CodeMash Maker Space

CodeMash Maker Space2021-10-08T09:03:15-05:00

 

What is the CodeMash Maker Space?

For 2022, we are building on the concept of the Maker Space that was held in 2020. We will have similar “projects” that you can come in and do, and will be announcing that towards the end of the year.  The Maker Space is the “umbrella” that includes both 3d printing (which we’ve had for several years) and electronics lab, which was introduced in 2020.  The 3d printing lab will be held in Guava/Tamarind as in years past, and the Electronics lab will be in the Mangrove room, right around the corner.

 

What can I do in the Maker Space?

In 2022 we will offer mini sessions for the following:

  • Learn to solder
  • Learn the basics of circuits and common components
  • Learn to tinker on hardware and develop software to run “sketches” using Arduino, Circuit Python
  • Hang out and meet with other Makers and see what they are building
  • Utilize 3d printing and learn how to use CAD, and print all the things ™

Stay tuned for updates, which will be tweeted, blogged, and sent out via email if you bought a ticket. We plan to open registration for “project kits” that you can solder and keep by end of year when we have the details finalized.

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:

  • Breadboards
  • Electronics components for projects (resistors, transistors, led’s, capacitors, etc.)
  • Soldering Irons, Multimeters, tweezers
  • A few dedicated 3d printers (operated by CodeMash staff)
  • Hammers
  • Nails
  • Plywood & Acrylic (for laser projects)
  • Band aids and ointment

Pre-Requisites

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.
  • Mu – Editor for Circuit Python.
  • 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.

CAD Packages:

  • 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.

Other Info

  • 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.