Making Quadcopters at Vancouver Hackspace

Published on Jan 19, 2014
Spent an afternoon at the Vancouver Hackspace to make a quadcopter using the instructions from:http://learn.marginallyclever.com/index.php/Betamax_Quadcopter I’ll post the step by step video of how to make this quadcopter. It was a fantastic session put on by the VHS to help Maker enthusiasts get started on a beginner kit for multi copters.

The frame is from http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:221947

Music “Into Ether” by Jeremy Lim - http://jeremylim.ca/

http://vancouver.hackspace.ca/wp/2013/10/30/want-to-build-a-quadcopter-at-vhs/

Craft Night: Wed January 29th, 7:30-10:30 pm

Wednesday. Wednesday! WEDNESDAY (the 29th)! is craft night at VHS

Feel free to work on your crafty project, ask questions and for assistance, or just come to hang out with other crafty-minded people. Doors open to the public from 19:30 to 22:30. We’ll be knitting, sewing, and all other manner of fresh hands-on makery goodness.

What: Craft Night

Where: VHS (270 East 1st Ave aka The Bunker, http://vancouver.hackspace.ca/wp/about/)

When: Wednesday January 29th @ 7:30pm

Why: Because crafts are fun

Who: Anyone and everyone, members or non-members, guests, etc… it’s a great opportunity to check our VHS if you’ve never been!

Cost: Free!

VHS Group picture 2014

Calling all members, guests, and friends of VHS. It is time for our yearly group picture. We will be taking a group picture of as many VHSers as we can at the space before the QGM meeting. This picture will be posted on the VHS blog, if you do not want your face shown in the picture WEAR A MASK. Join us
Who: all members, guests and anyone else, that want to be in the group picture.
What: VHS Group picture
Where: VHS bunker
When: Jan 26, 2013 at 11:30am SHARP show up early
Why: Show off who we are and how how much we have grown.

Repair Night: Wed January 15th, 7:30 – 10:30 pm

WHAT: Repair Night Drop-in
WHEN:
Wed, Jan 15th, 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
WHERE: 270 1st Ave E, Vancouver BC V5T 1A6 

Join us for a night of hacking and fixing just about anything. Come on down to the space with your broken computers, lamps, small appliances, buggy software, etc. Use our tools, get help, have fun.

If you’re new to VHS we can be hard to find. Walk through the parking lot to the back of the building, and go down the stairs. We’ll be there.

 

Introduction To Computer Networking Workshop Series – Mondays Starting January 20th

DATE: Mondays, January 20th – March 10 (excluding February 17)
TIME: 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM (new folks, please come at least 15 minutes early to get a quick safety tour)
COST:  Suggested minimum donation of 5$ per class to VHS for non-members
WHERE: Our new building (The Bunker) 270 1st Ave E, Vancouver BC V5T 1A6 

WHY: To learn how the internet works and how to fix it! The first couple of”classes” will be an introduction and will cover what is considered a Network+ level of understanding. You’ll learn things like how to crimp an ethernet cable,  to how basic routing protocols work. Paired with a bit of studying on your own time you should be confident to take Network+ and with a bit more studying CCENT. Some of us are going for the CCENT afterwards as well so support will be available if you choose to do so. This will be a fast-paced class.

We’ll have networking equipment for demoing and will have some labs setup as well. This should be a good time. Beginners welcome for the first class for sure!

WHO CAN COME
Everyone is welcome! You don’t have to be a member.

WHAT TO BRING
Your laptop, and if you have it enterprise grade networking gear for demos (we won’t be using this the first class)

WHAT WILL BE THERE

  • Networking equipment, cables and tools
  • Network+ and CCENT certification documentation
  • Network simulators

Some Photos From Learn To Solder Night

Learn To Solder Tonight 7:30, Jan 8, 2014

Hello.

Tonight at 7:30, Karl will be teaching how to solder.

The plan is pretty informal -I will be giving demonstrations and individual assistance.

We will be soldering up some test leads (banana plugs and wire) and doing some PCB soldering.

I will also be teaching how to de-solder.  There will be three techniques demonstrated for this:

1. Solder Wick

2. Vacuum pump (Solder Sucker)

3. Smack-and-drop

I will supply the materials for all the above  (my treat).  The ‘Space has soldering irons, but please bring your own if you have one (and a holder for it too).

If you feel like going out to buy your own Solder Sucker today, I recommend you get a BIG one (about a foot long, overall).  The pretty little ones look nice, and fit well in a tool kit, but when it comes to de-soldering, bigger is better.  You can get the little ones to work, but they must be taken apart and cleaned after only a few uses.

