Mar
8
Sun
Build a Rocket / Learn to Solder
Mar 8 @ 14:00

Build an ENTS* Rocket ship with blinking lights!

A great first project for anyone who’s never soldered before or for kids to do with a parent.

We will each assemble a rocket-shaped PCB, a pin clasp (so you can proudly wear it), a battery holder (with battery), two LEDs and a power switch. With lots of people around, you’ll easily find help in learning how to solder components.

You’ll end up with something that looks like this (but the lights blink and its way cooler).

entsrocket

*Thanks to our counterparts at the Edmonton New Technology Society for giving us a bunch of their boards!

Sign up here.

(The March date is part of our March Workshop Series)
  • Learn to solder / Build a Rocket
  • PREP/TWEAK A DXF FOR LASER CUTTING 
  • MY FIRST LASER CUT 
  • GROUP BUILD – Useless box.
Mar
10
Tue
Meet & Geek – Our Weekly Open House
Mar 10 @ 19:00 – 22:00

Our public night at the space, happens every Tuesday at 7pm.

Come out and meet the artists, tinkerers and technologists that make up Protospace while refining your own project ideas.

While membership to Protospace is $50 a month, our Meet&Geek nights are free.

Mar
12
Thu
Onshape (free CAD) meeting
Mar 12 @ 19:00
Mar
14
Sat
Monthly Members Meeting
Mar 14 @ 14:00 – 16:00

This is the regularly scheduled member’s meeting. Agenda and additional information is discussing in the protospace-administration forum.

Mar
16
Mon
DXF File Preparation Workshop
Mar 16 @ 18:30 – 20:30

This is a “workshop” not a formal training class – that means no powerpoints! (yay!) But it also means no formal curriculum, but a chance to explore, discuss and learn.

The basic format is to look at taking a DXF file from the web (maybe thingiverse) and turn it into something that can successfully cut on our laser. Depending on the participants, we may look at creating our own simple shape or using files that you’re having trouble with. If samples are needed, we can also use the Protospace Spitfire plane, the business card holder, or the zipper pulls (because guys don’t have “charms” :) )
Time permitting, we will talk about design considerations – tabs and slots, kerf, and t-slots come to mind — and a bit about materials to cut into.
Because I know and use Illustrator, that’s what most of my examples are in, but we will also look at 2D features in Solidworks (because it’s on my laptop). Focus will be on manipulating the lines and concepts moreso than on the specifics of a software package; but, there is enough similarity between drafting programs, that I/we will help as we can.
If you are an experienced user of DraftSight, AutoCad, Fusion360, Rhino, or any other package that makes DXFs for our laser, I would love to have you come by for even a few minutes and describe how it works at a high level.
Open to all, with priority to members if the class looks over-subscribed. Guests (non-members) will be asked to contribute $5 each. Mini-makers and teens welcome (mini-makers should be able to understand basic design concepts and drive a computer CAD program, on their own or with help. Children require a guardian.)
You can sign up for the DXF File Design/Prep Workshop now using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1S8ewtizn0hzIarmL63xh7TqAZIGjQA0lHrHRhvbn0EY/viewform
Workshop requirements: Minimum 4, Maximum 10
This is part of our March Workshop Series, other dates to be announced.
Learn to solder / Build a Rocket (March 8)
ENTS gave us a bunch of their flashy-blinky rocket kits, so we get to put them together. We did this with a dozen or so people back in October to great success.
Sign up here.
PREP/TWEAK A DXF FOR LASER CUTTING (March 16 or 21)
Learn how to take a DXF (or make one) and get it ready for the laser cutter. We might even be able to talk about Tabs and T-Slots and other construction techniques.
MY FIRST LASER CUT (March 17 or 31)
Help cutting your first piece on the laser. Sign up using this spreadsheet.
GROUP BUILD – Useless box (Dates to follow)
Come build one of these https://solarbotics.com/product/60005/ with us! You can buy your own kit, or scrounge parts, or be part of a group buy.
Hey, wait a minute… if I learned to solder, then created my own DXF with my own image to engrave, then cut that part, then built a box, I could customize it and make parts just the way I want. :)
Mar
17
Tue
Meet & Geek – Our Weekly Open House
Mar 17 @ 19:00 – 22:00

Our public night at the space, happens every Tuesday at 7pm.

