Make-Shift-Do Day 2 – 24/10/2015

Pictures from Day 2 of the Make Shift Do event at Blackpool Makerspace
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Dave building a microprocessor controlled cube of Light emitting diodes
Almost finished. The cube was finished, tested and working before we closed.
Josh and Les designing things for the Ultimaker 3D printer to make
Blackpool tower about to come out of the Ultimaker 3D printer
A selection of items printed with the Ultimaker 3D printer, including a small plaque with the tower and two spanners which is to become the Blackpool Makerspace logo
David demonstrating some of his robots
A 3D printed coin to release supermarket shopping trolley
David looking over more of his robot creations
Arthur checking out the robot collection
Everyone crowded around the Laser cutter at the far end of the room, for a demonstration.
The first run produced a clock face etched on plywood – the space hasn’t got a clock yet.
Robot collection in the foreground.
Thank you to everyone who helped us get this far.

We are OPEN

It has been a long haul, as can be seen by the restoration pictures on here stretching back over the months. More building work than ‘Making’, but we finally opened our doors to the public at 6pm on Friday 23rd October 2015. There is still much to do, but we are now semi operational.

The Friday evening event and all day Saturday event is our participation in Make-Shift-Do a Nation wide event organised by the craft council.

More information about make-shift-do can be found here:

Pictures from the Friday evening event:

The laser cutter/engraver unboxed and waiting to be set up

Beginning to build another 3D printer

Various views of a working 3D printer on loan from Ultimaker

Thank you ultimaker

Now how does it work?

View down the length of the new space

A selection of home made wooden models

The wet area being used as storage, signs that we still have work to do

No gambling allowed here

Setting up the Ultimaker
The way in!

A robot being 3D printed, he is headless at this point

The robot standing on his Maker

Another 3D printer

Unpacking more stuff

Guiding a robot

More projects get unpacked

Arthur demonstrates one of his projects

Ricky using a current limiting PSU to power a project and inspect the output waveform on a ‘scope

The Ultimaker prints a car with wheels that turn.

Saturday 17th October – one week to open day

Working parties have increased as the open day grows ever nearer. Mike Hull took time off work and worked right through last week assisted by Jeff midweek.

Attending for a full day on Saturday 17th.
Mike Hull, Mike Hewitt, Dave, Josh, Ted, Les, Jeff,Arthur and Ricky
Attending for a full day on Sunday 18th.
Mike Hull, Mike Hewitt, Ricky, Dave, Josh, Arthur and Jeff.


Plastering ongoing
Wet area plastered and tiling started
Tiling finished at one end
Plastering mostly done, painting started
Power sockets on, Josh fitting network boxes
24 x rj45 fittings need crimping to the ends of the cat 5 network cables
Josh inspecting his handiwork, having done most of the networking himself over the weekend.
This is how we left it on Sunday evening, Lights, Power, Wireless Networking and temporary cat 5 networking.
We still have the patch panel  and cat 6 cabling to deal with.

The first open evening will start at 6pm Friday 23rd October 2015

Opening day two weeks away

With the open day getting closer, people are starting to attend on extra days to help get the space ready on time.


Saturday 3rd October
Mike Hull, Ted, Les, Jeff, Tony, Arthur and Ricky

Sunday 4th October
Mike Hull and Jeff 

Thursday 8th October
Mike Hull and Jeff 

Saturday 10th October
Mike Hull, Ricky, Mike Hewitt, Tony and Arthur

Latest pictures of the progress.

Wiring and plaster boarding  
Arthur doing the fiddly bits of plasterboard around the window
New door on the private entrance
Two new lintels for the separate private entrance.
Water pipes and electric cabling on ceiling
Electric and network cabling coming through plasterboard
Some tidying up needed
All the networking cables coming through the partly plastered wall.
Down the steps to the private entrance. One coat of paint on walls, more needed
Steps partly painted, new door in background
View up towards the street