Practical Apocalypse Survival for Makers

Practical Apocalypse Survival for Makers
What is this A book club / discussion group / project group for people interested in how to survive and thrive if we ever loose the infrastructure we take for granted every day. We have fun thinking about the Zombocalypse and figure out how to practically DIY society and maybe hack the world we live ...

Playshop

We are committed to being a family friendly makerspace and are working on more constructive resources for our younger makers. Keva planks Marble Machine

3D Printer – Rostock Max

Introduction One of our 3D printers at Robot Garden is a Rostock MAX v1 by SeeMeCNC. Details can be found on SeeMeCNC’s web site. Rostock MAX 3D Printer Kit Why did we chose a Rostock MAX? Some of our desired requirements were: Large Build volume:              >250 x 250 x 250 mm     (10 x ...

3D printer Rules of Use

General printer rules: Be excellent to each other: On the 3D printer this means taking the best care of the machine you know how and if you are unsure of how to do something properly, ask. Please try to coordinate with other users so everyone has access to the printer, if you have a long ...

Dyna Myte Mill Restoration

Dyna Myte Mill Restoration
We have received a venerable CNC mill as a donation from EMH Studios. It has a lot of promise (cutting at least aluminum) but needs some work before we can use it. This mill is from the early days of CNC, back before manufacturers knew what they could get away with. Hence the mechanical elements are ...

Access Control Prototype

Access Control Prototype
The first prototype hardware hilariously uses two Arduino shields and no Arduino. It is a: Electric Imp (includes an ARM Cortex M-3 processor and wifi) Electric Imp Arduino shield“break out board” With the included cut-able traces left intact, D9 and D7 jumpered together and a 2.5mm barrel jack added into the prototyping area and connected ...

Automated Access Controls

Automated Access Controls
Introduction In order to keep everyone and everything safe and help administer things so we don’t wear out our volunteers, we’ve decided to set up automated access control stations for each piece of equipment that requires training before you can be allowed to use it. All members will have an RFID badge to access the ...

Sensing and Security Systems

Sensing and Security Systems
In order to help monitor and secure our space, we’re in the process of setting up some IP cameras. Currently I (Daniel) am working on setting up some Foscam FI8918Ws because they are amazingly cheap for pan tilt cameras, I’ve found them very reliable using them at home, and their API is relatively straightforward so they ...

Building Automation

Building Automation
We’re making Robot Garden itself into a robot (intelligent space) through building (home) automation projects. The first project is to set up RFID based automated access controls. After that more security sensing and systems. Eventually we want to use ROS to link everything together and make the space behave as responsively and intelligently as possible. ...

“Sub” Projects

06/10/13 Thetis is coming along swimmingly! I’ve gone with Lexan as the frame material, 3/16″ thick. The dimensions are 24″x15″x18″. I have stainless steel 15″ rods holding it together and will buttress with slabs of Lexan for both support and  instrument mounting.                 Pretty damn exciting if I ...