Electronics: Success. Up next: Machining!

From a webpage to a completed board, in something like six hours. Seven students built LED blinker circuits tonight, first on breadboards, then etching their own PCBs and soldering everything together. I’d call that a success! Watch this space for further electronics classes, of course.

Join us for our next class, basics of metal machining! Simon isn’t even a member, but as a regular guest he’s volunteered his years of machine-shop experience to teach us how to use a lathe and mill. That class will take place Thursday at 7pm, reserve your spot now!

Busy weekend: Open Shop, Member Orientation, Open Source Class, Circuit Board Class [updated!]

Non-members and members alike have three great excuses to swing by the shop some time this weekend. Bring a friend!

Friday night is a party to celebrate the new membership structure. In addition to new dues options ($39 and $89, with special options for students, crafters and coders), we’ve improved the process so you can do the paperwork, get your orientation, and receive your key in one shot.  Plus, Friday means it’s Open Shop so we’ll be teaching tools, hanging out, and working on whatever project you want to bring along! Oh, did I mention the beer, wine, pizza, and snacks? Doors will be open by 7pm…

Saturday evening, we’re hosting an open source software workshop to introduce screen and ssh, two supremely handy tools in the linux admin’s arsenal, which the rest of us can find uses for too. Briefly: SSH is the secure replacement for Telnet plus some sneaky features that’ll help you circumvent restrictive work firewalls and stuff, Screen takes your SSH experience to the next level by adding persistence and multiple windows to name just a couple features. They’re both free, and Saturday’s intro won’t require advanced sysadmin knowledge. Bring a laptop! Talk starts at 7, but doors will be open by 6 or earlier, so come hang out!

Sunday will be an electronics design day, starting with a PCB class at 3pm.   You’ll learn how to lay out a circuit board in electronic design software, then how to transfer that layout and chemically etch a board with it. Materials permitting, each student may get their own board to play with, and when the etching is complete, we’ll stuff components into the boards and solder ‘em up, leaving you with a completed LED flasher circuit to take home! This is a really simple circuit and no electronics experience is required to attend.  If you wish to get in on the hands-on fun, please reserve your seat.  This will just be part of a new, regularly scheduled series of electronics classes we will be offering.  Keep checking our site for updates on more classes!

Tuesday electronics night: the bench?

Anything with wires, solder, or batteries is welcome at Tuesday’s electronics gathering. This is a “birds of a feather” session, with no specific lessons planned. Non-members, just to be clear, are welcome as always!

If there’s interest, it might be fun to go along the electronics workbench and play with the various equipment: Power supplies, signal generators, oscilloscopes and meters.  We’ve got a decent setup here, and this would be a good chance to get some hands-on fiddling time.

Tuesday February 9th, 7pm, 322 e. 4th st, 48067. See you then!

Lock picking for Fun Saturday evening with Pumping Station:One

psoneSo what are you planning on doing this Saturday? Well you are coming out to i3 Detroit to hang out with the members from Chicago’s very own Pumping Station: One. A crew of approx. 8 members from Pumping Station: One are heading out this Saturday to spend a day and evening with everyone at i3 Detroit. Their very own Eric Michaud will be teaching a class on lock picking for fun from 8pm-10pm this coming Saturday. If you are interested in taking the class please sign up on the i3 Detroit websites class page. Also if you just want to come and hang out with the members from i3 Detroit and the great people from Pumping Station: One you are welcome to do that as well. If you have a project that you want to work on in the space bring it, if you want to hang out a chat or bounce ideas around that is ok too.

We hope to see everyone come out and meet the crew from Pumping Station: One or maybe you have not been to i3 Detroit yet and have been wanting to check it out. This would be a great weekend to do this. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

New Classes Posted

Hey All.  We added a few new events to the calendar.  Come check them out.  Please RSVP so we can estimate needed supplies. More coming soon.

  • Craft Night: Intro to Screen Printing – 11/23 @ 7pm – RSVP
  • Basic Skills: Woodworking Machines – 11/29 @ 2pm – RSVP
  • Intro to Lock Picking for Fun – 12/05 @ 8pm – RSVP
  • DIY Filmmaking Meetup – 12/10 @7pm – RSVP