Build Madison 2013 – November 23rd! 24 Hour Hackathon

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Sector67 is happy to again play host for the third annual Build Madison community create-a-thon.  Come one, come all for 24 hours of work of all sorts.  Please sign up on the Build Madison website to register your attendance.

This year we’ll be running from 2PM on November 23rd until noon on November 24th, leaving us with a 2 hour window for brief presentations on projects and progress over the worksession.

Projects are expected to span from arts and crafts to software, hardware, electronics, and everything else so please feel free to join in.  There aren’t any requirements for participation so please join in the fun.

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Sixth Apollo67 Balloon Launch Successful!

Over the weekend a merry band of Sector67 members pulled together to launch another high altitude balloon. This time with a proven package that made it worth launching a GoPro black in 4K video mode for great stills from the video:

Here’s the launch:

More information here.

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Happy 3rd Birthday Party

Please join us Saturday, October 12th from noon until 5pm for our 3rd anniversary celebration!

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Surface Mount Soldering Class

Sector67 had a surface mount soldering class on August 21st.

A Lumen Electronic Jewelry Skull Kit was used by everyone. Check out Lumen’s website.

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First, paste was applied to the one side of the skulls.

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Then, the parts were applied to the paste side of the board and placed on a hot plate.

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Once the hot plate was turned on, the heat set the parts in place.

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Onto the other side of the skull. The soldering-by-hand begins!

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The finished product:

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The finished product in action!

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Xbox Reworking Party and BGA Chip Soldering

Sector67 recently hosted an Xbox rework and BGA chip soldering class.

The ball grid array (BGA) is a “type of surface-mount packaging used for integrated circuits. BGA packages are used to permanently mount devices such as microprocessors.

In Xbox 360s, the infamous “red ring of death” is often the result of a soldering failure by BGA-mounted graphics card.

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A couple o’ BGAs.

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Xbox graphics card mounted on a BGA.

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Soldering a BGA is tricky business and cannot be done by hand, instead calling for the precision of a temperature controlled soldering machine.

The infrared BGA rework station for soldering is a Jovy Systems RE-7500 model.

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The Jovy RE-7500 at work:

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The wires held down by the yellow tape are thermocouples monitoring the temperature.

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See those white specks? One of the graphics chips was dropped and splattered everywhere.

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And here is a successful soldering of the BGA chip.

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Siglinda Knives

Sector67 member Josh runs Siglinda Knives, a “locally owned, artisanal sharpening & repair service for knives, shears & blades of all kinds.”

Visit his site here: siglinda.com

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Forward Technology Fest

One of the events for the Forward Technology Fest was held at Sector67, on Tuesday, August 20th.

Forward Tech Fest is a series of events where “fellow entrepreneurs, nerds, designers, geeks, hackers, and creative professionals from the Midwest [network and collaborate during] a 10-day celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship.”

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Chris gave interested individuals a tour of the 3D printers.

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There was also a Turbo Tap in use! If you haven’t heard, they’re pretty awesome.

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A wholehearted thank you to everyone who attended and all of the sponsors, it was a great time!

There are still a few Forward Tech Fest events yet to happen, find out more about them here: forwardfest.org

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SnowShoe iPad Minis

SnowShoe, a tech company specializing in hardware for mobile transactions that first started in Madison, recently moved to Denver.

Before they left, Sector67 engraved a bunch of iPad minis for them using the laser cutter:

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The iPad minis on the laser cutter.

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The first engraving.

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The rest of the companies engraved are all grant recipients of Techstars, a program that funds tech startups.

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Finished.

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Read more about SnowShoe here: host.madison.com

And check out their website here: beta.snowshoestamp.com

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Tex Tubb’s Taco Palace Margarita Mixer Bike

Tex Tubb’s Taco Palace, a fine local taqueria establishment right around the corner from Sector67, commissioned members from Sector67 to build a bike that mixes margaritas while you ride it.

But first, they made a fake one just to troll Tex’s.

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And it’s completely rideable!

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But just barely.

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Okay enough trickery, here’s the real deal.

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All of the engravings were done with the laser cutter.

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Complete with a Sector67 reflector on the back:

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The latches are made of leather, and the detail was also engraved with the laser cutter.

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It’s done, time to take it out for a spin.

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Stop in to Tex Tubb’s Taco Palace on 2009 Atwood Avenue and check out its website here: www.textubbstacos.com

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TCS Basys Control Thermostat

TCS Basys Control donated a wireless thermostat and control system to Sector67!

They are a Middleton, Wisconsin based energy management systems company.

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We sincerely thank them for their truly gracious donation. Take a look at their website here: https://www.tcsbasys.com/index.php

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