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Last month was pretty crazy around the shop.  We pushed out over 50 sets of RepRap Clonedel parts, and we sent molds out far and wide.   We got a visit this weekend from the Electromagnate folks doing their Kickstarter-funded Documentary, and we got invited to 3D DC, a conference in the other Washington to do some dog and pony about 3D printing and Intellectual Property (check out their whitepaper).  We got a rundown on the Open3DP Powder printer, and started doing some customer runs on ours ($35 for a takeout box sized print).  Our Doctor-Intern Lisa has been making awesome progress on the Tilt Mill, and Sutton Beres Culler, our favorite artist-trio has been cranking out an amazing project for their upcoming New York trip.

We had our first EL Wire workshop, our first OpenSCAD workshop, and finished up our Arduino Outreach program at the Bush School. We hosted an amazing Makerbot/Mendel User Group Meetup, and started working on our own shop Clonedel.   As always, I forget to mention things on the blog, and even though we regularly update our Flickr Stream, I always miss some of the awesome that goes on.  If you’ve got a project that you want us to write about in depth, email allison@sweetium.com

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(Still) Upcoming Workshops for August and September

This is just a reminder even though we’re halfway through this sunniest of Seattle months, we still have plenty of workshops left to take in August in addition to the workshops that have already been scheduled for September. You can see what we’ve got lined up below:

Inkscape for Laser Cutting
Saturday, August 21  2-4:30pm
Cost: $50 for non-membersbunny

This workshop is an introduction to Inkscape, focusing on the tools needed for laser cutting. It is appropriate for those who have never used or have limited experience with Inkscape.  The last half hour of the class is supervised design time where you can create your own 3”x5” design and have it cut it out in 3mm thick birch using the laser cutter.
This workshop requires a laptop with the latest version of Inkscape installed and a mouse with a scroll wheel.

Intro to the Arduino
Saturday, August 28   2-4pm
Cost: $50 for non-members
This workshop will cover the basics of the Arduino. We’ll go over what it is, what it can do, and why you’d want to use it. We’ll also go over a couple of basic programs. This course is great for people who’ve never programmed before and have no microcontroller experience. We’ll give you an Arduino, a breadboard, and some simple components.
This workshop requires a laptop.

Arduino Programming
Sunday, August 29   2-4pm
Cost: $50 for non-members
Now that you’ve gotten some familiarity with the Arduino, it’s time to learn how to program the thing. We’ll cover programming basics like functions, loops, and conditionals. We’ll also talk about how to use classes, though we won’t be writing any.
This class requires an arduino and breadboard.

Introduction to Electronics
Tuesday, August 31   7-9:30pm
Cost: $50 for non-members
This workshop covers everything you need to know to get started in electronics. We’ll start from the basics of electricity and work our way up to using integrated circuits. Fading, blinking, and dimming LEDs help demonstrate key electronics concepts. You’ll leave this workshop with a kit of everything you need to build the circuits we cover.

…And in September…

Advanced I/O for the Arduino
Sunday, September 12   2-4pm
Cost: $50 for non-members
The importance of the Arduino is mostly in how you can interface it with the rest of the analog world. We’ll talk about using analog inputs to sense light and sound. We’ll also go over using PWM to control the brightness of LEDs. Lastly, we’ll cover how to use servo motors.  This class comes with several sensors and other components.
You’ll need a breadboard and Arduino.

Arduino Robots
Sunday, September 19   2-5pm
Cost: $50 for non-members
This last Arduino workshop will wrap everything from the other workshops together into an interesting project. We’ll spend the class integrating sensors, motors, and various programming techniques into a line following robot car.
We’ll give you most of the supplies, but you’ll also need everything from the other three workshops (which you can buy separately if you only want to take this class).

