Workshops

Learn To Solder I April 5th

by on Mar.11, 2014, under Events, Workshops

Image Credit: Jeff Donaldson

Image Credit: Jeff Donaldson

Want to learn how to solder? Midsouth Makers will be hosting a soldering workshop on April 5th @ 2PM. The class will be $25 and you will be walking with a TV-B-GONE. Class size is limited to 15, so sign up today! RSVP on Meetup.com

Q/A: 
What do I need to bring? 
You should bring Soldering Iron, Solder, Multimeter, Flush Cutters, Solder Sucker/Solder Wick, and helping hands. If you don’t have these Items, no biggie, the makers have a few sets to borrow for the class.

So what is this TV-B-GONE thing? 
Its an over powered remote capable of turning off many different TV’s from over 150ft away with one push of a button. It is a great kit for beginners, large parts, and low part count. Curriculum can be found here. (http://learn.adafruit.com/tv-b-gone-kit/overview)

When will registration be closed? 
Registration will close march 26th. This will allow ample time for kits to ship. Sign up now before seats run out!

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T Shirt Bleaching on August 18th @ Noon

by on Jul.31, 2013, under Events, Workshops

RSVP on Meetup.com

General overview:
We’ll be bleaching colored cotton t-shirts, using vinyl stickers as masks to create personalized t-shirts:

Attendees: 5-8(10-16) with 2 classes, an hour each or so
There should be plenty of table space to accommodate that many people if desired.

When: Sunday August 18th Noon

Supplies on hand:
Small t-shirts(kid sizes included): 20-35
Medium T-shirts: 36
Large T-shirts: 14 dark (7 light)
XLarge T-shirts: 4

Work Gloves
Spray bottle
Bleach Solution
Vinyl stickers
Buckets
Vinegar (Bleach neutralizing solution)

Attendees will need to bring:
Other T-shirt sizes if desired. We only have a limited amount of L/XL shirts on hand.
Work safe clothing (we’ll be working with a bleach solution)

Timeline/Procedure:
Claudio will want to have the artwork (one or two pieces) the week before the class. Claudio will cut the artwork that Friday to have time to address any issues prior to the class on Sunday. On Sunday we’ll peel the stickers, place on the shirts and spray with a bleach solution. The shirt will then sit for 5-10 minutes depending on desired finish. We’ll then rinse the shirt in some water and finally in a vinegar solution to help neutralize the bleaching process. We’ll then hang the t-shirts to dry.

Cost Breakdown:
Base Class: Members $5 NonMembers: $10 (Includes 1 Free shirt: Either one you bring, or from Supplies on hand)
Extra shirt (ours or yours): $2 each (we may limit how many due to attendance)

Supplies on hand are limited to first come, only size listed are available

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Learn about the Mill & Lathe July 13th 1pm @ the space

by on Jun.18, 2013, under Events, Workshops

Member Brad D has loaned us his Mill and Lathe. Come learn from him on tips and tricks he’s learned from working with them in the past.

RSVP here: Learn about the Mill and Lathe

* Note: This event is primarily for MidsouthMakers’ Members (keyholders). If you are not a member and would like a tour of the space, we have open house events every Friday night at 7pm. If you would like to make arrangements to tour the space outside of an open house, please contact info@MidsouthMakers.org

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Midsouth Makers is getting a dedicated 3D Printer!

by on May.22, 2013, under Arduino, Arduino Projects, News, Projects, Prusa, RepRap, Workshops

If you’ve been following Midsouth Makers you know that we’ve been building. using and tweaking our 3D printers for a while now. Well thanks to a kind donation by LulzBot we now have a dedicated 3D printer at the space for member use! The printer is an AO-101, a MendelMax 1.5 variant.Lulzbot-3D-printer-RT

The AO-101 currently uses 3mm filament and can print in ABS, PLA, Nylon and even Laywoo-D3 wooden filament.  We  have it setup to allow for remote printing on the LAN, using either OctoPrint or Repetier-Server. We recommend Repetier-Server due to it’s stability.

octo-mainrepetier-server

The AO-101 will be using a donated a 1U server as the host computer. Repetier-Server will allow you to load a gcode file and control the printer. We will be exploring webcam functionality for use in monitoring and in generating time-lapse print videos.

We will need the following items to get our new 3D printer setup and functional:

  • Filament- Currently setup for 3mm:
    • ABS
    • PLA
  • Webcam- Logitech C110 or C270 preferred (we’ve already tested and confirmed stability)
  • 120mm silent PC case fan

AO-101 Specifications

  • Build Area – 190mm 200mm 100mm
  • Hot-end – Budaschnozzle 1.2
    • Extrusion temperature range – 180C – 240C
  • Filament- Currently setup for 3mm and can reliably print the following material types:
    • ABS
    • PLA
    • Taulman 618 Nylon
    • Laywoo-D3 Wooden Filament
  • Heated Print Bed (65C-110C)
  • Borosilicate Glass Bed  with PET film on one side for printing with ABS and bare glass on the other side for printing with PLA
  • Integrated Filament Mount for either loose coiled filament or spindles for spooled filament

Current AO-101 Modifications

  • Nozzle Fan for printing in PLA installed but not hooked up
  • RGB LED lighting (white for now)

More information on the new 3D printer can be found in our wiki.

If you’d like to use it, please contact Claudio, Ben, Dan or Cliff- more information will follow. In order to have access to the 3D printer without one of us present you will need to have had verified prior experience with a RepRap 3D printer, or attended an upcoming class on running & troubleshooting 3D printers(TBD) or be able to demonstrate the appropriate knowledge.

Please show our thanks and appreciation to LulzBot and the RepRap community!

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Beginning Blender Class

by on Feb.18, 2013, under Events, Presentations, Workshops

Date: 03/16/2013
Where: MidsouthMakers (map)
Time: 11am
Run Time: 2 hours with break for lunch at noon.
Cost: $10 per participant

RSVP on Meetup.com!

Prerequisites:  It is recommended that you bring a computer or laptop with Blender, Gimp and Inkscape installed on your machine. See provide links to acquire the software.

Target Audience: Those with little or no experience with 3D modeling or rendering, or no experience with Blender.

Expectations: This class will provide information and experience to lessen the learning curve for using Blender and give an introduction to the capabilities of Blender. 3D modeling, animation and rendering principles will be covered in the simplest of terms.

Disclaimer: This class will not cover all aspects of every feature or clever use for blender. It will not teach advanced modeling techniques. It will not go into the history of Blender which can be read well in other places on the internet. This class will not give you talent.

Topics:

  • User Interface for V2.65
  • Hot Keys!
  • Object Primitives
  • Mesh and Curve objects
  • Materials and textures
  • Editing objects
  • Lighting and rendering
  • Simple object animation

Links:
http://www.blender.org/ get v2.65
http://www.inkscape.org/ get 0.48.x (whatever version works for you)
http://www.gimp.org/ get 2.8.x (if you have Photoshop and want to use that, it’s ok but just know the example work is using gimp.)

On each website you will find software or links to the software for most every platform the software is available for.
Because time will be tight, having this loaded and running on your machine will be greatly appreciated.

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