Had the chance to check out the world’s largest hackerspace! Artisan’s Asylum is an extremely cool place filled with a variety of makers.
Thanks a bunch to Jimmie Rodgers @jprodgers for letting me chill and hack there for a few hours! And the tea. If you’re in the area, he teaches classes (circuit hacking, circuit bending, analog synths)- so go check them out! He is the maker of the LoL Shield too, a great way to learn how to solder or just make something blinky for your Arduino.
Shout out to Derek for showing me a tour even though it was a little early!
Here are some neat things that I saw-
First time seeing an Othermill in person!
They say their electronics area is “messy”. It looked quite well labeled and organised compared to something I know…
Here is a human sized robot artwork! Do you think its mouth is where the yellow paper is, making its expression sort of tired — or do you think its the notch in the metal pieces between its eyes, making its expression a grin? Anthropomorphising robot art
There is more robot art! A maker there has an entire area devoted to its robot creations called Astrobots. There were also points of green laser light around…
The noise this one makes from its moving parts was quite cool:
Found a vid where you can see one of the Astrobots moving:
There is something interesting happening in the Rascal Micro area. Here was one of their boards they had out, hope it was ok to take a photo. Look at how cool the silkscreen is!
The maker was not there, but it would have been cool to meet him – @rascalmicro.
Here is STOMPY! If you have not heard of it, check out its wildly awesome crowdfunding campaign. Check out the build updates too!
These photos do not really do it justice as to how huge this construction is in real life. It was all made by multiple people working together… incredibly cool!
Details around this bolt are nice:
This laser cutter is actually a Lasersaur, an open source laser cutter! Always wondered what these turn out to look like in real life.
Here’s another laser cutter, called the Lolzer cutter. This laser cutter has been upgraded from its initial bizarre state. One of its uses is for unicorn shaped confetti! It’s probably the only laser cutter with a SHARK!
Really neat piece of art
I spread out all of the robots on a table in the common area. A bunch of the robots were broken in transportation (as always?), so it was a good time to fix them.
And yes, they have a hackerspace passport stamp! This ink was made with a permanent marker and hand sanitizer XD
The makers there zip by on their scooters to get from place to place. It’s neat to see out of your peripheral vision, it just looks like humans sliding through air really fast. Pretty fitting for a hackerspace.
One of the things that I didn’t see there was anything to do with biology or bio hacking. Maybe wetware has not become popular there yet?
Jimmie had an idea of using spray paint on the Pyralux, then zapping away everything but the traces on the laser cutter. The remaining spray paint would be the resist for etching it. Probably would be much faster and precise than the way we do it currently.
I forgot to upload the pcb files to the cloud or thumbdrive beforehand- so it would have taken too long to redesign it all. Dang. But what a neat idea, and quite eager to try it out.
I would definitely recommend if you are travelling to go to a hackerspace and just hack on your projects in a different setting. It’s like a treat for your brain! Seriously, it’s WICKED COOL!