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.
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![…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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.
Progress so far has been at breakneck speed, at least for us amateur part time chippies, sparkies and brickies. When we last left you we were building 5m of side benches. These have now been finished and next it was onto the barstools and desks. We were building them as fast as we could design them.
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[…]
Interior Paint 9 days in, and the space is looking much bigger and brighter – greatly helped by 20 litres of fresh paint! There’s still a final coat to go on the top few courses of block-work, but the bulk of the interior painting is done. New Sockets and Lighting Design Earlier in the week we started Read more about Paint, Sockets, Camera, Action![…]