Dance at Resistor, for science!

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Aug 202018
 

Bill Nye the Science Guy stands center frame in a while button up shirt, black suspenders, and classic bow tie. He throws his arms up and head back as the lights flash. The word 'SCIENCE!!!' is along the bottom of the image in gray.

Calling all Resistors and friends: We need you for a special project at the 23 August open Craft Night.

Alex is a PhD student studying astrophysics who wants to help make science accessible to the public via the medium of interpretive dance. He’s making a video for the Dance Your PhD contest and needs an ensemble of dancers to communicate that his data analysis methods will be applied to billions of never-before-observed galaxies. Don’t dance? No problem! If you can do the hokey pokey, you can dance this PhD! (For inspiration, check out Alex’s all-time favorite entry.)

Please join us to film the final scenes in and outside Resistor on Thursday, 23 August between 7:30 and 9:30 PM. And do feel free to share this announcement on social media. We look forward to dancing with you soon!

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EAGLE Weekend Photos

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Aug 062018
 

Thanks to all who came out for our Autodesk EAGLE meetup and classes this past weekend! It was a whirlwind of PCB design fun. Read on for more photos.

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Intro to Soldering Workshop: Make an LED Tile on Aug 12

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Aug 022018
 

Come join us for a class! Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Soldering is one of the most important skills you’ll need for working with electronics. Come join us for an introductory through-hole soldering workshop. Soldering enables you to create sturdy connections between electrical components.



In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to use a soldering iron safely and effectively, and get plenty of practice with both soldering and desoldering techniques. We’ll be soldering up some Game of Life kits – LED tiles that generate nifty animations.



No previous experience is required, making this introductory workshop a great choice for anyone who’s curious about getting started with hardware tinkering! All materials will be provided.


This class will be taught by Resistor members David Huerta and Eric Beug.



As with all NYC Resistor events, this class is 18+ and governed by our Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct, as well as accessibility information, can be found at www.nycresistor.com/participate/



Please note that refunds must be requested 72 hours in advance. If you have any questions, please email classes@nycresistor.com.





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Building Professional Electronics Hardware with Autodesk EAGLE on Aug 05

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Jul 262018
 

Come join us for a class! Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Are you an electronics hobbyist looking to create a product? Leap from newcomer to pro with this all-day class on designing your own schematics and printed circuit boards with Autodesk EAGLE. Lunch included.


Sign up for this PCB design class and we’ll teach you everything you ever wanted to know about the awesome, free EAGLE PCB design program (Mac/PC/Linux). You’ll learn how to draw schematics, find the right footprint, lay out a circuit board, route the circuit board, and finally prepare the board for production.  We’ll even show you where you can go to have your boards made. This comprehensive class will also cover other advanced topics such as wireless design. Bring your questions!


Make sure you bring a laptop to participate during class and design your own circuit! Please download and install EAGLE from https://www.autodesk.com/products/eagle/free-download prior to the class.


class Instructor: Matt Berggren, Director, Fusion Electrical at Autodesk


class TA: NYC Resistor member Sophi Kravitz

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Intro to Circuit Board Design with Autodesk EAGLE on Aug 04

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Jul 252018
 

Come join us for a class! Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Have you ever envied those beautiful green printed circuit boards (PCBs) that all modern electronics have?  Do you want to kick up the professionalism in your projects with a real PCB?  Would you like to simply learn how to better document your circuits with a nicely done schematic?


Sign up for this PCB design class and we’ll teach you how to use the awesome, free EAGLE PCB design program (Mac/PC/Linux). You’ll learn how to draw schematics, find the right footprint, lay out a circuit board, route the circuit board, and finally prepare the board for production.  We’ll even show you where you can go to have your boards made.


Make sure you bring a laptop to participate during class and design your own circuit! Please download and install EAGLE from https://www.autodesk.com/products/eagle/free-download prior to the class.


class Instructor: Matt Berggren, Director, Fusion Electrical at Autodesk


class TA: NYC Resistor member Sophi Kravitz


Event image is from Randy Sarafan’s free Instructables PCB Design class: https://www.instructables.com/class/Circuit-Board-Design-Class/


 

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Free NYC Autodesk EAGLE PCB Design Meetup on Aug 03

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Jul 242018
 

Come join us for a class! Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Looking to meet likeminded electronics hobbyists and learn more about EAGLE PCB design softare? Join our free meetup Friday August 3! It’ll be a celebration kicking off our weekend classes taught by our special guest, Autodesk’s Matt Berggren. So whether you’re an old pro looking to talk feature specifics or a maker interested in learning what it takes to launch a successful hardware crowdfunding campaign, come mingle with us. Refreshments kindly provided by Autodesk. RSVP is optional, but helps us better estimate the refreshments to provide.


If you’re signed up for either of our Autodesk EAGLE classes, come meet your instructor and discuss any questions or topic requests you may have. If you’re on the fence about signing up for one of the classes, come learn more before you decide. More class info: 


Aug 4: Intro to Circuit Board Design with Autodesk EAGLE


Aug 5: Building Professional Electronics Hardware with Autodesk EAGLE


 


Event photo by Matt Joyce.

