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It's the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter universe and to celebrate Arch Reactor is hosting a series of Wand Making Parties in August!   

Arch Reactor is making wands for an upcoming fundraising event and is Sharing the Fun!      Stop by AR on August 12, 14, 19, 21, and 25 (see calendar for times) to make Wands!   

This class is free and all basic supplies will be available.   Please make several wands if you have time, choose your favorite to keep and give the rest to our fundraiser!    (One wand per person, please, regardless of how many times you attend)

Children are welcome but will require parental supervision.   Parents are warned that we will be using hot glue guns so caution and attention is required!   Acrylic paint is also involved so please dress accordingly.

We are a little short of glue guns this year, so please bring along a glue gun that takes "mini" glue sticks if you have one.

Wand Party
Wand Party

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It was a busy night at Arch Reactor Sunday. Some members were programming in java and laser etching in the clean lab. Mean while in the dirty shop. One member was forging a bearded hatchet, another was overhauling our south bend lathe, and a final member was using the Bridgeport to build parts for his battle bot. It was a cool cross section of the knowledge and capabilities at Arch Reactor.

 

 

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Hey! We are in Kansas City today. We have lock picking, pysanky eggs, robots, terrarium, slime, and weaving. I will post links to the projects here when they are finished. For Pysanky Eggs: http://www.archreactor.org/project/pysanky-eggs For RC Sumo http://www.archreactor.org/project/rc-sumo-bots

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Fred taught a wonderful full class with 20+ in attendance. This was an overview class stay tuned for more focused classes coming in the near future. Fred is planning on having Raspberry Pi classes every 3 months.

Raspberry Pi Class

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Arch Reactor has new, larger laser!

 

AR's New Laser
AR's New Laser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In many ways the new laser is much like the original.   The materials it will cut are the same, the laser software is the same, and preparing images is the same.   The main differences are the "on switches", the size, and the focus.   

The Laser Guide has been updated with some of the new information.    Check it out here:   https://archreactor.org/project/laser-cutter-guide

 

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On April 24th we had a nice class on 3D Printing. The class was over the kinds of printers, how the printers work, and 3D modeling programs. We also learned about the Cura slicing program. Scott R. led the class of about 10 people.

3D Printing Class
3D Printing Class

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Fire and Ice was a successful event. Thanks to all of you who helped us pull off such a great evening.

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We had over 32 people attending in the space and out at the fire pit. Hard Drives were destroyed. Large Piles of recycleables got reduced to usable parts. Lots of Food was eaten. Lots of soda and beer was consumed. Eagles fans had a great night. 

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Please welcome the newly elected board!

 

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Super Bowl of Destruction


Everyone is invited to come to the Arch Reactor for the Super Bowl of Destruction. We will have the football game on our big screen for everyone to watch. Not interested in football? Don’t worry, we also throw this party as something for the non-football enthusiasts. As a hackerspace, we use this time to breakdown all of the donations that are no longer usable or fixable. We have hard drives, computers, printers, server equipment, and more! Come join the mayhem and destruction! Bring a Super Bowl snack to share. We had some great food last year.
In addition, this year we are continuing our Hack-a-thon challenge. After the destruction we will rebuild with the donated materials in the Space. This year we will create a hack-cycled (in the sense of using something as it was not intended to be used) robot for our Fire and Ice fundraiser. This will be a large scale collaborative project. Don’t worry if you are not an expert, we will have roles for all skill levels!
 

Destruction starts at 12pm on Sunday, February 4th at Arch Reactor, 2215 Scott Ave. 63103.

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