[Discuss] Knowledge sharing

Fri Nov 11 16:41:14 PST 2011

I would also like to learn more about welding and metal working in general.
 I'd really like to be able to build larger structural pieces out of metal
that are reliable and strong for those random projects that might require
some kind of metal frame.  Welding seems to be a common thread among most
of us so maybe if someone has more experience than the rest in using a wire
feed MIG welder like we have at the shop, they could put on a sort of class
to teach the rest of us.  We could schedule it out and put it on the
website to invite others to join.  We could probably get some small metal
scraps to bring down to the shop for everyone to get some practice in.  I
think that would be way fun.

I have experience using microcontrollers including Arduino and Parallax SX
chips so if anyone needs help with that I'd be happy to lend a hand or
share what I know when possible.  I have also build a few electronic
circuits using microcontrollers that were "stand alone" projects as Bob had
mentioned.  I have never designed and fabbed a board but I have experience
with building those types of stand alone circuits.  I don't have any formal
electronics training so I don't necessarily know the "right" or "wrong"
ways to do things.  But I am more than willing to share my experiences with
anyone who thinks it might help.

On Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 3:00 PM, James Hukill <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:

> It's time for me to come clean..
> The welder in the shop is mine and I used to be pretty good.  Now I am
> cube farm worker.. So I am sure that I am pretty rusty....
> That said, we should talk about what we know how to do and what projects
> we (those that have the skill set to help and teach) could help with..
> I also took and passed my HAM <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amateur_radio> license
> test last wed (11.9.11) so would be happy to share resources and study tips
> for those thinking they may want to get theirs (they do not require morris
> code any longer).
> On Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 1:43 PM, Bob Miller <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:
>> I would like to know more about:
>>    - analog electronics.  I've dabbled in it off and on, but never got
>> serious.
>>    - metalworking.
>>    - woodworking.
>>    - interfacing sensors and actuators to computers.
>>    - what I'll call "packaging".  Once you have something that works
>>      on a breadboard or a laptop with USB cables hanging off it,
>>      how do you turn that into a standalone device that just works?
>>    - finding parts, supplies, and tools.
>> On Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 10:55 AM, Thomas A Ramsey <EMAIL HIDDEN>wrote:
>>> I share some of your want-to-learns:
>>> -Microcontroller programming (outside of the "walled garden") and
>>> general C programming
>>> -Networks: bluetooth protocol, xbees, etc
>>> -Steel and aluminum welding
>>> -GPS interfacing
>>> -I2C, serial, general integrated circuitry
>>> I know there's a lot to be interested in and I'm having a hard time
>>> staying with any one subject long enough to get it down without going of on
>>> a tangent on another.
>>> -Tom
>>> On Thu, 10 Nov 2011 19:02:06 -0800 (PST), Laura Harris wrote:
>>>> One of the more important things I hope to get out of our collective
>>>> maker experience is to learn new things and enhance what I already
>>>> know- and I know I'm not the only one who shares the same hope. I
>>>> think it would be cool to have subject-matter experts conduct some
>>>> meetings where they provide useful insights and basic getting-started
>>>> knowledge. For instance, I want to learn:
>>>>        * How to design and execute scripts in Processing
>>>>        * More about coding for microcontrollers, especially for
>>>> controlling
>>>> lighting and for MIDI applications
>>>>        * Wireless control and telemetry
>>>>        * How to implement machine vision for gestural control and other
>>>> fun
>>>> stuff
>>>>        * How to weld steel without making a mess
>>>> How about you guys- what do you want to learn?
>>>> L
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