Sunday, October 2, 2016

54 robots!

I just finished laser cutting 54 Bartholomew robots for teaching soldering with.

Also late yesterday I was doing more testing on how to make snap together connections to work with younger kids. More testing needed, but I'm making progress.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Maker Stamp Class

Yesterday's class for Maker Stamps went really well. We made 3 sets of 30 stamps. Plus a couple extra custom stamps.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Silhouette Cameo setup for a friend

I spent some time today helping a friend set up her Silhouette Cameo. She cut out a cupcake as a test.

She had let me borrow it to host a booth for the Southwest Maker Fest where we made a bunch of stickers out of my stamp designs.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Talk on Design and Fabrication of Adorable Robot Figures

At HeatSync Labs Hot Topics I gave a talk on designing the adorable Bartholomew Robots. There is an upcoming workshop at HeatSync to make your own. Soldering Touch Sensitive Robots $12, Tuesday October 18th from 7pm - 10pm

Monday, September 12, 2016

3 Workshops Maker Stamps, Soldering Bartholomew Robots, and Custom Stamp Making

I've schedule 3 upcoming events at HeatSync Labs.

Maker Stamp Workshop $38
Thursday September 29th from 7pm - 10pm

Soldering Touch Sensitive Robots $12
Tuesday October 18th from 7pm - 10pm

Custom Stamp Making $12
Thursday October 20th from 7pm - 10-pm

More details in the links. Here are some cool stamps.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Arduino Kit updates

I've been updating the kit I do Arduino Workshops with. This new lasercut box holds a bunch of Arduinos and breadboards in little mounted boards. I've got a bit more work ahead to get my full set of 30 kits ready to go. Looks great so far.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Robot Friend

I've finished designing and making these really cute robot figures. They will be used for soldering projects in workshops I do. The heart shaped copper tape is cut using the vinyl cutter. The white part of the robot is cut on the laser cutter. They will also be available as finished products in the idea Museum store (while in stock).

These robots are made with 2 transistors, 2 color changing LED's, 2 batteries, melamine (white board type stuff), and copper tape. The way they work is when a tiny amount of current goes through you finger it goes to the transistors. Transistors work by being closed (allowing no current) allowing no current when they aren't activated to allowing current to go through when a small amount of current is applied to the middle pin. By having 2 transistors we can make it more sensitive to a lower amount of current. This is called a Darlington Pair.