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Week 133 – Full of Cheer (Lights)

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Monday 23 December, 6:30pm-9:00pm Maker Night STOP PRESS! The building won’t be open this evening, so there won’t be a Maker Night tonight. Will be back to normal in January!
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DoES Christmas Opening Times 2013

It’s that time of year where opening times for places get a bit squiffy, so to clear up the next few days and weeks:
Currently, DoES opens for Hot Desking at 9:30am till ~6pm.
The DoES Christmas Drinks will be on Friday the 20th, from 4pm till 8pm (Or the last person goes home) – All are welcome.
On Monday 23rd, we’ll be open as normal, and Maker Day will be 6:30pm till 9pm as normal.
After that, for Hot Desking we close until Monday January 6th at 9:30am.
For Residents with access cards set up, you’ll be able to get in whenever the building is open:
  • Monday 23rd: Normal
  • Tuesday 24th: 10am – 4pm
  • Christmas Day: Closed
  • Boxing Day: Closed
  • Friday 27th: 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday 28th: Normal
  • Monday 30th: 10am – 4pm
  • Tuesday 31st: 10am – 4pm
  • New Years Day: Closed
Thursday 2nd Onwards: Building back to normal
Monday 6th: All Back To Normal For Hot Deskers and Events
If you’re unsure about your access, or need to find out how to fill the coffee pot if you’re first in, then grab one of the Organisers in the next week and we’ll sort you out.
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Week 132 – Art AND Science

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Monday 16 December, 6:00pm-9:00pm Sewing Club
Tuesday 17 December, 7:00pm-8:00pm Drone Meetup
Wednesday 18 December, 6:00pm-10:00pm Friends of the Earth
Friday 20 December, 4:00pm-8:00pm Christmas Drinks – All Welcome!
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Week 131 – Would You Look at the Size of That Laser-Cutter!

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Monday 9 December, 6:00pm-9:00pm PyPool
Tuesday 10 December, 7:00pm-9:00pm JavaScript User Group
Wednesday 11 December, 6:00pm-9:00pm Maker Night
Saturday 14 December, 10:00am-5:00pm Maker Day
Saturday 14 December, 11:00am-2:00pm Future Makers Special! Make a USB Microscope workshop
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Week 130 – Multiple Ways to Control Lights

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Monday 02 December, 6:00pm-9:00pm Sewing Club
Saturday 07 December, 10:00am-6:00pm Introduction to Laser Cutting Course
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Week 129 – Bikes, Papers and Art

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Monday 25 November, 6:30pm-9:00pm Maker Night
Tuesday 26 November, 6:30pm-9:00pm Geek Up
Wednesday 27 November, 8:00pm-9:00pm RESULTS
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Week 128 – Yet More Things Connected to the Internet

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Monday 18 November, 6:00pm-9:00pm Sewing Club
Tuesday 19 November, 7:00pm-8:00pm Drone Meetup
Wednesday 20 November, 6:30pm-8:00pm Friends of the Earth
Thursday 21 November, 7:00pm-9:00pm Startup Thursday
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Week 127 – It’s arrived. A Book of Things & Laser play

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Monday 11 November, 6:00pm-8:00pm PyPool
Tuesday 12 November, 7:00pm-9:00pm Liverpool Javascript User Group
Wednesday 13 November, 10:00am-5:00pm Working creatively with audio
Wednesday 13 November, 6:00pm-9:00pm Maker Night at DoES
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Upcycling Farnell Boxes to Make a Laser-cut Workshop Sign

At Maker Day this month, the Future Makers were on the laser-cutter cutting these geometric shapes out of cardboard to then tessellate into cool 3-dimensional shapes.

Playing with the cardboard and laser-cutter reminded me that we could do with a sign for the workshop door (we also laser-cut some new “we’re in the workshop” signs to help direct people round too).

For our cutting materials we were just using old cardboard boxes from the recycling pile, and the first Workshop sign we cut was from a crisp box.

Take 1

Once we’d cut that we realised that it would look better (particularly on a wooden door) with a contrasting colour behind the cut-out section. At which point inspiration struck!

The Farnell boxes (given the number of people building things with electronics round here, we have one or two knocking about…) have a colourful wavy pattern design on the side!

Raw Materials

We soon had one flattened and ready to feed into the laser-cutter. Andrew pointed out that if we could provide a bit of depth between the text and the background you’d also get a neat parallax effect as you walked past the door. Well, that just needed a couple more frames cutting from the box…

A few minutes of laser-cutting and we were ready for assembly.

Laser-cutting done

Then after a bit of glueing, it was set to be installed.

Assembled sign

And now everyone knows where the workshop is!

Workshop sign close-up
Workshop Sign on the door
Workshop Sign in place
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Week 126 – Books Are Born and Batteries Die

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Monday 04 November, 6:00pm-9:00pm Sewing Club
Saturday 09 November, 10:00am-5:00pm Maker Day
Saturday 09 November, 11:00am-2:00pm Future Makers