Announcing Friends of Fablocker.

As most of you are aware Fablocker's funding is good enough to break even on rent and internet most months. We've been discussing a number of ways to increase funding so that we can have a general fund for tools, incidentals, and save up enough to finally get our 501(c)(3). With a full federal non-profit status we would be open up to grants, sponsorship, and generally be better able to solicit donations of tools and/or money from people.

Up til now we're funded almost entirely by membership dues. Our roster of paying members is also ever-changing despite the short amount of time we've been around. We've come to recognize that many people that come out to Fablocker either don't have the time or ability to take advantage of a full membership but would still like to support us in some way ...

FabLocker members feature article on ABS smoothing

Neil Underwood (founding member and admin for RepRap.org) and Austin Wilson (FabLocker member and international man of mystery), took time off of their busy schedule of setting things on fire to perfect an original technique for ABS smoothing and recently posted a simple guide on the RepRap blog (and still managed to find a way to set something on fire in the process). In it, they present a cheap and effective method for using acetone to give 3D printed objects a "vapor bath"  resulting in an easily obtained smooth finish similar to that of injection molded plastic.



The article has been very popular among 3D printing enthusiasts, not just RepRap users. It has even been featured on Hackaday (UPDATE: and Wired!), so be sure to check it out.

PyPTUG PyHack Workshop #03

 

The Python Piedmont Triad Users Group (or PyPTUG) will be holding their second PyHack Workshop at FabLocker. The workshop is Saturday, Dec 8th @ 3pm. RSVP using the event link in the box to the right of this post.

From pyptug.blogspot.com:
The theme will be Python ICU (not the medical kind: I see you), and of course this will involve some webcams (and we will talk about the upcoming camera module from the Raspberry Pi foundation), the Raspberry Pi, and Python.


   
Along with the Pi and the webcam, we will be using Python and pygame. That's the main portion of the workshop, but we'll also use a phone, a web server and a web framework on top of that. And OpenCV if there is some time left. To do what? You'll have to be there...

http://www.pyptug.org/2013/01/pyhack-workshop-03-python-icu.html

PyPTUG PyHack Workshop #02

The Python Piedmont Triad Users Group (or PyPTUG) will be holding their second PyHack Workshop at FabLocker. The workshop is Saturday, Dec 8th @ 3pm. RSVP using the event link in the box to the right of this post.

From pyptug.blogspot.com:
A monthly workshop using the wonderful Python programming language to do cool hacks, bridging the virtual and the physical. Presented by PYPTUG, in collaboration with Fablocker. We invite anyone who is interested in learning Python to attend.

This month (December), we continue to feature the Raspberry Pi.

The theme will be Get Your Motor Runnin', and of course we'll connect some motors (DC and steppers) to the Raspberry Pi, and control them from Python. We'll explore more modules that help with hardware hacking, and we'll wrap it up with some interesting demo.

You don't know how to interface a specific motor? Bring it to ...

Post Event: PyHack Workshop #01

PyPTUG had a successful first event for the PyHack Workshop #01 and plans are in the works for more in the future.

Anyone looking for information or summary of the activities can check here or here for a more complete summary.

PyHack Workshop

We are partnering with the Python Piedmont Triad Users Group (or PyPTUG) to host their PyHack Workshop. The first workshop is this Saturday (Nov 10th @ 3pm). RSVP using the event link in the box to the right of this post.

From pyptug.blogspot.com:
A monthly workshop using the wonderful Python programming language to do cool hacks, bridging the virtual and the physical. Presented by PYPTUG, in collaboration with Fablocker. We invite anyone who is interested in learning Python to attend.

Workshop #1
This month, we feature the Raspberry Pi.

We will also demonstrate how to setup AdaFruit's WEB IDE for Raspberry Pi and Python. We will also get you going with iPython, and with GPIOs. We will do a bit of tinkering, make a special interface cable, write some code and build the PiQuizMachine! By the conclusion of the workshop, we should be able to actually play the ...

Burlington Mini Maker Faire

FabLocker had a booth at the Burlington "Mini" Maker Faire at the Holly Hill Mall. It was an event organized by the Alamance Maker's Guild which also is looking to start their own make space in the Burlington area. FabLocker along with other hackerspaces showed up to show their support. We also took some photos from the event (and one video).

4/28/12

Register for April 23rd ioXchange: Book Giveaway & Distributed Version Control

April 23, 6:30pm @ Old Winston Social Club

Be sure to register for ioXchange here in order to get this free book:

April ioXchange Graphic