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Chad Ballantyne
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Found a cheap mini light sabre at Target.  Might be a good bace for the Pinocchio nose
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Love it! It looks like it would probably be better than what I have.
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Soldering 101. Bigs and Littles learning from SimCoLab Hackmin, Brian McGillis.
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Daniel Lerch
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Just a reminder our all ages soldering workshop is next Tuesday evening starting around 7:00 pm. Bring your soldering iron if you have one, otherwise one will be provided. https://plus.google.com/events/cii36kl1qaso7vsffq2ua2jl6r8?authkey=COTVvonjoJyoHw
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Chad Ballantyne
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This Tuesday we'll be brainstorming on the Pinocchio nose.  But anyone can come and work on whatever ya like!
 
Hey +Max Lupo  Wanna help on this?  SimCoLab has been commissioned to build something like this for an upcoming show!
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Chad Ballantyne
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RSVP or just pop in.  You can choose to participate in the workshop or just work on your own projects.
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http://uk.businessinsider.com/eighth-grader-invents-braille-printer-2015-1?r=US

Another avenue for projects - building 'low cost' versions of existing devices, especially those that have social impact, or are assistance devices etc..
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Idea - Hackerspace Field Trips?

Arrange outings to other hackerspaces in southern ontario, and possibly farther in the future.

Good for getting ideas for what we can do at/with our own space, as well as building relationships with other spaces for collaboration, etc in the future.

Thoughts?
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I'll bring the guitar
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Daniel Lerch
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This year SimCoLab is focusing on workshops. We'll be using the G+ plus group to send out events. Join our group to receive invites. 
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$10.00. Sorry didn't mention that.
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Interesting post on Reddit about the story behind the creation of a stable hackerspace from humble beginnings.

https://www.reddit.com/r/hackerspaces/comments/2sy8h2/hackerspace_origins_or_how_the_hell_did_you_do/
So, I see these threads pop up over and over again asking how to start a hackerspace, or how to fund, or how to find people to help. These...
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Daniel Lerch
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This $15.00 stereo from Goodwill sounds awesome, but doesn't have an AUX for MP3 Players or anything else. Time to give it one!
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Interested in learning new tech skills, building cool projects, and meeting creative people? We’re starting a hackerspace in Barrie and would love to have you on board. Who are we? So far, we’re a motley crew of developers, engineers, artists, librarians, and educators with diverse backgrounds interested in building a collaborative, community workshop in Barrie. We’d love to meet you! For more information, please contact us at hello@simcolab.org

Brill Pappin
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I have thought of using something like this for a community supported version of the COMPASS traffic cameras for the 400. Make some deals with landowners, put up some poles or mount on trees/billboards etc. and then provide traffic status / still images.
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Brian McGillis

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What would be the interest in a basic electronics workshop? I think most of us are familiar with Ohm's law, and what capacitors, inductors, and transistors do - maybe it would be something we could do once we have more people who are new(er) to this stuff than we are.

Might be good in conjunction with an Arduino workshop.
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I think it's more for youth and general interest folks.  Others who do want to move from computers to motors, etc, may never have learned to not cut the green wire, no blue!!  Aaaaahhhhhh!!!!!
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Brian McGillis

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Working on the nose driver motor - I had some steppers around, here is a possible candidate! 
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Ok, so I have the pulley mounted to a stepper, and I have a setup for the other roller - it's a nylon spacer on a metal rod. Next is to glue the pulley to the motor axle so it doesn't spin on the axle, and to glue the elastic to the pulley. At that point we should have the basic gripper/feeder done, then we can work on shrinking it into a smaller package and getting it battery powered, and hooking up switches or something for control.
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Chad Ballantyne
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Hey +Max Lupo  Wanna help on this?  SimCoLab has been commissioned to build something like this for an upcoming show!
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Paper or Plastic nose section- anyone wanna guess? 
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Brian McGillis

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Project-based hack nights?

There are certain things that may need to be hacked, or just plain done in a certain timeframe - such as te Pinocchio nose or the RFID entry system.

Floating the idea balloon of project-centric ad-hoc hack nights, when we coordinate a few people together that want to be involved with a project that needs doing in the short term while the 1 day a week schedule is the norm.

Thoughts? I'd like to see about planning for the above 2 projects - the nose has a definite timeframe, and an access system is a key piece to the next stage in the setup of the space. With workshops, we are essentially at 2 nights a month for working on this stuff.
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http://printrbot.com/shop/simple-metal-kit-with-heated-bed/

Is this within reach? I think the heated bed will be a pretty valuable upgrade.
LEAD TIMES: 3-5 days. We will update when this changes Model 1403 The all metal construction combined with a GT2 belt pulley system produces a 3D print that rivals those of other manufacturers which cost thousands more!  
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I'm all for it
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Chad Ballantyne
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A Huge shout out to +Panel Brian  who turned our stubborn and stuck doors into the "lab" into working smoothly!  Thanks Brian!!
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Seconded!
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Brian McGillis

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Testing for interest - My uncle has a working 1/7th scale model steam engine that can pull a train with 10-15 adults pretty easily around 800 meters or so of track. There's a lawnmower-powered 'Diesel' engine as well.

He sometimes arranges train days for groups of acquaintances etc, I'm pretty sure I could arrange something this summer. It's not electronics and robots, but it's hobby engineering for sure! ;)

It's a 15 minute drive north of Barrie in Craighurst.

So, who would be interested in arranging a day for such a thing sometime this summer?
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I am!
pgamble@gmail.com
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Daniel Lerch
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SimCoLab is open this Tuesday at 6:00 PM for open hack night/meet and greet while a few of us work on cleaning up the space. Feel free to make a visit!
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