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Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 7:30pm – 3D Printing Past/Present/Future

July 2nd, 2014 No comments

Join us at HIVE13 this Tuesday, July 8, when member Bill Steele will pontificate on the past, present, and future of 3D printing.

The founding members of HIVE13 had an original Bre Pettis “Cupcake” 3D printer five years ago.

For those that have been following Bill’s progress in the time since, he successfully launched a KickStarter for his own 3D printer and is now introducing the innovative Polar3D printer. Bill has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this hot market and it will be a most interesting talk, starting at 7:30pm. A brief version of the HIVE13 business meeting will follow Bill’s talk.

Members, guests, first-time-walk-ins, and those interested in learning Bill’s perspective are welcome to come for this talk on Tuesday, July 8, at 7:30pm. (Find Us)

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Tomorrow (June 30) DEADLINE to register for the Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire (Sept 13-14)

June 29th, 2014 1 comment

Everyone knows it is fast approaching, and we have not reminded folks enough, but tomorrow (June 30, 2014) is the deadline to apply as a maker to display your creation(s) for the upcoming two-day Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire at Union Terminal (September 13-14, 2014).

The website (image shown to the left) is at http://cincinnatimakerfaire.com/.

It has an APPLY NOW button to take you to the Exhibitor/Vendor application page.

You know you want to finish your project and show it off. Register now!

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HIVE13 wins Inventables 50 State 3D Carving Machine Giveaway Contest!

June 19th, 2014 No comments

It is official. HIVE13 has won a Shapeoko2 CNC machine kit in the Inventables 50 States 3D Carving Machine Giveaway contest! Yes, it is for real!

The gang at Inventables (the hardware store for designers) is igniting the digital manufacturing revolution by launching this outreach program to get open-source CNC milling into (almost) every makerspace in the US. HIVE13 responded and is one of the 50 winners (and the only one in Ohio).

Shapeoko is an Open Hardware project started by Edward Ford in Dixon, IL. The name comes from a combination of the Shapeways and Ponoko laser cutting service names. The initial design (pre-kickstarter) was based around services provided by both companies. On July 26, 2011, 125 backers pledged $11,078 toward Project Shapeoko, far exceeding the funding goal of $1,500.

The ShapeOko is a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine which in its default configuration uses a light-duty rotary tool as the spindle. It is a 3-axis machine; able to move the mounted tool up/down, left/right, and forward/backward under computer control with some measure of repeatable precision. The giveaway includes beta access to Inventable’s Easel free cloud based app for design and fabrication, which goes full public later this summer.

Stay tuned for further announcements and visit the HIVE13 wiki ShapeOko project page for further details on the (to be scheduled) upcoming build nights and ongoing related developments.

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Tuesday June 10, 2014 – 2D CAD for Lasering Tutorial (Week 1 of 2)

June 3rd, 2014 1 comment

Sure, 3D printing of STL models is all the rage. We can do that. But if you are laser cutting flats, you want to go OLD SCHOOL. Not quite as old as this 1930′s vintage drafting board, but as old as 1980′s era 2D DWG files. Join us at HIVE13 on Tuesday, June 10, for Week 1 of a two-week beginner’s tutorial on classic 2D CAD for laser work. Member Jim Dallam will take on this topic as our June “Second-Tuesday-of-the-Month” guest speaker. We will start after the brief 7:30pm business meeting. The actual tutorial will begin at 8:00pm and end at 9:00pm.

For this tutorial, we will be using the free DraftSight(R) CAD software from Dassault Systems. Here is the (download link) for the free version of this standalone, professional-grade product. Come with the software already loaded on your laptop and you can click along during this fast paced session. We will demo creating a simple geometry, then download the DXF file and cut it on the HIVE13 laser. Week 1 (6/10) will focus on the CAD work and touch on the laser. Week 2 (6/17) will touch on any lingering 2D CAD questions and have more laser focus. (<- PUNishment!)

Members, guests, first-time-walk-ins, and those interested in starting to climb the 2D CAD learning curve are welcome to come to our meeting and this Week 1 tutorial, Tuesday, June 10, at 8:00pm. (Find Us)

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Tuesday April 8, 2014 at Hive13 – DIY as a way of life – Just Do It!

March 26th, 2014 No comments

Join us at Hive13 this Tuesday, April 8, at 7:30pm for an enlightened look into hardcore DIY as way of life. We will be welcoming Robert Inhuman from local electronic punk group Decide Today and Divtech as our “Second-Tuesday-of-the-Month” guest speaker for April.

Do-It-Yourself can be more than just a resourceful activity. DIY can be a life philosophy that affects every aspect of your survival and all of the accessories in your existence. Hear and discuss Robert’s challenging views on the importance of asserting authority over one’s own existence.

Robert is plugged into several local projects, such as the Cincinnati DIY calendar, Soapbox infoshop, etc. These media promote a gathering of all local events and resources focused on “Do-It-Yourself”. These events include arts and music, social activism, politics, food, clothing, transportation, homes, technology, and any kind of how-to’s that are available without exclusivity in our community.

Here are some links for further reading:
* cincydiy https://www.facebook.com/groups/cincydiy/
* DecideToday https://www.facebook.com/decidetoday
* Realicide http://realicide.com/

Members, guests, first-time-walk-ins, and those interested in learning more about this way of life are welcome to come to our meeting and this presentation, Tuesday, April 8, at 7:30pm. (Find Us)

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Cincinnati Maker Faire – Sat. Oct. 19 – Register now to be a Volunteer!

