Warm Chicken

Here’s the most ridiculously technology overloaded chicken coop door opener. Just how much stuff can we use? Its not to make the project more complicated, its to learn about more of the wonderful tools available to all makers, inventors and engineers worldwide.

Custom circuit board, WiFi, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, 3D modeling, 3D printing, motor control, solar powered, JSON over TCP, MeteorJS, mongodb, redis, bootstrap, responsive and reactive browser dashboard on a 2.8″ TFT display. All this replaces a piece of string. Sound ridiculous? well it is.

00:00 Introduction
07:35 Mechanical Door Slide and Motor Test #1
10:15 FreeCAD 3D Pulley Modeling
19:29 ReplicatorG Slicing
23:00 3D printing of pulley #2
23:44 Removal of support material
24:50 Motor Test #2 with pulley #2
26:59 Final Installation
30:45 Solar Panel Installation and 2 Eggs
31:24 Meteor Webkit Dashboard Implementation



Be a Part of the First Western Colorado Regional Startup Weekend!

Grand Junction, Mountain Village, Telluride and Montrose have teamed up to host a region-wide Startup Weekend for entrepreneurs, developers and designers in Western Colorado! This is the first regional Startup Weekend in Western Colorado, and everyone is invited. This collaboration is built upon the belief that we’re better together, and is the first of many regional events to come.

If you have an idea for a new tech startup that you’d like to see, or even if you don’t know what you’d create, but you want to be a part of something amazing, register today! We promise, this will be an event you do not want to miss. Nothing quite compares to the experience of creating a viable company—not to mention lasting relationships—in one weekend.

For more info, or to sign up, click here: Western Colorado Startup Weekend

RPI2, TFT, Redis, Meteor, YouTube Demo

Here’s a performance demo I worked on this morning.

One Man’s Junk…

My son-in-law found a MagniSight Explorer in some free box and gave it to me. This is perfect for surface mount board work, well except its analog 480p video is horrible by today’s standards. So I added a $35 Raspberry Pi 2 and a $26 Raspberry Pi Camera Module for crystal clear 1080P/30 video and 5 megapixel images.

3d-scanning for Custom Shoes!

The TechLab crew is pushing the limits of technology in hopes of bringing footwear comfort to one of our local members.
Last week Nathan helped us create a 3D computer model of a very large (Size 14, 5E width) human foot using an xBox Kinect and some special software called “Scanect”.

Our member's foot, scanned into a 3D computer model

Our member’s foot, scanned into a 3D computer model

By taking images of our subject’s feet from all angles, Nathan was able to create a 3D Model that we printed in plastic using our TAZ4 3D Printer!
3D Printed custom model of our member's foot!

3D Printed custom model of our member’s foot!

In the near future, we hope to work with Sense Of Motion Footwear (they make shoes right here in Montrose) to create a custom “last” that can be used to make custom shoes that match our members foot exactly, allowing them a level of comfort that they cannot find by ordering or buying shoes from a store!
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Announcing Montrose Makerspace TechLab!

Montrose Makerspace is pleased to announce TechLab – Opening July 2015!!!
The first in a series of collaborative high-tech spaces design to help our community materialize their ideas, TechLab will be located at 210 E Main St in downtown Montrose – within the Proximity Space Co-working environment.
Stay tuned for our official grand opening date, and feel free to contact us for more information.

Montrose MakerSpace TechLab is a membership-based space that provides the following resources at opening (with many more to come):

  • High-tech machines for rapid-prototyping and innovation projects
    • Large Format (12″ Cubed) 3D Printer
    • Small Format (6″ Cubed) 3D Printer
    • Laser Cutter & Engraver
    • Vinyl Cutting Plotter
    • (*TBD) Desktop CNC Router/Mini-Mill
  • Lounge Area for brainstorming and collaboration
  • Office, computing, and meeting resources
  • Classroom Training and Science/Technology based educational workshops
  • Consulting, Design, and Prototyping expertise, advice, and custom project/job work

Our partnership with Proximity Co-Working space allows us to provide access to entrepreneurial resources and facilities which compliment our goals of supporting collaboration, education/vocational training, talent, high-tech resources, and innovative ideas in the local community.

Montrose Makerspace TechLab is only the beginning of what Montrose Makerspace has to offer! Our long-term plans include an expansion into a larger “shop” space, to include Metalworking, Woodworking, Textiles, and many other large-scale specialized machinery. Now’s the time to get involved and start making your ideas into reality, right here in beautiful Montrose, CO!

Thank you to every one of our founders, friends, fans and gracious contributors for your support and enthusiasm! We’re looking forward to changing the way we live and work in this community, and we owe it all to you!
Montrose Makerspace Team

Arduino Motion Parts Unboxing

Here’s several boxes of goodies I received today.

Embedded Workbench

Craig now has a functional garage workbench.

Project Waterdog

I started Project Waterdog as part of Welcome Home Montrose’s Mission No Barriers 2015. Waterdog uses exist technology to enable visually impaired kayakers access to the Montrose Water Sports Park.

Here’s my introduction video.

Behind-the-scenes – Film Festival control room

Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans recently hosted a film festival  jam-packed with outdoor activities, dance parties, and a large selection of unique films – most with direct ties to the local area.

I (Chuck) was fortunate to have the opportunity to manage the technical production for film screening events at the historic Fox Cinema Center right here in Montrose!

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