Hack Night 10/30/12

Posted October 24, 2012
Ugh, Halloween. It's getting in the way of Hack Night. To fix the problem, we are moving it to Tuesday, October 30th at 6 PM for this week only. Problem solved! We'll resume our normal course in November. Beyond the shift to Tuesday night, Hack Night will be business as usual: 3D printers, Arduino projects, quadrocopers, computer projects, motorcycle engines... you never really know what you'll see at Hack Night.

This event will be located at Open Lab Idaho at 110 W 33rd Street, Garden City, ID next door to The Reuseum. Look for a white cog and beaker logo on the door. See you there!

Hack Night 10/17/12

Posted October 8, 2012
Hack Night is taking off! Hack Night is a bi-weekly event where like-minded geeks hang out and work on projects at the space.  Hack Nights tend to feature 3D printers, Arduino projects, quadrocopers, computer projects, motorcycle engines... you never really know what you'll see at Hack Night.

Normally, Hack Night is unstructured hangout-n-hack time, but this week we will also be working on a special project. Byron from Studio Maelstrom has a rather large public art installation and asked us to help out with soldering strips of LED's and wiring/power management in general. If you would like to help out, grab a soldering iron before you head out the door! Otherwise, just show up and hang out!

Not a member? Not a problem! This is the perfect time to come check out Open Lab Idaho if you haven't had a chance to yet.

This event will be located at Open Lab Idaho at 110 W 33rd Street, Garden City, ID next door to The Reuseum. Look for a white cog and beaker logo on the door.

General Meeting 10/20/12

Posted September 22, 2012
Summer is officially over, so it's time time to ramp things up for the fall! We’ve got some important things to discuss, so Open Lab Idaho will hold a General Meeting on Saturday, October 20th from 5-6 PM. Regular members, community supporters, and non-members are encouraged to attend.


> Nominate and elect a new Vice President, Public Relations Officer, and Financial Officer
> Give a progress report and roadmap for the machine shop
> Present the financial state of Open Lab Idaho
> Discuss new prepaid pricing structure for dues
> Present the addition of Community Supporters as a membership status

After that, we’ll do what we like to do the most, which will involve things like working on projects, enjoying fine beverages, and hanging out with the community.

Live notes for the meeting are available here.

Hack Night 10/3/12

Posted September 20, 2012
Mark your calendars, the next Hack Night is soon! Hack night is a bi-weekly event where like-minded geeks hang out and work on projects at the space. Not a member? Not a problem! Our last hack night featured a small swarm of quadrocopters, 3D printers, arduino projects, and even a Honda CB125 engine with a valve that had snapped off. Who knows what we'll see this time around! As always,  the public is more than welcome to attend.

This event will be located at Open Lab Idaho at 110 W 33rd Street, Garden City, ID next door to The Reuseum. Look for a white cog and beaker logo on the door. Don't miss it!

Hack Night 9/19/12

Posted September 16, 2012
Wednesday, September 19th from 6 to 9 PM marks the very first bi-weekly Hack Night! Hack Night is a great time to work on your electronics projects and hang out with fellow geeks at Open Lab Idaho. Not a member? Not a problem! You can expect to see 3D printers (some printing, some not), arduino projects, and maybe even a quadrocopter or two. If you've got  something completely different that you would like to work on or just show others, bring it!

This event will be located at Open Lab Idaho at 110 W 33rd Street, Garden City, ID next door to The Reuseum. Look for a white cog and flask logo on the door. See you there!


September Events!

It's September and with summer wrapping up, we are excited to put new energy into the many pursuits we are cuurently undertaking at Open Lab Idaho. By the end of the year we hope to have our new expansion complete and be able to house fabrication and scientific machinery like the OLI laser cutter project, CNC, Z-corp powder printer, and workstations for electronics and chemistry. All this has been made possible by your enthusiasm and support.

When you participate in our community, by sharing ideas, giving advice, giving a presentation to other members or coming to the space to build stuff, what you give is valuable.

Our core membership is currently paying monthly dues to fund the expansion of our space, and if you choose, it is most appreciated if you can help in this way. This fall funds raised will be used to purchase building materials, equipment and supplies needed to expand Open Lab into, well, a full lab. From then on we cannot foresee what projects and idea we might take on, but we will know that we are able and outfitted to pursue them. Anyone who would like to contribute and sign on as a core member will receive a special token of our gratitude for making the space and lab possible.

