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3D printer mini-festival

We had a mini 3D printer fest at Make Lehigh Valley last night along with our postponed Build Night with Sugru. (Sugru update to come, I'm gathering pictures.) The Ord Bot received some sugru to the handle to make it more comfy to lug.

My real joy was sharing the epic fail of printing a twisted ball cage. I made it as far in the print as I have yet. I still can't get the top to print because of the flex of the arms. All the interaction from crowd of makers was great. Jared got his RepRap printing a much improved cube and Jeff made some progress on the space's RepRap 3D printer. He's been polishing the smooth rods that the carriage for the heated build platform rides on for awhile to make sure it runs smoothly.

Space RepRap 3D printer

After much polishing, Jeff has installed the rods that the heated build platform will ride on

Our impromptu mini 3D printer festival

Our impromptu mini 3D print festival, note the blue sugru on the handle of the OrdBot.


July 18th – Build Night with Sugru

Sugru product image

This stuff has so many uses, it's hard to describe

The folks at Instructables partnered with Sugru to ship us a bunch of Sugru to try out and come up with cool hacks. If your are interested in checking out this product and trying out your own Sugru based idea we'll have it around for the Open Hack on July 18th.

Come on out and see what we've got going on. If you'd like to talk about Sugru ideas feel free to pop into the discussion list or hang out in IRC.

If you're looking for some inspiration check out all the Sugru on Instructables.

Who: You and your friends
What: Build Night with Sugru (we provide the Sugru)
When: July 18th 7-9pm
Where: 905 Harrison St. Allentown. (Hive 4a)
Price: Free
RSVP:  Sign-up Here (

Bring your own stuff to hack on the Sugru with. Have some broken shoes? A favorite pair of scissors that needs a nub in just the right place? A backpack that needs a beautiful new colorful design on it? Bring it. We'll have the Sugru.

Colors and Sugru packages will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. We're prepared for 15 people to join us.


PCB Manufacturing: First Step – Design Something

So we have this fully working PCB Fabrication setup at the hackerspace now. If you're interested in getting started we recommend having something to fabricate. Designing a circuit could be done in Microsoft Paint, but for good results we suggest something a bit more... powerful to help you get component footprints on right among other things. Electronic Design Automation tools such as KiCAD fill that spot well.

If you are interested in putting together a design, check out this tutorial to give you a great kick start on using KiCAD to design your circuit board. You'll probably want to stick to a single side board for your first round. Lining up layers can be a bit tricky with our current system. We're working on getting a system in place to make this more predictable.

If you have problems, please feel free to drop a question on the mailing list or come by when the space is open some time.


Help the Reprap Project!

190px-Assembled-prusa-mendelMake Lehigh Valley is hoping to raise $250 in donations to match another $250 to build a Reprap Prusa Mendel i2 3D Printer!  We're hoping to be resourceful and keep the necessary cash around that $500 mark.  Need for printed parts around the space abounds, and this will fill a huge gap in our ability to enable our minds.  If you were at our first Town Meeting tonight, you probably heard about the 3D scanner - and the statue we scanned, and how it worked.  Go donate!


Delaware – Lehigh Amateur Radio Club to offer FREE License Preparation Classes

DLARCDLARC's Fall Series of FREE  Amateur Radio License Preparation Classes will begin on Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 4 at a location in Bethlehem.

Classes will be held from 7 to 9 PM on Tuesday evenings.

There will be two classes running concurently:

A 9 week course for the entry-level TECHNICIAN CLASS license, this is for those who currently do not have an Amateur Radio License.

A 9 week course for the UPGRADE to the GENERAL CLASS license, for those who currently hold a TECHNICIAN Amateur Radio License.

The course is FREE, but pre-registration is required.

For details on the classes, or if you have an interest or questions about amateur radio, please call (610) 432-8286, or email KE3AW@ARRL.NET

For more information about Amateur Radio in General visit:





Tonight’s Arduino Workshop – Looking Good

I just sent this email out to registered attendees of the workshop. If you haven't registered yet, you will also want to see this.

We're excited to have you all in for tonight's workshop. At the moment, we have 14 registrations, and expect a few more throughout today and at the door.

Make Lehigh Valley and Hive 4A have a selection of soldering irons, solder, lamps, wire cutters and other supplies needed to get this class going. However, we will need to share between participants in the workshop given our current supply. If you have some of your own supplies for this that you can bring, that would help alleviate this hassle and help you focus on the work rather than where to get tools for the next step. If not, we've got you covered!

You may also want to consider bringing a laptop to program your new BoArduino and a USB-ttl cable. If you don't already have the Arduino IDE loaded (, we will have it available on a USB key and can help you get setup.

Also, if you can come earlier or stay later to help setup and tear down, that is most welcome.

Hope to see you tonight!


Hackers on a Train In the Lehigh Valley July 5th at 6:30pm

Mitch Altman

Our next event is a must attend for anyone that enjoyed our booths at the Science Festival of the Lehigh Valley. We know many missed out on some of what we had to offer simply because of the overwhelming crowds. We have good news!

"Hackers on a Train 2012" is a tour of  the makerspaces of the north east US and Canada during July by train. Mitch Altman, Jimmie Rodgers and crew will be doing workshops, classes and speaking as they go. Make Lehigh Valley is excited to be hosting these folks at Hive 4A for the Arduino For Total Newbies workshop, 6:30-9:30pm. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in hobby electronics, arduino, hardware hacking or just how the devices around your home work.

These three hours pack in just about everything you need to explore hobby electronics. As a workshop participant, you will learn the basics of Arduino, electronic components and how they interact. Then you will be instructed in soldering up Adafruit's BoArduino kit. Your boarduino will be used to build a TV-B-Gone which will include learning to use a USB-to-serial ttl cable, the Arduino IDE, solderless breadboards and reading schematics to get their.


The workshop includes the kit, tools and everything needed to complete the tv-b-gone project. Children are encouraged to attend and bring a parent. The fee is $35/attendee to cover expenses of materials.

Mitch's more exhaustive explanation of the workshop can be found on his web page, Arduino For Total Newbies. You can also check out the rest of the tour schedule or  our wiki for details as we assemble them.

We're really excited to share this event with Allentown, Bethlehem and all of the Lehigh Valley.


A Simple Arduino Robot

At the Science Festival one of the things we talked about in the Arduino area was how easy it is to make a robot out of an RC car. This guy's arduino robot is pretty basic, but has lots of room to expand.

Here is a short video and associated intractable on doing exactly that.

Instructable: Make your RC car drive itself with this simple brain swap


Science Festival of the Lehigh Valley

Make Lehigh Valley is looking forward to being a part of the Science Festival of the Lehigh Valley. We're also looking for members to be involved at the booth. We have a few that will be around for the day, but there is room for more.

The event is happening Saturday, April 14th 2012 and will include a ton of other local organisation participating. It should be a good time for people of all ages.

Download the Flyer Here


Special Event – Explore Your Gadgets: Take apart stuff

take it apartThis is a great activity to bring kids of all ages.

Bring something broken or find something in our pile. We'll be taking things apart, exploring how they work and generally exposing the magic behind the curtain of that "Warranty Void if Removed" sticker.

Exact times have yet to be determined. The Hive4a Hackerspace will be open for most of the day so you're really welcome any time. We'll just be trying to make sure resources are available at some exact times.

Let us know you are coming on the Facebook Event page.