Makerbot Replicator 2 Overhead Filament Gantry

Makerbot Replicator 2 Overhead Filament Gantry

I really like the Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer we have at the Library at the Dock as it's really easy to use. At the Makerspace, when we introduce 3D printing to our digital skills classes, it's great to see a participant go through the introduction and then...

Superdoodle 3D printer case

Superdoodle 3D printer case

A few months ago, I start a large 3D printing project using ABS. One of the side effects of this project is that the spare room I use as my printing area now smells of heated ABS. The fumes attached themselves to everything! The curtains, the carpet, the bedding,...

Animal badges for Solder on! – a children’s soldering event

Animal badges for Solder on! – a children’s soldering event

The year may be winding down, but at the Makerspace @ the Dock I have been using these last few days to get some new programs ready for next year. In early January, we have an upcoming "Solder On!" class for kids.  I spent the afternoon with one of the animal badges...

Voice work for “Little Melbourne Girl”

Voice work for “Little Melbourne Girl”

As much as I love film and the work that goes with it, I really thought that when I changed careers that I would be leaving that world behind. To my surprise and joy, every few months I get thrown another challenge that seems to be right out of my film studio...

Even at work, my name proceeds me…

Even at work, my name proceeds me…

Returned to work after traveling overseas and found this gem hanging up on the office picture wall.  Even at work my name precedes me! Nice way to return to work.

PLA welding at the Docklands Library!

PLA welding at the Docklands Library!

Last night was the second to last 3D Drop-in session for the year, and a chance to catch up with some of my students in the Makerspace @ the Dock. The drop-in sessions loosely organised programming, allowing the Makers to discuss what they are working on, ask for...

Teaching the next generation of makers – Bialik College

Teaching the next generation of makers – Bialik College

Last week at the Libray @ the Dock's Makerspace, I had the privilege to introduce a group of students from Bialik College the wonderful world of 3D printing. These guys not only were interested in seeing out 3D printers but also made time to jump on to Tinkercad and...

Laptop upgrade – SSD

Laptop upgrade – SSD

After being sent home from work for feeling ill, (try teaching a class with no voice), I was surprised with the delivery of the Solid State Hard Drive I had ordered.  After a quick nap, I was feeling a little bit better and started getting a little antsy to get...

Quarries of Screed video arcade machine – First steps

Quarries of Screed video arcade machine – First steps

More than 10 years ago while in Adelaide Australia I had some free time.  After looking around the net, I discovered people retrofitting arcade machines with PC computers and creating MAME (an acronym of Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) machines. They looked just...

Flashing Robot Cards @ Library at the Dock

Flashing Robot Cards @ Library at the Dock

I was recently asked by the Youth librarian if I could help out with a technology based event for a children's event at the Library at the Dock. After the successful reaction we got when I hacked together a glowing eye in the children's drop-in session, I presented...

Yori is sick – Maintenance on Up 2 + 3D printer

Yori is sick – Maintenance on Up 2 + 3D printer

Fridays are a short day for me at the Libray @ the Dock's Makerspace, so you can imagine my surprise when I went to use the Up 2 plus know as Yori (I named all the printers in the Library after characters in the film TRON) and found her clicking away instead of...

Nixie Tube Clock

Nixie Tube Clock

In 2004, I bought a PIC based Nixie Clock from an online vendor. At the time, I had very basic soldering skills but I was able to work through the kit and finish it. I love old technology, and the Nixie tubes are cold cathode display for displaying numerals or other...

3D showcase – University of Melbourne

3D showcase – University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne's Engineering faculty hosted a "3D Showcase" this past weekend, which brought vendors and the public alike together, to explore what 3D printing has to offer. I was fortunate enough to present a paper about 3d printing and Makerspaces within...

Visiting Apone’s Armory

Visiting Apone’s Armory

Working one night at the CCHS, Dave Chanter (CCHS president and all round nice guy) mentioned that he was going to visit some 3D prop makers in Geelong and wanted to know if I wanted to come along? What a question... Jumping into the car early one Sunday morning, Dave...

Superdoodle printer is back in action

Superdoodle printer is back in action

I returned to my creative home, the Connected Community Hackerspace (CCHS) tonight to work on my 3D printer, an upgraded Solidoodle 3. Nicknamed "Superdoodle" this printer has gone through a metamorphosis of sorts. The Solidoodle 3D printer is the brainchild of...

Led fun with the Children’s drop-in lab

Led fun with the Children’s drop-in lab

I found myself at work covering a shift and was able to join the afterschool creative drop-in session offered at the Library. The kids were making some pirate based drawing and I could not help but add some electronic bling to one of the pictures. Grabbing some left...

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