This is me, now saying that you MUST WEAR EYE PROTECTION when playing with molten metal (soldering).  I’m not your mom, so if you don’t wear safety goggles, I won’t nag at you (unless you are under 19years old, in which case I expect your dad or mom to be there -nagging).

If someone with keys to the kits shows up, there may be LED blinky circuits to solder up with your new skills.  You will have to pay for those kits (I don’t know how much they cost).
Bottom Liner: Karl Brown

VHS QGM Jan 26 2014 – Sunday

Hello

Its that time again for the next VHS QGM
If you have a topic that you want added to the agenda please email the list ASAP !

Cut off date for new business is 19th of Jan. (one week before)
Please make a new vhs-members list post about all new business before the meeting so we can talk about it.

Notes for this meeting:
https://docs.google.com/a/abluestar.com/document/d/1dLIhlZCkpCt5_lGuF3h8BgjQsYXBThDurILq7EsAEzA/edit#

Notes from last meeting: (QGM Oct 27th Sunday)
https://docs.google.com/a/abluestar.com/document/d/1Q0fD8y_4WwbKRQ0Q1wXle2cNg_nhzqyXc14JQxHaY-8/edit

Agenda

  • Electing a Secretary, and Chair to host the meeting.
  • Adoption of rules of order – Explanation of how the meeting will be operated.
  • Report of the directors/members (NO NEW BUSINESS)
    • Treasure – John C,
    • Membership – Tyson
  • Old business (from our last QGM)
    • Laser committee – Richard, Adam,
    • Luke is looking for recycling solution.
  • New business
    • 2 year lease for 270 East 1st
    • Spring clean in late March
    • DJJeff for banning from the physical space
    • Vancouver Tool Library (VTL)
    • Laser Ventilation Upgrade
    • VHS Vouchers
    • 3d printer & cnc mill training courses
    • What is “critical” infrastructure

Where:
270 East 1st (the bunker)

When:
Jan 26 2014 – Sunday, Noon

Who:
Members only

SMD January – demo video now available

Here is a demo video of the awesome vhs led badge designed by Richard Sim.  These are mostly assembled, we’re holding workshops in January to finish the build and learn about how they work.

This board has a Atmega 168/328 CPU connected to a 8×16 LED Matrix with both red and green leds via a cpld.  It is powered by the Nokia cell batteries available at VHS (external charger required). The matrix is driven by an Altera MAX V cpld that you can program in verilog or vhdl using the free (as in beer) Altera quartus software.

Example code for the cpld can be found at https://github.com/vhs/VHSLEDMatrixBadge/blob/master/tomk/cpld/cpld.vhd and matching code for the cpu at https://github.com/vhs/VHSLEDMatrixBadge/blob/master/tomk/shhh_5th_avr/shhh_5th_avr.c

Tickets still available at http://vhs-smd-badge-build.eventbrite.ca

Event is running on Thursdays in January starting January 9th, 7pm onwards.

 

SMD January – VHS 5th Anniversary LED Badge

 

The VHS 5th Anniversary LED badge is a Atmel 168 based board with an Altera CPLD driving a two colour 8×16 LED matrix.  Other features include a 5 way joystick, separate button, expansion header for i2c peripherals and a microphone.  The board was designed by Richard Sim and will be partly assembled by you!

We did a marathon assembly effort in September and 75% of the 40 boards have about 90% of the components loaded.  This workshop is for you to help load the remaining 10% of the components and walk away with a badge.  The hard stuff is done, only small pin count devices remain to be loaded.  The assembly might be done Henry Ford style (one person does same parts on all boards) or per individual.  The parts will not be separated into kits prior to the workshop so attendance is kinda necessary.

Basic download images and programming hardware will be available for the CPU and CPLD.  Further programming will require an device capable of programming an AVR (Arduino, Bus Pirate, STK500, AVR dragon etc) and/or the Altera CPLD (altera usb blaster or compatible).

The project is open hardware/open source, you can find the pcb details at https://github.com/vhs/vhs-pcbs/tree/master/led-matrix and the software at https://github.com/vhs/VHSLEDMatrixBadge.  These might be refined prior to the event.

We have enough board and parts for about 30 people.  We’re releasing tickets for 24 over two nights to allow some breathing space.

We can accomodate varying levels of soldering skill, it would be best if you’ve already some smd experience.

This workshop is members first, if we can’t make the numbers, we’ll release it to non members.  Price excludes eventbrite fee as this is already below Richard’s cost.

Please bring a soldering iron and a magnifier if you can.

There are two dates available, Thursday Jan 9th and Thursday Jan 16th, both from 7pm onwards.  Credit card tickets at Eventbrite – cash payers, please contact the organiser.