“With over 180 submissions, we have selected the winner of the Tinkercad & MakerBot Chess Challenge! CONGRATULATIONS Joseph Larson! Your Action Chess Set and love for designin’, teaching and makin’ has won you a MakerBot Replicator! Bask in all the greatness that is 3D printing! Joseph’s Action Chess Set managed to WOW in so many ways. Instead of explaining them to you, take a look for yourself!”
Congratulations from everyone here at The Transistor. We can’t wait to print an Action Chess set of our own!
We are pleased to announce the upcoming schedule for April’s Public Night.
All of the events and classes listed below are free to the public. Some classes may offer kits at a price. If you don’t wish to purchase a kit, you are still welcome to sit in on the class. Please see the our homepage for exact details.
Event: Meet the Makers
Sat, April 7, 6:00pm – 6:30pm
Hosted by Alex and Zack. For the amplifier part of the class we will be giving a brief overview of the different types of electronic amplifiers. We will discuss the basic functions of several types of circuits, along with their pros and cons.
For the surface exciter portion of the class we will be talking about surface exciters [also known as tactile transducers]. These amazing little devices can turn most any surface into a speaker. We will talk briefly about how they work and will offer a demonstration of how they can be used to turn different surfaces into speakers.
The rest of the time will be used for kits assembly. Participants can choose to buy kits and assemble their own small amp. They will also receive a pair of 2 watt surface exciters for them to experiment with.
Kits will be provided for $30 and will include:
1x stereo amplifier kit
1x 6 foot 3.5mm stereo cable to connect their amp and audio source
2x 2 watt 8 ohm surface exciters
Please email Alex [at] thetransistor [dot] com to reserve your kit
Participants will need to supply their own audio source and 12v DC power supply that can supply at least 500mA (.5A) of current. If you do not have a spare one lying around your house, you can usually find one at a local thrift store for relatively cheap. The circuit is designed around a 12v power source, but theoretically can use a supply as high as 25v.
Check out this youtube video of the test circuit:
*note the final circuit uses screw terminals instead of spring terminals.
This is a FREE, public class. We will start at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 7th. You are welcome to sit in on the class without purchasing a kit if you would like. Please email Alex [at] thetransistor [dot] com to reserve your kit
Hosted by Tim Anderson and Devin Hales. This class will cover designing PCBs and Schematics in the Diptrace Software including importing and making new components and patterns,
setting up and enforcing design rules, considerations for manufacturing, gerber file generation and more. The class will cover
these topics through the design from the ground up of an FTDI breakout board.
P.S. Feel free to bring down a laptop (we will have WiFi and Power) to follow along.
This is a FREE, public class. We will start at 6:30pm on Saturday, April 7th and should run 1 hour.
We are pleased to announce the upcoming schedule for March’s Public Night.
All of the events and classes listed below are free to the public. Some classes may offer kits at a price. If you don’t wish to purchase a kit, you are still welcome to sit in on the class. Please see the calendar for exact details.
Event: Meet the Makers
Sat, March 3, 6:00pm – 6:30pm
Class: Build your own Atari Punk, Hosted by Deven Fore.
Sat, March 3, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Class: Vinyl Cutting – Decals and Stickers, Hosted by Eric Lowry.
Sat, March 3, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
The Transistor will be holding an entry level class on plastic reinforced fiber laminates. The class will cover construction of basic structures, mold preparation, and vacuum bagging. We’ll also be talking about mechanical properties, different kinds of composite materials, the benefits of composite structures, as well as cutting and machining difficulties. Kits will be provided for $20. Kits will include resin, carbon cloth, 2 kinds of glass fiber cloth, vacuum bagging materials, and other items necessary for laying-up a 5 inch square laminate.
Please send an email to Clay [AT] thetransistor [DOT] com if you would like to reserve a kit.
Note: The resins we will be using will more than likely ruin any clothing they come into contact with, dress accordingly.
This is a FREE, public class. We will start at 6:30pm on February the 4th.
