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Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 7:30pm – Introduction to KiCad PCB Design

January 12th, 2015 No comments

Yes, it is short notice, but the 2015 season of Second-Tuesday-of-the-Month speaker series kicks off at HIVE13 this Tuesday, January 13, at 7:30pm when Hive COO Jon Neal will provide an electrifying introduction to KICAD printed circuit board (PCB) design.

You’ve wanted it. You’ve asked for it. Now, here it is.

Resolve to use these cold winter months to learn how to design and make your own PCB designs at Hive13!

KICAD is a leading open-source Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software suite for the creation of professional schematics and printed circuit boards up to 32 copper layers with additional technical layers. KiCad runs on Windows, Linux and Apple OS X and is released under the open-source GNU GPL v2 free of charge. (KiCad link)

Members, guests, first-time-walk-ins, and all those interested in hearing Jon rag on something besides keeping the Hive clean and neat are welcome to come for this talk on Tuesday, January 13, at 7:30pm. (Find Us)

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Cincinnati Mini-Maker Faire is this Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 13-14

September 6th, 2014 Comments off

FINALIZE YOUR PLANS NOW AS A VOLUNTEER!

Hive13 wants you to volunteer to help at the region’s biggest Show and Tell. This year’s second annual event expands to two days (11:00am to 6:00pm) and will be held at a most-excellent new venue, the Cincinnati Museum Center (Union Terminal).

Come early and stay late. Help with setups, staff the Hive13 booth, mentor in our Learn-to-Solder activity, crew the Power Tool Drag Race, and help with tear-downs and pack-outs. Many hands make light work and you can be part of the fun! You might even end up with a nifty souvenir T-shirt.

Come to this Tuesday’s meeting at 7:30pm at Hive13 to get the details and schedule your sign-up times.

CLICK ON THIS LINE TO SEE THE LATEST MAP AND SCHEDULE OF MAKER FAIRE ACTIVITIES

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

July 2nd, 2014 Comments off

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

June 19th, 2014 Comments off

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 Comments off

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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