Hack Night 12/5/12

Posted December 2, 2012
Category 3D Printing
Hack Night is this week! 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... we see all kinds of things roll, fly, hover, or walk into hack night.

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.

Ubuntu Idaho LoCo Meeting 11/27/12

Posted November 20, 2012
Category Computing
If you haven’t already heard, we are rebooting the Ubuntu Idaho LoCo (local community) Team. We will be meeting the last Tuesday of every month, which makes our next meeting November 27th, 6:30-7:30 PM. We will be meeting in the Open Lab Idaho meeting space, near Chinden and Fairview. Physical address is 110 W 33rd Street, Garden City, ID, next door to the Reuseum, across the street from the Payette Brewing Company.

We are modifying the format of the meetings to reduce the overhead, which means a little shorter. Instead of 2-3 major topics, we will be doing 1-2 longer discussions, ending  with a few shorter ‘lightning talks’ or demos – generally 5-15 minutes each.

We have had a few requests to do a refresher on command line, so we plan to review file structure and some useful command line, followed up by a few lightning talks. Hope to see you there!

Webpage: http://loco.ubuntu.com/teams/ubuntu-idaho
Mailing list: https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-us-id
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100908336249604020427/posts
Contact: contact@ubuntuidaho.org

Raspberry Jam Meetup 11/24/12

Posted November 15, 2012
Category ARM
Have you heard about the Raspberry Pi yet?  Have you thought of getting one, or have one, but you are still a bit lost on how to take the tastiest bytes [sic] out of your Pi?  Well then, come join us at our own Open Lab Idaho version of a 'Raspberry Jam' meet-up on Saturday the 24th of November at 2 PM and we'll help you wash away the taste of Turkey and Pumpkin Pie with some much tastier Raspberry Pi fun. The Jam is aimed as a free form gathering where we will start off things with a quick overview of what the RasPi is and how to get it up and running.  From there, if there is interest, a brief overview of how to use the Digital I/O pins of the RasPi.  Also we can discuss how the RasPi uses Linux as an OS and how to get things done in Linux on the Pi (and just Linux questions in general if needed).  After that, we can move on to advanced topics like how to program the Pi below the OS and ARM assembly language.

If you have a RasPi, bring it.  If you don't have a RasPi, but you are still interested, just bring yourself, and a will to learn, and we'll make sure you get a chance to play around on a RasPi and help you decide if you want to jump in to the delicious fun that Raspberry Pi is all about.

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!

Making Stuff Meetup this Weekend! 11/17/12

Posted November 13, 2012
Category 3D Printing
We're excited about the new developments and growth that are happening at the Open Lab, and we'd love it if you came down and shared in the fun!  At 6pm on Saturday, November 17th bring a project or some ideas and questions that you have and we'll have a ton of fun building and mingling in general!

Our Chief Exec has some important updates and information regarding the growth of the space into a fully functioning lab, which is set to happen at the beginning of December, so you might want to come just to hear what exciting news we have in store for the near future.

We'll have some basic tools and plenty of space to set up work on stuff, so you'll definitely want to bring anything specialized that you need to build with. Non-techy? Doesn't matter! Open Lab is an inclusive community of geeks, crafters, budding chemists and hackers of all types.

We look forward to seeing you at the space!

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.

Agenda:

> 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!