Paul Freeman

Freelance software developer based in Liverpool.

 

We’ve been so busy we almost forgot to announce it but now we have a home for DoES Liverpool in addition to continuing our regular Maker Nights at the Art and Design Academy we’ll be holding an in house Maker Night at our own DoES Liverpool Co-Working and Workshop space on the Forth Floor of the Gostins building, Hanover Street on Wednesday 27th of July.

Watch this space for more information, or follow @DoESLiverpool on Twitter.

 

As a bonus for May Maker Night will be hosting it’s second event of the week as part of Liverpool Light Night on Friday the 13th.

This is in addition to the normal Maker Night date on the Wednesday.

Sorry about the short notice, and even if you don’t want to make use of the facilities for the full amount of time, do drop in and see what’s going on if you’re passing.

You can read more about Light Night at http://www.lightnight.co.uk/liverpool.php

As this is part of a bigger event, if you have any cool examples of projects you’ve worked on that you’d like to show off we’d like to encourage you to bring them along.

 

April’s Maker Night at the Art and Design Academy was another huge turn out, with still more faces joining the crowd which is always great to see.

Two announcements from the night, firstly the Art and Design Academy needs to introduce a small charge for the use of the laser cutting facilities of 60 pence per minute which covers the cost of the consumable elements within the cutters mechanics. – If you haven’t done any laser cutting before and wondering how that adds¬† up, unless you’re doing something really complicated most cuts I’ve seen complete in a minute or two.

From May, Maker Night moves to the 2nd Wednesday of the month which means that the May event will be on the Wednesday 11th of May.

In the show and tell section of the night Mycroft Milverton gave a demonstration of this Radio Arduino, which converts an old radio into a digital device making use of a Wave Shield. There is a video of the finished device over on YouTube and it will be part of an upcoming exhibit at Edge Hill’s Metal Art’s Center.

More progress was made constructing the MakerBot CupCake which now looks the part with all the large sections pretty much in place, there is a rumour it might be completed at the May Maker Night (Though I might have just started this rumour now) with Ross Jones and Andy Freeney among those aiding in the construction.

Adrian McEwen ran his introduction to Arduino and The Internet of Things once again for a handful of newcomers and people were let loose on the ARDX starter kits to try their hand at the projects there. (Remember if you’d like to have a go with our Arduino kits you’ll need to bring along your own laptop but we’ll supply all the parts to let you explore the Arduino at your own pace)

Other projects people worked on at the night include Andy Goodwin building his own 3D scanner, Nicola planning to build her own Arduino powered hamster food feeder, and Dan wanting to combine motion control with a time-lapse camera to produce time-lapse sequences that shift perspective over time.

We also had some old circuits donated by Sam Freeman, which a few of us had a go at de-soldering components from and a couple of pieces were given new homes.

And that’s just the stuff I can remember! If I missed anything, or you’d like to have links to more information about your projects included let me know, if you’d like to write a post or two about your project to share it with the world we can give you space here too.

 

This months event at the Liverpool Art and Design Academy was another success, with some new faces to add to the mix and people making progress with their individual and group projects.

The Makerbot Cupcake 3D Printer that some of the group have been building in particular has made significant progress and it’s hoped that it could reach completion at the next session (April 20th) Neil Winterburn and Ross Dalziel¬† had a blimp floating around the room as they explored options for their Flunstellars project. Andy Freeney assembled and soldered together a Wave Shield for his Arduino, which will allow him to play .wav files from it’s memory card and Chris Nolan from FACT showed off some of the work he mentioned at the last event retrofitting obsolete technology with Arduino driven technology to give new life housed in the iconic shells, in this case an old rotary phone. Once again people who have never done any electronics before we able to build and program their first circuit boards using the ARDX kits on hand for experimenting with.

We also had our youngest visitor so far, Finley who is 9.

And I no doubt missed off some activities, so feel free to add a comment to point out anything else that deserves a mention.

If you’d like to keep up to date with announcements about future Maker Nights and related creative/tech events in Liverpool you should join the DoES Liverpool Google Group.

 

With the second Maker Night held at Liverpool Art and Design Academy following the hugely successful FabCamp and Social Media in Liverpool Week a lot of interest had brewed up ahead of this months gathering and a number of new faces joined the more regular crowed, filling the space we have nicely – Though still with room for more!

Kicking off with a round of lightning pitches people got a chance to seek help, interest, or just show off what they were looking at working on and projects mentioned included automated blimps, smart beehives, geo-physics equipment, a GPS based bus management system, taking a part a CD player, a multi-handed clock for displaying Liverpool ferry locations and getting a set of LEDs to illuminate a picture frame. Special mention needs to go to the highly anticipated Makerbot Cupcake provided by Blue Fountain, which has arrived and got it’s first showing last night.

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