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Stamp It

on Fri, 24/04/2015 - 08:40

There was a small, determined, and succesful combined effort at the Lancaster Space this week. 

Stamps

Those of you familiar with the MakerSpaces will know that there is a MakerSpace Passport. This is a copy of a traditional passport with the idea that you fill it with stamps from the various hackspaces you visit.

Hackspaces themselves are encouraged to make stamps for the visitors.

We at LAMM took this into hand and made a collective effort amongst some of the members to make a stamp for the Space and for the LAMM people.

Make It

  • Darren provided us with some laser-ready rubber from

The Wonderful Chaps at Andrews and Arnold

on Thu, 16/04/2015 - 06:06

Starting a Hackspace is a daunting task, there is the finding of a space itself, the tools, members, and then the inevitable bills to pay. Hackspaces tend to be run as businesses, as such they are liable to pay rates, they usually have rent, there is power and then the associated costs. There is little left over for luxuries such as Internet, which is a shame as the Internet and connectivity is an essential need in the modern world.[1]

We discovered that our budgets would likely suffer if we had to get an internet connection, however we approached some providers for their rates and explained

Bedside lighting

on Thu, 16/04/2015 - 05:58

I am new to the whole hacking, making, playing, soldering and generally hands-on construction and so my time at the hackspace is always a steep learning curve.

One of the projects that I have been tinkering with was to take a couple of old, well toys really - but toys for me as an adult, and make them into something new. What i decided to do was build a bedside light with two switches, some ultra-bright LEDs and a blue LED. The toys were a Doctor (model of David Tennant's doctor) and a TARDIS safe (that had stopped functioning).

I basically ripped the electronic guts out including the

Is there anybody there? Click once for yes!

on Tue, 14/04/2015 - 19:44

So following on from my previous post about switches at https://hackaday.io/project/4857-commercial-home-automation/log/16130-switches-are-simple-right let's talk about Passive Infra Red (PIR) sensors.

Sponsors Page

on Thu, 02/04/2015 - 06:43

Yesterday we added a new page to our website at Lancaster and Morecambe Makers. This is the Sponsors page and it is to recognise all those who have made a contribution to our group and our hackspace. 

The sponsors page is about the companies who have given us support, services and advice to help us come into existence. But we think our sponsors are also individuals and the first group we want as a permanent roll cal of honour on the site are the Founder Members who gave us funds to help us get off the ground.

Take a few moments to have a look at all the people who have helped so far, and if

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Two 3D soon to be Three or Four...

on Wed, 18/03/2015 - 12:07

The Space in Lancaster has acquired a second 3D printer that can be used by Members who have completed the 3D Printing training. This machine is the property of Mark Keating who is allowing use of the machine by members as long as they pay for the costs of the material that is extruded.

The printer is a model of the Replicator 2 and has twin nozzles. This means that it can be used to print with two different maetrials at the same time and can utilise a variety of printing techniques.

Hacking the space - March 2015

on Mon, 09/03/2015 - 15:34

So this weekend on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of March we had our first major hack the space day, and much was achieved!

  • Workshop area now has a chip board flooring to prevent us causing damage to the laminate flooring in Unit 5
  • Kitchen worktops are cut to length and fixed to the units
  • Big shelving units are screwed to the walls
  • Donated equipment and parts were moved from the Shadowcat offices to the space
  • Laser was moved location along with the PC (including some comedy moments of Bob discovering how thin the metal was and bending it)
  • Laser modified to replace the USB cabling so the

Challenge accepted

on Mon, 16/02/2015 - 16:46

So this weekend saw many changes at the space. We received the go ahead to start moving in equipment and the White Cross team had installed many more electrical sockets, which we greatly appreciated.

 

Jim was renovating his kitchen and gave us his old kitchen cabinets, Ian and Tom collected them and installed them on Saturday. Other furniture also found its way up to the space including desks, chairs and other storage units.

 

Ian and Tom building kitchen cabinets

 

Sunday was the main event with our A2 Laser cutter arriving. Martin from Just add Sharks arrived at 2pm with a challenge: “Nobody has ever got one of the A2 lasers

A Code of Conduct

on Wed, 11/02/2015 - 14:20

The Directors of the Lancaster and Morecambe Makers have today published a 'Code of Conduct' to the website that will also be posted in the Lancaster 'Space'. 

There are strong reasons to set a basic ocde for behaviour in shared spaces and to announce in advance what measures can be taken to respond to any potential incidents. This is particularly true for the 'Space' as we wish to encourgae younger members to attend and to make the 'Space' available to all sections of our society.

We' d ask all members, visitors and guests to be aware of the Code of Conduct which is based upon a principle

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A Code of Conduct

on Wed, 11/02/2015 - 14:20

The Directors of the Lancaster and Morecambe Makers have today published a 'Code of Conduct' to the website that will also be posted in the Lancaster 'Space'. 

There are strong reasons to set a basic ocde for behaviour in shared spaces and to announce in advance what measures can be taken to respond to any potential incidents. This is particularly true for the 'Space' as we wish to encourgae younger members to attend and to make the 'Space' available to all sections of our society.

We' d ask all members, visitors and guests to be aware of the Code of Conduct which is based upon a principle

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