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February Board Meeting

by on Feb.17, 2017, under Uncategorized

MidsouthMakers’ Board Meetings are held every month to discuss organizational business and future plans. Find the agenda on our wiki: http://wiki.midsouthmakers.org/a/Board_meeting_notes_2017-02-23

If you would like to add an item to the agenda please email board@midsouthmakers.org

All paid Members are welcome to join for all Board Meetings. Board Meetings are not open to the public. If you would like to visit the space please check out one of our upcoming Open House events.

Details:

Thursday, February 23, 2017
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Midsouth Makers
2804 Bartlett Road #3, Memphis, TN

RSVP Here: Meetup.com

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Lan Party on June 21

by on Jun.10, 2014, under Events, Uncategorized

RSVP on Meetup

Join us on the longest day of the year for a LAN party and to help send of one of our founding members on his way to Portland!

When: 6/21/14 Setup: 2pm-4pm
Where: MidsouthMakers
Bring: Computer, monitor, power strip, ethernet cord, sombrero. Food: $10 per person (Nacho / Taco Bar 6pm-it’s gone)

All attendees need to be 18+ or be accompanied by a legal guardian.
Make sure you join our Steam group: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/midsouthmakers

 

If you plan to drink you must be 21+ and please drink responsibly, if you need a ride/cab home please let someone know.

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Expand your projects with Laser Cutting

by on Nov.19, 2011, under Uncategorized

Here’s some pictures of Sonny cutting acrylic for a couple projects Keith is working on. Sonny brought his laser cutter up to the space and we had a blast cutting and etching things.

Here is a video of the laser cutter in action.

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This Saturday: “The Light Amplification Tour” Featuring Stimulated Emission of Radiation

by on Nov.15, 2011, under Electronics, Events, Presentations, Projects, Uncategorized, Workshops

Hello to all you atoms out there!

Are you ready to get this laser going?!

You call that a response? It sounds like you’re in a ground state out there, and I’m going to need you at least two or three levels above that! That’s right, I’m going to need you to get excited tonight! Come, on let’s get this population inverted!

Hey, that’s better! It looks like some atoms in the back have a nice wavelength going – let’s all join in for a cascading effect!

If you’re digging this gain medium, let me see you get amplified!

Yeah, now you’re getting your photons in step!

Now, without further ado, please welcome to the stage, the reason you atoms are so excited to be here, the one, the only – Stimulated Emission!
Optics Lab @INRIM by Giorgio Brida, on Flickr

Details

What: The Midsouth Makers are hosting a laser class and demonstration! The goal is to demystify lasers and how they operate. For the demonstration, we will be etching some aluminum business cards with your designs, which you will then be able to take home with you!

When: November 19th at Noon

Where: The Space

Cost: $10 for Midsouth Makers Members, $20 for Non-Members. (The price covers both the business cards and the cost to run the laser)

What to Bring: Please bring a laptop on which you can design your business card. The cards themselves are 3.5” by 2”, and we ask that you try to come with your design ready to go, but open to changes if necessary.

Please sign-up on our events page if you wish to participate: http://www.midsouthmakers.org/events/

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Makers in action!

by on Apr.23, 2011, under Uncategorized

Fire GOOD!

Image by Kevin Dunn

Have YOU been following us for a while wondering just what we do? Are we just another gathering space for thinkers, doers and crafts people?

Well, here is something for you to sink your teeth into! Our very own Walter Stokes has created us a foundry for melting, smelting, metal work and cooking hot dogs! Ok. So maybe we don’t want to cook hot dogs in a foundry. We have Dru’s hot dog electrocution device for that… But, that’s another story!

If you have been following our Flikr page then you have seen the forge/foundry through it’s many evolutions from a forced air fed pile of fireplace bricks housing super heated coals, all the way to a full blown foundry!.

Walter cut down an old water heater for the outside shell of the foundry, filling the void between it and the cardboard concrete form with refractory cement. He also fabricated the combination oil drip feed, propane injector and blower unit from plumbing parts and a small shop vac. While the oil drip doesn’t yet have enough flow to be self sustaining, it definitely adds to the heat this baby creates! The flow problem will be addressed soon rendering the foundry able to keep heat enough to melt metals without having the propane running.

Friday the 22nd we fired it up for a test run. It was awesome to watch the swirling vortex of flames lick up the side of the container. The heat output was nothing short of awe inspiring as we struggled to stay close enough to get pictures. Soon enough though, we ran out of propane and the test run was called on the count of no gas.

If you want to see it in action, we are planning on firing it up again at the next space gathering on the 29th. If you haven’t had a chance to come visit us to see what we are all about, this would be a great opportunity to get to know us better!

Now that you have read this; Go out and MAKE something today!

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