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It’s Not Dead ‘Till We Say It’s Dead

May 22, 2014

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We can rebuild him.

Hackforge is, appropriately, a place where things are hacked. This UPS battery is old enough that it wasn’t holding a charge. Most people would just replace it — but what’s the fun in that?

Our member Dez took up the challenge, prying open the lid on each cell and refilling the battery with distilled water. This is a picture of the battery on the bench being charged with Dez’s variac. So far, it seems to be working!

 


Adventures in 3D Scanning

by admin in News

What's next after building a 3D printer? A 3D scanner! In this picture, our friend Dez experiments with ideas for mapping a surface using a turntable, projector, and a TV test pattern generator.

 


Thanks, Dez and Chris!

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The other day, members Dez and Chris pulled out their tool belts for a team effort and assembled another bench for the shop. The wooden stool in front is courtesy our friend Chuck, the best scrounger we've ever met. Thanks guys!

 


Hackforge at Build a Dream

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On May 14th, Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc, Workforce Windsor Essex, Greater Essex County District School Board, Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board, Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence and St. Clair College hosted the Build A Dream Event.

The event highlighted opportunities in a number of careers to better assist youth in making career choices and provided an opportunity for families to come out and learn more about careers in the growing sectors. Over 130 young high school women attended to explore future careers in science, technology, engineering, math and the skilled trades.

At the event was Hackforge’s Christopher Deschamps who can be pictured above showing off the capabilities and the potential of 3D printing.

Thank you Chris for representing us so well and thanks to the organizers of the Build a Dream event for having us.


Maptime was a good time!

May 14, 2014

by admin in News, Windsor Essex Open Data

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Maptime  is a collection of beginner-focused community groups for learning  geospatial technology, techniques, and concepts, particularly using open  source tools and hands-on practice and exercises. But Maptime  is also an important idea: it shouldn’t be so hard to learn, and we have  the power to make it easier – and teach ourselves in the process” : from http://lyzidiamond.com/posts/why-maptime/

We had our first Maptime WindsorEssex meetup today! It was dedicated to Open Street Map. Here’s some of the stuff we shared:
    OpenStreetMap: http://www.openstreetmap.org/
    OpenStreetMap Help: https://help.openstreetmap.org/
    OpenStreetMap Canada Mailing List: https://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/talk-ca
    Be A Mapper: http://beamapper.com/
    LearnOSM: http://learnosm.org/en/

Today’s Presentation: http://copystar.github.io/osm-101/

 To learn how to add any kind of thing to the OSM map:

 To learn what is good OSM practice:

 To learn what features are missing names in Windsor:

     register at : http://www.itoworld.com/

Thanks everyone who came out!  Sign up for the Hackforge newsletter to know when Maptime will be next!

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