Come out and meet the artists, tinkerers and technologists that make up Protospace while refining your own project ideas.

While membership to Protospace is $50 a month, our Meet&Geek nights are free.

My First Laser Cut – Coached session
Mar 17 @ 19:00 – 21:00
If you would like to have a coached 1:1 session with one of us who has some experience with the Laser cutter, you can sign up for a Tuesday night slot.
If you have a project in mind, bring your file along. if you are looking for ideas, here are some:
  • Custom lid for a “useless box” (see below)
  • The sample business card holder in wood or acrylic
  • The Spitfire sample plane in wood or acrylic
  • A DXF file of your choice from the “tweak a DXF workshop” (see below)
Mar
21
Sat
New Member Orientation and General Safety Training
Mar 21 @ 13:00 – 14:00
DXF File Preparation Workshop
Mar 21 @ 13:30 – 16:00

This is a “workshop” not a formal training class – that means no powerpoints! (yay!) But it also means no formal curriculum, but a chance to explore, discuss and learn.

The basic format is to look at taking a DXF file from the web (maybe thingiverse) and turn it into something that can successfully cut on our laser. Depending on the participants, we may look at creating our own simple shape or using files that you’re having trouble with. If samples are needed, we can also use the Protospace Spitfire plane, the business card holder, or the zipper pulls (because guys don’t have “charms” :) )
Time permitting, we will talk about design considerations – tabs and slots, kerf, and t-slots come to mind — and a bit about materials to cut into.
Because I know and use Illustrator, that’s what most of my examples are in, but we will also look at 2D features in Solidworks (because it’s on my laptop). Focus will be on manipulating the lines and concepts moreso than on the specifics of a software package; but, there is enough similarity between drafting programs, that I/we will help as we can.
If you are an experienced user of DraftSight, AutoCad, Fusion360, Rhino, or any other package that makes DXFs for our laser, I would love to have you come by for even a few minutes and describe how it works at a high level.
Open to all, with priority to members if the class looks over-subscribed. Guests (non-members) will be asked to contribute $5 each. Mini-makers and teens welcome (mini-makers should be able to understand basic design concepts and drive a computer CAD program, on their own or with help. Children require a guardian.)
You can sign up for the DXF File Design/Prep Workshop now using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1S8ewtizn0hzIarmL63xh7TqAZIGjQA0lHrHRhvbn0EY/viewform
Workshop requirements: Minimum 4, Maximum 10
This is part of our March Workshop Series, other dates to be announced.
Learn to solder / Build a Rocket (March 8)
ENTS gave us a bunch of their flashy-blinky rocket kits, so we get to put them together. We did this with a dozen or so people back in October to great success.
Sign up here.
PREP/TWEAK A DXF FOR LASER CUTTING (March 16 or 21)
Learn how to take a DXF (or make one) and get it ready for the laser cutter. We might even be able to talk about Tabs and T-Slots and other construction techniques.
MY FIRST LASER CUT (March 17 or 31)
Help cutting your first piece on the laser. Sign up using this spreadsheet.
GROUP BUILD – Useless box (Dates to follow)
Come build one of these https://solarbotics.com/product/60005/ with us! You can buy your own kit, or scrounge parts, or be part of a group buy.
Hey, wait a minute… if I learned to solder, then created my own DXF with my own image to engrave, then cut that part, then built a box, I could customize it and make parts just the way I want. :)
Tabletop Games Night
Mar 21 @ 19:00
Come join us for some goodly fun!
Games will start around 7, but you are welcome to come and go as needed, so latecomers are welcome — but you may have to wait for a seat in a game or a new round to start (or, start up a new game!)  Bring whatever games you enjoy playing, or pick one from the shelf in the Members’ Lounge. We have fairly broad interests, and a good variety of people, so there is lots of choice.
Mini makers are welcome (as always, accompanied by a parent or guardian), and therefore, family-friendly games will be the norm until 9:00 pm, after which more adult fare may be played as interest demands.
Food and beverages are supplied by the participants (you!), so in the interest of public nutritional variation, please consider that everyone defaults to bringing donuts!
In particular, the April 11 edition is in celebration of International Tabletop Day, so check out http://tabletopday.com.
tabletop-day-games
Mar
22
Sun
Beginner Electronics / Arduino / Teensy course
Mar 22 @ 09:00

