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Tuesday Mar. 12, 2013 at HIVE13 – Easy Bake Surface Mount Soldering!

February 25th, 2013 2 comments

OK, so you’ve gotten a taste for Raspberry Pi at HIVE13.  Now what?  Well, anybody can buy a pie.  HIVE13 is all about making things.  So how about learning how to bake your own flavor of custom circuit board pie, from scratch?

Join us at the HIVE on March 12, 2013 when member and CTO DaveB will be the featured 2nd Tuesday speaker at the 7:30pm meeting.  His talk/class will be about the process of designing and making your own small-scale batch of custom printed circuit boards and focus on hands-on demonstrations of surface mount PCB assembly techniques.  If you’ve ever wanted to work with surface mount electronics but didn’t know how, this is your chance to learn.

The class will start with an introduction to SMT hand-soldering technique aimed at beginners.  Next will be a demonstration of how to use the makerbot and laser cutter available at the space to create a solder paste stencil and simple frame.  These will be used to prep boards with solder paste and components followed finally by a demo of reflow soldering using the DIY reflow oven recently completed by DaveB.  If you’re interested in having a board of your own to try to put together, there will be an extremely limited number of kits (probably FTDI USB->TTL converters) available for purchase on a first-come first-serve basis.

Members, guests, and interested first-time-walk-ins are welcome to come to see and learn a new maker skill.  The HIVE is the place to be a maker and work on sweet collaborative projects.  (Find Us)

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Do you want some more Raspberry Pi?

February 16th, 2013 No comments

In case you were one of the many new folks that attended (or missed) last week’s Raspberry Pi presentation and did not see the the follow-up post on our (GoogleGroup MailingList) or are just hungry for more, come back to HIVE13 again this coming Tuesday night (Feb. 19) for another slice of Raspberry Pi.

In the one hour (6:30pm to 7:30pm) before the usual HIVE business meeting, we will have an informal follow-up on the Raspberry Pi.  Think of it as a “Birds-of-a-Feather”, or a “Special Interest Group” gathering where folks with a shared interest can compare and contrast experiences and get energized to to press on with their individual or collaborative learning efforts.  It might even become a regular weekly event.

OK, so here’s a challenge.  The HIVE would like to show three Raspberry Pi projects at the October Maker Faire.  If the magnificent glass block display can be made portable for the day and counts as one project, what will be the other two?  How about one dirt-simple project and one that is a bit more complex?  Bring your ideas and energy for the discussion.  We’ll launch a project page for the ideas that grow legs.  You learn by doing and gaining experience.  Sure you can do it all yourself in your basement, but it is better at the HIVE.  We even have pizza to go with that pie!

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Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013 at HIVE13 – Easy as Raspberry Pi a la mode!

January 20th, 2013 2 comments

The Raspberry Pi is an amazingly capable $39 credit-card sized computer.  In the time since it first went on sale last February, hardware hackers have turned this little guy into everything from a game console to a mini Linux laptop to a supercomputer.  Sales have also skyrocketed, with an estimated one million PC hobbyists snatching one up.

Join us at the HIVE on Feb. 12, 2013 when member Chris Hodapp will be the featured 2nd Tuesday speaker at the 7:30pm business meeting.  He will share his experiences using a Raspberry Pi to upgrade  the latest version of the HIVE’s glass block LED matrix display.  Other Pi-makers will also be present.  It will be an informal, informative Q&A session you can use as you consider to start your own Raspberry Pi project.

Members, guests, and interested first-time-walk-ins are welcome to come to see and learn a new maker skill.  The HIVE is the place to be a maker and work on sweet collaborative projects.  (Find Us)

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Upcoming Craft Class Series at HIVE13 this Fall – Learn easy techniques and make personalized holiday gifts this year!

August 26th, 2012 1 comment

This fall, HIVE13 is hosting a six-class series on crafting tie-dye, beaded jewelry, paper flower bouquets, decoupage picture frames, and domino tile magnets. Classes are presented by Rebecca Irwin, a local jewelry maker, workshop presenter, and wife of member Kevin. No experience required. All materials will be provided or specified in the specific class descriptions.

Follow links below for details and to register for individual classes or all six. One week advance registration is required and space is limited.

