Doers not talkers

It has been over two months since the last post here. There is a good reason for that. It is not because we have died away. In fact it is quite the opposite.

The TechSpace has been going from strength to strength. Meetings have been more productive and events better attended than ever. However, being a totally volunteer association, there has been limited time and focus by anyone to record much. (“Nobody got time for that!” 🙂 ) We have all been far too busy doing stuff instead. If you look at all the meetings we have held, all listed on our pages you will get an idea of most of the activities. A couple of us also upload pictures of the events to there. Also, some wiki pages that relate to our key projects get updated to keep members in synch with mainly technical aspects of the projects. Apart from that, if you want to see much more of what is happening at TechSpace, you might need to drop in, especially on Sunday afternoon, which is the most likely time when a few members will be there with time to talk to you and show you what we are up to, and for you to ask about your particular interest in tech. Projects that have advanced in the past month:

  1. 3D printing: The 2nd printer is now fully operational and after a hiatus of several months, there is again progress on building the 3rd. We are starting to get for commercial 3D designing and printing, and this is being progressed.
  2. Arduino projects: Three variants of “Persistence of Vision” objects have been built and yet another is under construction. GJ’s finish-line timer and display has progressed steadily. The “botz” robot project, and Skip’s related robot kit (commercial) project have progressed a long way. We have had robots zipping around controlled by PC, mobile phone, and TV remote devices.
  3. Quite a few electronic parts have been bought and shown aroung the Space at meetings./li>
  4. Thermo-Electric GeneratorA thermo-electric generator was built one week. It produced 2.7v from the energy from burning two small candles.
  5. (more to add shortly)
  6. Software: the usual computer upgrades: machines are mostly running Ubuntu linux 13.04, and one is kept on 12.04 LTS

Our most recent offsite public event: we exhibited a Reprap and robots at the Southport Library at their Linking You Locally event. We had excellent interest in tech from the public and are keen to do more of these events.

Our next public event will at be the Gold Coast Show at the Gold Coast’s Parkland Showgrounds, 31st August to 2nd September. We expect we will be showcasing more 3D printing and a few electronics projects, including robots. We will decide on exactly what we take a few days beforehand.