Jan 262015


Due to the incoming snowpocolypse there will be no laser night tonight. Instead, please enjoy this scary pumpkin. Stay safe!

Jan 142015

NYC Resistor and Urban Glass have joined forces to bring you some tech inspired crafty creativity. The class is scheduled for Sunday, January 18th at 10am.

Resistor’s new cutting laser will be put to use to etch designs in glass through a masking tape resist. Amazingly, the masking tape holds up well against 60 psi of flying sand. Maybe we should all make masking tape ponchos for next year’s Burning Man.


The designs are taken to Urban Glass to sand blast the etch a little deeper to accommodate enamel.


Then, enamel is painted into the sand blasted recesses.


The lasered masking tape is removed, and the glass is ready for firing overnight with a long ramp up and a long cool down cycle.

Bicycle_card_painted_LR card_before_firing_LR

The fired pieces will look very similar to this. The enamels don’t change color much in firing unlike some ceramic glazes.

Taprats, an iterative design tool, was used to simulate an Islamic tile pattern. The lower half pattern is the negative of the upper half.

Islamic_tiles_enamel Islamic_tiles_enamel_2Islamic_tiles_enamel_3

We’re also experimenting with halftoned images. More images to come!

This is the first in a series of exploratory classes combining the creative power of two great Brooklyn spaces. Come join us on Sunday. The class sign-up is here.

 Posted by at 12:12 am
Jan 132015


We’re excited to announce that Code Liberation will be guest-hosting an intro class for women next Wednesday evening on programming button- and LED-based games. No programming experience? No problem. They’ll walk through setting up the hardware, connecting everything to your laptop, and coding a simple game to get you started.

Tickets here on eventbrite, more info below. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 1:14 pm
Jan 122015

screenshot20140527at2.54.08pm dscn0072

Announcing the 2015 Make-Along series at NYCResistor and our brand new MAKE-ALONG CLUB pass! Get a full 12 months worth of craft classes for the price of a single class elsewhere! (Pass starts whenever you buy it, so if you buy it May 2015 it’s good til May 2016. Woo!) Our main goal at Resistor is to get more people making things and feeding their creative brains. Come be creative with us!


Join us this Sat for NAIL ART! Learn tons of nail art techniques including how use lasers to make your own custom nail stamps. Seriously guys. LASER NAILS. Can you get any cooler.

2015 MAKE-ALONG CLASSES ($10 – $15 each class OR a full year pass for $85! Taught by Colleen AF Venable (hey that’s me!) and Shelby Arnold.
January 17, 1-4pm – Nail Art
February 8 , 4-7pm- Paper Electronics (please note later time slot)
March 8, 1-4pm – Crochet & Amigurumi
April 12, 1-4pm – Book Binding
May 10 , 1-4pm- Terrariums
June 14, 1-4pm – Print Making / Screenprinting
July 12 , 1-4pm- Plushies
August 9, 1-4pm – Washi Tape
September 13, 1-4pm – Soft Circuits
Oct 4, 1-4pm – Dioramas
Oct 11, 1-4pm- Costumes
Oct 18, 1-4pm – Bento Box
Oct 25 , 1-4pm- Pumpkin Hacking
November 8 , 1-4pm- Pop-Ups
December 13 , 1-4pm- Holiday Crafts

Come be crafty with us!

concertina6 SAMSUNG

Jan 122015

Max and I pleased to announce a new project we’re working on for this years Burning Man called the Temple of the Unticketed. We recently passed the first hurdle of getting a grant from Burning Man Arts and are working on submitting a full proposal now.

The Temple of the Unticketed brings people together, even if they can’t make it to Burning Man. The installation encourages participants both on and off playa to contribute four frame photo vignettes which are displayed on 512 backlit LCD screens attached to eight freestanding structures.

We’re using a BeagleBone Black to drive blocks of 16 screens, which was a real challenge using the onboard PRUs. Max figured out a way to hack the GPMC to jam data, he’ll post more on that later.

We’ll keep posting updates to the NYC Resistor blog. You can find out more at templeoftheunticketed.net and check the source on our GitHub

Jan 112015

We’ve added a new information screen at NYC Resistor on the new wall that we built next to the new laser cutter. It has a Raspberry Pi connected to the local ethernet and boots into a full-screen kiosk display based on the instructions. To do this we modified the /etc/rc.local to invoke Chromium in “application” mode, which has no GUI chrome or user-interface elements:

 chromium --app="$URL"

Right now it shows us current tweets about @nycresistor, although the plan is to add video feeds for a front-door camera, Laser-vision and other stats about the space. Have any idea how to make this display more awesome? Let us know!

Jan 092015

US PatentHave you ever wondered exactly what a patent is, or a patent troll? How you get or enforce a copyright? Whether you should be worried about someone else’s intellectual property? Why litigation is so expensive?

Come find out.

Resistor is hosting a talk and Q&A on intellectual property on Saturday, January 17 at 5pm.

The talk will be a high level overview of the major types of IP, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. Our intrepid presenter and resident lawyer, Ryan Micallef, will then attempt to field any IP questions you may have. Ryan has been a patent lawyer for eight years and has represented many high-tech clients, large and small.

The event is free, but please RSVP here.

Jan 042015


Well, you can’t actually meet it, as it’s really heavy and awkward to carry on a train, but feel free to gaze upon it lovingly from afar. From the good people at Fenton Heavy Industries (who brought us such hits as the FIBIAC and Turbo Entabulator), the Numbotron is the latest and greatest in impractical computing. It wasn’t ready in time for 2014’s Interactive Show, but I finally got around to properly documenting it. This electromechanical wonder can emulate Babbage’s Difference Engine with ease – it can even find all the prime numbers under 1000 in less than half a century! Enjoy the full write-up on my site, and if hate yourself, take a shot at writing your own code for the simulator!

Dec 272014

this is how you wrap gifts

As the new laser for NYC Resistor is being worked on, I am grabbing some photos of one of the last laser jobs done on the 7 year old Epilog Legend that we have gotten so much amazing use out of.

Inside of this wooden wonderment was 2 porterhouse steaks.

In 2014, we’ll be switching to the bigger, faster, more powerful Epilog Fusion model.

As I speak several resistors are hard at work reworking large parts of the space to accomodate the new beast… I am sure we’ll be seeing a blog post about that soon.

 Posted by at 6:10 pm