Beginner Electronics / Arduino / Teensy course

https://groups.google.com/d/msg/protospace-discuss/EFRlkVSciLo/VdIjjfDekgwJ

Mar
24
Tue
Meet & Geek – Our Weekly Open House
Mar 24 @ 19:00 – 22:00

Our public night at the space, happens every Tuesday at 7pm.

Come out and meet the artists, tinkerers and technologists that make up Protospace while refining your own project ideas.

While membership to Protospace is $50 a month, our Meet&Geek nights are free.

Mar
26
Thu
Build A Box (Member Session)
Mar 26 @ 18:45 – 22:00
The final part of our March Series is the Group Build-A-Box.
Join a group to build your very own useless box. Whenever you turn it on, it turns itself off. Totally useless. And just waiting to be built.
We will be using the Solarbotics version of the Useless box, as seen here:
https://solarbotics.com/product/60005/
If you’ve been following our March series, you can build your own useless box out of any material you like, or you can customize the lid with your own engraving, or you can just build the kit as it is. Accordingly, you can be part of the group buy for the whole kit, or just the innards (everything except the acrylic). [Special Thanks to Solarbotics for putting that special version of the SKU together, just for us.] The costs vary accordingly.
We are offering a session open to the public (without customizations) in the afternoon (it’s March Break week), members may attend either. We recommend that you complete custom laser cutting or engraving beforehand (like in the coached sessions?), to avoid congestion. Of course, you are welcome to take your parts home (or to your shelf) and continue whenever is convenient. It’s fun to build things together, and it can be helpful to have someone who’s built it before on hand. (Although this kit is completely do-able, and a great first or second project.)
There are lots of useless box examples on the web to inspire you:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z86V_ICUCD4
Advanced users can buy lots of parts and go crazy:
http://hackaday.com/2012/12/22/an-even-more-useless-machine/
http://www.gifwave.com/rmt/machine-edition-useless-gif
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=227204664116885
This is part of our March Workshop Series, other dates to be announced.
Learn to solder / Build a Rocket (March 8)
ENTS gave us a bunch of their flashy-blinky rocket kits, so we get to put them together. We did this with a dozen or so people back in October to great success.
PREP/TWEAK A DXF FOR LASER CUTTING (March 16 or 21)
Learn how to take a DXF (or make one) and get it ready for the laser cutter. We might even be able to talk about Tabs and T-Slots and other construction techniques.
MY FIRST LASER CUT (March 17 or 31)
Help cutting your first piece on the laser.
GROUP BUILD – Useless box (March 26)
Come build one of these https://solarbotics.com/product/60005/ with us! You can buy your own kit, or scrounge parts, or be part of a group buy.
Hey, wait a minute… if I learned to solder, then created my own DXF with my own image to engrave, then cut that part, then built a box, I could customize it and make parts just the way I want. :)
Mar
28
Sat
Laser Cutter Training
Mar 28 @ 10:00 – 12:30
The next Laser Cutter/Engraving course is on the calendar for Saturday, Mar 28, at 10:00 am. The course itself should wind up about noon, but there will be an opportunity for a some projects and cutting after the course.
To take the class you must have taken the basic safety training and be a member in good standing (i.e. paid-up) at the Space. Probationary members (non-vetted) may attend but will not receive access until they are vetted. Young members may attend if accompanied by an adult.

