Crash Space: Part 1
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“This episode will serve as the introduction to the series and concept. In the coming weeks each hackerspace will have an individual episode devoted to their projects.”
“Thanks for all of your hard work in making this such an entertaining and interesting series. Special thanks to Mitch Altman for all of his hard work and guidance throughout the process.”
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Another quick preview of the progress being made on the MAME cabinets. This is only semi-close to the final profiles, but you may enjoy the progress with my permission.
Also, I need to mention that this is a collaborative effort with Tim. Tim the CAD expert. Thanks Tim.
It’s been a little slower then planned as we have been swamped with other projects. However I will present this sacrifice of a semi-completed control panel layout. Enjoy!
For those that have been around in the last couple weeks you have probably seen hints of a PCB exposure box. Here are a couple pictures of the progress. This week we did SUCCESSFULLY expose, develop, and ETCH a test board. This process was sped along with the help of the beginnings of our new friend Mr.Exposure. Whom is currently about 80% complete. (We still need to etch his timing circuits and add his decals.)
For those interested here are the ‘Mr.Exposure’ specifics:
2) 250 watt halogens (UV filters removed)
2) Separate, Fused TRIAC control circuits
Able to expose single or double sided boards up to about 7″x9″
Will be controlled by a arduino or atiny. (total overkill, I know)
Exposes pre-sensitized boards in about 4-6 minutes
Cut/Routed from 1/2″ MDF
The total cost was around $40 (including minimalist arduino / etc). We could get this down to about $30, but where is the fun in that?
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Sorry for being so sporadic with the updates. Here’s some of the images from the last month. Enjoy!
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Our web-store is now open. Here’s the quick FAQ answers:
- We will ship anywhere within the US
- We will not ship international (yet)
- We will be adding a couple more products soon
- Shipping is fixed. 1 or 100 items is the same price
- USPS Standard is $2.50 per order
- USPS Priority is $6.50 per order
Full details have not been release yet; but this will be open to the public (as long as you fill out the release form). Here are the details so far:
- 5 Hackerspaces will compete in a professionally recorded web-only event.
- theTransistor has already been selected as one of these groups.
- The build-off should start the first week of August, but the exact dates are still unknown.
- The build-off will last 2-3 Weeks.
- Participants will not be required to show up every day.
- The build-off will revolve around a task that will be announced on day 1 to all participants.
- Each space will be given a budget to complete the task.
- As far as I know there are no prizes / etc for ‘winning’. This will be more about learning and doing.
- Participants will not be required to be a member of the hackerspace or pay any entry fees to help.
- Participants appearing on camera will need to sign a basic agreement with the producing company. ( Very basic: you aren’t allowed to talk about the results / etc. until after it ‘airs’, they aren’t responsibly if you blow up / melt / etc.)
- You DON’T need any special skills; this should be about the community. Anyone who would like to can participate.
If this interests you please stop by this weekend (2010.07.31, 6:00pm) for more details and to sign up. This will be a great opportunity to get together and help with a project.
Project the first: MAME Cabinet(s)
theTransistor has been commissioned to create a MAME cabinet for a local business. Their employees will spend many a break using this machine. ( All games will be licensed of coarse. )
We will have a parts budget of around $1000.00 to complete this build, and we will cover the entire process from the ground up. Here is an estimated timeline:
Week 1 (Jul. 17): Planning and Research
Week 2 (Jul. 24): Design the cabinet in Autocad
Week 3 (Jul. 31): Order parts / Prepare artwork in Illustrator / Photoshop
Week 4 (Aug. 7): Get parts back from CNC, Build cabinet
Week 5 (Aug. 14): Internal Assemblies
Week 6 (Aug. 21): Final Assemblies / Artwork Installation / Completion
The panels will be CNCed, we will order professional artwork. This will be a good 1st group project for the space. Come be a part!
This project will be open to the public. Come and watch or help. Just show up to Arduino / Electronics night and ask. Currently Saturdays 6pm to 9pm.
We recently got a shipment of the new Diavolino PCB’s from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories. We coupled the Diavolino with one of our Minimalist Kits and a couple spare parts from around the lab. We assembled it in a ‘permanent for shields’ / ‘tinkering’ format
I would suggest a couple changes for version 2, but we can save that for another day. All in all this is a pretty sweet board and it’s PERFECT for most of our Arduino projects. ( I won’t post the downsides as much of it may be personal preference, and this is a good board. )
My ears are still ringing, and my strumming hand is still sore! ;)
A few people showed up for Rock Band Night (overlapped Arduino Night a bit also). I couldn’t find a picture of everyone at once, so here’s this one.