We are an enthusiastic group of makers working on individual projects, from toys to wind turbines, and collaborating on bigger builds such as robots and a filament extruder for 3D printers. So if you like making things come along on Thursday evenings and find out how to get involved. You don’t have to have particular skills. Some members bring LEGO, knitting and wacky inventions, so (almost) anything goes. We’re in the Rodhus building, which has a bright mural on Hollingdean Road, but our entrance is through the metal shutters round the back, on Freehold Terrace.
The RSA have published an interesting report on makerspaces, featuring a case study of Build Brighton plus other schemes around the country.read more
Kids had fun learning about LEDs and circuits by making little wooden houses and mushrooms.read more
We had a buzzing stall at the Brighton Mini Maker this year, with the Nao robot doing tai-chi next to Paul’s 3D printer, that was busily working away.read more
Thanks again to Andy at handprint.co.uk who emailed with some more advice about our miniature silkscreen idea. Below is an abridged copy of his email:The size thing…To get good results you need to have sufficient room on screen to load it with e…read more
While it was really tempting to just chuck some LEDs onto a bit of veroboard and just plug it in (ok, we did exactly that) we’ve since decided that it needs a bit of time and effort spending on it. While we’ve got a board full of LEDs that lights up wh…read more
Andy from handprint.co.uk kindly offered some help with our silkscreen idea. He sent some diagrams to explain why exposing UV emulsion on a silkscreen is better done from a distance and not from the minimum distance required, based on the lens angle of…read more
I have said that computer science is a lot like magic. And it is really good that it is like magic, because there is also a bad part in computer science that is a lot like religion.
— Harold Ableson (1985)read more
It seems that we spend most of our time planning things while we wait for stuff to arrive for an earlier project. That’s certainly the case now, as we’re waiting for some silkscreen mesh to arrive to try out our miniature silkscreen for printing PCBs i…read more
We battled with this one for a while – trying to decide on the best/easiest layout for silkscreen printing. In our previous post, the video shows “traditional” silkscreen printing, with a large screen and plenty of workshop space.We’re trying for small…read more
For a number of years, we’ve been thinking about the future of production and manufacturing. While everyone else seems to be “scaling up” and embracing globalisation, perhaps we’re been a little perverse in going the other way. Or maybe we’re just “ahe…read more
We’ve been doing a lot of trying things out lately, and not a lot of actually getting much done. But sometimes that’s ok, if only to satisfy your own curiosity. One thing that’s been bugging me is how close we got to making some really useful pcbs with…read more
We went crazy today and splashed out on a new laser printer. The big old Xerox is getting costly to keep buying consumables for, so we got a cheap, compact Brother HL2130 from PC World.Yup, it was extravagant. Yes, we could have got one cheap…read more
We’ve made about half a dozen different PCBs using our laser etching and laser cutting methods for creating the etch-resistant mask. And while creating the actual mask is relatively straightforward – compared with press-n-peel or exposing photo-sensiti…read more