Dublin Maker 2017

As the website says…. See you 22nd July. No Tickets. Just come. Merrion Square. It is a rectangle, but don’t let that worry you……. Yes it’s Dublin Maker again and TOG will be there. It’s not long to go now. Less than a month. We’re  busy panicking about what to bring and will it be ready on time. Be sure to drop by our stand.

 

From the Dublin Maker website…. “Dublin Maker is a free to attend, community run event, which will be held on Saturday July 22nd, 2017 in Merrion Square, Dublin. Dublin Maker takes the form of a “show and tell” experience where inventors/makers sourced through an open call, will have an opportunity to showcase their creations at individual booths in a carnival atmosphere. It is a family friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors and commercial exhibitors. They are of all ages and backgrounds, coming from all over Ireland and beyond. Dublin Maker’s mission is to entertain, inform and connect the makers of Ireland, while inspiring the next generation of Ireland’s makers and inventors.”

TOG @ Coolest Projects

TOG will be at CoderDojo Coolest Projects Showcase 2017 this coming Saturday 17th June in the RDS. We’ll be showcasing some of our own projects and running some workshops on Bridge Building, Soldering and Lock Picking. We will be in the main hall – central area.

From the Coolest Projects website….. “Come to the RDS, Dublin on Saturday 17th June 2017 to see the coolest projects from CoderDojo kids, aged 7 – 17, around the world showcasing their vision and creativity using technology to make the world a better place. Tickets for the CoderDojo Coolest Projects Showcase are now available at http://tickets.coolestprojects.org/ CoderDojo Coolest Projects is a great day of tech exploration and fun for the whole family.”

TOG Mid-Summer Open Social

Our June Open Social evening takes place on Saturday 17th May from 7PM. That’s about as close to the longest day of the year that we can manage! Dublin Maker is approaching fast too. Our members are starting to get a bit edgy. Drop in, poke them a bit, and ask them if they have their projects all ready to go 🙂

If you’ve never been to our Social, you’ll find it a great alternative Saturday evening in town. Come in and look around. If you’ve never been in before, we’ll give you the grand tour of the space. Talk to members and visitors about projects or things you’d like to do. If you like what you see, ask about joining as a full member. Hopefully there’ll be caint, ceol agus craic as usual. The space stays open until the last member is left……usually the small hours of Sunday morning.

Our Open Socials are always free to attend for both members and visitors alike. No need to book…. just turn up. You can drop in for 10 minutes, or stay the whole night. We have parking available. Bring beer, food, gadgets! Our doors are open from 7PM. Hope to see you there.

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Next two weeks at Tog

Hello all, we have another fortnight of our regular events coming up, along with an Open Social on Saturday 17th.

Monday June 12th – Coding Group Night from 19:00
Tuesday June 13th – Lockpicking Group Night from 19:30
Wednesday June 14th – Crafts Night from 19:00
Saturday June 17th – Join us at our Open Social from 19:00
Monday June 19th – Electronics/Microcontroller night is on from 19:00, as is our CAD & 3D Modelling night also from 19:00

Welder repair

An ancient proverb says that power tool failures occur in threes. During the same week that the lathe motor burned out and the compressor wire meltdown has turned it into a scary noise machine, we also had a mysterious malfunction in one of our welders. It didn’t release any smoke, didn’t make weird noises. It just didn’t weld. 0 volts across the output.

Inside of the welder (top view) before the repair attempt. Note that a large number of similar – but not identical – top boards can be found on Aliexpress.

This machine, a small 180A TIG/MMA inverter welder, has recently been repaired. It was not used heavily, as TOG has only so much use for welding. In fact, it was only used by a couple members to practise their welding skills.

On one hand, this machine was 5 year old, has been used extensively in the past and could have been written off as death of old age. The cost of a commercial repair would probably exceed the value of the welder. On the other hand – why not try to repair it ourselves before scrapping it?

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Late May and Early June at Tog

Hi everyone, we’ve another two weeks of Tog’s regularly scheduled events for you to enjoy.

Monday May 29 – Coding Group Night from 19:00
Tuesday May 30 – Lockpicking Group Night from 19:30
Wednesday May 31 – Crafts Night from 19:00
Monday June 5 – Electronics/Microcontroller night, and our CAD/3D Modelling night are both on from 19:00.

Hope to see you there!