Tie-DyeBring Your Own T-shirt to Tie-Dye, Groovy Man!
Saturday, Sept. 15, 2-4 pm, at HIVE13 (go to registration)
Cost for class and materials is $5.00 for members, $10.00 for non-members

Bring your old t-shirts or other cotton item (apron, bag, socks and more) and transform them into beautiful tie-dye creations. No experience required, just bring yourself and your items to tie-dye and get ready to get messy. Please wear old or dark clothing. For ages five and up.

Jewelry IBasic beading for earrings and pendant
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2-4 pm, at HIVE13 (go to registration)
Cost for class and materials is $10.00 for members, $15.00 for non-members

In Jewelry I you will be introduced to the basics of beading and supplies. We will create your own individual pair of earrings and a matching pendant. You will learn about the tools and supplies used in jewelry making and will gain the knowledge to be able to create jewelry on your own. No experience required. For ages 12 and up.

Jewelry IIIntermediate beading for necklaces and bracelets
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2-4 pm, at HIVE13 (go to registration)
Cost for class and materials is $10.00 for members, $15.00 for non-members

In Jewelry II you will be introduced to intermediate beading including beaded necklaces and bracelets. We will create your own individual necklace. You will learn about the tools and supplies used in jewelry making and will gain the knowledge to be able to create jewelry on your own. Jewelry I is a prerequisite. For ages 12 and up.

Paper Flower BouquetsFun and quick tissue paper creations!
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2-4 pm, at HIVE13 (go to registration)
Cost for class and materials is $5.00 for members, $10.00 for non-members

Relax and enjoy learning how to make these beautiful bouquets. A simple technique that is both fun and quick. Experiment with different shapes, and colors to create your own flower bouquet from tissue paper. No experience required. For ages 12 and up.

Domino Tile MagnetsYou know someone whose refrigerator needs one!
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2-4 pm, at HIVE13 (go to registration)
Cost for class and materials is $5.00 for members, $10.00 for non-members

Learn a simple technique that will allow you to create amazing items out of old domino pieces. You will create three domino tile magnets using dominoes, magnets, paint, and scrapbook paper. No experience required. For ages 12 and up.

Decoupage Picture FramesRe-Do, 2nd Chance!
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2-4 pm, at HIVE13 (go to registration)
Cost for class and materials is $10.00 for members, $15.00 for non-members

Come learn this simple technique that will make you crazy over decoupage. We will create one decoupage picture frame using paper and decoupage glue. No experience required. For ages 12 and up.  This class was originally scheduled on Nov. 3 but is now offered again on Dec. 1 as a Re-Do 2nd Chance!

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Learn to Mold and Cast

January 24th, 2012 1 comment

Hive13 contains a variety of exciting things to create prototypes from.  Learn to mold and cast these prototypes and more using hobby-grade resins and silicone.   The class is $40 and includes a take-home pint of slow-cure casting resin.  Due to time constraints, molding will only be demonstrate (it takes 4-6 hours for the mold to cure), but we will cast real resin things that you can take home from pre-existing molds (what things is to be determined).

The class will be held from 7:00 p.m. – 10 p.m. Wednesday, February 22.  Cut-off date for sign-up is February 17.

The class will cover:

  • An overview of modern mold-making and casting
  • Safety and equipment
  • Building a simple mold box
  • Preparing silicone and pouring a mold
  • Casting resin in a mold
  • Different types of resin

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HAM Radio License course Saturday, Jan. 14th 2012

January 1st, 2012 No comments

Have you always wanted to get your Ham operators license? Well here is your chance!

On Saturday, January 14th, Hive13 hosting a HAM radio class to get your HAM license. This is an all day class plus the technical licensing test at the end. A week or two after passing your exam you will get your call sign from the FCC.

This class requires a study guide, The AARL Ham Radio License Manual, isbn# 0872590976. For the $30 signup the book is included. If you wish to purchase the book ahead of time then you can sign up for $15. You will need the book to take this class.

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for unnecessarily detailed directions to the space, please click here.

Oh, amateur radio dad, you are so judgemental!

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Create your own Lock Picks!

October 15th, 2011 5 comments

The Lock Forensic group at Hive13 is having a class  to show you how to create your own high quality metal bogota style pick set.  The study of locks and lock picking is fascinating.  A bogota style lockpick has a backend that can also work like a tension wrench.  We will be making 2 of these style picks in the class.  The two stiles will be the half diamond and the hook.  If time permits we will have templates to make some more advanced designs (such as the actual bogota).  We will also have lots of test and progressive locks to test our your new lock picks on as well as a quick demo on how to picks locks if you haven’t yet.

