Due to a scheduling conflict, the Milwaukee Robotics Club meeting will be postponed. Re-schedule to be announced later.
Given the likely impending Snow Emergency we are canceling the official meeting for tonight. If you feel its safe, members are of course welcomed to gather at the space but no votes will be taken or major decisions made.
Milwaukee Makerspace is now accepting nominations for membership! Come to one of our Tuesday evening meetings, or another open-to-the-public event, make a couple friends and join. Be sure to read through our By-laws.
We meet each Tuesday from 7PM to 9PM at:
3073 S Chase Ave, Bldg 34
Milwaukee, WI 53207
“Nominations?! You mean I can’t just plunk down some money and join up?”
You see the thing is, we have some equipment that is very expensive and/or very dangerous. What’s more, at our heart, we are a social group. By requiring folks to have some human contact with us before joining as full members we hope to maintain a safe and friendly environment for everyone in the space. Please don’t be intimidated, we are really very friendly folks.
As a member of the space you’ll get unfettered 24/7 access to the space and its tools. Browse through the Available Equipment Gallery to see just some of the things we have. Or, even better, drop by the space on a Tues. evening and take a tour!
Once nominated the subscription rates for membership are
|1 month||80 USD||80 USD|
|3 months||225 USD||75 USD|
|6 months||420 USD||70 USD|
Gift Memberships are available, please inquire with firstname.lastname@example.org
It appears to be a specialized Schematic Capture and PCB layout program targeted at beginners. The program actually starts you off in a solder-less breadboard centric capture mode where you are literally placing components in the holes of a breadboard and running jumper wires between them. This mode looks fantastic to me for the purpose of giving tutorials.
At the recent BarCampMilwaukee5 I gave an Arduino presentation where I found myself really wishing I had a macro focus web cam so I could show the actual wiring I was creating on an actual breadboard with an actual Arduino. This program would probably be faster, cleaner and no less instructive than the real thing.
For beginners I see that ability to have a breadboard jumper wire configuration automatically converted into a schematic and pcb layout rats nest could be huge to understanding and very empowering. It can also be a good introduction to the basic concepts running around the semi-professional programs so that the learning curve is not so high. I want to try this out on a beginner soon!