Thank you everyone Who came to Ignite 15, As part of Tech Fiesta, it it was great to see you all, and your support for the NM Makers group!

Below is a slideshow of some of the highlights. Images can be clicked on to go to the descriptions.
Or you can see them all here on one scrollable page https://www.flickr.com/photos/quelabnm/sets/72157647074549889/


Created with flickr slideshow.




See you this weekend at the Abq mini Maker Faire? http://www.albuquerque-minimakerfaire.com/

 

TL;DR: John Hawley’s Artemis 2.0 will be at Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire, we will be running it, and we need your help!

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Greetings! The next Quelab general meeting is scheduled for Sunday 7 September 2014 at 4:30 PM.

Please bring something for the potluck at 4:30PM, and we’ll start the meeting at 5PM. If there is anything you would like to discuss at the meeting, bring it up to one of the officers, and we’ll put it on the agenda.

One of the most important changes we are looking at implementing is the new door code policy. We will be changing the door code at the meeting, and only members in good standing (i.e. paid dues in the last 15 days, or are on auto-payment) will be given the new code. Membership fees come due on the first of the month, and are in arrears by the 15th. Folks who are not paid up by the meeting will have to come to a Hack Night or make an appointment to regain their 24-hour access.

EDIT: Updated to announce door code changes.

 

If you use AOL, MSN, or Yahoo for email, your addresses are bouncing from the members list. Someone somewhere flagged Quelab.net as spam, and as a ‘help’ to their members, it blocks legitimate subscribers.

You may need to attempt to whitelist email from quelab.net, or go check your spam folders for messages from us.

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Last night’s hacknight had a special visitor: Sonny Jeon, the developer behind grbl – “a free, open source, high performance software for controlling the motion of machines that make things and will run on a straight Arduino.”  It is loaded on the Arduino running our Shapeoko 2 Mill (thanks, #INVENTABLES!) as well as many many more machines worldwide.

He emailed us, then came in to donate some CNC equipment & brewing supplies. Sonny had great discussions with Aaron & Morgan & others, and he even updated the Arduino running our Shapeoko to the latest version of grbl (freshly released in the last day or two)!   This new version is much faster, and we can already see the difference in movement of each axis.

…Sorry, Walter, but none of us thought to get a picture, durn burn it! Instead, please accept this sketch from his blog (a cropped version is also on his github page):

 

Thanks to whomever fixed the donated Roller Mill!
It is now available for use.
Roller Mill at Quelab
Please try to squish only metals softer than steel.

 

Plot of calibrated delta bedI finally documented my analysis scripts to make calibrating a Delta 3D printer a bit more straightforward.
Not totally automated, but getting there.
With some of the new Marlin updates that allow setting some of these parameters in EEPROM instead of compiling them in,
this could be part of an automated procedure.

 

Greetings! The next Quelab general meeting is scheduled for Sunday 3 August 2014 at 4:30 PM.

Please bring something for the potluck at 4:30PM, and we’ll start the meeting at 5PM. If there is anything you would like to discuss at the meeting, bring it up to one of the officers, and we’ll put it on the agenda

 

I found a really simple page to do digital filter designs. Ask me if you need some filters, and could use some help understanding the input parameters and outputs. It even generates C code to implement the filter for you!

 

On this date in 2010 We signed the lease on the first location that Quelab opened. We knew at the time it was not perfect, but with less than 7 people onboard we knew this was a community we needed to grow before we could even dream of perfect.

Quelab 1.0 was a quaint little place, a pretty old converted house (previous to us it was used as a flower shop), less than about 1200 sq foot of usable space (billed as 1400), it was quirky, But it let us have a space to “build it and see if the come”. It was not the dozens of people we hoped for but a small trickle. Our first tasks were building workbenches and some shelving, moving in some tables (most scrounged), chairs. By our grand opening party on August 12th (note that date Its when Quelab is going to observe its birthday this year with some Cake and Icecream with the members.) We had some bits of equipment, and we were just starting to make a name for ourselves.

Can’t say the next 4 years were easy, most of the time we were broke and being propped up on donations, and there were many times where we could have just closed the doors rather than digging deeper, We grew at a slow pace, and there was little chance we could reach out far and fast enough to survive on memberships alone. And none of us were good at grant writing, or experienced marketeers.

To survive we turned to what we knew, how to tinker with geeky things and thought we we should share that with the world. So we put on events, LED’s, Attraction, March of the Robots, Sound of the electron, Eco MAcGyver, Air&space, HauntedLab
Swapmeet’s, Steampunk Crafting, Hacking_Chocolate and more. We started hosting the Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire, and the Ignite Talks meetings, We setup booths at Tedxabq, Ace, and various other spaces. We have been toured by Caleb Kraft of Hackaday, we have won several Contests (Inventables, Instructables).

In November of 2013 after more than a year of hunting, Quelab was able to move to the grand Quelab 2.0 Campus we are in now. With over 340 people in attendance at our @nd grand opening (that is a huge increase over the 24 or so people who made it to our first one.) And a membership in excess of 50 members we are still on rocky waters but we have come a long-long way baby!

Thank you Albuquerque Makers, and supporters everywhere!

Happy Birthday Quelab!