Building 3D Printed Quadcopters For Fun and Chaos

by on Apr.27, 2013, under Arduino Projects, Electronics, Projects, Prusa, RepRap

Recently Ben, Cliff and Claudio have built Diametric’s Mini Quadcopter. We met a fellow RepRap user- Diametric- at this years Midwest RepRap Festival in Elkhart Indiana. He brought along a 3D printed quadcopter that he designed and built.

The quadcopters are remarkably inexpensive, the design, models and bill of materials can be found on Thingiverse. They are easy to build and easy to get off the ground. We’re still learning how to fly them however. While all three have taken flight, we have had some accidents and damaged the frames on 2 of them, twice. We’re not too worried when that happens, for we can always reprint the frame within about an hour and a half on one of our 3D printers.

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Artist Trading Card Workshop and Exchange

by on Dec.17, 2012, under Crafts, Events, Projects, Workshops

Kara Ferguson and Jenny Oldenburg will be explaining Artist Trading Cards and their various uses. Participants will learn what works and best practices when creating ATCs. Participants will create their own ATCs to keep or exchange with other participants.

When: January 20th 1pm
Where: MidsouthMakers
What: Artist Trading Card Workshop
Cost: $10 per person Sign up Here
Class size: Limit of 6 people

Provided Materials:

  • 1- pack of 20 Strathmore 300 Series Smooth Bristol ATC paper
  • 1- assorted pack of 12 Strathmore ATC papers
  • access to paintbrushes (nothing fancy–you may opt to bring your own for applying glue or using paints)
  • access to various crafting supplies including decorative paper (and newsprint ads), acrylic paints, pastels, fabric, color pencils, and more.
  • soft sleeves to hold your finished ATCs
What participants should bring:

  • a good pair of scissors


  • tweezers (good for working with small bits of paper)
  • If you have a preferred crafting/art medium that you’re already comfortable working in (watercolor, pen&ink, etc) you should consider bringing some of those supplies for your own use
  • found objects to use and share (you want things that are relatively flat like smashed pennies, wire, string, ads, newsprint, labels, lightweight printed cardboard, watch gears, tissue papers, wrapping paper, etc.)

If this first workshop goes well we will set more dates in the future.

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DIY Rustic X Coffee table – Weekend Project

by on Dec.05, 2012, under Woodworking


Over the course of the last week or so I built my own coffee table. A picture of the final result is below. I spent about $80 on it. Which is built better and cheaper than the press board trash furniture that you will find in a box. In total it took about a day to complete. It wasn’t too hard of a build, probably a 4 on a difficulty scale. The plans I used for the DIY Rustic X Coffee table can be found here. The rough dimensions are 52″x27.5″. I finished it off with vinegar and steel wool to stain it and several coats of polyurethane. Next is to build end tables with outlets and usb chargers.

DIY Rustic X Coffee Table

Finished DIY Rustic X Coffee Table

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42 inch TV Raffle Benefiting MidsouthMakers

by on Dec.05, 2012, under Events, Fundraising

This is a gently used 42″ Westinghouse LCD Monitor. It has no tuner, but it does have Nearly every type of current Entertainment video connector known.
  • 1 Svideo
  • 2 Component Video
  • 1 VGA
  • 1 HDMI
  • 2 DVI

The DVI, Svideo, VGA and Component all have their own stereo audio jacks. The internal stereo speakers work well. The unit also has a small subwoofer built into it solid stand. As well as VESA mounting holes on the back if you choose to use them. A remote control is included, it’s not as gently used as the monitor but it works very well and includes not 1 but 2! count them, AAA batteries. This monitor comes with no warranty, however Remowylliams will be happy to look at it, should it fail. He has run this unit several hours with no sign of failure or problem.

Buy a raffle ticket now!

I would like to thank Remowylliams very much for donating the TV to be raffled off for the group. All money raised will go to the group.

Raffle Tickets are $10 each. You can buy a raffle ticket by seeing me in person, or by sending money via Paypal and sending me an email to let me know so I can add your tickets to the pot. We’ll be doing this raffle the same way we did the Raspberry Pi raffle at the last LAN party. The drawing will be held at the December Board meeting, you will not need to be present to win.

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Learn how to make stained glass

by on Nov.26, 2012, under Crafts, Events, Projects

After the great response we had for the last stained glass class, Rachel has decided to do two more classes in December. We’ll be creating a ~5×7 stained glass project. Participants are encouraged to bring their own Glass cutter ($5 – ebay, amazon, Hobby Lobby, etc) everything else will be provided.

We will be doing one 4 Person class as a make up to those who missed the last class on December 8th. The December 16th class will be on projects that can be done this way and it really can open the path to creativity in working with glass Sign ups are first come, first serve. If we exceed the sign ups we’ll plan another day to do this event again.

Please sign up for the classes via the following links (You do not need to have a WordPress account to sign up)

The cost for the class is $20 per person. There is a button to pay for the class on the events page in the links below.

December 8th – 1pm-5pm –
December 16th – 1pm-5pm –

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