We’re doing a class on 2.4ghz biquad antennas and that there will be kits available. Each kit will consist of the hardware to make the actual antenna, and one satellite dish. We won’t include any cables or adapters in the kits at this point. An update with the price of the kits will be posted soon.
This is a FREE, public class. We will start around 5:00pm on January the 7th, and should run between 30-60 minutes.
Make: Provo is held the first Saturday of each month, unless otherwise noted. It runs from 4:00pm-10:00pm. We try to offer a free class each month. Bring your projects to show off and your questions to ask.
This coming Saturday we will be giving a quick class on the basic usage of RFID readers with the Arduino. We will give a basic overview of RFID, then move onto interfacing a reader with an Arduino, and finally look at some code.
This is a FREE, public class. We will start around 6:30pm on December the 3rd, and should run between 30-60 minutes.
Make: Provo is held the first Saturday of each month, unless otherwise noted. It runs from 4:00pm-10:00pm. We try to offer a free class each month that starts at 6:30pm and runs anywhere from a half hour to several hours. Bring your projects to show off and your questions to ask.
I received an email from some awesome people over in the Netherlands. They are launching a collaborative site which looks absolutely fun. Here’s the ‘meat’ of the email.
“My name is Danny and my associate’s name is Sebastian. We are two recent college grads who caught the 3D printing bug and believe that 3D printing is going to explode and revolutionize the way we live our lives. We can’t wait to see the transformation take place, so we setup 3D Print Place to help facilitate this change. 3D Print Place is designed to make 3D Printing more accessible to home users, academic institutions, and small businesses, by serving as a one-stop-shop for all your 3D Printing needs. The platform is entirely fueled by user-to-user collaboration – the community creates content and value, the website solely provides the necessary infrastructure to simplify user interaction. We recently launched to the general pubic at the 3D Printing Event (http://3dprintingevent.com) in the Netherlands on October 25th and now are looking for enthusiastic people in the 3D printing community to help improve our project.
We are in the process of reaching out to hacker spaces, engineering programs, and tech clubs around the world and think that TheTransistor could get a lot out of our beta site. It would mean a lot to me if you could pass on this e-mail to members of TheTransistor and to anyone else that you think might be interested in this collaboration project.”
Good luck Danny and Sebastian, the project looks absolutely wonderful. :)
I wanted to take a second to mention a fantastic book that was just released. This book has been “in the works” for about a year now.
The book is Hack This: 24 Incredible Hackerspace Projects from the DIY Movement by John Baichtal. It features 24 hackerspace projects and a few other sections on things like how to start your own hackerspace. It even includes a quick write up on theTransistor’s MAME cabinet.
Overall it really is a good book full of interesting projects from many hackerspaces. The best part is that right now you can pick up a copy over on Amazon for $15. I highly recommend this. :)
RFID readers on prototype supply places are expensive. There are many cool applications for the technology, but cheap readers that include documentation and a standard interface are impossible to find.
I decided to confront this problem. I found and ordered a cheap 125kHz reader off eBay for around ten bucks.
Sorry for the late update folks, but it appears that the people presenting the class have had something or other come up. I apologize to all that made plans to come down this weekend, we are hopeful that they will stop by in the future!
Eric from Pumping Station: One is coming down this coming Saturday (the 17th) to give a workshop on lockpicking. The class will be between $20 and $50 dollars (details below), and is open to all that would like to attend.
College of Lockpicking is a hands-on workshop that includes approximately an hour of instructor-led lecture and an hour of participant-led workshop, including the history and development of pin-tumbler locks, a full breakdown of how a pin-tumbler lock works, introduction and tutorial with the pick tools, and a slew of videos on bump keys, destructive entry methods, decoders, Medeco picking, electronic locks, bike locks, car locks, and more. In our experience, everyone opens a lock at College of Lockpicking!
Details are still being worked out, buy you can expect a $20 door fee, and 10-piece custom lockpick sets available for $30. Participants sign up prior to the event at an EventBrite page (link coming soon), where they can register for either the whole package, or just the door fee if they already have some lockpicks.