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  • matthewtwo 11:21 am on January 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    CGW Found a Home 

    We’ve found a space! CWG is in the process of moving into our very own, and Columbia’s first hackerspace!

    Head over to our ABOUT page to see where it is.

    Here’s our current, projected timeline for moving in:

    2013-01-17: Normally-scheduled hack night at my house. Most of the night will be creating the operating rules for the space and discussing what facilities we will need to build.
    2013-01-31: Hack night at Brad’s shop (assuming he’s up for it, otherwise my place again). We’ll finalize of designs created at last meeting, including required materials, and arrange to move in the larger items that CGW owns/is being donated. Last regular CGW meeting outside of the space.
    2013-02-01: Move-in Day (Night, whatever). We’ll bring in the big items for CGW and get the materials for whatever benches/shelves/death rays we’ve designed. Also, we can stand around, drink beer, and talk about how cool our new space is. From this point forward, the bi-weekly hack night becomes a weekly hack night/CGW meeting on Thursdays @ 19:00.
    2013-02-02: Build Weekend. A lot of woodworking will happen, I’m sure. Also, moving things around, hanging lights, setting up security cameras, and possibly starting work on building entry systems for members.
    2013-02-09: Probably another build weekend. I’m betting we’ll have a lot to do. Whatever it is, we can talk about it at the first meeting in our new hackerspace two days before this!!!!!
    2013-02-14: Haha, hack night on Valentine’s Day.
    2013-02-15/16: Open House. At least, I’m hoping that by this point we’ll have enough of our crap together to show something to the public. Press release will include this event. We’ll have to put together a couple showcases of our awesome technology and probably provide food. I’m sure we can do it.

  • 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
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    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).

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