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Apr 152009

A few recent events have made us aware of the risk we face having children at NYCResistor.

We at NYCResistor are passionate about education and inspiring young people and we have plans in the works for age appropriate curriculum and outreach programs to places that are more kid friendly and have fewer deadly tools. We want a better world and we know that starts with inspiring children and giving them access to cool and cutting edge projects.

Until we can look into this issue and get clarity regarding the risk, our policy is that no children under 18 are allowed at NYCResistor.

Apr 122009


Thursdays are normally drop in craft nights, but this week will be a little different. We’re going to have Chris K. Palmer in town and he’s going to be giving a presentation and workshop on his projects and approach to design.

What happens when a fine artist with a restless imagination, self taught CAD and programming proficiency and a geometric literacy fed by the ages (the Alhambra!) has unfettered access to laser and CNC machines for more than a decade? Come see at a presentation and workshop on flat goods engineering with Chris K. Palmer.

Tools developed in rhinoscript and grasshopper will be demonstrated and used to make projects in paper and wood.

Check out some of his projects: (1, 2)

This event is free and because we anticipate that this will be a popular event, we’re limiting it to 20 visitors. RSVP on eventbrite to reserve your space!

Apr 102009

The laser class is back and it’s the first Saturday of the month for May, June, and July. This is the class to take to learn how to use an Epilog 35W laser to make your rapidly prototyped dreams come true.

The class covers safety issues, design parameters, and a short introduction to Inkscape, a free vector based editor. I really enjoy teaching this class because everyone in the class leaves with an object that they’ve designed and made. Acrylic and lasertime is included in the price of the class. This class is a portal into the world of acrylic awesomeness

Besides being a great class to teach, I really enjoy this class because I never know what ideas the students will come with and make a reality. Watching people make objects from their imagination is magic!

The class is $75 for the class I affectionately call, “Fire The Lazzzor!

Update: If you want to really get into digital design, you could double up and take Edith’s Introduction to Illustrator class which will be taught earlier in the day in May. Her background is in fashion design and so that class is going to be a great introduction to doing the vector based world and everything you learn there is applicable to learning how to design for the laser.

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Apr 092009

Public Radio International popped by NYCResistor to see what’s been going on. They made this video about us!

Apr 062009

Toorcamp is going to be awesome. It is a hacker campout/conference that will be held in and on top of a missle silo in Washington State. It’s put on be the awesome crew that puts on Toorcon, so it’s pretty much guaranteed to be awesome. We’ll be there. Are you going?

Photo by Divide

Mar 242009

In celebration of Lady Ada day, a day to celebrate women in technology, here’s a spotlight on the ladies of Resistor!

Kelly and her Pacman Cupcake

Kellbot – Tinysaur champion and creator of a glowing pacman cupcake.


Pip – She’s the lab in the word Buglabs pictured here with a twitchie baby.

Diana's Fibonacci scarf

Diana – Fashion nerd pictured here with a fibonacci scarf.

Max in a pink skirt and safety belt

Max – Server wrangler and practicing safety with style.

Rose wrangles WORDPRESS!

Yarnivore – Sociological analyst and crafter.

Edith making a box

Edith – Breathing life into books with arduinos and seen here making monolithic white boxes!

You should also pop over to my friend Limor’s, aka Lady Ada’s site to check out the sale she’s having today on her electronics kits!