August 29th, 2013 No comments

OK Folks, when the publicity starts to come together, you know it is getting real!  Above is Jason Langdon’s proof graphics for the first batch of posters that will announce the Cincinnati Mini-Maker Faire to the General Public.  The event will be Saturday, October 19 at Washington Park.  Setup is that morning.  The event opens to the general public from 12:00 noon to 10:00pm and pack-out after that.  Volunteers are needed for all shifts, all day.  This means you and your buddies!  Here is the link to the live volunteer form.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CNYJRKaBxGnzO7AX_zWCJglyEhiNO-ykNVUU00EaEI
o/viewform

More details to follow, but don’t delay to register to help out and be part of this amazing event!

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MIG Welding 101 at HIVE13 this weekend

August 7th, 2013 1 comment

Ryan 2.0 (a.k.a. Ryan Hesse) will finish his summer co-op term at GE here in Cincinnati and will return to Montana next week.  Before he goes, he will follow through and conduct four MIG welding classes at HIVE13 this weekend.

Friday, August 9 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm (limit 6 hands-on students)

Saturday, August 10 from 12:00 noon to 2:00pm (limit 6 hands-on students)

Saturday, August 10 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm (limit 6 hands-on students)

Sunday, August 11 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm (limit 6 hands-on students)

Classes are $15.00 each for Elite and non-members, and $5.00 for Full and Student members collected at the door.  The fees cover material costs.  Classes are limited to six hands-on participants in each session, first come first served.  An EventBrite (click here) has been created to reserve class seats.  Fees will be collected at the door.

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HIVE13 Exhibits in the LVL1 Booth at the Detroit Maker Faire 2013

July 30th, 2013 No comments

HIVE13 made its first Maker Faire appearance exhibiting at the Detroit Maker Faire 2013 on Sunday, July 28.  A special thank you goes out to our LVL1 Louisville hackerspace friends, Brad and the gang, who encouraged Jim to display some HIVE works in a corner of their booth on Sunday.

The HIVE banner, Galileo’s Finger, CinD-LOU’s eyeballs, and Jim’s kinematic sculpture ‘Life’ were prominently displayed and drew lots of attention throughout the day.  Mostly it was, “OK, what is this strange thing?”

LVL1′s fire-breathing animated and wheel chair mobile pretty pony Buttercup was still the star of the booth and LVL1 had a wide variety of other exhibits including a playschool pi computer, radiation cloud chamber, and a wack-a-shark game for the kids.  These guys are awesome and an inspiration to the rest of us.

The rain held off and a good time was had by all.  We should do this more often!

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A Magic Blue Smoke Merit Badge Award

July 14th, 2013 No comments

Member Matt Starbuck bravely displays the “Magic Blue Smoke” merit badge awarded to him for his efforts at HIVE13 yesterday afternoon.

His promotion into the Benevolent Order of the Magic Blue Smoke (BOMBS) was made possible through the ultimate sacrifice of the ATMEGA32U4 chip on the Teensy 2.0 board in the LED persistence of vision staff he was developing.  In his own words, “VCC was not connected to anything, GND was connected, and I put 3.7V or so directly into one of the ADC pins with the Teensy powered off.  That pin is a direct short to ground in powered-down mode.  I failed to add the 4.7Mohm in line with it, which would have prevented the meltdown.”

The release of MBS was confirmed by two full-member eye witnesses at the time of the occurrence. “Yep, smells like MBS to me,” said one.  “I love the smell of MBS in the afternoon,” said the other, with a tear in her eye.

HIVE13 congratulates Matt for the new found knowledge that he has acquired.  In the trial-and-error development world, we all know there is no gain without pain.  We celebrate failures because we learn from them and they are just the stepping stones that come before the final victory.

Full disclosure and shameless plug – HIVE13 acquired a seed quantity of MBS merit badges via a grant marketing initiative by our friends at Adafruit (link), where you can also get more Teensy boards.  Imagine that.

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HIVE13 Brew Crew Brewout this Saturday, July 13 from 12:00 noon to 5:00pm

July 11th, 2013 No comments
This Saturday, July 13th, married members Michael and (recent Bock Fest Moerlein Special Release award-winning brewer) Tiffany Bell-Horwath will host an all-grain brewout at the HIVE! Plans include brewing a 10 gallon batch of a brown ale (a clone of the beer moosedrool if anyone has had it).
You are invited to join the Brew Crew at HIVE13 to learn and share brewing skills.  The event will get started around noon, and it will likely go till around 5:00pm.  Feel free to stop in at any point.
Active brewers are encouraged to bring some homebrew for folks to sample and enjoy.  So far, this will include a  bourbon barrel aged vanilla been Russian imperial stout and a cream ale.  With some interest, a root beer could be made and available on tap as well.  At some point we may all chip-in to order a pizza or something of that nature.  Bonus points will be awarded to those who bring some pot-luck munchies to share.
All who are interested in brewing are welcome.  Consider to bring your setup and equipment for the show-and-tell.  Bring your dreams and schemes and make plans to implement the makers’ beer garden show-and-tell at the upcoming Cincinnati mini-maker faire to be in Washington Park on October 19.
We are looking forward to this brewday and hope to see you there!  (Find Us)

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