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3D Printing Workshop 4/12/18

Last night we ran our 3D Printing for Makers workshop, inviting locals down to our Makerspace area to learn about the processes behind 3D Printing. We had makers in attendance from all skill levels, from designers looking to learn more right through to seasoned makers with their own printers coming along to learn some of the tips and tricks we’ve gathered over the years. It’s awesome to see locals coming down to learn something new!

If you wanted to learn more about 3D Printing, Design or other maker skills (Arduino, etc) we’ve got a wide range of tutorials, courses and projects that will help spark some creativity. Check out our upcoming workshops for what’s next. We’re full time makers too, if you want to share your current build or just shoot the wind about your newest project idea get in touch via our Maker Forum!

3D Printing Workshop 5th December 2018

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- By Brenton

Workplace IoT Workshops

On Monday we caught up with a few of the team from Advanced Technology Centre at NSW Police Force HQ in Sydney, exploring IoT hardware from a makers perspective. It was a sensational opportunity to share insights (in both directions!) and introduce maker hardware into an industrial environment. The workshop was hands-on, delivered at a pace that's perfect for those with no coding/electronics experience through to seasoned experts alike.

Let us know if you'd like to have a workshop in your workplace, we'll get something together next time we're around your way!

Workplace IoT Workshops

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- By Graham

Urban IoT Hackathon 2018

the Urban IoT Hackathon kicked off on the evening of Thursday October 25th and ran through to 2pm on the 27th. Around 20 local makers/hackers/tech-curious gathered to pitch ideas, and while there was no end of creativity, four ideas were inspirational enough to form teams and get on with the builds.

Our idea was to build a LoRaWAN gateway designed for community engagement and exploration of IoT as a grassroots product, creating edge-to-edge coverage across our cityscape. You can read more about ours and each of the projects on the Devpost website.

Here's our team, starting from the left is Brian (event host), me (Graham), Peter and Aaron. Special mention for Stephen who helped out a lot on Friday though missed the awards day! I'm holding the DIY Gateway, which we ran side-by-side with industry-grade hardware and didn't skip a beat. Impressive!

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- By Graham

Arduino Beginners Workshop 24/10/18

Last Wednesday we held our seasoned Arduino Beginners Workshop in our local Knowledge Factory. We looked at how to write, verify and upload Arduino code to an Arduino Uno to control some simple circuits. The Arduino Platform provides a great environment to foster electronic automation into homes or projects.

If you're interested in learning more, check out our online tutorials and courses or sign up for our next Arduino Beginners Workshop.

Arduino Beginners Workshop - 24/10/18

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- By Brenton

3D Printing Workshop 23/10/18

Engaging people with the fun of 3D Printing is one of the favourite parts of our week. Last night, we had the pleasure of hosting another of our 3D Printing for Beginners community workshops, with 12 local makers turning up to learn how to 3D Print. After a quick introduction to FDM/FFF Technology, we dived into the 3D Printing software, Cura, and showed the group how to move, scale, rotate and slice 3D models to print successfully. We even had some young makers in attendance and got them hands-on with the process, ending the night by removing a Rocktopus from the printer themselves.

If you’re interested in learning about 3D Modelling, 3D Printing or other Maker related skills, come along to one of our free community workshops. If you aren’t local, we’ve made our workshops available as free online courses so you won’t miss out.

3D Printing Workshop - 23 rd October 2018

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- By Brenton

Arduino: Next Level Workshop 3/10/18

Last night we held our Arduino Next Level Course in our Knowledge Factory. We covered the basics of object-oriented programming using different 3D printed Rocktopi to describe what an instance of a class is. This course really focuses on extending the abilities of the Arduino platform using this alternate programming type. If you're interested in learning more about OOP and Arduino, you can check out similar tutorials or sign up for the next workshop.

Arduino Level Up Workshop 3rd October 2018

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- By Brenton

Raspberry Pi Beginners Workshop 19/9/18

We had a full house of keen new makers last night in our Beginners Raspberry Pi Workshop. After a quick tour of some popular Raspberry Pi operating systems and a not so short intro to Python our makers were using the pin to interact with switches and an LED. They had some great discussions about the possibilities of Python and the Raspberry Pi, like recursive programming and error catching to make programs that start themselves again if they get an error. 

If you are looking to get into the Raspberry Pi or some other maker skill and have free time on a weeknight in Newcastle come join us for one of our Local Workshops and take advantage of our awesome makerspace and skilled team of makers. If you aren’t able to make it to our Newcastle location we have tons of online courses and tutorials available.

