Friday, 4 September 2015

Sunday CANCELLED & Brighton Mini Maker Faire

Just a quick note to cover a couple of things:

  1. There is NO SUNDAY Hackspace session this month
  2. It's now under 12 hours until the Brighton Mini Maker Faire (featuring the Surrey and Hampshire Hackspace)

Last year's Brighton Mini Maker Faire was a really good event so do try to get to it if you can. For more information please see the Brighton Mini Maker Faire website

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Thursday 16th Session

With our weekly sessions as lively as ever there was a good turn out at last week's with a wide range of projects under way. These included driving a VGA monitor using a PIC microcontroller, and replacing the power switch on a USB audio interface.

A VGA monitor displaying coloured blocks.  The monitor is on top of an oscilloscope displaying signal traces.  In the foreground a laptop is being used to edit code to run on the PIC microcontroller A PIC microcontroller and assorted components in a breadboard.  A VGA lead is connected to drive the monitor. The insides of a USB audio interface with a recently replaced power switch.

Among the other highlights were a sound controlled display, a variety of soldering, and designing and sewing clothes for a 3D printed Makie doll.

A tapering tower of perspex plates illuminated by LEDs ranging from green at the bottom to red at the top. A helping hands magnifier in front of a temperature controller SMD rework soldering station. A green haired 3D printed Makie doll wearing hand made victorian era inspired underwear.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Thursday 11th June's session cancellation.

Unfortunately our kind host has had to cancel Thursday 11th June's session due to unexpected lurgy.

Friday, 29 May 2015

Changes to normal schedule.


There are some important changes to the normal Hackspace schedule over the next couple of weeks.

  • 4th June (Thursday) - No session.
  • 7th June (Sunday) - No session.
  • 11th June (Thursday) - Cancelled due to ill health
  • 14th June (Sunday) - Replacement Sunday Session.

If you're pining for more tinkering before the 11th, then here are some images from a few of our previous sessions to tide you over:

Friday, 17 April 2015

Hack Session 16-04-15




Another lively evening with plenty of people.


Attendance at least 16, maybe more (You try counting active hackers, they just won't stand still!)

2 Printerbot simple metal 3D printers having their heated beds fitted.

12mm rod being turned into 8mm rod for a turbine spindle.

AVR programming for a presistance of vision design.

Arduino Programming for a LED cube.

Electronic saxaphone playing.

Random drilling of stuff.

More 3D printer calibration.

Much more stuff!

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Resurrection Day - Sunday 5-4-15

I have been asked a few times if the regular Sunday hack session will go ahead, to me the only significance to this weekend is extra days off work, the hack session is most DEFINITELY ON :)

I hope to bring the CNC router i have been "restoring" back to life and actually make it do some meaningful movements.

I implore everyone to come along and bring that old project that been on the back burner for too long and resurrect it.

Doors open 10:00-18:00

Monday, 30 March 2015

Hacksession 26th March 2015


My first time to the Hackspace this year and what a great evening.
Some new faces to me who looked at me as if I was new.  Always makes for a fun introduction.

I arrived about 7:30pm and there was already a hive of activity.
A new style of 3D printer was happily printing away. (I must get better at remembering the different models). Self-leveling beds were having springs added.  PIC controllers were being programmed.

Below are some pictures of the some of the fun.


SMD soldering Cylindrical POV (note not really that dark. Flash was confused by bright light)

Weaving yarn

Mindflex EEG device hacked with Arduino and Processing (same light problem as above)

Output from Mindflex using Processing

Springs being added to auto-leveling platform for 3D printer

2 3D printers. Green bed one was new to me

Configuring a new Raspberry Pi 2B on an Atrix Lapdock

Parts for POV project. No real instructions

DIY CNC machine now with 3D printed parts placing wooden parts causing issues.


 As I said a great evening and looking forward to the next Hacksession this Thursday (2nd April)