Workshop: Lighting With Arduino, Sunday, October 25th, Noon – 5 PM

Have you been interested in Arduino microcontrollers? Don’t know where to start?
This workshop will teach you all the basics while you build a small project.

At the end of this workshop you will go home with an Arduino controlling a color changing LED strip.

Included in the workshops fees is a full Arduino starter kit. This includes an Arduino, color changing LED strip, knobs, buttons, and more.

This is an intro course, no previous Arduino or programing experience is needed or expected.


What is an Arduino?
An Arduino board is an open-source, easy-to-use device that enables makers, students, hobbyists, artists, programmers, and professionals to make their projects come to life. If you can imagine it, you can build it with an arduino.

What makes Arduino so great?

  • Inexpensive – Arduino boards are relatively inexpensive compared to other microcontroller platforms. The least expensive version of the Arduino module can be assembled by hand, and even the pre-assembled Arduino modules cost less than $50
    Cross-platform – The Arduino Software runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
    Simple, clear programming environment – The Arduino Software is easy-to-use for beginners, yet flexible enough for advanced users to take advantage of as well.

The Vancouver Hackspace,
1715 Cook Street #104, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Sunday, October 25th, 2015
12:00 Noon – 5 pm

Limit of ~10 people, RSVP on eventbrite.
The workshop is open to non VHS member.
VHS members receive a discount on the fees.

Note: If you are a minor, a parent or guardian will need to sign a liability waiver for you and accompany you while you are at the workshop.

You must bring your own laptop (Windows or Mac)

Parts included with the workshop
These parts are included and used for the workshop, and are yours to take home:

Helpful links

Photos from: Stand with Ahmed Arduino Binary clock Workshop #IStandWithAhmed

Some of the photos from Stand with Ahmed Arduino Binary clock Workshop #IStandWithAhmed workshop 


Workshop: How to peal a grape with a laser cutter – Sept 29, 2015 @5:30pm


In this workshop we will be demonstrating how to vaporize the layer of skin from a grape without damaging the grape flesh using a standard off the self 80W laser cutter and a DC motor.


This workshop is used to show some of the advanced features of the laser cutting software by importing custom hand made GCode. We hope to inspire people in to using the laser cutter and CNC’s in strange an exotic ways.


5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, September 29, 2015


Members with key access and laser cutting training.


Your friendly neighborhood hackspace

1715 cook st, #104


VHS Has a Sandblaster!

The sand blaster works! Removes paint and preps surfaces great

It’s a small self-contained unit. Plug in the hose to the air compressor, plug in the power, turn on the light switch, put object in chamber, close+latch door, put hands through gloves, step on pedal and BLAST

The nozzle is at a fixed location in the unit (where you see the hose going in the front)

Has tons of sand/glass in it, and it gets recirculated so doesn’t need refilling. Some does escape however, so wear a face mask, and vacuum up afterwards

It’s hard to see or know what’s going on though, as you can’t see much through the window once the sand is going around – will definitely take some practice

It’s stored on the big shelves in the workshop, in a labeled cardboard box. It’s heavy(ish) though, so be careful when moving the box that it doesn’t fall through the bottom

As with all of our shop tools, it is a member-only tool, so join us!

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Stand with Ahmed Arduino Binary clock Workshop #IStandWithAhmed – Sunday Sept 20th, 2015 3:30pm

In a time when governmclockent funding for sciences is dwindling, workshops that encourage youth to take an interest in science and technology are essential for the future of Canada and the world.

Increased knowledge of technology helps to avoid fearful reactions to creative thinking and technological innovation, such as the case of Ahmed, a student recently arrested in Texas for bringing a homemade clock to school.

Please join us this Sunday to learn how to build a neopixel clock like this one.
Who: Anyone that is interesting in making a clock.
Where: The vancouver hackspace 1715 Cook street #104
When: Sunday Sept 20th, 2015 at 3:30 pm till 6pm
Cost:  $10 suggested donation at the door  Please RSVP to reserve your spot

FYI: parts are free to play with at the workshop but require purchase to take home (details below)

What to bring: A LAPTOP IS REQUIRED!!!




In this workshop we will building a binary countup clock using an Arduino. We will cover the following:

Please bring your own laptop. VHS does not have any spare laptops for you to use in this workshop.

All of the parts for this workshop will be available for you to borrow free of charge for the workshop. You can also bring your own equipment or you can also purchase the parts from VHS and take them home with you if you like.

