Category Archives: Makerspace News

Posts containing makerspace-specific news such as updates, announcements, or general information; excludes event information

Netgate & pfSense Donation

For those unaware, at Nanaimo Makerspace, our network is powered by pfSense – a free and open source enterprise grade firewall and router by Netgate. We currently have an older version (2.1 nanobsd 1g) installed on an older power hungry server.

Netgate has just donated an SG-1000 to the Nanaimo Makerspace.  The donation packs a lot of punch compared to our existing hardware. It is significantly more power efficient (just 2.5W at idle!), more powerful, capable and will be supported by future versions of pfSense!

We are excited to replace our old hardware and expect to see a noticeable change in our hydro bill. We are also excited to use pfSense 2.4 and the new features that come with it to continue to secure our network and provide internet to our members & guests.

We want to send out a very big “Thank You” to the Netgate & pfSense team for supporting us!

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General Meeting & Schedule Changes

Tuesday next week (January 26) at 7PM is our monthly General Meeting. On the agenda is:

  • STEMosity update
  • AGM is coming up soon
  • Open House for anniversary
  • Kids Conference followup
  • Corporate Sponsors

Please come out and get involved!
Please note, we have adjusted our monthly schedule slightly.

2nd Tuesday of the month – Potluck Social: eat food, meet people, think of ideas for the space
4th Tuesday of the month – General Meeting: discuss and vote on action items

Our calendar has been updated with these changes:

https://makerspacenanaimo.org/events/

Level 2 Soldering Workshop

Notice: This post originally stated 2pm in error; the correct time is 1pm

Our level one soldering workshops have been quite popular and we’ve had some great feedback, and now it’s time to announce our level 2 soldering workshop!  In this workshop, participants will assemble and solder a Conway’s Game of Life kit, which includes soldering an Integrated Circuit, 16 LEDs and resistors, and more!

This workshop will take place on October 17th, 2015 at 1 PM.  Spaces are limited and you are strongly urged to sign up now if you’re interested!  The cost for this workshop will be $20 for Makerspace members, and $25 for the general public.  Please email soldering@makerspacenanaimo.org to reserve your spot.

Can’t make this workshop?  Keep your eyes peeled!  This workshop and others will be offered again in future!

Soldering Workshop

Have you ever wanted to learn to solder?  You’ll get your chance!  Makerspace Nanaimo will be hosting a soldering workshop on September 26th, starting at 1pm, with a second workshop at 3pm.  Slots may be limited, so be sure to sign up early by emailing soldering@makerspacenanaimo.org!  Admission is free but you will need to purchase a kit to be able to participate.  All necessary tools and equipment will be provided, however you are more than welcome to bring your own.  Kits are $10 for Makerspace members and $15 for everyone else.

Can’t make this workshop?  Keep your eyes peeled!  This workshop will be offered again in future.

Soldering Workshop

Have you ever wanted to learn to solder?  You’ll get your chance!  Makerspace Nanaimo will be hosting a soldering workshop on July 25th, starting at 1pm.  Slots may be limited, so be sure to sign up early by emailing soldering@makerspacenanaimo.org!  Admission is free but you will need to purchase a kit to be able to participate.  All necessary tools and equipment will be provided, however you are more than welcome to bring your own.  Kits are $6 for Makerspace members and $10 for everyone else.

Can’t make this workshop?  Keep your eyes peeled!  This workshop will be offered again in future.

Tube Amp Workshop

Have you ever dreamed of owning an audio vacuum tube amplifier or even built your own?
Reading the schematic of a tube amplifier can seem like you’re staring at ancient Sanskrit!
    Victor Kung from VKMusic will be at Makerspace to guide you through the process of building your own amplifier.
You can either bring your own tube amp kit or choose from one of Victor’s. Choose from one of the following kits during the registration process,

 

You can sign up for the workshop at the following link as well as pick the amp you would like to build if interested.

https://www.picatic.com/tubeampworkshopMakerspaceNanaimo

These kits can be purchased at the Makerspace or directly from vkmusic.ca.
TU-8100 C$ 285.00 (12% taxes included)
TU-8200 C$ 785.00 (12% taxes included)

Beware the TU8100 and TU 8200 might take two days to built.
You do not have that much time but still want to share the Makerspace experience? Pick one of these:
AMP $30
DAC $35
During the event we will have presentations on amps and speaker cabinets.

