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Build a Solar-Powered Phone Charger Workshop

Phone Charger

Get ready for the summer with this fun and exciting workshop on Thursday, 29 May.

Using a simple bolt-together design that requires only basic soldering, you can create a convenient solar-powered USB-output phone charger perfect for festivals, the beach, or just enjoying a weekend picnic.

Dr. Matt Little, Hackspace member, will lead this workshop and cover the basics of solar electricity, with everything you need to create your phone charger included.

The workshop is on Thursday, 29 May, from 7pm to 9pm. Tickets are £20 and available now at Eventbrite.

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Build Your Own PCB Workshop

PCB Board
An example of the workshop’s PCB board

Learn how to make your very own printed circuit board (PCB) in this workshop run by Dr. Matt Little on Thursday, 17 October.

In this workshop, you’ll learn the photo-resist and ferric-chloride etching process for making printed circuit boards to make a breakout board for converting old ATX power supplies into useful power supplies for future projects.

The workshop includes all components and training, using equipment available at the hackspace so that you can use the same equipment in the future to make your own circuit boards.

Running from 7:30 – 9:30, the workshop costs £10 and tickets are available now.

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Light up the night at our Light Night workshop!

Matt's Stick Man Costume
Doc Little’s Stick Man LED costume. See the costume in action on Vimeo.

Play with LEDs, EL wire and lasers ahead of Nottingham’s popular Light Night on Thursday, 7th February.

Dr Matt Little will be on hand to discuss how to best use electronics and lighting to create one-of-a-kind art projects ideal for Light Night on Friday, 8th February.

As the MyNottingham website says:

Light Night transforms the city and truly brings it to life after dark with a blend of entertainment suitable for all ages. Many activities are unique to Light Night so don’t miss your chance to explore, experience and see the city in a new perspective. Whatever your tastes, there’s bound to be something to entertain you and your family. Light Night gives Nottingham a real buzz with lots happening indoors and outdoors and special offers in restaurants and other venues.

This group skillshare will be free to attend, with LEDs, EL wire and lasers available for sale on the night.

So if you ever wanted to learn how to light up the night, please attend!

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Keep Calm & Solder On

Announcing the 1st Monthly Social Soldering Night – Kit £10 Free to attend

Soldering Night is a new regular meet up at the Hackspace. Each month a different soldering kit will be made available (at the best possible price) for you to solder.

The kits will be ideal for all levels of experience. This regular monthly event is aimed at the beginner and the more experienced.

Help and instruction will be provided where needed. All the tools you need will be on hand too.

This months kit will be the Drawdio adapted from the original design by Jay Silver. It is an oscillator that uses the graphite in a pencil and your body to make the circuit.

We hope that the monthly Soldering Night will become a social fixture in your calendar… We’ll aim to get some really interesting kits in!

Register for this event NOW!

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How To Workshop: Make a Circuit Board

6:30pm 26th January 2011

Get the basics of PCB (Printed Circuit Board) manufacture from Nottinghack’s Matt Little (from our Soldering & Drawdio Workshops).

There are many processes and techniques for making a printed circuit board (PCB).
In this session Matt will guide you through his process for making PCBs

Matt uses a mixture of home-made and bought tools. He will highlight some of the problems and share some of the tips and tricks he’s uses.

You will get to create and keep a circuit board for a simple LED flashing circuit (components included).

The circuit board layout is made using the open source software called KiCad (for both Linux and Windows). If you have a (small) circuit you would like created then bring along your completed PCB design and we can make that with you!