Bit Buckets Robotics – Open House

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Students! Mentors! Engineers! Volunteers!

Learn about our Competitive Robotics and Group Build programs and join our team!

4183-buttonWhen: Sunday, September 7, 1:00 – 5:00pm

Ages: students 7th -12th grade

Free and open to the public.

Come join the fun!

  • Test-Drive our robots
  • See a 3D Printer in action!
  • Free food!
  • Presentations at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30

Questions? Email

Hosted by Jackalope Science, Inc and

The Bit Buckets, FIRST Robotics Competition team #4183

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Saturday, August 30: Make Steampunk Jewelry

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28656Make your own steampunk jewelry on Saturday, August 30 at 11:00am!

Steampunk is a retro-futuristic style incorporating gears, clockwork, and found objects in antique metal colors, especially copper and brass.

All supplies and tools will be provided. Please bring $5 to cover the cost of supplies.

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Announcing the Next Board of Directors Meeting!!!

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Date: Sunday September 21, 2014
Time: 5:00 pm after Bit Buckets.
Place: Xerocraft Multipurpose room, 101 W. 6th St, Tucson, Arizona.

There will be a Xerocraft Board of Director’s meeting Sunday afternoon on September 21st. This meeting is open to the membership to attend as observers. The Board will be addressing some housekeeping changes to the bylaws to correct our address, we will have a few status updates that will be sent out to the membership afterward, and voting on a few other items of policy.

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Patrick Marcus’s “Exigo” Kickstarter Has Launched

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exigoPatrick Marcus is the man behind Maketopolis, Tucson’s first Makers’ Fair. Now he has launched a Kickstarter campaign to create a new breed of USB charger that charges faster and supplies greater wattage to each of 4 USB ports.


From the Kickstarter campaign:

“The Exigo is the fastest, most intelligent and powerful four-port USB charger for powering all of your mobile devices.

The Exigo is designed from the ground up to be the absolute best charger available.  The highest quality, most advanced technologies, unrivaled performance and robust design leaves nothing on the table.  Boasting 3.0A on all 4 ports for 66W of total capacity – the Exigo surpasses all other chargers – even the one that came with your device.”

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Sunday, August 17: Mannequin Building Workshop

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logoMake A Mannequin To Fit You!

When: Sunday, August 17: 10:00am to 11:45am
Cost: Free, $10 donation requested. RSVP required (see below)
Members Only?: No!

This class will teach you how to make a mannequin that is dimensionally exactly your size! Why would  you want to do this? It allows you to place your garments on a mannequin where you can easily and quickly alter and adjust the garment to fit you better!

Guys, this is for you too. We know about that Star Trek/Star Wars costume that doesn’t fit just like when you were in High School!

RSVP is required! Please reserve your seat(s) here.

You are asked to bring a T-shirt…

Xerocraft will provide everything you need except for one “close-fitting” sacrifical T-shirt. It doesn’t have to be completely snug, but should be approximately your size. You will be covering it with duct tape and then it will be cut off of you to be made into a mannequin template.

Donations are graciously accepted for this event.

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Friday, August 1: Vinyl Cutter Workshop

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vinyl_cutterVinyl Cutter Workshop

When: Friday, August 1: 7pm to 10pm
Cost: Free, $10 donation requested. RSVP required (see below)
Members Only?: No!

Join us tomorrow night for a workshop on making your own colored decals using our vinyl cutter!

Robert Prievo has been a pro at sign making for many years. On Friday, Aughust 1st from 7pm to 10pm Robert will teach a class on using our Vinyl Cutter. He will review the free editing software you’ll use and the entir process to turn an image into a vinyl sticker. We will supply the colored vinyl sheets.

The class is limited in size and an EventBrite RSVP is necessary. Though the class is being held during a Members Only Hack the class, itself is open to everyone.

You are asked (but not required) to bring:

  1. A laptop – Robert will help you install free software to edit files and run the vinyl cutter.
  2. A USB thumb drive to easily transfer files to the vinyl cutter.
  3. An image or an idea of what you want to make.

NOTE: Though the tickets are free we ask that each attendee leave a $10 donation to cover material costs.

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Starting June 7: The YAYBIG Southwest Print Show

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Sometimes we even do printmaking at Xerocraft.

The Yay Big Gallery up the street (174 E Toole) is showing their Southwest traveling print show all month, having an opening this Saturday, June 7th, from 6 – 9 PM.  Details at Yay Big Southwest. And it’s just southeast of Xerocraft!

Yay Big Southwest print collection exhibited in June

Yay Big Southwest print collection exhibited in June


Laser cut newsprint for silk screening

Laser cut newsprint for silk screening

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