  • 10am Saturday 27th, Makerspace is opening the doors
  • 11am Saturday 27th, the workshop begins
  • 1pm Saturday 27th, Ryan Bouma the designer of the “The Elusive 1099” speaker kit. “Picking, Building, and Listening to a DIY Speaker Kit”. Ryan will present his kits, tell you anything about speakers and what what to consider when buying one. He will give you advice on how to measure your speaker project properly.
  • 2pm Saturday 27th, Victor Kung will present different tube amp designs and share his passion with you.
  • 3pm Saturday 27th, David Dlugos will informally speak on speaker design.
    (planet10-hifi, maker of EnABLed Fullrange drivers, flat-paks, frugel-horns included & bespoke finished loudspeakers).

If you are passionate about amps and speakers and would like to share your experience or try your equipment in combination with different components then come to Makerspace and bring your latest audio project.
This weekend is the perfect way to experience the Makerspace and meet other audiophile enthusiasts. Bring speaker drivers, amp circuit boards and hack a new optimized version of your DIY Pringle-CartoonBox-3Dprinted-LED-robotic audiophile project. Dissassamble your old desktop speakers and create something new.

Please register to make sure we have enough kits available.

In case you have any further questions please contact tubes@makerspacenanaimo.org
We hope to meet you to this event at Makerspace.

Raspberry Jam

Pi Day is coming – It’s on March 14th.  And it’s 2015.  And because we’re such geeks, we can start at 2:26 PM – 9:26 PM UTC – to make the start time the awe-inspiring 3/14/15 9:26pm – 3.1415926!

A Raspberry Jam is

  • Your chance to learn about the Raspberry Pi computer
  • Your chance to share what you’ve been doing with your Pi
  • A chance to find out what other enthusiasts are doing with their Pis
  • A chance to have fun
  • A chance to have some pie

Come to Makerspace Nanaimo on Saturday, March 14th at 1PM to join in the fun.  There will be demos, discussions, explanations, a variety of Raspberry Pis set up to try out, and addon-on boards and more that let you do, well, pretty much anything you can imagine.  It’s free, it’s going to be fun, and everyone is welcome.

Take a look at http://www.raspberrypi.org to learn about this amazing little machine!

Software Smalltalk night

 

We’re having a great time down at the makerspace tonight.  It’s our Software Smalltalk Night, a weekly event every Tuesday for the more software-oriented members of us.  Whether you want to write code, learn to code, or even just see what everyone else is doing, it’s a great time to come down and take part!

As always, the rest of the spaaaaaace is also open to anyone and everyone!
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Sebastian lead a great group project using Squeak for Scratch and a Kinect
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A good crowd turned out tonight – even some of the 3D printing guys came by!IMG_20150210_193247Tim shows off the new Raspberry Pi 2

 

Raspberry Jam December 7th

Raspberry Jam logo

Raspberry Jam – come and see what you can do with a Raspberry Pi computer

A Raspberry Jam is

  • your chance to find out about the Raspberry Pi computer*
  • your chance to share what you’ve been doing with a Pi
  • a chance to find out what other enthusiasts have been doing with Pi’s

Come to MakerSpace Nanaimo on Sunday 7th December at 2pm to join in the fun. There will be demos, discussions, explanations, a variety of Pi’s set up to try out and add-on boards that let you do, well, pretty much anything you can imagine.

Attendance is free; kids are welcome but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

* Not familiar with the Raspberry Pi? Take a look at RaspberryPi.Org and learn about this amazing little machine. It’s powerful, flexible, cheap and the coolest thing to happen to computers in ages.