We are Make Hack Void, a Hackerspace* in Canberra, Australia.
Our space (Map) is a community workshop in Downer where members can come to work on their projects, get access to tools and expertise, and meet like-minded people. We have membership options including associate & student membership rates, and casual membership rates.
We also hold Maker Meetups on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Tuesdays of each month where anyone at all can chat, show and tell, get help or advice, and talk about their projects. You don't have to be a member to come to a Meetup.
Our group includes people with extremely diverse interests. Fibreglass moulds to FPGA electronics, Arduinos to DIY pizza ovens. Plus lots more. We're all interested in making things, hacking on projects, and we're not afraid of voiding warranties if we have to.
Getting Started with the MHVBoard in the Arduino Environment
The MHVBoard will work within the Arduino environment.
MHVBoard R2 Assembly Instructions
You will need the following tools to assemble your MHVBoard:
- Soldering iron with a fine tip (25W will do)
- Solder (the PCB is ROHS compliant if you want to use lead-free solder, but lead based solder is easier to work with)
- Needle-nose pliers
- Side cutters
Adam — Tue, 31/08/2010 - 3:57pm
The steps to get started with ProcessingJS in a stand alone environment are really straight forward but not documented anywhere. There is a really basic demo on the front page which basically implements these steps but it's not obvious that is what you need to download. Of course I only found that link after I wrote this up and figured this would be useful anyway.
Here's how you get started: Read more »
deece — Fri, 27/08/2010 - 10:10am
@RuthEllison has kindly designed some business cards for us.
I've also attached the QR Code sticker design I did up a while back.
Option 5 added, reflecting discussions in our meetings:
- Colour added to tag cloud
- Tag cloud vectorised
- Spanner logo removed
The MHVBoard is a low cost Arduino clone, based off the Metaboard.
It offers a TTL serial port, USB programming, ICSP, breadboard compatible headers and hardware already set up for software USB via V-USB.
While the original Metaboard did not choose to issue a license, our revisions are licensed under TAPR Noncommercial Hardware License.
angusgr — Tue, 24/08/2010 - 10:39pm
Last Tuesday MHV were invited to present their projects at Robot World Live. This event was held at Questacon as part of National Science Week.
Chris Wolfe & myself presented the latest incarnation of Chris' robotic hand and talked briefly about the potential for hobbyist robotics, and home-made creations.
angusgr — Sat, 07/08/2010 - 8:42pm
This is a workshop for people who have never tried soldering, or people who would like to practise their soldering skills and pick up some tips
We will have two kits available for anyone to build. At the moment it looks like one kit will be an Arduino clone, and the other will be an analog version of the "Synchronizing Fireflies" kit: Read more »
Adam — Thu, 08/07/2010 - 8:01pm
I made some progress on the Emiglio build tonight. I've had the mounting plates that fit in the collars at the top of his torso and the bottom of his head ready since the weekend. The Lazy Susan bearing I ordered off ebay arrived yesterday and I was planning on heading to the hardware store today for some nuts and bolts to fit them all together.
I had a moment of inspiration when I was collection up the parts to take to the hardware store (so I would get the right sizes). I didn't need nuts and bolts I just needed a way to get a screw driver to the second mounting plate. A drill took care of that. I used some wood screws I had laying around to fit the bearing to the mounting plates and reinstalled the whole system into Emiglio.
The motion's smooth and quiet. I posted a quick video on Vimeo which you can see here. I hope to motorise it in the next fortnight, but I'm still considering my options. I think I'll take a trip to Bunnings on the weekend and soak up some inspiration.
Adam — Thu, 08/07/2010 - 11:04am
I wrote most of this post in an email to one of of members who couldn't make it to the meeting this week. It seemed appropriate to post it as a news item so people can get an idea of what we've been talking about.
The discussions this week were quite technical, some of which were well over my head. While we didn't managed to provide any solid solutions to the all the problems presented. I'm hoping that we can turn the Maker Meet ups into problem solving sessions for all kinds of problems facing Canberra makers from the experienced to the novice. If you have a problem, no mater how trivial or complex, I'd encourage you to come along to our next Maker Meetup in a fortnight (there will be an update here to remind you) and present it to the group. We might not be able to solve it right away, but we might be able to give you some stimulating ideas that help you get you project moving again.
Click on to see what we've been up to.
angusgr — Tue, 29/06/2010 - 8:23pm
6:15-8:45pm "Maker's Meetup", show & tell (bring projects!), project talk, fun stuff.
First timer's welcome. If you are bringing anything really exciting, please post up in the comments!
See here for complete details, including location and a map.
(From next week, Maker's Meetups will be happening every fortnight at 6:15.)