Arch Reactor Blog

Inventables is giving Arch Reactor a Shapeoko CNC mill kit!  The parts have arrived, and we'll be scheduling an assembly event soon.  

Inventables is also providing materials for us to host a workshop on how to use their Easel design system.  When we get a firm date on when those materials will arrive, we'll schedule that workshop.

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The next Arduino class has been scheduled!  It will be Sundays from 7/13 to 8/3 at 7PM
 
No microcontroller, programming or electronics experience needed. 
If you have an Arduino (or some clone) bring it, otherwise come and learn which would be best for you. Free, but please RSVP to directorofeducation@archreactor.org . Questions can also be sent to that address. There is no cost for the class.
 
  • July 13th Intro, flashing LEDs, serial communication
  • July 20th LCDs, third party ICs, I2c and SPI protocols
  • July 27st Multiple voltages, wireless communication, controlling AC, DC motors
  • Aug. 3rd Free day for catch up or topic of participant's interest

If you attended the workshop at the Bright Idea Expo, you can find the powerpoint and code on our github repository

 

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Looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend at the expo.  We will have a table with some various demos and Chris Weiss will be hosting some introductory Arduino workshops.

 

UPDATE:

The powerpoint and code used for the Arudino Workshop is now available at https://github.com/ArchReactor/ArduinoIntro

 

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Member Michael Kuba made a writeup on a DIY sensor and display to display the boost in his turbocharged car. More info at http://archreactor.org/project/carduino.

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We will participating this year in the Tower Grove Better Block event this weekend and will have a table setup selling some of our random bits and parts.

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June7 10am to 4pm the Science Center will host an expo to showcase creativity in St. Louis, and Arch Reactor will be there!  Watch the promo video below, and more information is at http://www.slsc.org/active-creativity and https://www.facebook.com/events/752637671427865/

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We have won a free Taz 3 3D printer!  Lulzbot hosted a hackerspace giveaway and we were one of the lucky winners.  Many thanks to Derek for putting together our application and congrats to AR on our many opensource contributions.

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Our new 80W laser tube has arrived in one piece! Next steps will be:

  • Add additional cooling for water
  • Add framing extension
  • Design and print new tube mounts
  • Install/wire tube and power supply
  • Cut and install skin material for frame extension
  • Realign mirrors

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At the last 2600 meeting they demonstrated "check washing", one of the easiest forms of check fraud to perform.  Though the technique may be decades old and well known, we discussed how the digital age makes it a much bigger threat than ever before and what you can do to protect yourself from it.

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Sunday evening Arch Reactor held a presentation for the Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), Systems (UAS), and Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA).  St. Louis University's Senior Research Assistant for the Center for Aviation Safety Research, Richard Steckel, cover topics including "the current state of the industry, the booming market for UAV pilot careers in the private sector, and how the FAA is reacting to this new tech.

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