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November 1, 2014 Class: Programming 101 with Arduino and LEDs

What Learn the basics of programming AND a bit about Arduino AND feel the dopamine rush of making atomic rainbow colored fire light! We’ll be using the same kind of lights that are in one panel of our giant wall

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October 14, 2014 Class: How to use the band saw

What Safety, setup, put-away, changing the blades, cleaning the interior, basic do’s and do not’s of cutting. We’ll be chopping up scrap from the laser cutter so no need to bring anything. When 2014-10-14 (Tuesday) at 20:00 Where VHS shop

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October 21, 2014 Class: How to use the chop saw

What Safety, setup, put-away, basic do’s and do not’s of cutting. We’ll be chopping up scrap 2×4. When 2014-10-14 (Tuesday) at 20:00 Where VHS shop room Who You! No need to be a member (but it helps). Max 5 people

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SMD August – Cooking SMD Stars

For SMD August we’re breaking out the toaster oven and controller to cook some SMD stars.  Participants are likely to end up with a working product but they’re more likely to end up more knowledgable about the electronics fabrication process.

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MakeyMakey Bootloader programming over ICSP

I’ve been asked about how I programmed the bootloader so I’m putting the doco here. For all my AVR work I use a bus pirate v3 with the stk500 firmware. I have a cable I made that adapts the bus

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SMD July – Build MakeyMakey on July 24th at VHS

When Kickstarter came to VHS to talk about launching campaigns they showed MaKeyMaKey as an example. They chose well. This has to be close to the most fun you can find in a circuit. You can find out lots about it

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LED Wall of awesome nearly funded!

by Dan Royer Several weeks ago our wonderful wall of LEDs returned to it’s Burning Man owners. It was 10×42 pixels and loved by all. To replace it I’m running my third VHS funding drive. (The first was an 3D

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SMD Soldering Beginner Workshop

This is a beginners SMD workshop. You’ll be taken through a technique for solder smd components and then get a chance to build the board shown in the photo.  The price is the cost of the parts including battery. People

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SMD May – programming jig

  This week we’re building Logic Pirate open hardware logic analysers at VHS in our SMD workshops.  The ICSP header is 0.05″ pitch so I came up with a top and bottom programming jig to load the initial firmware.  Tickets

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SMD May PCBs arrive just in time

The circuit boards from dirty pcbs for SMD May are here just in time. The Logic Pirate is a nice cheap compact logic analyser design by Markus Gritsch. More at Dirty PCBs and Dangerous Prototypes.  

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