We were featured on Vimby.com… Andrew Watson did a great job shooting it. Here’s the video.
Edit: fixed embed code that Vimby borked. -eagleapex
Event Board & Judges
We love MakerBot, but we needed a better way to print larger objects (like parts for a Mendel). So I started experimenting in the lab at UPenn for how to get a heated platform up and working on 3D-PO.
The first design involved multiple layers of silicone fused together around a nichrome core. We told MakerBot about it, and they wanted more! Then Eberhard Rensch in Germany heard about it (go Internets!), and he went to town on a simplified software design. Awesome!
Of course the design is very simple, totally open (and transparent!). Hooray for Universities. So Mike and I bought a bunch of materials, refined the design a bit, and made a bunch more platforms. It was pretty risky but we trusted our gut and listened to all the awesome members right here at our favorite hackerspace. And we also made use of plenty of Hive resources to get the job done.
But we had gotten ahead of ourselves a bit… we don’t have the infrastructure to sell/invoice/ship/advertise this type of product. We could build that infrastructure, but we really love the core MakerBot community and don’t want to see market fragmentation. So we shipped them off to MakerBot to sell through their store. Check out this blog post and also the wiki page explaining how it works and how to use it.
It’s been an awesome experience: idea -> it works! -> invest in yourself -> Success!!
And about that Mendel… Fynflood’s assembling like gangbusters, check it out!!
We here at the Hive are (un?)fortunate enough to have two large windows that don’t seem to want to stay open (read: safety hazard). What are we supposed to do with stuff that doesn’t work the way it should? Use it for something else, of course!
We are looking to increase some of our greenery and reduce our grocery bills by growing food and herbs at the space. Now, with your pizza or burrito, you can enjoy a fresh picked geek salad!
Though the build specifics(?) still need to be hashed out, you can be sure to see some plants in our 5th story windows this spring.
In case you missed it, Hive76 and Make:Philly collaborated to get Project Giant Operation done, and it was an awesome success. Make:Philly and Hive76, great job.
Check out this rad video from Tango Echo:
If you want to see the game in action, you still have a chance to on January 30th. Check out this weekends special event by Body Worlds 2, or Franklin Institute
Make:Philly folks and Hive76 got together back in November and December to build a GIANT version of the board game Operation for an event they were having. We spent 3-4 weekends working on it, and got some nifty coverage of it by Tango-Echo ‘zine.
We just got notice that the event has been put back on the calendar for Jan 30th. The kids will be playing the board game ‘Operation’ form 11AM to 1PM, with the final round being played on our GIANT Operation board we built! Come on out, check out what we make and do!
Operation Event, with Make:Philly & Hive76 GIANT Operation Board
Saturday Jan 30th from 11AM to 1PM
The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
I’m going to be talking about Hackerspaces, how they relate to Software Libre and distributed software projects, and why the are going to take over the world (peacefully). I’m going to have a blast talking, and I hope I’m entertaining to the folks listening.
If anyone wants to come watch me make a fool of myself in person, the meeting is at the Community Center at the Super Giant Food Store of Willow Grove, and my talk starts at 12 Noon, and there is great stuff before and after it.
If you want to come and are not a member, You’ll probably need to grab a guest pass (from the right sidebar). Hopefully this is a first step in Hive76 and PACS working together on great stuff around Philly!
Hacker Dojo managed to get a decent video piece out of Fox News. The idea of talking about what hackers really are (hint: not criminals) and tying modern spaces to older movements like Homebrew Computer Club. I’m going to leave the editorial comments about quality of reporting to someone in the comments section, and just post the video.