2015 PaxSpace Ornaments

The 2015 PaxSpace Christmas ornaments are here!

We have scheduled several group build sessions to work on assembling and programming your ornaments. See the sign up link below for information on dates and times.

Click here to sign up for a 2015 PaxSpace ornament kit.

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We hope to see everyone at these build sessions and are looking forward to seeing what kind of cool things people can make their ornaments do.

‘Tis The Season To Hack Blinky Ornaments

We’ve been working on developing a PaxSpace Christmas ornament this year.  A bunch of Christmas ball-shaped PCBs have been designed and are on order from SeeedStudio.com.  The plan is that once the finished boards arrive, we will hold several workshops at PaxSpace to reflow solder the surface mount components, hand solder the through-hole LEDs and any other peripherals that you might want (such as a speaker, microphone, sensors, more LEDs, etc.), and to program the microcontroller on the board to blink the lights and control whatever you attached to it.

We’re planning to keep the cost of the workshop low, probably about $10 for PaxSpace members, and maybe a bit more for non-members.  This should be a good activity for people of any skill level.  You don’t need to be an electronics or software expert and can just do the parts of the build that you choose.  If you are an expert it will be a good challenge to hack the ornament do something cool.

 

 

 

The ornament will have a PSoC 4 microcontroller, 3 RGB LEDs, space for a bunch of extra LEDs, and some pin headers to attach other random peripherals.  There is space on the board to attach batteries, and a hole at the top to hang it from a Christmas tree.

Keep an eye out for updates on the ornament build workshops!

Evening Open House

evening_open_houseWe’re joining forces with the St. Mary’s County Library to hold an open house at PaxSpace this Friday evening, September 18th, from 6pm to 9pm.

This is a great opportunity to stop by PaxSpace if you haven’t yet been to our new location!  Come tour our facility, see some of our 3D printers in action, and learn about what PaxSpace and the St. Mary’s County Library have to offer makers, hobbyists, and business startups.

The event is free of charge and is open to the public.

New Class – Intro to Blender!

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Everyone’s heard of using Sketchup, Solidworks or AutoCAD to do some sort of computer aided design. The one that is often left out is Blender, usually because of its unfamiliar and very feature rich (read bad) interface . I hope this class will be a start to rectify that notion.

So what is Blender? As their website states,

… Blender is a free and open source 3D animation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation. Advanced users employ Blender’s API for Python scripting to customize the application and write specialized tools; often these are included in Blender’s future releases …

This class will mainly focus on the Modeling aspect of Blender and how it can be used to create objects that can then be 3d printed.

So stop on by your local Makerspace and attend our new class.

Both members and non-members are welcome! Be sure to sign up!