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A Trilling Experience

by Tom McDonald on April 15, 2013

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New member Steve set a goal to make a new flute from Pacific-Northwest-grown bamboo, and recently set out on a hunt for the perfect pipe.

Here we see Steve after returning from a successful hunt and testing a first tone on a currently one-holed chi flute.  Work from here includes determining proper position for remaining holes and drying.

We look forward to reporting on the finished project, Steve.  Looks (and sounds) great so far!

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There’s a new [robotic] sheriff in town…

by Tom McDonald on April 11, 2013

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Jigsaw’s own Tim Clemans hosted the King County Sheriff’s Office last night to demonstrate robots used by the Bomb Squad and SWAT teams.  Wow, what a great demonstration and crowd on hand for the festivities.

The main robot on display here is made by iRobot, of Roomba fame.  The model seen here was used extensively in Iraq and has proven itself in the field.  The unit demonstrated for us will be capable of some degree of autonomous operation with it’s next firmware upgrade.

In all, the Sheriff’s office was very generous in making time for Jigsaw, and we welcome them back any time!

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Here, our demonstration robot practices a couple of highly articulated movements:

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Time for a closer inspection.  Can those servos be upgraded?

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A great time was had by all:

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Here’s the full video of the event:

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Mask Making, Anyone?

by Tom McDonald on April 10, 2013

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Jigsaw desk member Tamara Clammer is a professional mask maker and runs Face Odd Masks.  She also hosts the Seattle Leatherworking Meetup seen here in Jigsaw’s classroom:

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Shipping and Hacking

by Tom McDonald on April 9, 2013

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Two exciting milestones are coming to fruition for Jigsaw members.

Firstly, Zombie Orpheus Entertainment, is preparing for a major event this Saturday. Check out the goings on:

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And here we have team Elcano lead Tyler showing off his new Mega Shield DB board. Prototyping the board via Eagle has completed, and he’s currently looking for a vendor to produce his board.  Seen here is a Tyler and a paper printout of the PCB:

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A Hive of Activity

by Tom McDonald on March 28, 2013

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Jigsaw Renaissance is an incubator of learning and innovation!  Just feast your eyes on tonight’s happenings in the apiary:

First up, knower and teacher of all things computer science is Pat Tressel.  Here, she’s schoolin’ Meredith and Budi in finite state machines using MIT’s Scratch as a learning tool!

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Here we have Ed and Mike with a satisfying mixture of Python and Robotics—like peas and carrots…

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Seen here leading Jigsaw Renaissance’s 3D printing renaissance, Rick is in the process of constructing a new 3D printer, while Scott makes a precise adjustment to an intricate component.  By all reckoning, Jigsaw is nearing a cool baker’s dozen printers in our facility.  Stop by some night and check our lively 3D printing scene…

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And here we find Mark busily constructing a portable sign for tomorrow’s Sakura-Con show.  Make Atsuko Ishizuka proud, Mark!

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While passing through the kitchen, we stumble across science hobbyist Bill Beaty updating the electronics surplus site list on his website.  Bill’s super friendly, generous of spirit, and an amazing powerhouse of electronics know-how.

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And last, but far from least, our resident super volunteer, kaizen-master, and executive-in-training, Tim Clemans.  Tim keeps the lights on and can be found most days at Jigsaw.  If you catch him while he’s keeping office hours, ask for a tour of our space!

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Tuesday Night is Project Night!

by Tom McDonald on March 19, 2013

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Interesting projects happening tonight at Jigsaw.

First up, Charlie conquers Android and reveals that he is actually a model T-0001 shapeshifter.  The app he’s working on tonight will allow him to contact Skynet for further instructions:

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And Scott’s 3D printing juggernaut knows no bounds:

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Stop by Jigsaw most evenings, and talk with Scott if you’re interested building your own 3D printer.  Also, contact tom@jigsawrenaissance.org if you’d like to join our 3D printing interest group.

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3D Printer Hacking

by Tom McDonald on March 18, 2013

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3D printing is hot at Jigsaw!

Scott and Rick worked late into the evening today on several printer projects.

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How to Influence Non Makers

by Tim Clemans, Office Manager on March 17, 2013

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As a maker at Jigsaw Renaissance, do you feel like you’re losing touch with the outside world? Do you feel like the only people you can influence are those already makers? What about the power players? Could you influence them?

I believe everyone is a maker. We make things as kids. We make food. We make plans. Some make organizations. We make and break relationships. Many of us make web sites, films, and electronics.

Those companies we think we can’t influence are ran by makers. It takes passion and commitment to a dream to make companies like Microsoft and Coca-Cola.

The way to influence is to understand we all have the same underlying feelings and drive. If your goal is to get a company like Microsoft to influence you think about what the sponsorship officer is thinking when reviewing your application. Keep thinking about it until you think wow my application is written in a way that resonates with the reviewer and explains how sponsorship will help Microsoft meet its goals.

We’re all makers. Lets positively influence us all.

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