This Week at Denhac (May 20 – 26)

It’s that time again for our weekly round up of happenings ’round Denhac. And it seems like there is always something pretty cool going on. In fact, as I write this, several members have descended upon the space and are working frantically to build the newest piece of equipment purchased for use – a fabulous new 3D printer! w00t!

Tuesday, May 21, 8 p.mRadio Heads - Our bi-monthly meet up for everything SDR (software defined radio). Topics include both the reception and transmission of RF signals, the processing of data captured from the ether, cell phone networks, and ham radio. This is a group, not a class. There is no instructor. Just a handful of similarly minded people trying to learn something at roughly the same time. If you have a pet project you think might apply to this group feel free to propose it.  RSVP on Meet Up.

Tuesday, May 21, 8 p.m:  Weekly Open HouseRSVP on Meet Up.

Thursday, May 23, 9 a.m. – 4 p.mWork from Denhac Day - Work remotely? Need a little human interaction? Grab your laptop and join us for Work from denhac days. RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, May 25, Noon – 5 p.m: Open House and BBQ. Everyone welcome! Because it’s the Memorial Day holiday weekend, we won’t be holding any classes this weekend. However, because it’s the Memorial Day holiday weekend – the unofficial start to summer and the BBQ season – we’ll still be open to everyone. The grill will be on, the music from denhacradio.org will be pumping, and people will be chilling out, working on projects, and just generally having a good time. There may even be a Magic game running as it seems like the cards are coming out more and more every Saturday.

Sunday, May 26, 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m: Kids Coder Dojo. The Kids Coder Dojo at Denhac is a weekly computer programming class designed for elementary through high school-aged kids. Students will begin by using a free and open source visual programming language called Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu/, available on Windows, MacOSX and Linux), and will be able to move on to more advanced languages as they progress at their own pace.

Attendees under the age of 13 are required to be accompanied by a designated guardian (though guardians are encouraged to attend for all ages). Attendees should bring a laptop or netbook for each student they bring if they can (and you are encouraged to bring extras if possible for those without access to a computer).  RSVP on Meet Up.

Denhac is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of technology, art, DIY, and craft-related classes for all ages, and survives on donations and membership dues.  As with (almost) all Denhac classes, attendance is free of charge and membership is not required. Donations are strongly encouraged.

Come check us out! We’d love to meet you!

Scott give a tutorial on setting up and operating an internet radio station

Scott give a tutorial on setting up and operating an internet radio station

Shiny New Thing!

A few weeks back, we were contacted by a crew from SeeMeCNC – a 3D printer and laser cutter company based out of Indiana – letting us know they would be passing through Denver on their way to the Bay Area Maker Faire and asked if they could stop by and hang out with us for a few hours and show us their products.

Of course we said yes because Yay! Look! Shiny stuff! And then we invited all our friends.

Gang's All Here

We’ve got friends!

So Sunday this past, the guys pulled in late afternoon as promised and let us get our paws on equipment we’d never seen before.

Shiny!

Shiny!

And it was SO COOL! We ended up procuring one of their Rostock Max 3D printers for the space.

I KNOW! RIGHT?!

RF Modeling a 3D Printed...um...thing

RF Modeling a 3D Printed…um…thing

The bad news is they sell them in kits so it’s not quite ready for use. However, we’ve assembled a team of members together to work Sundays on this thing until it’s built. Hopefully it’ll be ready to take to Denver Comic Con in a couple of weeks. Regardless, it’ll be ready soon and then even more crazy 3D printing fun shall commence!

If you haven’t come by to check us out yet, perhaps this will be the push you needed to head in our direction.

Here’s a video Scott took of the machine in action.

This Week at Denhac (May 13 – 19)

You guys! Spring finally sprung! Last week was the first week we didn’t get an appreciable amount of snow and that means with warmer weather Denhac’s set to get even busier and more awesome. Here’s what we’ve got for you this week (and beyond).

Tuesday, May 14, 8 p.mLocksport! - Our monthly meet up for lockpicking enthusiasts led by the infamous Legion. All skill levels are welcome. If I can do it, so can you. This is always a good time.  RSVP on Meet Up.

Tuesday, May 14, 8 p.m:  Weekly Open HouseRSVP on Meet Up.

Thursday, May 16, 9 a.m. – 4 p.mWork from Denhac Day - Work remotely? Need a little human interaction? Grab your laptop and join us for Work from denhac days. RSVP on Meet Up.

