Arch Reactor Blog

We had a reallly fun time at the Kansas City Maker Faire. I talked with at least 10 people that either live in St. Louis or wanted to send somebody they know to visit us. We had the telepresence robot, The NVidia Jetson robot, the pixy bots, face dectection bot, 3 different LED Matrices, and Diane's Paracord Card or Tab Weaving on display. We just had 1 table although we had requested 2. It was a tight squeeze so we occasionally moved to open areas with the bots. We had steady streams of people throught out each day.

On Saturday Night we went as a group to Char-Bar. We ate some nice although slowly served BBQ before heading over to Hammerspace the for profit Hackerspace in KC. The had a huge shop with Vaccum ports every 3 feet on the work benches with a on off switch as well. They had modified a dead Lithum Ion battery for use with their low voltage system. With that batter installed it was not a portable but a working drill none the less. It could still be cordless with a charged battery but a corded one when that flexiablity was needed. In the clean room area of the shop they had about 6 3d printers available for use. Ultimaker's and Oni were the kinds they had no deltas on hand. They had 6 Laser Cutters - 2 epilog 2 half beams and 2 full beam. The epilogs where roughly the same size as ours maybe a little smaller, The half beam ones were big enough that I could just about lay in them like a single bed and the full beam one was big enough for two of me. My favorite part was the google fiber connection. While they had no open wifi they did however leave a running logged in computer alone in the space in which I quickly jumped onand ran a speedtest. 352.46 Mbps Down and 325.28 Mbps Up Speed was their Google Fibre Speed. There was at least 5 other computer users so they might have been downloading at the time to lower those numbers some.

There where 3 Predators, a Cylon, Iron Man, War Machine, Groot, and a Stan Lee look-a-like walking around the Faire. I saw steam punk, motorized deck chair, power wheels, a powered uni-cycle - Solowheel, an Oxboard - like a Segway without the handle bar, Low-Riders, and a rock wall. There was a Dunk tank that instead of water the shot fire into. It was called the Dunk Tank Flambe'. Click to see Rob's nice Slo-mode video. Here is a video of some of the highlights of the faire in which Arch Reactor demos appear.

 

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Join us in Kansas City today at the 6th anual KC maker Faire!  We're booth 45, and Griffin 3D printing is across the isle from us.  

http://www.makerfairekc.com/

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Our letter is now mounted at the Science Center!  Guess which one it is...

Image from the Science Center's Facebook page

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Ok not really.  We had a server crash and database corruption, an old backup was quickest to restore, we hope to have more soon.

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Tonight we learned about relays, 555 timers, op-amps, diodes in circuits.

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By my quick count at least 17 were in attendance, to learn about oscilloscopes. I learned about PMW pins on the arduino. I learned how they can help give more life and torque to my robotics. We learned how the oscilloscopes differ from multimeters.

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Thanks to Alix for her class on Sunday, March 29 on Silk Dyed Eggs!     What lovely patterns from thrift-store silk neckties.

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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."
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Diane S. lead us in the creation of the eggs along with her friend Jen.

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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.

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