Arch Reactor Blog

Looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend at the expo.  We will have a table with some various demos and Chris Weiss will be hosting some introductory Arduino workshops.

 

UPDATE:

The powerpoint and code used for the Arudino Workshop is now available at https://github.com/ArchReactor/ArduinoIntro

 

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Member Michael Kuba made a writeup on a DIY sensor and display to display the boost in his turbocharged car. More info at http://archreactor.org/project/carduino.

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We will participating this year in the Tower Grove Better Block event this weekend and will have a table setup selling some of our random bits and parts.

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June7 10am to 4pm the Science Center will host an expo to showcase creativity in St. Louis, and Arch Reactor will be there!  Watch the promo video below, and more information is at http://www.slsc.org/active-creativity and https://www.facebook.com/events/752637671427865/

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We have won a free Taz 3 3D printer!  Lulzbot hosted a hackerspace giveaway and we were one of the lucky winners.  Many thanks to Derek for putting together our application and congrats to AR on our many opensource contributions.

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Our new 80W laser tube has arrived in one piece! Next steps will be:

  • Add additional cooling for water
  • Add framing extension
  • Design and print new tube mounts
  • Install/wire tube and power supply
  • Cut and install skin material for frame extension
  • Realign mirrors

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At the last 2600 meeting they demonstrated "check washing", one of the easiest forms of check fraud to perform.  Though the technique may be decades old and well known, we discussed how the digital age makes it a much bigger threat than ever before and what you can do to protect yourself from it.

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Sunday evening Arch Reactor held a presentation for the Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), Systems (UAS), and Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA).  St. Louis University's Senior Research Assistant for the Center for Aviation Safety Research, Richard Steckel, cover topics including "the current state of the industry, the booming market for UAV pilot careers in the private sector, and how the FAA is reacting to this new tech.

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Last night Arch Reactor hosted a 3D Printer Build Night as part of the St. Louis 3D Printer Meetup Group with at least 35 attendees.  The printer for the evening was a donated PrintrBot kit from one of Arch Reactor's members.  Since the total assembly time would end up being 12+ hours, Ryan and Scott pre-assembled some of the more minor assemblies to help speed up the process and get to the more interesting parts.  In addition to the kit building, there were several other printers running which varied from an UltiMaker, a couple different delta printers, and modified Lyman filament extruder.

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2014 Board Members
President: Chris Weiss
Vice President: Joe Cathell
Treasurer: Michael K
Sgt@Arms: Niels B
Secretary: Deech M
 
Directors 
P.R. - Andrew R.
Education: John R. 
Webmaster: Travis M. 
 
The director position of Social Director was dissolved by unanimous vote. 
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