Group Project: Light Trail display

By Matt, Aidan, Derek, Jess & James Tools at the Makerspace used:MIG welderPlanerBand sawMitre sawLaser cutterSoldering ironvarious handheld tools Concept and design Each year the South Swindon Parish Council hosts a light trail at night though the Old Town Gardens. It’s a fun event where you get to walk though the gardens at night viewing Read more about Group Project: Light Trail display[…]

Swindon Geek Night – 1st Mar 2016

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[…]

How to 3D Print with Flexible Filaments

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[…]

Liquid Tape vs a Pi Camera Lead

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[…]

Octoprint and the Raspberry Pi Camera Module

The Hackspace recently took delivery of a Raspberry Pi NoIR Camera Module from Farnell – full details are on their website. It is an add-on camera module for the Raspberry Pi which has no infrared filter, making it perfect for taking infrared photographs or photographing objects in low light (twilight) conditions. The camera plugs directly Read more about Octoprint and the Raspberry Pi Camera Module[…]

Quadcopter Design and Build

A couple of members are now putting the finishing touches to their quadcopter builds and proceeding into the upgrade phase (typical). The build process isn’t too difficult with the excellent DJI 450 quadcopter kit, which allows various options to be taken to reach each users end goal, whether it be simple flying or the more Read more about Quadcopter Design and Build[…]