You’ve been asking for new workshops, and last week we announced our electronics lineup. This week we introduce 3 new Processing Workshops at Metrix Create:Space.   Our instructor is Joseph Gray, a visual artist and designer who has taught workshops on Processing and Pure Data at Media 911, Cornish School of Arts and Frayed Wire.   Introduction to Processing April 17th 2:00-4:30 PM Cost: $50 for non-members An introduction to Processing (http://processing.org), a coding language designed for artistic applications.  Processing is quick to learn for beginning coders, particularly those with a visual background.  The language is simple yet capable of scaling to projects of almost any complexity.  It is easy to learn for non-programmers yet powerful enough for seasoned programmers to rapidly develop concepts.  Processing has the added benefit of being a free and open source tool that is used by a large and very active community of creative minds internationally.   This workshop will guide participants through the creation of a basic drawing tool to introduce the fundamental concepts of Processing.  The finished project will be a unique drawing application that can be tweaked and modified to create individual artworks.  These images can then be saved in a printable format to show how the language can rapidly turn ideas into tangible results.  Laptop Required.  Real-Time Animation with Processing April 24th 2:00-4:30 PM Cost: $50 for non-members This workshop is designed for coders already familiar with dot syntax and focuses on generative animation.  3rd party libraries for Processing will be utilized to create an OpenGL application for creating visuals in real-time.  This stand-alone fullscreen application will create intricate and complex animations that can be controlled with a mouse and keyboard.  The visual output of the app can then either be recorded to a video file or projected for live performances.  Laptop Required.   Processing with Arduino May 1st 2:00-4:30 PM Cost: $50 for non-members Processing+Arduino.  The Arduino (http://arduino.cc) development environment looks exactly the same as Processing, as it happens to be based off of it.  The two toolkits work in tandem beautifully, particularly with the Firmata libraries.  Firmata (http://firmata.org) is an Arduino firmware that creates a standard protocol to a variety of languages.  The library for Processing is a natural transition in particular.   In this workshop an Arduino will be used to create a custom hardware controller and then connected to an application created in Processing to control live visuals.  Laptop and Arduino Required.  Materials for the controller will be provided.  Familiarity with both Processing and Arduino suggested.

You’ve been asking for new workshops, and last week we announced our electronics lineup.

This week we introduce 3 new Processing Workshops at Metrix Create:Space.   Our instructor is Joseph Gray, a visual artist and designer who has taught workshops on Processing and Pure Data at Media 911, Cornish School of Arts and Frayed Wire.  


Introduction to Processing
April 17th 2:00-4:30 PM
Cost: $50 for non-members

An introduction to Processing (http://processing.org), a coding language designed for artistic applications.  Processing is quick to learn for beginning coders, particularly those with a visual background.  The language is simple yet capable of scaling to projects of almost any complexity.  It is easy to learn for non-programmers yet powerful enough for seasoned programmers to rapidly develop concepts.  Processing has the added benefit of being a free and open source tool that is used by a large and very active community of creative minds internationally.  

This workshop will guide participants through the creation of a basic drawing tool to introduce the fundamental concepts of Processing.  The finished project will be a unique drawing application that can be tweaked and modified to create individual artworks.  These images can then be saved in a printable format to show how the language can rapidly turn ideas into tangible results.  Laptop Required. 


Real-Time Animation with Processing
April 24th 2:00-4:30 PM
Cost: $50 for non-members


This workshop is designed for coders already familiar with dot syntax and focuses on generative animation.  3rd party libraries for Processing will be utilized to create an OpenGL application for creating visuals in real-time.  This stand-alone fullscreen application will create intricate and complex animations that can be controlled with a mouse and keyboard.  The visual output of the app can then either be recorded to a video file or projected for live performances.  Laptop Required.  


Processing with Arduino
May 1st 2:00-4:30 PM
Cost: $50 for non-members

Processing+Arduino.  The Arduino (http://arduino.cc) development environment looks exactly the same as Processing, as it happens to be based off of it.  The two toolkits work in tandem beautifully, particularly with the Firmata libraries.  Firmata (http://firmata.org) is an Arduino firmware that creates a standard protocol to a variety of languages.  The library for Processing is a natural transition in particular.  

In this workshop an Arduino will be used to create a custom hardware controller and then connected to an application created in Processing to control live visuals.  Laptop and Arduino Required.  Materials for the controller will be provided.  Familiarity with both Processing and Arduino suggested.

Brandon had never touched a breadboard or played with electronics until two weeks ago. He got inspired by the vending machine and grabbed a Really Bare Bones Board, FTDI cable, Switched Reluctance Motor, prototyping breadboard and some snacks and started hacking away.

As of tonight (our two week anniversary of being open!) he has a working arduino-controlled single digit split-flap display.  He’s uploaded his laser design to the thingiverse, so you can have one too.

Rock on!