Tonight is the 4th Monday of the month so it must be time for Maker Night.

As usual we will be running Maker Night tonight in DoES Liverpool on the 4th floor of Gostins Building, Hanover Street. So come along to work on your own projects, or just to see what is going on in general be it playing with digital fabrication, hacking electronics, constructing art exhibits and just general creative geekery.

DoES Liverpool's Laser Cutter

Tonight we’ll be introducing our new laser cutter which we’re hoping will enable members of the community to better understand the potential of rapid prototyping using digital fabrication. We’ll be running some demo sessions on that and also allow you to cut out some of your own designs. We’ll also have the 3D printer in action and the usual Arduino kits if you want to try your hands with those (please bring a laptop if you can).

We will be there from 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start, finishing around 9:00pm before we move onto a local pub to wrap up the night.

Hope to see everyone there!

Laser Cut Piggy Bank

 

DoES Liverpool CIC have now got the new space open on the 4th floor of the Gostins Building on Hanover Street. To celebrate the opening of the space we’re having an Open Day tomorrow, Friday 22nd July. As part of the day all services will be free of charge, so come along to take a look. Bring a laptop and find some space to work for a few hours or bring your latest project to hack on in the workshop. The space will be open from 9am to 9pm so there’s plenty of time to pop in and have a chat and get some work done!

Our main space is the large workshop, we’ve got a few hot desks for those who want to be in the main room and a few work benches for people hacking on projects. A couple of the co-working desks are located in here too so there will usually be someone around to ask questions to.

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If you need a quieter environment you can use our office space, further from the windows you can get your head down and concentrate on the difficult problems of life.

If you want to meet with clients, or perhaps you’ve started working on a great start-up idea with other members of DoES Liverpool, you can use our meeting room. Sit around the table thrashing ideas out or use the flipboard to work on new designs.

Don’t forget, if you can’t make it to the open day (or even if you do) you get your first day’s hot desking for free if you bring cake!

 

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.

 

It appears that Maker Night is once again almost upon us, and so thought it best to remind everyone following the blog/feed so that they can make arrangements.  This Wednesday will be the 16th of March, and as per usual it is 6.30 at the Liverpool Art and Design Academy on Duckinfield St.

Carrying on from last time will be the Cupcake build (instructions here) as well as other projects that were started at the February meeting – blimp, beehive etc, but we’ll also be holding the one minute pitches at the start of the meeting should anybody want to try and elicit help/interest from those present.

Anybody coming for the first time might want to find Adrian (@amcewen) who will happily give you an intro to using an Arduino, or if you are more interested in digital fabrication he can point you in the right direction.

See you Wednesday!

Update: It looks like the laser cutter will be unavailable this month, hopefully back up and running next month – but there will still be plenty going on so do come along.

 

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