Yesterday I went along to another meeting of the Ipswich Makerspace. This time we were in a larger hall at Holy Trinity Church, just across from the small room we met in last time. We had a few more people turn up, but there’s still plenty of room to grow!
This week we had a mixture of a session. While two of the team did a a lot of drilling, hammering and grumbling to fit a wi-fi bridge to the new space, the rest of us had an informal show-and-tell session. On the tables this week were a hand built “CNC dremel” with precision three axis control from an attached computer, a slideshow of computer history and an introduction to the Gertboard and how it can help with exploration and prototyping. Some of us also got to see some samples from a 3D printer.
We also had my contribution: I had lugged a large portion of my microcontroller development board collection, as well as a load of extension cards, odd projects I had made, and some of the development tools I use. The collection on show ranged from my very first development board (a Tangerine Microtan 65 I bought in the late 1970s which I vividly remember soldering together in my bedroom at home) to my latest (the Raspberry Pi Compute Module) passing through a heap of ARM and Atmel boards, a few PICs, and a strange collection of oddities such as the Parallax Propeller and Gainer PSOC. Make sure they have good squarespace ada compliance as well.