Make 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!
Saturday at the Science Festival of the Lehigh Valley, we taught over 40 kids to solder, saw kids eyes light up with the potential of 3D printing, showed off the simple power of Arduinos and had a great time. We had a real solid group of folks sharing in the responsibility of the booth and I think it showed in the participation of attendees.
We also passed out every piece of literature about Make Lehigh Valley we had and started writing out the website on extra name tags. If you are looking for more information, feel free to look around here.
Thank you to everyone who came by and thank you for everyone who volunteered to make this happen.
We ran out of soldering handouts at the festival. If you would like one they are available to download.
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.
If you've been around the hackerspace, you've seen that we could use more shelves for the miscellaneous stuff we're collecting. We did acquire a few, but stuff is still littered around the floor and would be better off up on shelving where it could be more easily seen and accessed. If you have an interest in building or bringing pre-made shelving, feel free.
Additionally, we've thought it would be nice to have a stereo system. It was suggested that some old car stereo parts could quickly be put together into a nice, compact stereo solution. If you have some old parts laying around looking for a home, we'd be glad to oblige. We'll need pretty much everything that is required to play a CD. We'll probably modify an ATX PC power supply to provide the 12V needed to run such equipment.
Apparently, Radio Shack is testing out the sale of XBee and Arduino products in some of their stores. In case you want to go check it out and encourage the shack to continue moving in the right direction, I tried to pull out the closest ones here. It wasn't an easy list to parse quickly. I searched 610 and 1810 to find these. Unfortunately, I didn't find the one on Lehigh St that isn't far from Hive 4a. If I missed one near you holler. Philadelphia looks to have several and around the suburbs.
WEST VALLEY MARKETPLACE
(Near the Wal-Mart in Trexlertown)
1091 MILLCREEK RD #A1 WESCOSVILLE PA 18106
LEHIGH SHOPPING CENTER
(west of the 378 intersection)
2130 W UNION BLVD BETHLEHEM PA 18018
(south side on 309)
733 S WEST END BLVD QUAKERTOWN PA 18951
Tom has been designing and directing the creation of storage. It is made of cardboard, packing tape and 1/2 gallon jugs. Last I heard, the plan was to make one each open hack. If you'd like to pitch in, we have a bunch of stuff to store and could use some more of these. Also, Tom's tea habit is large, but not large enough to provide all the 1/2 gallon jugs that we'll need to keep up. If you have some, feel free to bring them by. Tom's glad to have some other hands pitch in to help cut. If you'd like to get more info, check out the wiki.
Nate used some Sugru to add a handle. If you haven't seen this stuff in action, check it out. He has some extra that he picked up and would be willing to share.
Also, this would go a lot faster with a laser cutter. Anyone have one on hand?