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HIVE13 Semi-Annual Open House!

June 22nd, 2012 1 comment

Back by popular demand, we are hosting another open house!  We are fixing the HIVE up right now so it should be extra nice and clean for this event!  Some of the things that will be going on during the day will be soldering classes (with a special surface mount demonstration as well), resin casting, 3d printing, laser cutting, and lock picking.  You can also come down and check out some of the cool projects that our members have done and just check out the space and see what we have to offer.

The event will run at our space (2929 Spring Grove Ave.) on Saturday, July 21 from approximately 1pm to 5pm.  It will be kid and family friendly*.   (* = It isn’t the best place for very young kids, probably best if they are over 8.  There are lots of sharp objects laying about and dangerous tools).  The event is free of charge and we will have some snacks and drinks for everyone!

If you’ve been wanting to come check out the space this is a great event to look around and chat with other people. There will be lots of events going on and hopefully lots of people so clear your calendar and bring the family!

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Hive13CNC progress

March 23rd, 2011 1 comment

A quick status update on the CNC / stepper board:

Following parts came together Voltron style after this evening’s meeting:
  • Stepper test rig, which has 3 stepper motors and 3 Hive13 driver boards mounted on it. [Jim, James]
  • Opto-isolated parallel port breakout board [Paul]
  • Various power supplies [Paul, me]
  • Desktop PC [Dave B]
  • Irresponsible lack of sleep [Dave M, me]
So, we now have a setup with a PC driving 3 stepper motors successfully!
Currently it is running EMC2 using the LinuxCNC distribution, but no worries Jim, the machine has an XP license so as soon as we have Windows install media handy it will dual boot to run Mach3.
This is about 90% of the electronics for a CNC. Missing is an ESTOP button, home / limit switches, and random wiring.



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Hive13 Glass Block LED Display Complete!

January 25th, 2011 1 comment

At long last, we’ve completed mounting v2 of the glass block LED matrix in our window. Kudos go to everyone who donated time, money, and advice to finish it. There is a bit of cleanup work needed, but the major work is complete. Check out this video of it in action:

More pics and videos can be found on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cjd/sets/72157625881282714/with/5368709445/.

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Friday night project: windowmatrix

October 21st, 2009 1 comment

After our regular weekly meeting last night, Dave Menninger mentioned on the way out the door an idea he’d been kicking around: wiring up LEDs in the 5×7 glass block window above the entrance to the hive. Enthusiasm was expressed, and several of us came back in put together some tests with a couple of LEDs.

This was deemed a great success, and the project brainstorming quickly escalated from a simple 8×7 array of single color LEDs to a full color display capable of video. The video part we will hold for phase 2.

So, this Friday, we will be building phase 1 of the Hive13 windowmatrix. How capable it will be depends on just what parts we are able to procure by Friday.

Stay tuned…

update: The rainbowduino LED controller board has arrived – thanks to Great customer service from NKC Electronics – http://www.nkcelectronics.com/ I can definitely vouch for that!

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