3D Printed Flying Propeller Toy

One of our members, Dennis Nikolaidis of Animusing Productions, used his superb 3D modeling and design skills to create a model of a propeller toy that he had engineered.

It was then printed on one of our 3D printers, assembled, and tested right here at the Fablocker space.

It worked on it's maiden flight! However, Dennis has already identified several ways to make improvements.

That's the great thing about rapid prototyping technology such as RepRap printers--you can quickly and cheaply print out your products, see how well the design worked, make improvements and reprint for further testing.

Here is another video of more testing:

The Quadcopter is Alive!

Several months ago one of our members (CNC Bob) started a Quadcopter project at the Fablocker space in Winston Salem, NC. Using the 3D printers at Fablocker, Bob designed and then printed parts for the quadcopter. Combined with electronics, motors, and software... the quadcopter has sprung to life!


As you can tell from the video, there is still plenty of work left to do when it comes to calibrating the quadcopter for proper flight balance... which only means more video updates coming soon : )

Videos from the TDD Presentation

In case you missed the ioXchange Presentation on Test Driven Development in March, we were able to capture most of it on video.

Presentation


Questions Session

Slides from the Presention

Local makers group featured in news

One of the local makers groups The Alamance Makers Guild, was featured in their local paper. One of our members was at the meeting showing off his 3D printer, and FabLocker gets a mention along with some other local hackerspaces. You can read the article at The Times News.

Also, don't forget to check out their site for the Burlington Mini Maker Faire.

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Contact Microphone Test on Acoustic Guitar

A few weeks ago we were visited by the band CMKT4 who taught a workshop about how to build contact microphones using Creme DeMentia EconoMIC kits.

I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity and put together two microphones (both of which worked!). My friend let me use an amp to test with, and I brought in my guitar to see if the mic would work as an acoustic guitar pick-up and turn my cheapo acoustic guitar into an acoustic-electric guitar.

It did!

I recorded one of the visitors at the hackerspace strumming away at the guitar through my phone (that's why the quality isn't very good). But, hopefully, you get the idea : )

UNCG Talk

We gave a talk at UNCG today. Below is the video of the presentation, a link to the slides, and a few useful links not included in the talk. The link to Matt's video and the other hacker space video are included in the slides.





We didn't mention but there are also some podcasts like Exotic Liability and Social-Engineering.org podcast. Listen to them from episode 1 on to get the most imformational value out of them. Exotic Liability is not SFW, but very honest and blunt about what it's like to work in information security and pen testing and doesn't pull punches. Think of it as Info Sec after hours.

There is a FALE meeting this Sunday and a private FB group for it if you want to be added, bug Matt if you want to be added to it. Also, there is a conference ...

What we do

You've probably seen tons of these posted on every social networking or media site and are getting tired of them. Still, we have our own version. Most of them hold a little bit of truth.