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SCRoW Report 2012-03-14


Newcomer Shubham has a background in machine learning and robot software. He needed some advice on the hardware side, so some of the SCRoW regulars helped him out. His enthusiasm was so contagious that he and Budi decided to start a project together: build a robot to compete in the Seattle Robotics Society Robo-Magellan contest. […]

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SCRoW Report 2012-02-29


I was only able to catch part of SCRoW this week (in case you missed it, the “R” for robotics was added to SCoW a little while ago; I’m just now starting to get used to it myself). Alan was in the process of rebuilding an ergonomic mouse. He was picking through the carcasses of […]

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SCoW Report 2012-02-22


Soldering, coding, robotics, and more tonight! John brought in his two boys. Max had a kit he wanted to solder, and solder he did. Meanwhile Jared made various sound-generating devices from one of Jigsaw’s experimenter kits. In the coding category, Mike worked on his Epoch compiler. As for robotics, Ned managed to power up the […]

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SCoW Report 2012-02-15


Just a small group at the last SC(R)oW: Alan, Branwen, Lawrence, Budi, and yours truly. I guess the theme of the evening was heat. Lawrence cooked a PCB in his modified pizza oven. As you can see in the pic, the device tracked the heating profile pretty well. Unfortunately, it didn’t cool down quickly enough. […]

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Maker at Work: Matt


I watched Matt using his homebrew vacuum former and he kindly explained what he was doing. At the top of the device is an electric heater which heats a sheet of plastic until it’s pliable. Under the heated plastic is the mold. Once the plastic is soft enough, Matt drops it over the mold and […]

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SCoW Report 2012-01-11


Can you believe it? Ned brought in not one, but two more oscilloscopes! I think we should diversify into some other types of scopes, such as micro-, kaleido-, or colono-. Lawrence and Danny continued their effort to transform a toaster oven into a soldering oven. Meanwhile, in the classroom: an actual class(!) Well, really just […]

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SCoW/Dorkbot 2012-01-04


JR has been the site of Dorkbot meetings for many moons now, but last night was the first Dorkbot in the new space. Aside from a few technical difficulties with the projector, everything went well. We might need some more folding chairs, though; the unofficial head count was 38 (neck and neck with the Pony Party!). There […]

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Maker at Work: Robin


Just before we moved to the new space, I found Robin working on a little project involving appliqué. I found the process to be quite interesting, so I took some photos. She had made some owl-themed PJ pants and wanted to put some owls onto a top to match. She cut out some owls and […]

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