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Laser Cutting: Cut and Etch Your Own Designs with Our Laser Cutter on July 28th

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Jul 182018
 

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These classes fill up, reserve your spot now! This will be our only laser-cutting class during summer 2018.

Harness the power of an Eplilog 60 Watt Laser! In this class you’ll learn everything you need to know to make the ideas in your head become a reality with a laser.

In this three hour class, we’ll walk through all the steps from idea to pressing the “go” button on the laser. We’ll cover safety, basic file preparation, and learn how to do a burninate test to find out if a material is laserable. After the three hours, you’ll have made a plaque for your door, a keychain, a simple box or something slightly ambitious. (There is lab time for laser cutting, questions and answers, and working with Inkscape, Illustrator, Corel Draw, etc.)

After learning the basics, each student will create a simple design and cut it on the laser! A $10 lab fee is included in the ticket price and covers your time on the laser cutter to cut and etch. We have a variety of scrap material to experiment with or you can purchase laserable acrylic, Delrin, illustration board, leather, or wood. Midwest and Revell make a variety of plywood, bass and balsa that is perfect for laser cutting. The bed size of our laser is 32″ x 20″ so buy materials accordingly. Keep in mind that large-scale, complex, multi-cut projects may not be appropriate for the class. Our goal is to teach you how to use the tool, not how to reinvent the Sistine Chapel in one afternoon.

Please bring a laptop and a USB jump drive. You may choose to upload and install Inkscape or a free trial of Adobe Illustrator before you come to class to get familiar with the software and start on a vector design project.

This class is required for coming in to do work on the laser independently. If you get inspired, you can come back and laser your objects on our Monday or Thursday Craft Nights. (See our website for more info.)

This class will be taught by NYC Resistor member Maya Kutz. As with all NYC Resistor events, this class is 18+ and governed by our Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct, as well as accessibility information, can be found at www.nycresistor.com/participate/.

Please note that refunds must be requested 72 hours in advance. If you have any questions, please email classes@nycresistor.com.

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EAGLE weekend! August 3 meetup, Sat 4/Sun 5 classes

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Jul 092018
 

August 3-4-5 is EAGLE weekend!

Looking to meet likeminded electronics hobbyists and learn more about EAGLE PCB design software? Join our free meetup Friday August 3! It’ll be a celebration kicking off our weekend classes taught by our special guest, Autodesk’s Matt Berggren. So whether you’re an old pro looking to talk feature specifics or a maker interested in learning what it takes to launch a successful hardware crowdfunding campaign, come mingle with us. Refreshments kindly provided by Autodesk. RSVP is optional, but helps us better estimate the refreshments to provide.

Intro class: 

Have you ever envied those beautiful green printed circuit boards (PCBs) that all modern electronics have? Do you want to kick up the professionalism in your projects with a real PCB? Would you like to simply learn how to better document your circuits with a nicely done schematic?

Sign up for this PCB design class and we’ll teach you how to use the awesome, free EAGLE PCB design program (Mac/PC/Linux). You’ll learn how to draw schematics, find the right footprint, lay out a circuit board, route the circuit board, and finally prepare the board for production. We’ll even show you where you can go to have your boards made.

Advanced class: 

Are you an electronics hobbyist looking to create a product? Leap from newcomer to pro with this all-day class on designing your own schematics and printed circuit boards with Autodesk EAGLE. Lunch included.

Sign up for this advanced PCB design class and we’ll teach you everything you ever wanted to know about the awesome, free EAGLE PCB design program (Mac/PC/Linux). You’ll learn how to draw schematics, find the right footprint, lay out a circuit board, route the circuit board, and finally prepare the board for production. We’ll even show you where you can go to have your boards made. This comprehensive class will also cover other advanced topics such as wireless design. Bring your questions!

Post image is from Randy Sarafan’s free Instructables PCB Design class

Intro to Arduino: Sensors and Input/Output on July 15th

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Jul 052018
 

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Want to get started with physical computing?

Learn to program an Arduino and interact with the physical world! In this class, we’ll cover an introduction to Arduino and learn how to manipulate outputs based on sensor inputs.

Topics covered

  • What is Arduino?
  • Software setup (IDE, how to program it, the Serial monitor)
  • Reading schematics and wiring diagrams
  • Basics of breadboarding
  • Controlling output (blinking/fading an LED)
  • Reading sensor input (with a pushbutton, potentiometer and light sensor)
  • Combining input and output

Materials

All students will receive a basic electronics starter kit, which contains a starter pack of electronics components and sensors, including a breadboard, wires, light sensor, tilt sensor, LEDs, a motor, and more. Students will also receive an Arduino UNO.

Students should bring their own laptop and install some free software ahead of time:

Who should take this class?

Basic computer knowledge is assumed, and we’ll refresh a few concepts from high school physics and math. No previous experience with coding or circuits is required.

OK, awesome, I want to join!

Please be ready to start at 1pm!  We find that you will need this time to get through the whole class. Our classes tend to sell out about a week in advance so if you’re interested, you may want to sign up early.

This class will be taught by NYC Resistor member Justin Day.  As with all NYC Resistor events, this class is 18+ and governed by our Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct, as well as accessibility information, can be found at www.nycresistor.com/participate/.

Please note that refunds must be requested 72 hours in advance. If you have any questions, please email classes@nycresistor.com.

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