Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015

On February the 27, Nine Network visited Arch Reactor and aired a publication on March 25th.  Below is the video. 

 

 

 

"- A visit to the Arch Reactor Hackerspace, a workshop on South Jefferson for technology enthusiasts, inventors, and tinkerers. Many say this is the kind of place needed by cities that want to nurture an innovative culture and economy.

- Griffin 3D is a local startup that making desktop 3D printers in South St. Louis. Its two partners met at the Arch Reactor Hackerspace."

Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015

Diane S. lead us in the creation of the eggs along with her friend Jen.
She provided eggs, instruction, and the finishing processes. We had varying levels of success and relatively few calamities since we were all newbs.14 people attended this class. Di said she would be available to help anyone on Thursday evening (during laser-night), Saturday (early afternoon through mid-evening), and Sunday (from about 1pm - 10pm or so) if anyone wants to try their hand or finish their eggs.    Due to requests by several folks the supplies are still set out on one table and will remain there for about a week or until interest wanes.    

Please post your photos or email them to Diane and she will post them.   We want to see your beautiful eggs!

 

Sunday, Mar 8th, 2015

Game On First Friday at The Science Center was well attended by Arch Reactor Members with Bob S., Sam H., John, Lloyd L., Chris W.,  Morgan M.and Tom B. working the Arch Reactor table. Di S., and Gene J. were in attendance but working at other tables. We had a working 5 button Close Encounters SIMON Game, Bob's Dr. Who Chess Set, and Sam brought his Griffin 3D Printer variant. Lloyd had attention grabbing Neo-Pixel strips on display and the Arch Reactor's Mointor was running the slide show. Sam printed six rounds of 11 mini Octopi that were handed out. Tom played 4 rounds of Dr. Who Chess. and the last record I heard was 11 rounds of SIMON.

Wednesday, Jan 28th, 2015

Here are the results from last night's elections:

President    Deech Mestel
Vice President    Bob Satchell
Treasurer    Michael Kuba
Secretary    Joe Cathell
Sergeant at Arms    Ryan Williams

Public Relations    Gene Jordan
Education    Niels Black
Webmaster    Travis Megee

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  1. 3d Printer Meetup

Sunday, March 29th

  1. Silk Transfer Easter Egg Dying
    • Start time: 01:00pm
    • End time: 04:00pm
    • Arch Reactor crafting / upcycling workshop, Alix is going to teach us how to silk dye eggs. Free

      Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1523577781238060/

      Did you know you can dye an egg with a silk scarf? Alix will show us her secret method. Bring your imagination and crafting supplies. Bring cool easter related projects you have done to show off.

      Bring a snack or wine to share. AR has a microwave, refrigerator, and sink (cold water only though).

      Crafting stuff to definitely bring:
      - blown eggs (See instructions below). If you cannot figure out how to do this, bring unblown, raw eggs and I will show you how. Use white eggs only, any size. Any white eggs will work but free range ones tend to have thicker shells and so are a bit easier to work with.
      - brightly patterned silk fabric. It must be 100% silk. Neckties work best, the uglier the better. I will bring extras of this so if you don't have any, that's OK.
      - egg carton or other egg container
      -small buttons. I will also have extra of these.
      -glue gun, if you have one.
      - scrap cotton fabric in a light color. An old white t-shirt works well.
      -wooden skewers and a piece of foam to make a drying rack. You can get a foam wreath base from the dollar store. Alternatively, one of those cardboard egg drying things from a commercial easter egg dying kit would probably also work well.

      This is kind of half show and tell and half hang out and craft.

      You are still welcome to attend and hang out with us even if you do not want to make pretty eggs.

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      Blowing eggs is easy! You might screw it up the first couple of tries, so have spares handy. You will figure out the technique pretty quickly.

      To blow an egg:

      1) wash egg with soap and water.
      2) pierce pointy end of egg with a largeish sewing needle. Try to make this hole as neat as possible. If you have an electric drill, use the smallest bit you have.
      3) make a larger hole in the blunt end of the egg. This hole will be covered with a small button, so it does not have to be as neat. You should avoid creating any radiating cracks that could weaken the egg. You can use a variety of tools of this, I personally start with the sewing needle and then carefully enlarge the hole with the needle until it is about the size of a pea. An electric drill works great for this if you have one.
      4) insert a wooden skewer or similar object into the larger hole and thoroughly swish it around to break up the insides of the egg.
      5) hold egg over a small bowl. Turn it so that the bigger hole is facing downwards, and blow into the small hole. You should not have to blow too hard. If you are giving yourself a headache, stop and try enlarging one of the holes, or swishing the insides up better with the skewer.
      6) when you have blown out the egg, run a little water into the larger hole and shake it up to rinse out the insides a little, then blow out the water. You can skip this step if you want, the eggs will get cleaned out naturally during the dying process.
      7) make an omelet.

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  2. Hack Something!

Tuesday, March 31st

  1. Shop Training

Friday, April 3rd

  1. 2600 Meeting
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End time: 10:00pm
    • Arch Reactor is proud to host the only St. Louis 2600 meeting. More details about 2600 can be found at http://www.2600.com

      All 2600 meetings are open to the public. Contact stl2600.org

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  2. First at Science Center

Sunday, April 5th

  1. Hack Something!

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