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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.


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MozFest 2015

A group of us from BuildBrighton had a fun weekend at MozFest learning about the open web, Raspberry Pis and other cool... read more

Mini Maker Faire

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.

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Exploring Robots Workshop

During February Build Brighton hosted three fantastic events for the Brighton Science Festival, an Arduino programming workshop, a general Arduino and introduction to electronics workshop and finally a robot drop in session. The first two workshops were all day events... read more

Exposing UV silkscreen for PCB printing

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…

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Computer Science and Religion

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)

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Making a small cheap UV exposure box

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…

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Making a small silkscreen frame

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…

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Preparing for small scale production of PCBs

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…

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Nail varnish as solder resist

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…

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Press-n-Peel for the win! PnP FTW

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…

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Laser etching PCBs update. Don't bother!

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…

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