT. Please come out and pop some melons with your mind.
Here I am on WHAS Great Day Live playing Mind Over Melon. I suspect this mind-controlled watermelon explosion is a television first.
Aug 21, 2012 1
LVL1 is currently seeking instructors and study group leaders for curriculum that would interest the Louisville community. During the last 3 months of this year, we hope to have a mixture of Classes, Workshops, and Study Groups. Here are the differences between the 3:
- Study Group – A free online class from some outstanding universities that are self paced with a video/online instruction. These are free to the public and will be absolutely free at the space.
- Workshop – A one night (sometimes two) information session on a topic or an activity. These normally cost between $10 to $50 depending on the workshop. Price should include any supplies required.
- Classes – 6 to 8 sessions of 2-3 hours each over a 6 to 8 week period covering a topic in depth which includes course goals and hands on experience. Target cost is $100 per student, most of which goes to the instructor as compensation.
For more information, keep reading.
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