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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South Pole

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As the weather heats up in Tucson, we think of the South Pole, where David Lesser flew the Xerocraft hackerspace flag this past winter:

Xerocraft_flag_at_South_PoleOf course, last December it was “summer” down under

 IMG_2300 (1)On January 6th, 2014, it was colder in Chicago than it was at the South Pole

This was the same winter that the Russian ship M.V. Akademik Shokalskiy got stranded off the coast of Antarctica, in the service of an Australian scientific expedition.

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April 15: Introductory Meeting of Tucson Inventors Group

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The Tucson Inventors Group will hold their first meeting at Maker House on Tuesday, April 15 at 6pm!

“In this group we will explore all avenues of inventing including innovation, product design, licensing, prototyping, manufacturing, distributing, marketing, patenting etc.

There is no membership fee for this group and we are not affiliated with any club or organization. Our goal is to help you get your invention out there whether for principle or for profit. We will hold meetings, presentations, demos etc at various places in town.

While the organizer may post meeting locations or times, anyone may post and host a meeting at any place or time they desire. This is a group for inventors by inventors. Join us all in making our dreams come true!”

Please RSVP here.

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Xerocraft Member’s Project Featured in MAKE: Magazine

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open_ct_xerocraft2Peter’s amazing Open Source CT Scanner is featured in MAKE 38: High-Tech DIY, available online and in bookstores like Barnes & Noble right now.

Peter is a Ph.D and a postdoctoral researcher. He earned his degree at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. His other big project is building a real-life tricorder from Star Trek. Peter’s eclectic and broad knowledge base has aloud him to make some pretty incredible things that he kindly open sources.

CT_and_laptopAs a Canadian, Peter is used to a universal healthcare system that caps prices for medical services like CT scans. But after an eye-opening ordeal with American healthcare, he began dreaming of building equipment that would open the door to cheaper medical devices and lower costs for the patient. The CT scanner is a proof of concept design that takes pictures of not only the surface of the subject but the inside as well. It uses a very low level radioactive source to create the images.

“I confess that I laughed and started to feel like Doc Brown when the “only” thing my CT scanner needed was something radioactive, but with luck projects like this will mature into desktop scanners for the maker community, and perhaps even medical scanners for impoverished countries, where they’re most needed.”


Peter’s scanner images the internal structure of a very ill avocado.

m38_cover_266x347Congratulations Peter! Thank you for helping to make Xerocraft such an amazing place!

Peter’s CT project can be found in the Homebrew section of MAKE: Magazine 38. All the designs and code you need to build your own desktop CT scanner are available here.

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Xerocraft at Southwest Maker Fest in Mesa

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Last Saturday (March 22nd) Xerocraft participated in the Southwest Maker Fest in Mesa (near Phoenix), sponsored in part by HeatSync Labs:

Cell phone controlled sculpture -- 01

Cell phone controlled sculpture is possible!  We taped a Styrofoam figure on top of the Roomba robot from the Intel tent.  More information on Krrrl’s blog

02_Badass_vehiclesLeon’s Ram truck meets a giant bug

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