Newsletter

Updates concerning the Hackerspace


Retail Support

Greetings everyone!

If you ever buy things online, you can help support Quelab by using our Amazon or MakerShed affiliate links. By putting them in your bookmarks, and using that link, instead of typing them into the address bar, we get sent a smidge of money for each purchase. if you’re looking for inspiration, check out our (infrequently) curated Amazon shop.

If you like buying electronic components and kits from folks like Adafruit Industries and Sparkfun Electronics, we do quarterly buys from them where we charge you list price off their website (no shipping), and we make a bit of money on the sales. The only concern with these is that we do have to have a minimum order of $300 per order to be able to get the deal. Check the members list, or our Facebook page for announcements of the buys being scheduled.
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Arduino Afternoon (to be rescheduled!)

This class has been Postponed!

Eventbrite - Arduino Afternoon w/ the Adafruit Learning System

Have you wanted to break into the world of programmable microcontrollers and hobby electronics? Do you want to get your feet under you with the help of fellow hobbists? Then join Quelab for an afternoon of Arduino learning, utilizing the Adafruit Learning System! Reservations close the Wednesday before, so we can have the Arduinos here in time.

This class will come with an Arduino learning pack from Adafruit (containing LEDs, Jumper Cables, a breadboard, resistors, a USB cable, and an Arduino), and participants are asked to bring a laptop with the Arduino IDE installed (as of this writing, v1.0.6) available for Mac, Linux, and Windows here. (We will have a limited number of loaner laptops available for those who need them).

What is Arduino?
Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for anyone making interactive projects. You can tell your Arduino what to do by writing code in the Arduino programming language and using the Arduino development environment.
http://arduino.cc/

What is the Adafruit Learning System?
Adafruit was founded in 2005 by MIT engineer, Limor “Ladyada” Fried. Her goal was to create the best place online for learning electronics and making the best designed products for makers of all ages and skill levels. Adafruit has grown to over 50 employees in the heart of NYC with a 15,000+ sq ft. factory. Adafruit has expanded offerings to include tools, equipment and electronics that Limor personally selects, tests and approves before going in to the Adafruit store. Limor was the first female engineer on the cover of WIRED magazine and was recently awarded Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur of the year. The learning system is her online collection of tutorials on how to use the products she sells in any manner of different projects
https://learn.adafruit.com/category/learn-arduino

Eventbrite - Arduino Afternoon w/ the Adafruit Learning System


Upcoming Class: Chain Mail

Chain mail is an ancient technique of wire bending and weaving into metal cloth. In the class we will cover how to make the rings by wrapping the wire tightly around various rods. Each person will be cutting the individual rings and then weaving them into a simple bracelet.

Depending on each persons individual skill we will be working with aluminium, brass and even stainless steel.

The class will last at least two hours depending on people’s dedication to this time-consuming process. I recommend committing to at least an hour and half of the class.

10 dollars for members
20 dollars for non-members

Register and sign up here –
Eventbrite link


Adafruit Group Order

Greetings, Spacers!

We’re getting together an order of stuff from Adafruit (one of our space affiliates) and if you’d like to help support Quelab while getting Nifty Stuff, check out their store, grab the price and item number, and then open up the Public Drive and let us know what you want in the Adafruit Group Buy spreadsheet.

We’ll be closing orders at Midnight on 11 October (23:59), and start collating the order. Since Adafruit doesn’t do backorders, we’ll reach out if the item(s) you want aren’t available. If we get an order of at least $300 together, we get free shipping and Quelab gets a cut of the price. You pay us, and we collect when the goods arrive.

Thanks! And Happy Hacking!


September Potluck & Meeting

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.


Mailing List Issues

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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Happy Birthday to Us! Quelab is 4 years old Today

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!