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HIVE13 has procured a brand-new MIG welder

July 10th, 2013 Comments off

It’s like Christmas in July!  The HIVE’s new MIG welder has arrived.  DaveB trucked it over and set it up on the cart just today.

HIVE13 is the proud owner of  a brand-new Millermatic 211 Auto-Set w/MVP (link) with the M-100 Gun (link).

This is serious equipment.  Electric shock can kill.  Hot parts can burn.  Fumes and gases can be hazardous.  Arc rays can burn eyes and skin.  Welding can cause fire or explosion.  Flying metal or dirt can injure eyes.  Build-up of gas can injure or kill.  Electric and magnetic fields (EMF) can affect implanted medical devices.  Noise can damage hearing.  Cylinders can explode if damaged, etc.   Only qualified persons should install, operate, maintain, and repair this unit.

Does this new tool sound like as much fun to you as it does to us?

Stay tuned and drop by to see developments progress as the experienced HIVE welders and prudently cautious implementers make preparations to enable eager newbies to learn to weld safely with appropriate precautions.

HIVE13 is the place to join to learn new skills and use new equipment to make things.

New Pinning Tray

February 20th, 2012 Comments off

Hot off the presses!  Er, well, laser cutter!  We bring you the new pinning tray.  This tray is more portable than before.  The other one was small but the square shape often made it hard to fit into some carrying cases with your other tools.  This new design by Brian keeps the tray small but adds length to better go with the tools you normally carry.

And that’s not all!  With this new design you can use the holes on the side and a lid to secure your pins for further storage.  By placing a lid on top and using some small screws you can fasten the lid down and store the pins for later use.  This is ideal if you are working on a progressive lock and need a place to store your the extra pins until you work your way up.  It can also be used to keep some extra security pins grouped together or  potentially for storing the pins from control locks used in lock forensics.

We are still testing out the design but once we finalize it we will have some available if anybody wants one.

Arcade Night

December 14th, 2009 1 comment

Bee Game Sunday December 20th is Arcade Night.  This is were anybody who is interested in fixing up arcade machines or building your own game system or augmented reality game should come and collaborate!  Starting at 5pm on Sunday show up to help out or start your own project.  We will be fixing up several standup cabinets as well as the rather large arcade units.

Note:  This is not a night to play arcade games but to build/refurbish them.  Although we will always need to test our final products, of course…

Zen PIN

October 13th, 2009 Comments off

One project that was used for the passcode challenge is called the Zen PIN.  The problem is people who shoulder surf can see your PIN on a keypad system.  So a fun and simple solution is to have the user memorize an algorithm instead of a PIN number.  For a Proof-of-concept the Zen PIN was developed that uses three lights.  The user enters a random PIN and the system then generates an internal random PIN.  It then blinks certain lights to indicate if the next number is greater or less than the one last pressed.  The user follows these visual clues to "unlock" the keypad.  In the PoC this just lights up the green light and plays a "good" tone.

Zen PIN Inside of ZenPIN

You can take any type of spin with this.  Such as, using multi-colored LED buttons that randomly display a color and the user knows to always press to the left of the "orange" button.  Etc.

For more information on this project see the wiki

Project Spotlight: RC Cars

October 7th, 2009 Comments off

We are going to start taking time to share some of the projects that are finished or are at least to a working level.  Both Paul and TP have made some intelligent self guided modded RC cars.  TP has a model with a swivel head that looks around and uses a Neural Network to learn.

TP RC Car

For more information on TP’s design check the wiki.

Paul’s design uses an Arduino and a pair of sensors to do obstacle avoidance and has been rather successful at navigating the space!

Pauls RC

Details on Paul’s RC can also be found on the wiki!