Exhibition Day – Saturday, 13 February

Welcome to the Nottingham Hackspace

On Saturday, 13 February, we’re having our first Exhibition Day of the year.

From 10am until 3pm, we’ll be open to the public for tours, exhibits, demonstrations, and workshops, giving you a chance to see everything Nottingham Hackspace has to provide to its members.

The Exhibition Day is completely free, although the workshops will require a fee, such as our Useless Machine Workshop. Buy your ticket to make a Useless Machine for only £15, and come in at any time during the Exhibition Day to pick up your kit and make this clever and fun machine.

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Hang out at Nottingham Hackspace Skatenights

skatenight-posterJoin fellow skaters at the Nottingham Hackspace Skatenights.

Watch skate videos and films, do board maintenance, and thoroughly utilise the Hackspace for skating fun. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re been skating since the 80s, we’re a friendly place for skaters of all types to come hang out and shoot the breeze.

Skatenights run every first and fourth Tuesday of the month, from 6pm onwards.

Hackspace members and non-members are welcome – and if you’re not a member, you can get a tour of the space as well. To find out more, check out Nottingham Longboarding on Facebook for more details on upcoming events.

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Learn the basics of Inkscape

inkscape-logoLearn the basics of Inkscape, an open-source vector graphics program, at our workshop on Thursday, 10 March, from 7pm until 9pm.

Inkscape is free to use and provides a convenient way to design for any project that requires vector-based artwork, such as designing for the laser cutter.

This workshop will cover the basic functions, then move on to more advanced techniques, such as drawing lines and shapes, converting to paths, Bézier curves, cutting and joining paths, bitmap tracing (and why drawing it yourself could be simpler, and exporting to DXF format.

Ticket are only £5 and are available to purchase now. While computers can be provided, it would be preferred if you brought in your own laptop, with Inkscape pre-installed.

Also, while this workshop will teach you how to design for a laser cutter, this will not teach you how to use a laser cutter. Only Hackspace members are able to book an induction on a laser cutter, and only trained members can use the laser cutter. Tours will be provided on the night to introduce you to the Hackspace and explain how membership works.

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Lockpicking Workshop – Learn to Pick Locks Legally – SOLD OUT

Learn the basics of lockpicking in this all-levels workshop on Saturday, 23 January.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • The legal aspects and ramifications of owning, carrying, and using lockpicks and associated tools
  • Which tools are available, the tools that we use, and the tools to avoid
  • The techniques involved in picking standard pin tumbler locks
  • Basic single-pin picking with specially-modified training locks
  • Single-pin picking of unmodified locks containing security pins

Locks, picks, and more information will be provided, and picks will also be available for cash purchase on the day.

The 9:45am – 12:15pm, 12:30pm – 2:30pm, and 3pm – 5:30pm workshops are now SOLD OUT.

Please Note: This is not a locksmithing course. The Nottingham Hackspace advises against picking locks that are in use or picking locks you do not own or have permission to pick. Any person making references to any illegal activities related to the locks, the techniques being taught, or theft will be asked to leave without a refund.

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Do you want to paint a model? – Miniatures Painting Workshop 101

An H painted on the side of a modelWe’re starting a new series of workshops for people who enjoy painting miniature models. Come and learn the basic and expert tips to improve your skillset in this workshop on Saturday, 30 January.

Designed for hobbyists and enthusiasts, the first workshop will focus on:

  • The Fundamentals – The anatomy of a paintbrush; basic painting concepts; how to use basic tools; and how to care for your brushes and tools
  • Essential Skills – How to build models; how to de-sprue, clean up, and prepare for painting; how to prepare your paints; and how to look after your paints, glues, and sprays
  • Basic Painting – Basic techniques such as basing, layer painting, and highlighting

The workshop will run from 10am until 3pm, with an hour lunch break. There will also be a tour of the Hackspace and information about becoming a member, if you’re interested.

Tickets are £20 and can be purchased on EventBrite now.

Please bring your own models to paint, or if you contact us ahead of time, you can purchase a set of models to paint for £6.

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Introduction to Arduino Workshop on Saturday, 6th February

Arduino workshop poster - Feb 2016Nottingham Hackspace will be hosting an all-day Introduction to Arduino Workshop, run by James Fowkes, John Moody, and Ian Dickinson, on Saturday, 6th February.

The Arduino system is a microcontroller board and software designed for extreme ease-of-use and learning, and has been wildly successful all over the world – not just in electronics, but for all sorts of maker projects. If you want to learn how to incorporate electronic control into your projects, this is definitely the workshop for you.

