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  • matthewtwo 11:01 am on January 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: agenda,   

    First Meeting of the New Year! 

    Come out and visit CGW for our first meeting of the New Year! Bring a project or help out with one!

    We’ll be gathering at Brad’s shop in the woods for another exciting night of hacking (Location details on Meetup)


    Here’s a loose agenda for the evening

    • Review Bylaws ( Here and there will be copies at the meeting )
    • Set date to check out the actual space and finalize things with Gary Pauley (Brad, Matthew, Zach, and whoever else would like to come along)
    • Set date for moving into our new space (what do we need to have by then? Current list of stuff we want is here )
    • Hack stuff!


  • columbiagadgetworks 8:06 pm on December 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    CGW Rock the Vote 

  • columbiagadgetworks 8:51 pm on October 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , oct   

    We Are Awesome!!! 

    October 4 Hacknight
    We take stuff apart, we build things, make stuff work, and put cool stickers on our laptops.
    A CD duplicator was disassembled. Brad’s CNC mill is coming along, every week closer to cutting, and his 3D printer got another job. (a small test print)

  • columbiagadgetworks 6:25 pm on August 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    At at the Jun 23 Columbia Gadget Works meeting we did some experiments with non Newtonian fluids. Ryan coated a speaker he had laying around in red plasti-dip to water proof it in hopes of using it again later. Unfortunately the speaker did not survive the tests.

  • columbiagadgetworks 9:38 pm on August 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2012, Aug 2,   

    Hack Night 

    We have officially decided to go to the state fair!!! You can see us at the Show Me Robots tent. We saw many new faces tonight. The speaker from the last hack night was ripped apart discovering why it died. Scott showed off his cigar box amp.

  • Ryan 5:04 am on June 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 3d printer, , plastic, shredder,   

    Recycling 3D printer plastic video 

  • columbiagadgetworks 10:01 pm on June 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Take apart night 

    We saw many new faces at this hack night. A printer was brought and decided to not work. A new idea was devised to shred old acrylic 3D printed plastic. Work was done on this idea, but there is still more to do. Many-a-things were taken apart.

  • Ryan 9:21 pm on May 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: click of death, CMKT4, contact mic, hard drive   

    My external harddrive has developed the click of death. I decided this was a perfect opportunity to use the contact mic I assembled with help from CMKT4. Click of death.mp3 (346.5 KB)

    • columbiagadgetworks 10:12 am on May 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Mine did the same thing a while back, had to replace it. The contact mic worked pretty well to record the sound though.

  • Scott 6:12 pm on May 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: photography, schlieren, science, video   

    I uploaded the schlieren images/video I took this weekend. I improved the illumination and focusing, so that a larger volume was imaged, to good effect I think. I am thinking of putting together an instructable, and a thingiverse thing with my 3D printed optical mounts in the near future.

    Schlieren Images

    • griff 4:35 pm on August 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Scott,
      I saw a picture of you showing your Software Defined Radio (SDR). It looks like one of the USRP models from Ettus Research ( Is that right? I have been thinking of using a digilent FPBA board plus a KNJN flashy ADC to make an inexpensive SDR.

      • Scott 4:58 pm on August 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply


        It was an Ettus USRP. I also have a FunCube Dongle. Some of the other guys are working with the TV tuner that has gotten some press on Hackaday lately (don’t remember the name).

  • columbiagadgetworks 8:38 pm on May 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Brad's shop, , , CMKT, , , May 3   

    Thursday may 3rd, CMKT 4 

    This next Thursday we will have the privilege to host CMKT at Brad’s shop. They will be bringing kits and to build for $15 so bring some money. It should be a lot of fun.
    Here is their little blurb:

    Build an EconoMIC Bottle-Cap Contact Mic with CMKT 4 $15

    Circuit-bending rock trio CMKT 4 will help students build a sturdy, working piezoelectric pickup using components and recycled materials. The band will help you learn to solder and ensure your success in building the kit. The comic book instructions will help guide you through their special process of soldering, drilling, gluing, zipping, and dipping – Voila! You are the proud owner and maker of your very own EconoMIC Bottle-Cap Contact Microphone (from Creme DeMentia). This simple transducer will create an audio signal from physical vibrations – like an electric stethoscope! Stick around for a performance from the band while the tool-handle dip dries!

    See you there!

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