Adelaide Mini Maker Faire


We’re exhibiting at the Maker Faire.  Some of the projects which will be on display are:

A Twitter printer
Jacob’s Ladder
Project Horus High Altitude Ballooning

High altitude balloon

High Altitude Balloon

a hexapod

The Hexapod

E-waste sculpture

E-waste Sculpture





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First hacksession in our new space

As 2012 came to a close, when most things were winding up for the holidays, Hackerspace Adelaide was madly moving house.

Following our presentation about Hackerspace on the MEGA pitch day, Jana Matthews of ANZ Innovyz START offered us some space in their premises at 80 King William St. A mere 2 weeks later, after some sweaty furniture relocation and a few rickety sack-truck convoys from Format, we were ready for business.

On Saturday December 29th we had our first session. A bunch of the regulars couldn’t make it but plenty of people stopped by to give the new space a test-drive.

Our new space has a white-board, which makes the sessions magically self-documenting:

Keep an eye on the calendar to join us at a future session. In addition to our normal fornightly cycle, I sense we will be peppering the calendar with a few extra sessions in the coming months.


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Laser cutting at FabLab

This week the Adelaide FabLab is holding a masterclass on digital fabrication.  As part of this HackAdl member Tamsyn has created an introduction for using the Laser Cutter with Inkscape.  The blog post can be found here:

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Science Alive Gallery

Dale had his camera at science alive and took plenty of photos including the Amateur radio and Electronics booth and of course, Hackerspace.
His blog post is here

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End of June update

The adelaide hackerspace recently submitted an application to become an incorporated body.  This week Pix brought the certificate along.

Pix brandishes Hackerspace Adelaides Certifcate of Incorporation

Simon has decided to build a hexapod robot using micro RC servos.  To simplify the task of driving the required eighteen servos he is using a development board based on the same TLC5940 chip used by the Peel Street Lantern.

Simon experimenting with TLC5940 servo control

That is a lot of servos…

Fee Plumley has been continuing to work on her Really Big Road Trip crowdfunding project.  As part of her “Twelve Days of Busmas” she has developed a custom keyring as a reward for supporters of the project.

The tag at completion of printing on the Huxleys bed

Fee modelling the tag

Nathan has been developing a 3D model of a popular cartoon chracter using Blender.  As an experiment his model was exported to an STL and printed.

Gir printing. There is a large amount of scaffolding due to the spherical nature of the characters head.

Completed Gir. The finished model is about three centimeters in height.

Work continues on the updated Lantern.  Peter and Damien seem to have fixed the communication and colour issues with the new boards.

New Model Harvester at work driving 1/8th of the Lantern.

Finally Mark has been working on Software defined radio using a re-tasked USB TV tuner.

Mark working with Software Defined Radio


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24 Hour Hacksession

This weekend a few hardy souls gathered together for a hacksession organised by Robyn that was so incredible it could not be contained within a simple 3 hour period.

Robyn continued to work on her robot

Robyns robot

Pix brought along his Makerbot to experiment with methods of calibration.

Pix' Makerbot

This was also the first occurance of “Craft time with Pix.”  A humble beer carton was converted to support the operation of the Huxley.

An unsuspecting beer carton

Carton based filament holder

During the afternoon the chips were opened – I repeat, the chips were opened.

The chips - opened

A lot of printing occured:

I printed some Huxley parts:

Parts for an Huxley - some were prepared earlier

Pix printed a white PLA dome and Kylie(?) printed a TARDIS.

Dome and TARDIS

Ryan printed a case for a Raspberry Pi.  He also continues to work on his own Huxley – the application of PTFE tape may have fixed his bowden extruder issues.

Raspberry Pi case and TARDII

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May update

Robyns robotic vacuum cleaner

Robyn brought along a robotic vacuum cleaner with a stuck brush.  It was later seen happily cleaning the floor of Formats basement.

Scott continued to work with wireless communications.

Scott working with wireless

Arduino with wireless transceiver and LCD display

Hackerspace logo being printed on the Huxley

The Huxley continues to print well.  There were issues with overloading that were traced to the heated bed, but printing quality does not appear to be affected by printing wothout it.

The blue painters tape covered bed provides excellent adhesion.   Removing the part required careful levering with a sharp instrument.

Simon and Pix have been working on a three dimensional version of the hackerspace logo.  On Saturday this logo was successfully printed.

Completed Hackerspace logo

Ryan required a replacement y-axis bracket for his printer.  After calibration (and discovering the calibration method of sprinter had changed) a replacement was printed.  Adding the command “M92 X 80” to the start_pla.gcode file corrected for the incorrect x-axis pulley.

The part was successfully fitted to Ryans printer

Bracket installed on the printer


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Another night at hackerspace

Some happenings from the most recent Hackerspace.

Scott dropped by to experiment with arduino networking

Ryan dropped in with his Huxley

And Hackerspaces Huxley had its heater resistor replaced

A completed part

Untangling the Huxley’s filament – time to build a filament spool?


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Hackerpsace Adelaide incorporation meeting

Last night Hackerspace Adelaide had its incorporation meeting.

The attendees assemble

Final attendance was approximately twenty members physical and virtual.

The provisional constitution and the name of the organisation were approved by the participants.   In addition Pix has been selected as the initial public officer.

Minutes of the meeting can be found here.  Members updates and corrections are encouraged to add comments to that document.

Thanks to Ken for tidying up some of the minutes formatting.

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April updates

For your edification we present a few hackerspace related events:

Hackerspace member Fee Plumley is currently crowdsourcing funding for her reallybigroadtrip project.  She intends to travel the country cataloguing digital culture off the beaten track.  If you are interested in contributing here pozible page can be found here.

Mark has been continuing work on the Project Horus with a number of new boards being produced

Horus board through a magnifier

A new drive gear for the Huxley x-axis has been secured and is working well.

Huxley with replacement gear

Another night at hackerspace

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