  • Arduino and programing cable if required. (Arduino pro mini are available for $15 in the vending machine)
  • 30 LED string of, WS2812 RGB LEDs (A 30x LED 1 Meter strip can be purchased for $12 CND)
  • Mini breadboard ($5)
  • 2x A button (free)
  • 2x resistors to debounce the button (free)
  • A laptop. You must bring your own laptop for this workshop. We do not have any to spare.
  • 5V 1 Amp power supply ($20)

Where to buy the parts from

Helpful links

Photos from the #The100DayProject Vancouver Global Meetup

Photos from the Photos from the #The100DayProject Vancouver Global Meetup

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#The100DayProject Vancouver Global Meetup



We are excited to announce the Vancouver 100 Day Project Global Meetup! Whether you’re on Day 9, Day 99 or if you are simply curious, the celebration is for everyone! The meetups will be low-key, free, and fun! For those new to the #The100DayProject, the initiative was an artistic collaboration between San Francisco-based artist, Elle Luna and The Great Discontent magazine via instagram (that started in April and ended in July) and went global with cities around the world celebrating the journey this August.

Steven Smethurst (@funvil) and Yas Azarpajouh (@yassi81) are inviting you to join the Vancouver Global Meetup at The Vancouver Hackspace! If you were participating in #The100DayProject, you are welcome to bring samples of your project or if you are simply interested and curious, you are more than welcome to join our creative community! We will also have a projector for those who are interested in showing us their work through their instagram handle.

The evening will start with a tour of The Vancouver Hackspace, a membership driven creative workshop and will be followed by a show & tell of people’s projects and their creative process throughout the 100-day journey followed by socializing into the night.
Feel free to bring your own beverage and snacks and spread the word through your social networks using #GlobalMeetup and #The100DayProject tags. We are looking forward to meeting you!

The Vancouver Hackspace
#104 – 1715 Cook Street, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 3J6
A 3 minute walk from the Olympic Village SkyTrain station, or a 10 minute walk from the Main St/Science World SkyTrain station. There is a paid parking lot 1 block east, though street parking is plentiful. Our main entrance is on Cook St – buzz 104 to access our voice menu, and then press 1 to call the space to get let in.

Monday Aug. 24th, 7:30pm – 10pm

Anyone that participated in the #The100DayProject.
Anyone that is interested in the #The100DayProject.
And everyone else.


Molding and casting resin Steven Universe gems

So here are my final gems. They’ve been selling really well on Etsy, which is awesome because I’m funneling that money into more projects. I’ve got my process after the jump but you can also check out my RPF thread to see more work in progress pictures and some more explanations. Also check out my store to see my prices.


These gems are from Steven Universe and are meant to be used for cosplays, but the same process could use used for anything similar.


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Making Jewellery At the Vancouver Hack Space

The laser cutter at VHS is totally free for members to use, once they go through a quick training course, and is an amazing tool.

It’s unintimidating and easy-to-use, fast, and versatile. It can be used in so many different ways.

Here’s how to make a dinosaur-bone necklace in under a day, by someone with no prior experience in these techniques.

The original design is from here:

Those files are for 3D printers though, and we want to convert them to a laser cutter format. After mentioning that to some VHS members that were just hanging around, about three people started working on the problem and had it solved in a few minutes. Here are the laser cutter versions (right click->save as).

After about 10 minutes of playing with sizes (those files will print a huge necklace, you have to adjust to your taste), all of the pieces were printed, and it was time for the hard part:

Putting them on chain. This is a first-time attempt, and it seemed to work great!

Still took a couple hours:


Here it is on a tissue base for transportation and the best damn birthday gift ever!

Everyone should have a t-rex necklace to call their own.

Still intimidated? We have quick-and-easy woodcut art already prepared! Make your own, and take it home.

Twilio night – Thursday July 23, 2015 @7:30pm


Twilio is a online server that allows you to send SMS (Text messages) and voice calls via a API. The Vancouver Hackspace uses this services to operate the door intercom. Many VHS members use their service in their projects and businesses. Their API is very clean and easy to use making it a great API to lean from.

During this night Steven Smethurst we be giving a short talk about the services that Twilio provides. We will also go though some examples of where Twilio is currently being used. If there is interest we will be walking thought a simple hello world style application written in php that uses the Twilio API.

Not required but it is suggested that you bring a laptop with your favorite programming language capable of making HTTP REST request. Libraries have been created for most of the major programming language


7:30 pm  – Thursday July 23. 2015


#104 – 1715 Cook street – The Vancouver Hackspace 


Anyone and everyone, guests, members, visitors anyone that would like to know more about Twilio. Donations to the space would be greatly appreciated but not required.


Its good to learn new technologies and keep your skills current.



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