October Gets Talky, Tech Talky

Coming up in October we have not one but two Tech Talks to take your minds off the gathering gloom.

casting of cthulhuFirst up we have David Kirkby (Thurs 5th Oct), a talented local sculptor and maker who will be explaining the ins and outs of mould making and cold resin casting. Imagine being able to reproduce your favourite thing in glorious but lightweight bronze.

3.Test RigFor fans of animation we have Alan Clark and Doug Selway (Thur 19th Oct) who will be showing us their cunning video camera rig which allows programmable, repeatable camera control for stop motion animation. The team designed, built, programmed and fettled the rig themselves and you can see the results on YouTube.

If you want to come along, both events are completely free of charge and you can have a tour of the makerspace and a chat afterwards. Of course we’re also open on our regular Tuesday and Thursday evening slots.

Keep up to date with all things Makerspace on here or on our Facebook group.

New Venue

The last meeting was held at a trial venue, 83 Grimwade Street. It tuned out it is actually rather nice and has lots of potential, including the ability to have permanent storage and eventually equipment.

So all future meetings will be held here.

The internet is being installed Friday apparently, so as long as it all goes well we should also have online access. If anyone has a spare large flat screen TV they no longer want, it would be most welcome so we can get the retro games room on its way.

Look forward to seeing you all there next week on 25th February.

Waldringfield Demonstration Evening

On Thursday 5th November Ipswich Makerspace hosted a demonstration evening at Waldringfield VIllage Hall as part of their Winter Talks. The event was enabled by Waldringfield resident and Makerspace member Tim, apart from the Raspberry Jam earlier in the year this was the first real event to be put on entirely by Ipswich Makerspace.

A call was put out to members to talk, run demonstrations and just generally be around to help field questions. We had a very good turnout with the show piece being a display from Simon, more on this later.

Photo-2015-11-05-19-37-19_3053The event was opened with a talk both by Tim and then our Leader Steve, who had so much knowledge to impart his talk was cut down by about 80% by Tim just minutes before the speech, to allow time for the residents to actually see our wares. The talking went well and eager to learn more the residents streamed into the main hall and the Makerspace members did their work.

We had

  • Phil and Jon with quad-copters
  • Jon also brought along his 3D printer and Neopixel display with Snake running complete with home made score and leader board.
  • Phil bought along a couple of robots, a 3D printed one and the TractorBot 2015 prototype as well as a 3D printer and a PiTop laptop running last years Ipswich Makerspace PiWars video
  • Keith Ellis brought along last years PiWars champion TractorBot and also this years prototype Tractorbot 2015, both of which made their way out to the live arena for the kids to play with.
  • The real crowd puller though was Simon with his mind controlled racing cars
  • Plenty of other members were also present including Vince, Dan, Frank, Gary, Ben and I’m sure there are others I’ve missed. So thank you all for really making this event what it was, it was you who made it so successful and engaging.

    The event was very busy and the residents certainly seemed very interested.