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!

Sebastian lead a great group project using Squeak for Scratch and a Kinect

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


General Meeting

Our January 27th general meeting is this week, at 7 PM.  I hope to see you all there!


Topics of discussion include our finances, Makerspace inprovements such as the soldering station, community interaction, and general feedback from our members – not to mention anything important that is brought up from you guys!


Great news from Friday night, our internet is back and better than ever! We’ve upgraded to Shaw and expect no further internet issues or random downtimes. Rejoice!

Arduino Night Tonight!

BC Robotics will be hosting another  Arduino Night here at the makerspace this evening. There will be a slight change to the format of Arduino night as it is going to be more oriented to working on your own projects with access to help on hand (As discussed at our last meeting). We suggest showing up around 7:00 PM.

As usual they will have a bunch of goodies on hand from 6:30 onwards if you feel like browsing some Arduino products in person.

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.

3D Printer – Printrbot Simple Metal

Today we have purchased a new 3d printer.  A big thank you goes out to the members and sponsors that donated the money to make this possible.

Technical Specifications:

  • Model: 1403
  • Build Volume: 6″ x 6″ x 6″ / 150mm x 150mm x 150mm / 215 cubic inches
  • Print Resolution: 100 Microns
  • Print Speed: 80mm/sec max recommended
  • Filament: 1.75mm PLA (sample included)
  • Extruder: Alu Extruder (direct drive). 1.75mm Ubis Hot End with 0.4mm nozzle
  • Auto Leveling: Auto-Leveling Probe works with software to calibrate Z axis height (see video)
  • Print Bed: Not heated
  • Construction: Powder coated steel and aluminum body with 8mm and 12mm diameter linear shaft
  • Belt: GT2
  • Pulleys: 20 tooth, dual flange GT2 aluminum
  • Electronics: Printrbot Rev F Printrboard with micro-USB connection (cable included) and micro SD card slot for untethered printing
  • Power Requirements: 12V (6 amp) laptop power supply (included)
  • Max Current Draw: 4.5 amps
  • Motors: NEMA 17 stepper
  • Overall Footprint*: 18″ x 17″ x 13″ (L x W x H)