3D Printing Pen (3Doodler) on Order

WobbleWorks put together an incredible KickStarter recently, that raised over $2.3 million in funding, for a 3D printing pen.  The 3Doodler is a pen that can draw in the air.  You can hold it in your hand and draw 3D objects.  No software or computer necessary.

Gangplank Labs has supported this project and should have a 3Doodler in hand by the end of the year.  We will keep you updated, so when it comes in you can stop by and doodle with us.  Happy Hacking.

Hacknight Chandler

Every Wednesday night is Hacknight at Gangplank Chandler, from 6 PM to 10PM (or whenever the last person passes out :). Work late on, start up, or keep hacking with your projects. Share ideas with a community of fellow makers with passions spread across many various fields.

We have seen packs of dogs, kids creating permanent tattoos, Ruby on Rails (crazy right?) and much more go down here on these weekly Hacknights. Come down and get in on the action yourself, bring the family too there’s fun for all ages here. Are you in to Python? Arduino? Raspberry Pi? Node.js? Fortran? You’ll be in good company here, the WiFi and Power are free so bring your devices and show off your skills!

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Experimenting with Drawdio

Recently we were asked to come participate in an art show at a local school. It started with the desire to have our MakerBot on site and showcasing what it can do. After a couple of discussions it became a much cooler display. In addition to the MakerBot we are bring our version of the Drawdio.

Drawdio is an open-source project that caught our attention when it turned pencils into not just a visual tool but also an audio tool. Adam and I quickly began playing with them and bread boarded on Hacknight. The kids in the space loved it and solidified taking a handful of them to the event.

Running out of time to have them professionally printed we are trying our hand at etch our own boards this week based on the bread board layout below. Once those are finished I will be sure to post our thoughts on the process and the end result.

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In the meantime checkout the Drawdio video.

Arduino Night

logo blog arduino Arduino NightCome join us at Gangplank Chandler the third Wednesday of every month. Arduino Night is an evening to share your project and work with others on completing Arduino based projects. It is held in conjunction with Hacknight, so there will be plenty going on and lots of great people to interact with.  Oh yeah…and pizza.

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Arduino Prototype Board

Some of the current projects include a bathroom monitoring system, a Jeopardy style buzzer system, RFID to web service, Ghost Hunting device and even a cloud computing management tool. We also have a Epilog Laser Engraver/Cutter on site to create custom cases and mounts for your prototypes and plenty of helpful people. If you have ever thought about getting into the embedded device arena, this is your opportunity.

Don’t have an Arduino? No sweat come on down and borrow one of ours. Don’t have a project? Come join in with one already in progress. Don’t have any more excuses? Great! We’ll see you there.

Back to School Fun

With school starting back up, Adam Mokan used the Epilog Laser Engraver to make a few backpack trinkets for the kids.

A quick search on the web for a few of the requested figures and he was off and engraving.  While the kids loved the final product, they were really enthralled with the actual engraving by the laser.  Can you blame them? It is a FREAKIN LASER BEAM.

Here are a few samples of the items:

Welcome to Gangplank Labs

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Gangplank Labs

Many of you may be aware the hackerspace group Heatsync Labs, operating out of Gangplank Chandler over the past year, outgrew the space we had available and moved their operations to Mesa.  While happy to see them grow, moving on to bigger and better things, this left a hole in the Gangplank space for many of us.

To help fix this problem, we have gotten together to create Gangplank Labs.  Gangplank Labs is a place for those working on low voltage projects to collaborate, solve problems, teach, learn and just have a good time.  Some examples of current projects are a Jeopardy style game (Lou Prado), a Shitter Awareness System (Mike Benner, Derek Neighbors and Jade Meskill) and a simple standardized prototyping kit (Mike Benner and Adam Mokan).
Many of the projects are built around the Arduino microcontroller, which has a group that meets on the second Wednesday night of every month. Additionally, there is a Mindstorms Sumo Bot Challenge that is held on the 3rd Wednesday night of the month. We also work with the Gangplank Jr program in running the First Lego League teams and special programming events (a Mod Kit course is in the works).
All of our projects will be posted here, along with tutorials and special events.  We welcome you to come in, check out the space and get involved.