There’s more activity at Benicia Makerspace than we can keep up with. Here are a few things that happened in October.

Finished RFID Access System
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The RFID access system is finished and working great. This is what allows us to provide 24/7 access to our members without the security challenges associated with handing out duplicated keys. It was built with a Raspberry Pi and uses an Arduino as a backup in case the power goes out.

 

 New Equipment
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We have two new tools in the space. We installed a 1 ton hoist that is handy for lifting large projects onto a pallet or truck bed. We also have a new 80 gallon compressor.

 

New Workshops
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Member Matt Whitecotton has volunteered to lead two new weekly workshops at Benicia Makerspace. Every Tuesday night anyone is welcome to bring in old or broken items and tear them apart or try and fix them. Screwdrivers and soldering irons are provided. This can be a great way to learn how things work. Every Thursday is Project night where you can get help on a project you are working on. Only members can use our tools, but there might be someone on hand that can help with a quick job. If you have a specific need please let us know ahead of time to see if we have someone with expertise who can be available.

Sign up for either of these night on our meetup.com page.

Updated Projects
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 Jim Kennon has updated his LED project. By simply wrapping his LED strand around a large wine bottle he has made the project more portable and more visually appealing at the same time. Powered by an Arduino, the lights can be controlled by multiple tuning knobs or with a distance sensor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s New At Benicia Makerspace – October 2015