In the month of September, we are planning several great events in collaboration with Reuseum Ed, you are welcome to attend any or all of them and we hope to see you there!

Raising Makers At Reuseum Ed. on September 8th, 10am to 12pm

Open Make Weekends on September 15th and 29th 11am to 6pm - Bring down a project and build, tinker and collaborate with other like minded geeks!

Walk-in Workshop on September 22nd - Make your own clone! We'll be 3D scanning you and exporting your data into cross-sections that you can cut out of cardboard or have printed on a 3d printer. Immortalize yourself before the zombie apocalypse! Take home materials are $10, scanning is free!

We are planning some great programs and events for you to join in on, and we hope that you'll come down and give our growing community the value it needs, which is you!

Maker Meetup 7/14/12

Posted July 12, 2012
On Saturday July 14th, from 4pm to 10pm, The Reuseum is inviting the public to an open house style making and creating event. Naturally, we are stoked! Demonstrations currently include exhibits such as live silk screening demos and activities by the Design Bandits, Lego bot building  presented by the Bots of Prey team,  robots that build and make things by Open Lab Idaho, and other locals that are passionate about their art.

Earlier in the morning, our Raising Makers Club will be hosting an introductory session for kids who would like to learn about 3D printing and desktop fabrication. There will also be family friendly crafts with tools to take stuff apart, raffles, and contests! Payette Brewing will be pouring the delicious brew that they make as well.  So prepare for quite a block party as we create and have fun!

And remember, this isn't just robots and science. We have over 18 categories of making that ranges from Food & Farming, Human Performances, Fabrication and Industrial Arts, Music, and robots of course!

Check out the official announcement to make sure I got all the details right! See you there!

Z Corp 3D Printer Installation Party, Thursday 6/28/12

Posted June 27, 2012
We know that this is very short notice, but Open Lab Idaho is meeting at the space on Thursday, June 27th to clean and set up our donated Z Corp 3D printer! We've seen some beautiful prints from this machine, and everyone is anxious to put it to work in the community. The plan is to meet up at noon. As always, bring your projects, whatever they are!

RepRap Meetup and OpenSCAD Primer 6/5/12

Posted June 2, 2012
Andy has offered to host a RepRap meetup on Tuesday, June 5th. He'll be giving a primer on OpenSCAD 3d modeling software. Feel free to come in early and setup your gear if you are planning on bringing a bot to build or work on, Andy plans to start at 6:30 pm. See you there!

Screen Printing Workshop Highlights

It's official: Open Lab Idaho members are now rocking stylish custom screen-printed t-shirts, thanks to Juliana from Bricolage! We wanted Open Lab Idaho t-shirts, but decided that sending our logo off to have them commercially printed just wasn't the hackerspace way, so Dave invited Juliana down to teach us how to screen print our own shirts. After receiving a copy of our logo, she prepared the screen and brought all of her gear down to show us the rest. Details after the break!




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Step 1.  Position the shirt for printing. This part is tough because you have to eyeball it. We shot for printing the logo 4 inches down from the neckline. A mild adhesive spray is used to tack the shirt down, just in case a reprint is needed.

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Step 2. Flood or "recharge" the screen. Mild pressure at a 15 degree angle is used to move the ink into the screen for printing.

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Step 3. Pull the screen down to the shirt. Use moderate pressure with only a couple of degrees on the squeegee, and pull the ink across the logo.

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Step 4. The moment of truth! Pick up the screen and see how it looks. If needed, reflood the screen and reprint, or leave the print partially unfilled for the distressed look.

Step 5. Hang the shirt up for a few minutes. Ours sat for about 20 minutes before we moved on to curing.

Step 6. Cure the ink. Use a clothes iron to apply direct heat to the print for about 20 seconds.

Each member that could make it down printed off their own shirt, and then took turns printing for the members that couldn't make it. During the course of the workshop, our electronically-minded members noted how similar screen printing t-shirts is to printing "PCBs," or printed circuit boards. This workshop was blast, because it gave Open Lab members a chance to move outside of the usual electronics projects and into the unknown. We would love to see more workshops and projects like this in the future, because we love anything DIY!

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Several of us expressed interest in building our own screen press for use by Open Lab members, so keep an eye out for that project, and eventually more t-shirts! Many thanks to Juliana for putting the workshop on for us, and teaching us the history and practice of screen printing!

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