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.
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)
Join us at Hive13 on Tuesday, May 13, at 7:30pm for Ham Radio Night. We will be welcoming Gary Coffey, Jerry Shipp, and perhaps others from the OH-KY-IN Amateur Radio Society as our May “Second-Tuesday-of-the-Month” guest speakers.
Amateur Radio is a valuable volunteer emergency communications service and public resource. Hear about the latest kit building and DIY developments in the field of radio art. Learn about upcoming events within the local amateur radio community; including ARRL certification and licensing opportunities. After the big one, these Ham Radio enthusiasts with access to a 12V car battery may be the only ones still on the air and communicating.
Members, guests, first-time-walk-ins, and those interested in learning more about the world of ham radio are welcome to come to our meeting and this presentation, Tuesday, May 13, at 7:30pm. (Find Us)
Join us at Hive13 this Tuesday, March 11, at 7:30pm for a ROBOT TAKEOVER! We will be welcoming local software developer and robot hacker Carin Meier as our March 2nd-Tuesday guest speaker.
Carin will be showing off her PhantomX Hexapod, a frightening / awesome 6-legged walker from Trossen Robotics. Hear the first-hand experiences of a new-comer to robotics on building the kit from just plates, boards, and screws. Carin will talk about the software to control it, and if everything goes well, she will also demonstrate running it via a laptop with Clojure.
Here is a teaser link to the first steps (towards world domination) taken by Carin’s hexapod: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUrZeJ39xjs
Members, guests, first-time-walk-ins, and those interested in learning more about this type of robot hacking are welcome to come to the meeting and this presentation, Tuesday, March 11, at 7:30pm. (Find Us)
Join us at Hive13 this Tuesday, January 14, when our regular 2nd Tuesday of the month guest speaker program will resume for the new year, immediately following the brief 7:30 pm general meeting.
Member Mike Horwarth (who is a UC PhD stident) will share a brief (30 minute) presentation on Hacking Genes: Synthetic Biology and DIY-Science.
Modern Biology has taken us from the double helix to genetic engineering and personal genomics. Biotech is now on the cusp of the synthetic biology revolution, promising to create radically new organisms using machine-written DNA. Citizen scientists are starting to explore these techniques, hacking genes in garage labs and bio-makerspaces. At the same time public unease with genetic modification is growing. Who will control this technology, and how will the DIY-Biology movement evolve? Mike will talk about the basics of synthetic biology, current projects in the DIY-Bio community, and ideas for DIY-Bio at Hive13.
Members, guests, first-time-walk-ins, and those interested in learning more about this organic branch of hacking are welcome to come to the meeting and this presentation. (Find Us)