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![…]
Makers are invited to be involved in the production of our new giant logo signage where the new logo has been broken up into bite sized tiles with digital templates available to download, print and make.
The tiles will be collated together and displayed proudly on our wall. It should make an interesting focal and discussion point for visitors and new members.
After a fairly intense morning, the last walls and associated ceiling have been removed, leaving a large pile of rubble and some fairly decent bits of wood. As a result, the space feels a lot bigger! We also had a couple of visitors pop in with snacks/drinks – good thing we brought a fridge for Read more about Final walls and ceiling removed[…]
It’s been a very busy and momentous week, on Monday we signed the lease on our very own industrial unit and today (Thursday) we got the keys, and starting knocking out walls/ceilings. Strip out continues through this weekend, then it’s onto painting and fit-out. We have a 6 week program ahead, ready for press campaign Read more about Signed lease, got keys and made a mess![…]
Thanks to James et al at AppsBroker, we had another great evening at Swindon Geek Night no. 4. The evening kicked off with Andy Brice‘s talk on Optimisation using Genetic Algorithms – a very accessible intro to GA, with several real life examples, not least Andy’s table planning software: Perfect Table Plan. I then gave a fast, Read more about Swindon Geek Night – 1st Mar 2016[…]
The saying, “You cannot push on a rope” remains as apt as ever when it comes to 3D printing with flexible filaments. Most printers will have some form of success straight out of the box with flexible filaments, but don’t be greedy to begin with, turn the printing speed right down. Within this article I Read more about How to 3D Print with Flexible Filaments[…]
A while back I was watching either a YouTube video or reading a blog post about soldering wires onto PCBs, possibly a quadcopter power distribution board. After soldering, the guy got out something called liquid electrical tape and gobbed some over the solder joints to reinforce them. Brilliant I thought! Why have I never head Read more about Liquid Tape vs a Pi Camera Lead[…]