What is the CodeMash Maker Space?
New for 2020! CodeMash attendees have an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with Arduino coding, electronics, 3d printing, and assembling hardware in the CodeMash Maker Space! You will be able to gather in a physical space and network with other attendees to work on projects, or just hang out and talk with other like minded makers.
The CodeMash Maker Space is located in the Executive Center board room area adjacent to the 3d printing lab, in the Empress room. Laser cutter and tools are also set up in the Ebony room, and we may use that room for overflow during times of peak activity.
See below for a list of projects available for sign up, for CodeMash 2020. If you are planning on registering for a project, it is recommended to install the pre-requisites before coming to the maker space. Sign up on the CodeMash Eventbrite Site. If projects are sold out, additional tickets will be released Wednesday, January 8th.
- Temperature / Humidity Sensor. Build a Temperature and Humidity Sensor and explore CodeMash! You will connect an Arduino Nano, 16×2 LCD using a breadboard. After assembly, use Arduino to upload the sketch. No soldering required. These kits are sponsored by Alien3d.us, who sells monthly boxes that include filament samples, an accessory, and a project. Bring your PC or Mac. Instructions here (scroll to bottom). Also, thanks to Zyltech for helping supply the hardware (US based company offering 3d printers, filament, and electronics).
- Blinking LED Breadboard Arduino– Learn how to build a basic LED circuit, and control the LED’s with Arduino! For this project, you will assemble LED’s into a breadboard, connect them to resistors and an Arduino D1 Mini ESP8266 board. No soldering required. Bring your PC or Mac and your smart phone (optional). Instructable Here.
- Marquee Scroller– Combine 3d printing, electronics, and software development! For this project, you will solder together a marquee scroller that is powered by a Wemos D1 Mini. Use your coding skills to customize the marquee output. Bring your PC or Mac. (Optional: buy a paid ticket to keep the hardware). Thingiverse link here, Github link here. All source code and design by Qrome.
- Logo with Stand – Learn the basics of how to engrave a logo or design. You will engrave your logo, cut it, glue it, and create a stand for it. Engrave the CodeMash logo, or use your own. Choose from pre-designed shapes (for cut out) or design your own. Bring your PC or Mac. Free designs are limited to a small logo/stand (up to 5×5 inches), and will be displayed in the Maker Space through the duration of the conference. We will display your logo in the maker space. A larger logo with stand, engraved in walnut and maple that you may keep will be available for a fee.
- LED Badge – Create an LED lit badge (worn around neck) with your logo, name, design, etc. Choose the color of LED to backlight your design. Basic badge assembly required. Choose from the CodeMash logo, or design your own. If designing your own logo, bring your PC or Mac. (Fee required)
- Joule Thief Flashlight – A Maker classic, the “Joule Thief” Flashlight has a circuit that gives your dead AA batteries new life. This is a great project to learn soldering. Solder the components to the PCB, and assemble into a 3d printed case. (Fee required) Assembly Video Here.
- IoT Badge Project – Build the IoT Badge from the Pre-Compiler talk. This badge is way more than just a badge. You can also play games, sounds, and blink LED’s. This project will take a significant amount of time (more than 2 hours) to assemble and load. Soldering is required. (Fee required). Assembly Video Here.
- Pinewood Derby Car. Come by and work on your Derby Car. More info here.
- Maker Coin. Ever heard of a Maker Coin? We will have a few “Special Edition” CodeMash Maker Coins available in the Maker Space. Attendees who complete a project may take one, pending availability. You might even want to design your own… check out the 3d printing lab’s sessions to learn more, and build your own Challenge Coin.
- Learn to Solder. Don’t know how? No problem. We have some spare circuit boards, LED’s and other random things available to practice with. If you’ve never soldered before and want to learn just come talk with our Maker Space staff and we will be happy to show you and walk you through the basics. No registration required.
- BYOP (Bring Your Own Project). Attendees may also bring their own projects into the space to work on, and utilize the tools in the Maker Space. CodeMash Attendees working on maker space projects will have priority.
Tools and Supplies
In the CodeMash maker space, we have a number of tools and supplies available for attendees as projects are assembled. This includes the following:
- Electronics components for projects (resistors, transistors, led’s, capacitors, etc.)
- Soldering Irons, Multimeters, tweezers
- 3d printed or Laser cut cases for projects
- A few dedicated 3d printers (operated by CodeMash staff)
- 45 watt C02 Laser Cutter (operated by CodeMash staff)
- Plywood & Acrylic (for laser projects)
- Band aids and ointment
We recommend installing and exploring the following software packages before CodeMash. These tools are all free, and great for designing CAD (3d printing) or Vector files (SVG). It’s also a good idea to review the instructables / build videos linked above to understand the projects and install any additional libraries or packages.
Micro Controller Software:
- Arduino – Development environment for Micro controller (Arduino) hardware. We recommend installing this if you plan on working on any project that utilizes an Arduino (Temp / Humidity Sensor, Blinking LED Breadboard, IoT Badge, Marquee Scroller).
- VS Code – Visual Studio Like development environment for Micro controller hardware. Platform.IO . This is a “more familiar” IDE for professional software developers, and an alternative to using Arduino.
Vector / Design Packages:
- Inkscape – Free vector design tool, useful for creating 2d SVG files that can be cut on the laser. If you want to design your own LED Badge or Logo Stand, download Inkscape. We will provide templates files for you to start with.
- Any of the packages below will be useful if you want to 3d print a design.
- Fusion 360 – CAD modeling tool. Sign up for a free Hobbyist license.
- Open SCAD – The Programmers Solid 3d CAD Modeler (Free)
- TinkerCad – Web based CAD tool (Free)
- Blender – Free modeling / sculpting tool for organic shapes.
- If you are unable to install Arduino or above software packages, or having problems, volunteers or other Makers will be able to help you.
- Before powering up your circuit, check with a helper to make sure there are no issues. We do not have a significant quantity of spare parts. Connecting things incorrectly may lead to irreparable damage.
- Most of the free projects can be completed in 1-2 hours. Since “free” project hardware is shared with other attendees, we must collect all project materials when you are done.
- All free project hardware must stay in the Maker Space. The Temperature / Humidity Sensor may be taken outside, in exchange for drivers license / ID.