Amazing, amazing, amazing, that’s all we can say. We have 13 days left and we are 60% funded on Kickstarter. Thank you so much for your help. Your support is why we do what we do. We are almost at our goal. If you haven’t pledged to make i3Detroit v2.0 amazing yet, you still have time to do it. So do it. Right now. Seriously. I am talking to you!
Just wanted to share a picture set with you of our new facility. It has been posted once, but just can’t help but show it off like a newborn baby. We are working with the city of Ferndale and will hopefully have our C of O in the next couple of days. Then it is on to painting, building and moving.
We spent this past weekend boxing everything up at the old space. It was a bit sad and nostalgic. But like our insightful Director at Large, Nick Britsky said “i3 Detroit is in here” (while pointing to his heart). And, yeah, he is right.
Thanks again and enjoy the pics.
We will start taking down the decorations and equipment to pack everything into easy movable boxes. Then, within the next couple weeks, transport to the new 8,000 sq/ft facility located in Ferndale.
The new facility will be a place where robots roam free. Grazing among the vast plains of creativity, co-existing in relative dimension and space, while engineers modify and perfect their power wheels racers.
If you don’t have any boxes, pledging to our kickstarter will help us cover our deposit and bring you the tools and community to your backyard.
Look out for a massive open house and party in May but feel free to stop by at anytime to see the progress and potential of this new space.
This Sunday, there will be an electronics class meeting from 2:00 to 4:00.
Last week we covered a lot of theroy, and in the end build a single transistor driver for a piezo buzzer. We connected these to a function generator and made some audible beeps.
This week, we will be building an oscillator so we don’t need the function generator. We will talk about capacitors along the way, and go in to detail about how a nontrivial circuit works: the astable multivibrator. This is the same circuit we used to flash two LEDs a few weeks ago, but this time we will be making it oscillate at audio frequencies.
Anyone (member or not) is welcome to attend.
Remember those two FIRST robotics teams who spent so much time in our shop this winter? Well, now it’s competition season, time to shine! Oak Park’s team 1216 (the Knights) has been around for a few years, but because of graduations, all the students in the program were rookies this year. Clawson’s team 3302 (the Turbo Trojans) is a brand-new team this year. But they’re rookies no longer! Having taken to the field this weekend in Ann Arbor, both teams got a chance to compete, and 3302 went all the way to the semifinals. Congratulations to all involved!
This year’s game is played with two alliances, each composed of three teams, facing off against each other. In the photo, team 3302 has just taken the field with their partners. The atmosphere is tense and impatient as spectators and competitors alike wait for the green light that starts the game. Video of the actual matches will be up soon…
Both teams will compete again in Troy on March 26th and 27th. Come out and cheer them on!
Just a quick glance at the schedule:
Monday: Nothing scheduled yet. Come hang out if the space is open!
Tuesday: Electronics meetup, no RSVP required. Theme: Soldering iron clinic — tip tinning, cleaners and holders, the role of flux in the soldering process. May also get into the other gear on the bench. I’ll try really hard to have the doors open by 7; somewhat earlier is likely. BYOSI if you want specific advice!
Thursday: Metal Machining class part 2.
Friday: The monthly Unusual Musical Instrument Jam Session, same time as PS:One does theirs. Bring noisy stuff! Also, FIRST competition begins in Ann Arbor. Also, new-member orientation — if you’ve been wanting to join, get here!
Sunday: Electronics class, piezo noisemakers. 2-4pm.
phone: (248) 906-8473
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