Friday, May 17, 7 p.m. – 10 p.mdc303. The local defcon group for Denver. I dunno exactly what they do. They’re very serious. They kinda scare me. Naw, they’re good guys. Uh…I think. Mostly. Tilver’s nice in any event. So if you’re interested in Capture The Flag (CTF) type stuff, stop by. I’m fairly certain no one there has eaten a human liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. Uh…fairly certain.

Saturday, May 18, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m, in the classroomWooly Makes for Noobz. Our lovely and talented Patricia will be in the house teaching us all the art of crochet. This class is geared towards people who have never crocheted or haven’t crocheted in a long time. We’ll go over how to start a project, how to finish off a project, how to do a slip knot, basic stitches, how to start a new row, how to crochet in the round, and she’ll do her best to answer questions anyone has above and beyond what’s covered. Attendants are also encouraged to bring projects they need help with or want to show off.

What to bring: Yarn and crochet hook. Red Heart is a very good and cheap yarn. Please avoid very dark or very light/pastel colors. Variegated and medium color yarns are preferred to make the stitches easier to see. You can check the yarn packaging for the recommended crochet hook size. RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, May 18, Noon – 5 p.m: Open House and BBQ. Everyone welcome!

Saturday, May 18, 2 p.m. – 5 p.mLow Power FM/Community Radio Planning Meeting. We’re looking for folks interested in helping to create a new FM Community Radio station here in Denver. The FCC is granting licenses, for the first time in decades, for 100 watt (3-7 mile radius) non-profit community FM radio stations.

The window opens, for a short time, October 15th of this year (2013).

We’re going to apply. If you’d like to be involved (creating content, helping to run the station, RF engineering, or whatever else you can think up that might make a great community radio station even better), come to this meeting. RSVP on Meet Up.

Sunday, May 19, 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m: Kids Coder Dojo. The Kids Coder Dojo at Denhac is a computer programming class designed for elementary through high school-aged kids. Students will begin by using a free and open source visual programming language called Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu/, available on Windows, MacOSX and Linux), and will be able to move on to more advanced languages as they progress at their own pace.

Attendees under the age of 13 are required to be accompanied by a designated guardian (though guardians are encouraged to attend for all ages). Attendees should bring a laptop or netbook for each student they bring if they can (and you are encouraged to bring extras if possible for those without access to a computer). 

For this event, students are encouraged to come with a toy or other object that they would like to incorporate into a game.  We will have a green screen set up to take pictures of the object in different positions for simple animation! (Nothing reflective, since it will effect the green-screen). RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, May 25, Noon – 5 p.m: Open House and BBQ. Everyone welcome! Since this is Memorial Day weekend and lots of people are traveling, camping, and just generally living it up, we won’t be holding any classes. However! The space will be open, as usual, on Saturday for our weekly open house and BBQ. More details on other special happenings that day will be announced soon!

Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2: Denver Comic Con and Open House! Denhac has been invited by Denver Comic Con to host a fan table at this year’s event. If you’re planning to be at Con, please do be sure to stop by our table and say hello and then come by the space and take a tour. Or, if you aren’t going to be at Con, come hang out at the space and geek out with us.

Denhac is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of technology and craft-related classes for all ages, and survives on donations and membership dues.  As with (almost) all Denhac classes, attendance is free of charge and membership is not required. Donations are strongly encouraged. Come check us out! We’d love to meet you!

THIS JUST IN!!!

The SeeMeCNC guys came by the space just this evening and we were so impressed by their product – the Rostock MAX – we acquired one! It’s a kit that we’ll need to assemble and so we’re just now working out the logistics for getting it put together but very soon Denhac will have a printer capable of printing 3D objects using a machine with these standard features (from the SeeMeCNC website):

  • Over 1300 in² of build volume (11″ Diameter by over 14 3/4″ height)
  • Your model is stationary throughout the entire build process, less prone to print failures
  • High quality Laser cut, Injection molded and CNC machined parts all made by us right here in the USA
  • Comes set up for 1.75mm filament
  • Uses high torque NEMA 17 stepper motors
  • Comes standard with a .5mm nozzle for easy printing, but can use our other sizes as well
  • 450w PSU delivers more than enough power for the heated bed, hot end and accessories you could add
  • RAMBo by UltiMachine electronics
  • Positioning accuracy of .02mm (20 microns) *
  • Speed in excess of 300mm/s in all motion, not just X/Y moves ***
  • Tinker-friendly electronics and hardware. Many extra places to add your own mods to both
  • Filament spool holder incorporated into the machine (for 1lb or 1kg spools only)
  • Easily upgradeable to dual-extrusion in the future. RAMBo supports dual hotends and extruders stock

Holy smokes! BOUNCE! BOUNCE! BOUNCE!

The Rostock MAX coming soon!

The Rostock MAX coming soon!