This workshop will cover:

  • What an Arduino is, and how to program it
  • Components and tools
  • Basics of electronics (voltage, current, resistance, etc.)
  • Arduino input and outputs
  • Controlling high-power components
  • Analog output
  • And more!

Aimed for complete beginners, this workshop doesn’t require you to have written a single line of code, switched on a soldering iron or even own an Arduino to take part. All the electronics equipment, including Arduino boards, will be provided on the day, but you will need to bring a laptop to program the Arduino with. It would also help if you installed the Arduino software onto your laptop before the workshop.

This workshop will run from 11am to 4pm, with a break for lunch at 1pm, and will cost £16, which includes use of all tools, boards and components, and free tea or coffee.

Arduino Unos will be available to purchase for £18 and Arduino Starter Kits will be available to purchase for £35. Please bring cash if you would like to buy either of these.

You can purchase your tickets now at EventBrite. This is a very popular workshop, so please buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

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Nottingham Hackspace Annual General Meeting – 3 December

Flyer for the Annual General MeetingThe Nottingham Hackspace Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on the 3 December at 7pm at Antenna.

We need at least 100 members to be at this meeting to have quorate – which means we can approve the budget and vote on the special resolutions.

If you can make it, please do so.

If you are unable to attend, you can proxy your vote and attendance on to another Hackspace member. Email trustees@nottinghack.org.uk with your proxy member.

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Nottingslack Crapathon on Saturday, 4 July

Nottingslack Crapathon

In the fine tradition of Stupid Shit No One Needs & Terrible Ideas Hackathon held in both New York and San Francisco, Nottingham Hackspace brings you the Nottingslack Crapathon!

Crapathon takes place on Saturday, 4th July.

CREATE… Problems that no one actually has!
DESIGN… Impossible solutions that can never be made!
INVENT… New machines and programs that break as soon as you look at them!
BUILD… Half-assed projects out of duct tape and string!

Why spend your weekend making something that could actually be profitable and helpful? Why volunteer for an underfunded charity, help out in your community, or even just clean your house? THERE’S CRAP TO BE MADE!

SCHEDULE:

Start at any time on the 4th of July! Go!

Noon: It officially starts! There is a spiel! You can use things! Go!

7pm: You’re done! Stop making stuff! Go eat food!

8pm: Awards! We have judges! You can win something!

9pm: Socialise! It’s the 4th of July! Time for some good ol’ American fun! What will it be? Who knows?

Later on: GO HOME.

CHALLENGES:

The Nicholas Coppola Award for Cinematic Genius and Flair

Given to the best use of Nicholas Cage in your hack.

Win your own copy of Season of the Witch, starring Nicholas Cage! (Value approximately £1. DVD cannot be traded for cash equivalent.)

So what are you waiting for – START HACKING!

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Nottinghack Stitch & Bitch Society

Knitting needles

Do you knit? Crochet? Weave? Spin? Nålebinding? Embroidery? Kumihimo? Anything to do with stitching?

Want to sit in a comfortable place and have a chat while doing your stitching? Maybe a slightly mean chat? Maybe a bit off-colour and rude?

Nottingham Hackspace is now hosting a monthly Stitch & Bitch session, where you can bring your textile work and hang out with like-minded people who want to have a talk, get some work done, and maybe complain about things.

Every third Tuesday, from approximately 6pm onwards, we’ll be in the comfy area getting our stitch on.

All levels of expertise are welcome, including complete beginners.

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“Blinky Grid” Scrolling LED workshop

This is a hands-on workshop to create a pretty darn cool scrolling LED display. Its just in time for Xmas messages and easily re-programmable for future use.

Its programmable via light (!) via a simple web interface.

Its a surface mount kit from Edinburgh Hacklab and based upon this kit by Wayne and Layne:

https://www.wayneandlayne.com/projects/blinky-smt/blinky_smt_grid_finished

 

Its a way of learning to solder surface mount components and get something great at the end.

It will be quite a bit of soldering, so the time taken to build it might be a bit variable. Due to this its not totally suitable for younger folk, unless they have a pretty good attention span.

This workshop is £12 including all parts and me to help guide getting it working.(Plus booking fee, sorry).

Please sign up here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/blinky-grid-scrolling-badge-workshop-tickets-14695780475

Any questions please email me: matt@re-innovation.co.uk

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