Introduction to Arduino Workshop on Saturday, 30th July

Nottingham Hackspace will be hosting an all-day Introduction to Arduino Workshop, run by James Fowkes, John Moody, and Ian Dickinson, on Saturday, 30th July.

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 £20, 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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Learn to make your own soap on Sunday, 19 June

Learn to make your own soap using the traditional cold process method on Sunday, 19 June, from 1:00 – 4:00.

You’ll be able to create your own six-bar block of coloured and scented soap from a mixture of coconut oil, lard or palm oil, olive oil, and lye water. You pick the scents and colours.

All materials are supplied, and you get to keep the mould to re-use again.

Detailed written instructions and recipes are provided, and you’ll also learn how to adapt recipes or create new ones using online soap calculators. Information on packaging, labelling, and selling legislation will also be included, if you’re thinking of starting your own soap business.

Tickets are £27.57, including Eventbrite themes, and are on sale now.

Please note: The lye water (sodium hydroxide solution) is very caustic, so goggles and gloves must be worn while the soap is in a liquid state. Please wear old clothes or a lab coat.

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Learn to make foam armour on Saturday, 14 May

Learn to create armour and props from foam, creating your own bracer pair or a segmented pauldron.

This workshop on Saturday, 14th May, will focus on how to create foam armour fast, including priming and painting. You’ll learn how to cut, shape, decorate, weather, prime, paint, and mount your armour.

All skill levels are welcome, whether you’re brand new to crafting or a seasoned propsmith.

The workshop will run from 11am until 4pm, and includes all materials and a tour of the Hackspace.

Tickets are £22.29, including Eventbrite fees, and are on sale now.

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Learn to make wire jewellery on Sunday, 10 July

A selection of wire jewelleryLearn to make your own wire jewellery in this four-hour workshop on Sunday, 10 July

Betty Ching, Hackspace member and jewellery designer, will teach you how to create a selection of wire jewellery items to take away. At a minimum, you can learn to make a pair of earrings, a ring, a bracelet, and a pendant. All components will be silver-plated and comply with current UK allergy legislation.

All materials will be supplied, including a detailed instruction booklet, and there will be an option to buy your own set of tools for £18 on the day.

The workshop starts at 1pm, and tickets are on sale now for £30.73, including Eventbrite fees.

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Exhibition Day – Saturday, 21 May

Welcome to the Nottingham Hackspace

On Saturday, 21 May, we’re having an Exhibition Day.

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 and visitors of all ages are welcome.

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Join us at the Nottingham Hackspace 2.5 Fundraiser Party!

We’re upgrading, renovating, and making everything awesomer at Nottingham Hackspace!

And YOU can help us by coming to our party!

DRINK specially designed cocktails from our fully automated cocktail making robot, Barbot!

EAT treats prepared by Antenna and cakes made by Hackspace members!

BID on gifts, gadgets, and more designed by Hackspace members!

TEST your wits with our Mini Nerd Quiz!

SEE exciting demos and games built by Hackspace members!

All proceeds go to supporting the space in our renovation project to make us the largest hackspace in the UK.

The party’s at Antenna on Thursday, 24 March starting at 8pm.

Tickets are on sale now, with £7.50 getting you in the door and £10 getting you in the door and a cocktail from BarBot.

See you there!

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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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