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Build Madison 2013

Sector67 hosted the 4th annual Build Madison on November 23-24th, 2013.  This event is an excuse to spend 24 hours straight working on a project of any type, and we saw a ton of interesting ideas this year. Things kick

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Arduino 101

Chris gave an Arduino programming lesson on Thursday, June 20th. According to its website, “Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive

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LED Holiday Wreath Build

I was looking for a fun and simple project to learn about the new laser cutter at Sector 67, so I decided to use it to cut some acrylic to hold some RGB-addressable LEDs in the shape of a holiday

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Experience Making PCBs from Fritzing

With some help from Chris and Sector67, I’ve been able to work out a process for getting to a custom-fabricated printed-circuit board (PCB) that’s amazingly simple and straight-forward, even for people who aren’t “hardware guys”. This article gives an over-view

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Laser Display

For the past few weeks I’ve been working in spare time on a project that I originally did in high school. I wanted to resurrect it so that I could possibly take it to schools and give demonstrations. However, another opportunity has

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Art and the Arduino

It is a strange sight, like a snapshot of an Olympic swimming competition taken from below. Five swimmers, frozen in position, pulse with life. A light from each swimmer’s heart beats and illuminates the swimmer briefly. As the heart’s light

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Music in Space

She climbs into the fuselage and takes her seat in front of the brightly lit control panel. A tune starts to play as she slides the first lever into position.  She presses a button and a rhythm glides in behind

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October in Updates

Things are moving towards a new keycard access system. While there are a number of open source systems out there, they all seem to rely on custom made boards and complex firmware. We’re looking to build something using commercially available

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Member Projects – Chicken Coop Door and Bicycle Generator

Chicken Coop Automatic Door: Rather than paying several hundred dollars for an automatic door system, Larry and Carol created a smart door by using junk around Sector67. The final product is composed of an expensive looking Swiss DC motor, some

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Closing Out July

It was a lonnnngggg month with a lot of new projects: Working on an e-textile turn signal jacket: Creating a sewing template with a 3,000# CNC milling machine, seems oddly appropriate:The July meeting had a bunch of cool projects, including

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Train Detecting Automatic Window Closer

A Sector67 member has the fortune to live in a really cheap apartment – only after the lease was a long signed and summer set in did it finally dawn on him why rent was cheap – those parallel steel

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May in Updates. . .

Well, I sat down to dig through the camera for blog pictures and found that I had 213 pictures to choose from since the last update . . . might be time to ‘hire’ a journalism intern for the summer!

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