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

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

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

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

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