Once again LVL1 will host a Dollar Store hackathon honoring MacGyver. The rules are simple. Several members will go to dollar stores to collect supplies. These supplies will be chosen at random and independent of one another. The high quality offerings will then be piled on a table. Individuals and teams will then hack together what they want in the hopes of showing off their skills or preventing Armageddon in the nick of time. No entrance fee. Various food parts will be available for assembly. And the Coca Cola will flow.
On January 24th, 5pm through January 26th, 5pm (that's right, 48 hours), LVL1 will act as a site for the Global Game Jam! Mike and Alex are organizing this great event. Think of it as a collaborative Game Development Hackathon! Come together, hone your game dev skills with like-minded folks, and build some great games!
This weekend, we were lucky enough to have Sonny Mounicou come up from Memphis to teach a workshop on building a Prusa i2 3D printer. 10 people were in attendance, and everyone walked out with a working 3D printer!
The workshop was a grueling 24 hours, running from 8am to Midnight on day one, and 8am to 4pm the next day. By the end of the workshop, though, everyone was slinging plastic! Aaron was talented enough to be printing cubed gears after a mere 14 hours!
A big thanks to Jon from SeeMeCNC, who came in to help out with the workshop. He also managed to sell a couple of printers while he was at the space! And an absolutely huge thanks to Gerrit, who kept us all fed throughout the event. May no build-off ever go without catering.
Scroll past the break for more pictures of the event, but I'll wrap it up here by saying that the build was a great event. 10 people in the LVL1 community got to build 3D printers, 2 more people bought 3D printers during the event, and our expertise for printers is growing. This event even motivated some to start a Louisville-Area Thrug (3D Printer User Group). If you're interested in 3D printer, join the conversation here: https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/kyin3dprinters
Until then, we'll be hacking away at our printers. For those who missed out, don't despair: Sonny let us know that any time we can get 8-10 people together for a build, he'll make the drive!
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.
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"