This Week at Denhac (May 6 – 12)

Here’s what we’ve got cooking at Denhac this week. I’ll have the May calendar of events posted ASAP – I apologize for the delay – but I’m waiting for additional information on two of our class offerings before I post.

Tuesday, May 7, 8 p.m, in the classroomRadio Heads - a group created to explore different aspects of software defined radio. Topics to be addressed include both the reception and transmission of RF signals, the processing of data captured from the ether, cell phone networks, and ham radio. This is a group, not a class. There is no instructor. Just a handful of similarly minded people trying to learn something at roughly the same time. It’s my understanding we now have a handful of SDRs to purchase. RSVP on Meet Up.

Tuesday, May 7, 8 p.m:  Weekly Open HouseRSVP on Meet Up.

Thursday, May 9, 9 a.m. – 4 p.mWork from Denhac Day - Work remotely? Need a little human interaction? Grab your laptop and join us for Work from denhac days. RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, May 11, Noon – 5 p.m: Open House and BBQ. Everyone welcome!

Saturday, May 11, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m, in the classroomHow to Teach a Class. Have knowledge to share but have no idea how to put a class together? Want to learn how to keep an audience engaged? The Public is here to help. He’ll cover how to stay on track, interacting with your audience, creating a slideshow presentation, and everything in between. RSVP on Meet Up.

Sunday, May 12, 6:00 p.m. – 9 p.m.: SeeMeCNC 3D Printer Demo and Open House. A crew from SeeMeCNC - a 3D printer and laser cutter company – are on the road to the Bay Area Maker Faire, dropping in on hacker and makerspaces along the way, and they asked if they could drop in on us. We, of course, said yes because we always love a chance to get our hands on a 3D printer we’ve never seen before. So if you’re interested in 3D printing, come on down and hang out, bring a friend, and learn all about their machines. RSVP on Meet Up.

Denhac is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of technology and craft-related classes for all ages, and survives on donations and membership dues.  As with (almost) all Denhac classes, attendance is free of charge and membership is not required. Donations are strongly encouraged. Come check us out! We’d love to meet you!

Bete Noire Gets Ready for Costuming Basics While Intro to Guitar Wraps Up

Bete Noire Gets Ready for Costuming Basics While Intro to Guitar Wraps Up

This Week at Denhac (Apr 29 – May 5)

Wow! It’s hard to believe May is here! We’ve got some spectacular events cooking on the Denhac grill.

Tuesday, April 30, 7 p.m, in the classroomBoard meeting - Our formal monthly board meeting, open to members and the public, where we talk over business at hand and make decisions to the best of our ability.

Tuesday, April 30, 8 p.m:  Weekly Open HouseRSVP on Meet Up.

Thursday, May 2, 9 a.m. – 4 p.mWork from Denhac Day - Work remotely? Need a little human interaction? Grab your laptop and join us for Work from denhac days. RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, May 4, Noon – 5 p.m: Open House and BBQ. Everyone welcome!

Saturday, May the 4th (be with you), 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m, in the classroomSFS and Denhac Present: Windows for Nerds – Linux Fundamentals

Celebrate Star Wars Day by joining the Rebellion.  Imagine that you can collect up pictures of your favorite artists’ paintings, copies of your favorite musicians’ songs, add your own personal touches, and distribute the final product to your friends, legally. Imagine that Wikipedia is just one of many ways to present the same articles and information. Imagine that you can write better versions of cool programs, and make your living from them, without getting sued. What you’ve imagined is the way Linux works. Is it time for you to make it personal? RSVP on Meet Up.

Sunday, May 5, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Kids Coder Dojo. The Kids Coder Dojo at Denhac is a computer programming class designed for elementary- through high school-aged kids. Students will begin by using a free and open source visual programming language called Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu/, available on Windows, MacOSX and Linux), and will be able to move on to more advanced languages as they progress at their own pace.

Attendees under the age of 13 are required to be accompanied by a designated guardian (though guardians are encouraged to attend for all ages). Attendees should bring a laptop or netbook for each student they bring if they can (and you are encouraged to bring extras if possible for those without access to a computer). RSVP on Meet Up.

Denhac is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of technology and craft-related classes for all ages, and survives on donations and membership dues.  As with (almost) all Denhac classes, attendance is free of charge and membership is not required. Donations are strongly encouraged. Come check us out! We’d love to meet you!

Madstringer leading Intro to Guitar

Madstringer leading Intro to Guitar

Board Meeting Postponed

We have postponed this week’s board meeting to next Tuesday, April 30th, to allow for more time to gather input from members for the agenda.

Our apologies for any inconvenience.