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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.


Saturday 19th: 7hr Open Hack

We'll be opening up the hackerspace for an unprecedented 7hrs this Saturday!

We'll be opening for the Saturday (19th) open hack from 11a to 6pm. That's this Saturday as in a few days away.

Flying Platforms
I found out my neighbor has a business called Club Heli selling RC helicopters and parts. He's hoping to make it out. I told him we've been chatting about helicopters and such so made a special point of inviting him. He told me he's not looking for advertising so you know these aren't paid links, just notes about an interesting resource to be aware of.

Bring a Friend
As always, feel free to bring a friend, cousin, brother-in-law, uncle, neighbor, wife, kids or whomever.

Bring a Project
Also, bring out a project to work on. We have a good bit more space. If you stop by the Radio Shack on the way, mention Make Lehigh Valley. 😉

Feel free to bring something to show off and something to work on. If we have enough stuff to show off, I'll get a table setup for that stuff so people stopping by can browse over things. We can have our own super mini maker faire.


New Entry Procedure, 11/17 Open Hack Canceled

Open hack tonight! We've inherited some new computer equipment, courtesy of Dan's Camera City and we need to organize some of it. See you at 6:30 for projects, networking, etc.

2 Notes:
Due to the falling evening temperatures, we will enter through the Harrison Street single door. The door will be unlocked starting at 6:30 p.m., so just come on in and find your way to the space (take a right at the corridor and head down to door 101).

Also, the November 17th Open Hack will be canceled due to a conflict with Ben Franklin Tech Ventures "Venture Idol" event.


CNC Controller Project

We have a network drop in the space and our first computer was put together by Rob and Tom with the intent to build a CNC controller and microcontroller programmer out of it. It took some time to put together all the parts and pick out the best RAM from the various machines that were salvaged, but it all worked upon first boot.

The initial install of Ubuntu had to be aborted due to lack of time to get an 866Mhz processor to boot up from an old CD-Rom and the format a 60Gb HD. Tom opted to simply take it home so he could do the install before the next meeting.