Raspberry Pi Beginners Workshop 19/9/18

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- By Brenton

Arduino Beginners Workshop 12/9/18

Last night we held our Arduino Beginners Workshop in our Knowledge Factory! Participants learnt all about the fantastic world of Arduino by building some cool introductory circuits using the Uno R3 board. We spoke about what it means for a signal to be digital or analog and how we use certain signals to measure and interact with the real world! If you're interested in learning about this yourself, come to our next Arduino Beginners Workshop and visit our tutorial page for more.

Arduino Beginners Workshop 12/9/18

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- By Brenton

Arduino: Next Level Workshop 22/8/18

Last night we held the new and improved Arduino Next Level Workshop! We had a variety of skill levels and ages in attendance, all focused on learning about Object Oriented Programming and Libraries.  The Arduino platform makes it really easy to build and use libraries in easy and creative ways. If you're interested in exploring the topics we did, visit the Arduino Library Tutorial or book in for our next next-level course!

Arduino Next Level Workshop 22/8/18

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- By Brenton

3D Modelling Workshop 21/8/18

On Tuesday afternoon, we had another packed out room; this time for a 3D Modelling in Fusion 360 workshop. We had Makers of all ages present, in fact, we were so booked out that we had someone working on their laptop they had bought from home! We’re amazed by the community support we’re receiving, it seems the Makers in Newcastle can’t get enough. This workshop is a great way to skill-up on the basics of 3D Modelling, in a software package that’s easy to use and intuitive (once you get the hang of it). We focus on learning the tools and workflow required to create a simple keychain, then we later 3D Print it! As always, our participants really wanted their keychains printed but we were out of time. We hope to see them back during our 3D Printing Workshop in a few weeks to give it a go.

At the end of the Workshop, we had a typical wrap-up, but one of our Makers wanted more. Young learner, Nicholas, brought his school assignment along. He had set himself the goal of 3D Printing a prosthetic hand, but needed a gentle push in the right direction on how to print it to the right size! We sat down in our Makerspace and got Nicholas on-page. Now Nicholas is going to use our 3D Printing service to have his designs printed later this week. Sensational!

If you’re interested in learning about 3D Modelling, 3D Printing or other Maker related skills, come along to one of our free community workshops. If you aren’t local, we’ve made our workshops available as free online courses so you won’t miss out.

3D Modelling Workshop 21/8/18

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- By Brenton

Arduino Beginners Workshop 14/8/18

At our last Arduino Workshop, we had a full house of Newcastle educators coding & building circuits, great times!

Arduino Beginners Workshop 14-8-18

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- By Brenton

Internet Connected Projects Workshop 7/8/18

Gordon rolled up his sleeves and delivered his first workshop this week, introducing makers to the realm of IoT with Pycom’s WiPy. It’s great to see community support for our local workshops, and you can get the same educational value from our online courses from anywhere in the world.

Internet Connected Projects Workshop 7/8/18

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- By Brenton

Laser Cutting Workshop 12/6/18

On Tuesday we held a workshop to show off the humble laser cutter. These things are absolutely incredible, the precision of a high power laser is super handy if you want to etch and cut some really intricate designs. They are also slightly hard to come by, so we're incredibly lucky to have one in our makerspace! Our participants were taught how to design for a laser cutter, and at the end of the night, they used ours to print a little custom keychain to take home!

Working with laser cutters is an awesome skill to have under your belt, and we'll have some online tutorials to get you started very soon! in the meantime, see if you can make it down to a local workshop!

Laser Cutting Workshop 12/06/18

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- By Ben Mildren

Circuit Design and Simulation Workshop 23/5/18

On Wednesday we ran our introduction to circuit simulation in Proteus! This course covers a lot of ground, we went through almost the entire workflow of developing a completely new and mass producible piece of electronics in only a couple of hours. The guys we had around were great, with them we designed and simulated our very own functional voltmeter!

Check out our growing list of online tutorials if you want to build and simulate yourself, or come around to our next workshop!

Circuit Design and Simulation 23/5/18

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- By Ben Mildren

Raspberry Pi Workshop for Beginners 2/5/18

Wednesday night we kicked off our Raspberry Pi Beginner workshops for the year! We got our own Pi's up and running with flashing lights and fancy scripts with a group of friends ranging from IT specialists to artists, who learned how to install Raspbian and built a simple blinking light program in Python. These simple steps got minds buzzing, there was talk about building IoT devices and connected sensors for all sorts of projects.

We covered a lot of ground, these guys are on track to make some awesome projects. If you want to get started with Raspberry Pi check our free online workshop, it covers the same content and then some, it's a super fun way to get into making with a Pi! 

Raspberry Pi Workshop 2-5-18

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- By Ben

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