Posted on Tuesday, Apr 11th, 2017

Thanks go to Derek for the demonstration of spray paint space art

Posted on Friday, Mar 24th, 2017

Arch Reactor will be hosting several Pysanky (Ukrainian Egg) workshops in April.   Stop by and decorate your own beautiful egg.

April 2:  2pm - 9pm

April 4 - 7pm - 10pm (with break for the business meeting)

April 9 - 2pm - 9pm

April 11 - 7pm - 10pm

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Supplies will also be available for independent work between April 2 - 11 whenever the space is open

 

 

More information including a detailed powerpoint on the process at:  https://archreactor.org/project/pysanky-eggs

 

Please plan on a minimum of 3 hours to make an egg.  There's a lot of "waiting time" in this craft, thus it's easy to complete two eggs in nearly the same amount of time as making one.  

 

Not suitable for younger children.  

 

 

Posted on Friday, Feb 10th, 2017

 

Stop by Arch Reactor on Sunday, February 12, to make "Magic Wands"     You may make one or more for yourself or donate your creations to an upcoming Arch Reactor Fundraiser.

Please note that this style of wand-making involves hot-glue.   Children are welcome but must be Closely Supervised by their parent/guardian.

Posted on Tuesday, Feb 7th, 2017
There was excitement, competition and mass destruction. The football game was also pretty good. Two hours of destruction created a huge amount hackable material. In the end many teams competed but only one could win.  Here are the winning entries:
 
 
 
 
 
1st Place: James His robot scored well in creativity, functionality, and hack factor categories. Prize $100 gift card to Microcenter Computer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2nd Place: Derek Sigler and Family. This walking robot embodied all of Derek’s enthusiasm, and scored well in creativity, functionality and extra points for making a walker. Prize nVidia Jetson development board.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3rd Prize: Nathan Shrenk and Family. This robot scored points for use of LEDs and hacking it out of a gaming controller. Prize Second Robotics robot controller board.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4th Prize: Jordan Mann and Family. Brand new to the Space, this team learned soldering, hacking, and what Arch Reactor is all about. Scored points for creativity, passionate hacking, and making the eyes light up. Prize Arduino Starter Pack.
 

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  1. Build Night!
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Where: Arch Reactor, 2215 Scott Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
    • Come help build out Arch Reactor into the kind of space we all know it can be! All skill levels welcome, we can even teach you some new building skills!

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Friday, September 22nd

  1. 3D Printer Meetup

Saturday, September 23rd

  1. BoardGame Night * ArchReactor
    • Start time: 02:00pm
    • End time: 11:30pm
    • Where: 2215 Scott Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA, Arch Reactor
    • Come On Out and Play games With us. If you don't know games that's OK we are friendly and love to teach. If you do, bring your Favorites along and let get a Game in.

      We'll have Food there, and I'll happily take 5$ in exchange for letting you eat all day.

      We start at Noonish and Play until you Leave or after Midnight, whichever comes last. :)

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Sunday, September 24th

  1. Synthesizer Meetup
    • Start time: 12:00pm
    • End time: 07:00pm
    • Where: Arch Reactor, 2215 Scott Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
    • ***Starts at noon, cleanup/breakdown begins at 6PM, please ensure we're all out of the building by 7PM***

      *** what it is:
      In the modular synthesizer world, there are an endless number of
      modules we'll never get to try and if we do, won't be able to afford - likewise with keyboard synths, VST instruments, effects and other gear like controllers. But in a meetup setting, we can come together and collectively explore.

      Our mission comes in a couple of different strands...

      1) the Eurorack modular community and other DIYers, especially those who want to get into building their own synthesizers. We can show you what's involved and help you move forward, in most cases quite realistically. We like seeing the modular family grow. There will be lots of modules on hand to demo, inlcuding an extensive DIY spread courtesy of Modular Addict (traveling all the way from Wisconsin no less... http://modularaddict.com/)!

      2) keyboard synth users and DAW/VST-based musicians. No need to be specifically into modular to love synthesizers so all types are welcome. So many of us are islands, little project studios in bedrooms and basements - this is an opportunity to put names with faces and get an idea what's going on in our larger community, and get inspired to try new things from their examples.

      Everyone is encouraged to swap production tips, recording techniques, gain insights into an optimal workflow, and most of all... see/hear how we each make our music and sounds.

      Here's what we're going to do...

      1) talk shop - features, specs, deep patch design, demo your rig, maybe like walking around at NAMM or Musikmesse but more personal.

      2) connect to one of two open MIDI networks + small PA systems, start jamming and see where sit takes you.

      3) presentations. This part is still TBA, but I would assume there will be at least one person or group we may want to carve out a specific time for.

      *** how to participate:
      Bring your gear, and don't forget your power strips and extension cords, headphones, controllers, or anything else you'd need to make it work 100% without anything but tablespace and an electrical outlet.

      If you have a lot of stuff, be mindful of how much you bring. Tablespace is limited and priority will be given to modular equipment and/or to those who want to schedule a presention.

      If you've got teachable knowledge please consider presenting. We would love to "formally" make time for specific concepts, rigs or people who have something special to offer. Post your ideas in the group for consideration, and/or send a PM to Owen Godwin. There will be a limited number of slots for this.

      Invite your friends who'd be interested. There is a limit to how many the space can accomodate, so please have them RSVP to this event page.

      *** additional:
      Please be respectful of the space and clean up after yourselves!

      This event is graciously hosted by our friends at Arch Reactor, STL's hackerspace/makerspace. Please consider tipping them a couple bucks if you can. This isn't about making money nor are we requiring anyone to pay anything, it's just a suggestion since they are hosting us without charge and it's a great way to ensure the future of their facilitty/operations.

      Their website...
      https://archreactor.org/

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  2. Hack Something!

Tuesday, September 26th

  1. Shop Training - Forge/Blacksmithing

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