The Practical Hacker

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March 14 — Metallurgy and identification this will be demonstrations of practical ways to identify various metals being re-purposed into new projects. We will look at both chemical and flame testing techniques.

The program has evolved into a Hacker’s Cafe on Friday nights to get together, discuss ideas, share tips and methods and socialize with other like-minded folks. This is set up as a two-hour session from 7:30 to 9:30 with no fixed ending time so it can go later if the conversations continue. The discussions will focus on the practical aspects of hacking, inventing, re-purposing, and designing things from scratch. We will also incorporate some presentations by various members on subjects of interest to spark conversations.

This is a “Members Only” event designed to be a perc of membership and help build the community. We will try to post a general topic each week for consideration. Folks can bring any spare food or drink that may come their way and we may have an occasional movie night thrown in. This is a time to unwind from the week and Get Your Hack On!

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Arizona Illustrated Segment Is Online

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Our piece from KUAT’s Arizona Illustrated is up on YouTube in glorious 1080p! Be sure to swing by Maketopolis on Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

Find more here.

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Maketopolis On Tonight’s Arizona Illustrated On PBS

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az-illustrated-2013-294x150The upcoming Maketopolis makers’ fair is getting some airtime tonight on Arizona Public Media’s AZ Illustrated.

Maketopolis is Tucson’s first fair for hackers, makers and artists from all around southern Arizona. It will be a fun day of gadgets, wonder and show-and-tell for kids of all ages.

Tune in to Arizona Illustrated on PBS tonight at 6:30.

Maketopolis is coming to Xerocraft and Maker House on March 1st. Got something cool you want to show off? There’s still time to register to become an exhibitor.

You can find more information on Maketopolis here. Click here for Maketopolis’s Facebook page.

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Saturday: Circuit Bending Workshop

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Circuit_Bend_croppedOn March 15th Xerocraft will hold a workshop on toy hacking and circuit bending from 12:30pm to 4pm.

“Circuit bending” is hacking the sound chip in a battery-operated electronic toy or electronic musical instrument. The hacked sounds can speed up like chipmunks on helium, or slow down to low rumbles, or get distorted in other surprising ways. It’s fun and easy to do, and no prior knowledge of electronics is needed.

The class is limited to the first 10 people who RSVP at the link below. A $15 materials fee will be required from each attendee upon arrival for the class.

Did we mention that you get to keep what you hack? That’s right! Whatever crazy circuit bended instrument you make is yours to keep!

Get more information at the event listing.
RSVP for the workshop here.

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Maketopolis – Tucson’s First Maker’s Fair

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Tucson’s first Maker’s Fair for builders, crafters, and makers. An all day event from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm using space at the Steinfeld Building, Xerocraft, the Franklin Docks Parking Lot, and the Maker House. More info at Maketopolis.Org
We know a lot of people have said they are coming and we expect a great turnout of visitors. However, those of you that want to exhibit your skills and abilities need to register at the eventbrite page or we won’t reserve any space for you. Click on the Register button on the Maketopolis Web Page.

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New Workshop on March 15: Intro to Circuit Bending

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00848On Saturday, March 15 at 1pm, Eli and Alex will put on an intro to Circuit Bending workshop. Attendees will hack various toys (which will be provided but attendees are encouraged to bring their own) and get them to produce weird and wonderful sounds!

 
To cover overhead, a $20 fee (cash or check) will be required from everyone attending.

Only 10 tickets are available. Get yours and more information here.

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3D Scans Become Lifesize Styrofoam Statues At TSF 2014

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UPDATE: The Tucson Sculpture Festival 2014 catalog is now online.

If you were at the Tucson Sculpture Festival’s opening night on February 1st you may have seen Moheeb Zara from Phoenix’s HeatSync Hackerspace using OpenSkan to create 3D virtual models of attendees. Some were printed out right there on the nearby 3D printer but Xerocraft member KRRRL decided to go a bit further with a few of the scans.

KRRRL had three statues made of willing participants. The statues were milled out of solid styrofoam by Metalphysic Foundry. Check them out in person at the Tucson Sculpture Festival in The Art Gallery, 1122 North Stone Ave.

Check out KRRRL’s blog here.

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