Making an OpenLog Serial Logger from Spare Parts

Making an OpenLog Serial Logger from Spare Parts

Part of our makerspace access system involves an Arduino and an ESP8266. Mostly it works just fine, but every now and again the Arudino seems to lock up and stop working. Various attempts have been made to stop this happening, but so far to no avail. Leaving a laptop connected to the Arduino’s serial port for debugging wasn’t happening because it happens quite infrequently and no-one had a spare laptop to leave lying around.

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Sustainable & Mezzanine Funding Drive!

Sustainable & Mezzanine Funding Drive!

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been open less than 6 months, and yet ahead of our expectations (and with much relief), our membership level has just tipped 32 taking us into sustainability!! A huge expansion from the founding group of just 5. Reaching that incredibly significant milestone is extremely satisfying, and I think I’m Read more about Sustainable & Mezzanine Funding Drive![…]

3D Printing fest, metal work, freebies and other goodness

3D Printing fest, metal work, freebies and other goodness

It’s been a while since we’ve posted an update, so this is going to be a long one!   Membership Membership levels are climbing steadily, now at 25 – just short of the our sustainable target.  Wednesday’s have also been getting busier, to the extent we’ve had to extend the table area and buy a bunch Read more about 3D Printing fest, metal work, freebies and other goodness[…]

Making a Makerspace Temperature Logger

Making a Makerspace Temperature Logger

The making of a Makerspace temperature logger, mainly in pictures. To see the chart of what has been recorded see http://www.swindon-makerspace.org/temperature First, use the Makerspace PCB milling machine to cut a circuit board. This was the first attempt to cut a board that uses surface mount components. Really the surface mount components are on the Read more about Making a Makerspace Temperature Logger[…]

May 4th, Busy Open Evening

May 4th, Busy Open Evening

Last night was our first proper open evening since moving to the new Makerspace location. Instead of digging into our list of TODOs (build tables, benches, put up shelves) .. all the things we’ve been doing the past couple of months, we actually sat down at tables and tinkered. Dave and Amy visited, with a Read more about May 4th, Busy Open Evening[…]

Outdoor Signage and Logo

Outdoor Signage and Logo

With press and articles in mind, we are starting to make, assemble and put up our outdoor signage and logo. It won’t be long until we open officially in May, although we have in reality been open for fit-out volunteers for a while. We are now starting to make contact with other clubs or societies with a mutual interest in our facilities and generally get the press campaign moving  along, so having a finished signage will make a great backdrop for any photo opportunities.

If you haven’t caught our previous article about it then you can read more here. […]

Electrics Done, Bench Construction Underway

Electrics Done, Bench Construction Underway

In less than 3 weeks since getting keys on Unit 34, we’ve completed the new electrics (and got them certified!), built & installed new lighting and started work on bench construction.  Today will see the last of the side benches completed, and then it’s onto the desks. Lighting & Sockets The lighting brackets have been a success – they’re a Read more about Electrics Done, Bench Construction Underway[…]