The absolute maximum number of participants is 12. We will run the course if there are at least 4 sign-ups

Note that this training is specific to the use of the Laser hardware and LaserCut 6.0 (the software that runs the hardware). It does not cover the CAD programs typically used to do the drawings. For the most part most programs that can give you a DXF file will do.We will do classroom work, demonstrations, and discussion. If you would like to have a chance to cut your own project, please bring a ready-to-go DXF file on a memory stick (or put it on a one-drive/google-drive/dropbox or similar web-accessible cloud). Also, if you have specific material you want to have a go at, bring a chunk along.
IMPORTANT! Do not email the list/group or the instructors with “Is this still happening?” or “How do I sign up?” If the course is cancelled or changed, we will announce it here, AND email the individuals. If you sign up, you are EXPECTED to attend or advise the instructors as early as possible. For this course, you can email me directly if you need to de-register.
This course is also scheduled for April 25th.
If you’ve gotten this far, you appear qualified to know the super-secret sign-up process. Go to http://goo.gl/forms/0hLmFI47Pd and fill out the form. Real Name and Working Email are required.
Mar
31
Tue
Meet & Geek – Our Weekly Open House
Mar 31 @ 19:00 – 22:00

Our public night at the space, happens every Tuesday at 7pm.

Come out and meet the artists, tinkerers and technologists that make up Protospace while refining your own project ideas.

While membership to Protospace is $50 a month, our Meet&Geek nights are free.

My First Laser Cut – Coached session
Mar 31 @ 19:00 – 21:00
If you would like to have a coached 1:1 session with one of us who has some experience with the Laser cutter, you can sign up for a Tuesday night slot.
If you have a project in mind, bring your file along. if you are looking for ideas, here are some:
  • Custom lid for a “useless box” (see below)
  • The sample business card holder in wood or acrylic
  • The Spitfire sample plane in wood or acrylic
  • A DXF file of your choice from the “tweak a DXF workshop” (see below)
Apr
7
Tue
Meet & Geek – Our Weekly Open House
Apr 7 @ 19:00 – 22:00

Our public night at the space, happens every Tuesday at 7pm.

Come out and meet the artists, tinkerers and technologists that make up Protospace while refining your own project ideas.

While membership to Protospace is $50 a month, our Meet&Geek nights are free.

Apr
11
Sat
Monthly Members Meeting
Apr 11 @ 14:00 – 16:00

This is the regularly scheduled member’s meeting. Agenda and additional information is discussing in the protospace-administration forum.

Tabletop Games Night
Apr 11 @ 19:00
Come join us for some goodly fun!
Games will start around 7, but you are welcome to come and go as needed, so latecomers are welcome — but you may have to wait for a seat in a game or a new round to start (or, start up a new game!)  Bring whatever games you enjoy playing, or pick one from the shelf in the Members’ Lounge. We have fairly broad interests, and a good variety of people, so there is lots of choice.
Mini makers are welcome (as always, accompanied by a parent or guardian), and therefore, family-friendly games will be the norm until 9:00 pm, after which more adult fare may be played as interest demands.
Food and beverages are supplied by the participants (you!), so in the interest of public nutritional variation, please consider that everyone defaults to bringing donuts!
In particular, the April 11 edition is in celebration of International Tabletop Day, so check out http://tabletopday.com.
tabletop-day-games
Apr
14
Tue
Meet & Geek – Our Weekly Open House
Apr 14 @ 19:00 – 22:00

Our public night at the space, happens every Tuesday at 7pm.

Come out and meet the artists, tinkerers and technologists that make up Protospace while refining your own project ideas.

While membership to Protospace is $50 a month, our Meet&Geek nights are free.