Proceeds from the class will goto buying equipment for the lock forensics lab.  Lock forensics is the science of analyzing a lock to determine if it has been picked, what tools were used and the skill of the attacker.  Hive13 holds the only known public group doing this research and welcome anybody to participate on the 2nd Thursday of every month.

Example of the type of picks you will be creating:

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Class: Thursday November 17th, 6:30-8:30pm

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Weekly meetup for “Intro to AI”

October 5th, 2011 No comments

The free online version of the “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” course (http://www.ai-class.com/) based on Stanford CS221 starts next week. As several members signed up for this course, we are going to be meeting up at the Hive on a weekly basis to watch the lectures and work through some of the homework. We’ll meet first on Wednesday, October 12th, at 6:30 PM, and the intention is to keep meeting each Wednesday at the same time for the 10 weeks that the course lasts (course schedule is here – it runs through the week of December 12th).

Lectures are supposed to appear online each week, and I’m told they’ll also be downloadable. I will try to download the videos ahead of time and have copies of them locally. Other than that, we’re just going to play things by ear – I’ve never done a course like this before, perhaps because no course I’m aware of has been done like this before. Something you can program on (i.e. a computer)  might be helpful to have. Quoth their website, “Programming is not required, however we believe it will be very helpful for some of the homework assignments. You may write code in any language you would like to (we recommend Python if you are new to programming) and your code will not be graded.” A textbook is not required but is supposedly helpful, and I think some people said they had older editions they could bring in.

If you’re taking the course, or you want to take it, please join us. You don’t need to be a Hive13 member. You don’t even need to be enrolled in the online course, for that matter – but it’s free and enrollment is open until October 9th, so you may as well.

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Eagle PCB CAD Crash Course

October 2nd, 2011 No comments

 

If you’ve wanted to make your own circuit boards and turning the schematic you have on paper or in your head into a finished board is the stumbling block, this course is for you. This Eagle PCB CAD Crash course is intended for those who already know what an electrical schematic is and vaguely how to construct one – the focus will be exclusively on Eagle software NOT general electronics knowledge. The course will be an introduction to the Eagle software available from http://www.cadsoftusa.com You should have Eagle installed on a laptop prior to coming to class – both the Linux and Windows versions are fine. Creating schematics, creating boards from schematics, basic manual layout chores, the relationship between schematic and board, making gerber files for board houses, finding libraries, making custom parts will be covered. If you have a schematic that you would like made into a PCB, please bring it with you as a “real” example will be much more useful than a contrived one. If there is time, creation of solderpaste masks using the laser cutter will be covered. I’m going to try to leave around a third of the class time for questions and individual assistance.

Date 10/12/11
Time 7pm
Length ~2 hours
money $20 / $10 hive members (See discount code in email)
Max people: 15

Deatils and Signup: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2277391740

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arduino 101 Class

September 22nd, 2011 11 comments

Arduino UnoHive13 is offering another Arduino 101 class.  This is a great intro class designed to get the student comfortable with using an arduino and how to build out their ideas.  This class has been taught at UC in the design school and is targeted to teach from the ground up.  You do not need to have any electronical or programming background to attend this class.  This is a hands on class where you will build out cool blinking light projects and play digital music over a speaker all using a tiny microcontroller.

This class is always a lot of fun and will teach you the tools you need to build out any project on the arduino.  You will become comfortable using the kit and troubleshooting problems.  You will learn how to use the many wonderful arduino resources to expand your knowledge and learn how to use new components.  This class will not use slide show presentation but is 100% hands on and you are encoraged to work in groups or with friends.

In this class you will use an Arduino, breadboard, wall wart, wires, LEDs and speaker.  You should bring a laptop and a USB cable to program the ardiuno.  These are the USB A to B cables (http://www.sparkfun.com/products/512) We will have some on hand but you will have to share.   We are offering two types of tickets.  One with the kit and components included and another ticket price to bring your own arduino.  We will supply LEDs and speakers regardless of which ticket you purchase.

It is recommended you download and install the Arduino software ahead of time.  Software and installtion instructions can be found here: http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software

The instructor for this class is Craig Smith (http://www.linkedin.com/in/agentcraig)
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