Make :: Create :: Hack :: Learn

The Bozeman MakerSpace is a non-profit Makerspace / Hackerspace in Bozeman, MT. If you have an interest in making, modding things, new technology, or just want to learn how things work, this is to be the place for you. Our makerspace is a community workshop combined with a meeting space where people of similar interests or skills can converge to create, modify, learn, talk and build. You don't need to be proficient with any tools, skill, computer, or even know how to solder. All you need to the desire to learn or teach.

What is a MakerSpace?

A Makerspace / Hackerspace allows groups of people to pool resources and create a community of people with varied interests. These interests may include but are definitely not limited to: circuitry, robotics, soldering, woodworking, fabricating, programming, networking, hacking, bending, etc.

NAO Robot presentation @ BozemanLUG

Hunter Lloyd will be giving a presentation on the NAO robot tomorrow @ BozemanLUG (Bozeman Linux User Group)
Watch a Video of the NAO robot in action here. This sounds like a great LUG meeting to attend!

BozemanLUG meeting times:
Start: Jul 28 2011 - 7:00pm
End: Jul 28 2011 - 9:00pm

For more details about the BozemanLUG group checkout the website http://www.montanalinux.org/bozemanlug

Makers vs. Robots on Main @ Wild Joes!

See robots and other sweet projects built by local makers @ Wild Joes during Sweet Pea!

The Bozeman Makerspace (Facebook Event Page) & Gallatin Valley Robotics Center will be doing a little "Show and Tell" this Sweet Pea @ Wild Joes on main.

Any member is free to bring in any project they are working on, or would like to show off!

Announcing... Maker Saturday: Open Build

A festive day of hacking and building will take place every other Saturday! Come joing a group of makers getting together to build fun and interesting projects. Feel free to bring your own project to work on, or just come and have fun conversation with fellow makers from the Gallatin Valley.

Check our Calendar for details of all our upcoming events!

When: Saturday, July 30, 2011 12:00 PM (recurring ever other week)
Where: A Members Garage!
2720 Harris Street Bozeman, MT
Bozeman, MT 59715

Homeless Speaker

I did a two layer treatment for the grille on a wood compression fit (fancy way of saying I jammed it in there) grille.
Muslin for the first layer and really thin box pattern net for the top layer.
The frame is made of pine and pocket hole screwed together.
I stapled one layer at a time.
The name badges I made but screwed up and made twice the size I wanted. When I get a chance I'll remake them to proper size and go over what I did to make them.

Sweet Donations!

A Robotic Lawnmower! (I mean it's a ROBOTIC LAWNMOWER!!!)
Woodmaster Multitool (with extra parts, equipment not shown)
Auto jacks, handheld sander
Table saw
The underside of the lawnmower
Tons of shelving

We have a big Thank You for a generous couple from the Bozeman area. Lincoln and Sara (Owners of Rooks Comics & Games) have been VERY generous by donating some sweet equipment last weekend.

Festival Projects : Build Day

A festive day of hacking and building will occur on this day. A group build of one or more Thermins will take place during this meetup. If that doesn't peak your interest feel free to bring your own project to work on, or just come and have fun conversation with fellow makers from the Gallatin Valley.

Update: We made a Theremin... ?

More work on the Scrambler!

Pictures! I haven't updated in a while, but have managed to put some time into the pedal.

Really, there's not a lot to say this time. I managed to solder everything in without significant injury. I also mocked up the housing, stuck everything together with alligator clips, and fired it up for a quick test. As expected, it sounds weird (see video.)

Next steps:
- prime and paint the enclosure
- finish the off-board wiring (including power switch & LED)
- stick the whole thing together and hope I haven't broken something in the interim.

I've read but never tried this method of growing potatoes until now...

To get more potatoes - apparently way more - you essentially "stretch" the plant's root system out over the course of their growing cycle. And since the plants will produce potatoes wherever they have roots, more potatoes will result.

How do you "stretch" the plants? You keep burying the stalk, so that the buried portion puts out new roots.

Chicken Tractor

From the outset of this blog entry, I have to confess that this chicken tractor was a joint project between me and my husband. And when I say "joint", I mean that I came up with the general design and my husband implemented it. I almost hate to post it as my first entry, since I lamed out on in a considerable way on this particular project, but the chicken tractor ended up being so cool in the end, that I have to get it out there. Plus, I am going to finish off the rest of the project: nesting boxes with easy access to the eggs and wintertime (removable?) insulation.

Homeless speaker no more.

Ok so I have this high power 15" bass speaker, it's been homeless for almost two years. New, just never used.
The time came, so a cab I went a building.
1. sheet of cabinet grade 3/4" Birch ply.
2. Father in laws house.
3. Father in law with more tools than I can think of having room for.
4. an afternoon to kill.

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