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GatorLUG Meeting | 2011-09-21 | 6-8pm | Open Source Hardware - Nixie Tubes, LED Display, 3D Printing

Sep 21 2011 6:00 pm
Sep 21 2011 8:00 pm
America/New York

GatorLUG Meeting Agenda for September 21, 2011

6:00 - 6:30 Announcements / General Discussion

6:30 - 7:30 Open Source Hardware Projects | Kathryn Storey, Martin Smith, Allen Rout

We are all very familiar with open source software. In the last five years, making things with open source hardware has been gaining in popularity. A hackerspace is a shared workshop like environment that facilitates the crafting of physical things. There is no requirement to make things with open source hardware in a hackerspace. But, it is often the case that people who are involved with hackerspaces enjoy sharing their knowledge and teaching others how they built something.

This month we are profiling 3 projects that were created at the hackerspace in Gainesville, FL -

Kathryn Storey (who started the whole thing off by wanting to have a hackerspace in Gainesville) will profile her Nixie tube clock. Next, Martin Smith will demonstrate a 10 x 10 display created with RGB LED Christmas lights and an ardouino micro-controller. Finally, Allen Rout will discuss making things with a Makerbot cupcake 3D printer. Not just slides, these things will be shown live (and in color!).

7:30 - 8:00 Open discussion, meet and greet someone new

The Laboratory | 818 W University Ave., Suite C. Gainesville, FL, 32601

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LED Board Presentation

Presentation slides...

Here are the slides...

3D Printing

So, 3D printing actually came up yesterday in one of the Research Computing Day seminars (sorry I didn't advertise it here... kind of forgot).

The subject matter for the possibility of using a 3D printer was for epigraphy of ancient carvings. Basically what they do is take a piece of wet paper and put it on the carving. When it dries, it hardens in the mirror shape of the original, and they can then take those pieces of paper from the site and study them at leisure. The computing portion comes into play because they are now doing 2.5D and 3D scans of these epigraphs in order to do analysis.

The idea was brought up to the presenter of "Can you use these scans that you are making of the epigraphs to apply to a 3D printer, in order to print reproductions?" The presenter apparently had not thought of this application.

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