Hackaday World Create Day

Join us for Hackaday World Create Day on Saturday, March 17th!  We’ll kick the day off at 11:00 AM.  Members will be working on a project for an upcoming event, and everyone is invited to come in to tour our workshop, learn more about making and hackerspaces, and ask any questions you may have!

We’re located at 80 Fountain Street in Pawtucket, RI – our door is on the back of the building, just off the parking lot at the corner of Middle and Blackstone.

Hope to see you there!

Robot Club Special Event: Peter Haas from Brown University Humanities Centered Robotics Initiative

Join us tonight at 7:00 pm for an OSMM Robot Club special event!

Peter Haas from the Humanities Centered Robotics Initiative at Brown University will be talking to us about ROS or “Robot Operating System” – a Linux distribution instead of tools that makes it easy to get complicated, full-featured robots up and running fast.

Robot Operating System doesn’t require high-end computers to run, it can be used with single-board Linux computers like Raspberry Pi, Beagle Bone and others.

As with anything, ROS comes with its own tricks and hassles. Peter is going to help us learn how to get started easily.

This event is free and open to the public! We’ll kick things off at 7pm at Ocean State Maker Mill. We’re located at 80 Fountain Street, and our entrance is at the loading dock in the back of the building. Feel free to park in the lot.

Learn with OSMM: Needlefelted Snowmen!

Get into the Holiday spirit by needlefelting your very own snowman!

Needlefelting is the process of using a barbed needle to interlock wool fibers, allowing creation of either 2 or 3D shapes. In this class, you’ll learn to needlefelt a snowman and some fun accessories.

Ages 10 to adult are welcome for the class. The needles are very sharp – younger participants must have an adult present, and patience and an awareness of tool safety is important.

Tickets are $10 per person in advance through Eventbrite, or $12 at the door.

Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learn-with-osmm-needlefelted-snowmen-tickets-41156017757

2nd Annual Hack Friday is Back!

Skip the lines and the madness and join Ocean State Maker Mill for our Second Annual Hack Friday!  We’ll be offering an assortment of  holiday gifts with ideas borne from Rhode Island makers, some of which you’ll be able to participate in the making!

This year, we’ve boosted our offerings even more:

  • Not *just* Black Friday, *every Friday* between November 24th and December 22nd
  • We’ll be using our laser cutters, CNC machines, 3d printers and crafty prowess for some cool holiday gift fun
  • Watch the making in action, or get hands-on depending on the project
  • Some projects are customizable

Hack Friday hours:

  • Friday, November 24th: 2pm – 10pm
  • Friday, December 1st: 8pm – 10pm
  • Friday, December 8th: 8pm – 10pm
  • Friday, December 15th: 8pm – 10pm
  • Friday, December 22nd: 8pm – 10pm

Gift / project prices will range from $5 to $25.

We hope you’ll join us for some gift making fun!

Make: Magazine Annual 3D Printer / Fabrication Shootout

 

Everyone’s been wondering why we’re closed all weekend… but now we get to let you in on the secret!

Make: Magazine is reviewing 3D fabrication machines for their annual issue at Ocean State Maker Mill in Pawtucket this weekend. Come visit on Sunday evening for an overview and to meet the testing team and Make: editors.

We’ll have our open house on Sunday, 7/9 from 6pm to 8pm at the OSMM workshops!
80 Fountain Street, #113
Entrance is at the loading docks in back of the building, off the parking lot. (Parking lot is just off of Blackstone Ave.) We’ll have a sign out so you know where to go. Hope to see you there!

Robot Block Party Wrapup, What’s Next?

Robot Block Party was a success!  Up top, we’re in setup mode at the event, but if you’d like to see more, check out our newly-founded Instagram feed!

We got some additional press from the Warwick Beacon as well, you can see us in action here:

http://warwickonline.com/stories/block-party-brings-out-robots-and-their-creators,123961?

So what’s up next for Ocean State Maker Mill?  Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, June 3rd!  More info here, we hope to see you there!

 

Robot Block Party

It’s Robot Block Party time!  Our members have been super busy – from helping to support the Robot Block Party segment on The Rhode Show this week, to extended hours in the workshop making team tshirts, designing wobble bots, building robot race boards, creating info fliers, and building amazing surprises for the Robot Block Party event!

Check out the segment we helped with on The Rhode Show this week:

It’s a robot block party!

We’re busy bees!

We hope to see you at the Robot Block Party on Sunday, April 30th from 11 – 4.

For more information: http://risfnet.weebly.com/robot-block-party.html

Moat Boat Paddle Battle at OSMM

We’re bringing the Moat Boat Paddle Battle local!

If you haven’t been able to join us at any of the Maker Faires we’ve been to, this is your chance to show your design skills by building the fastest boat in the moat – locally!  Join us on Wednesday, February 8th 2017 for the 3DPPVD meetup at OSMM at 7pm and race your boat!

Make sure to follow the rules – they can be found here: Open class rules.

Anyone looking to race must register with us ahead of time. To register, please fill out the link below.

REGISTER HERE

 

Need some inspiration to get started?  Sample boats can be downloaded here.

We’ll hold the races at Ocean State Maker Mill, 80 Fountain Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860.

No physical prizes for this local race, just racing for fame, glory, and camaraderie!

Join Us for Hack Friday!

Join Us for Hack Friday!

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Don’t stand in crazy lines and get in fights to shop for holiday gifts this Black Friday!  Join us at OSMM, relax, and make your presents instead!  Hack Friday > Black Friday!

This Friday (11/25) starting at 10 am, stop by OSMM and we’ll help you make one of the following holiday gifts! We have 3 different options to spark the maker in you!

  • laser cut cardboard dinosaur skeleton – $10
  • cnc milled tablet stand – $20
  • cnc milled wine caddy (holds 2 glasses and a bottle) – $15

Choose 1, 2 or all 3 projects!  In the spirit of reduce, reuse, recycle, we’ll be utilizing recycled materials for making.

If you have a great time and like what you see, we’re also offering membership gift certificates – for yourself or to give to friends and family!

The OSMM workshops are located at 80 Fountain Street, Pawtucket RI, in the Classic Display Building.  Use the call box at the door to ring OSMM for entry.  We hope to see you there!

 

Moat Boat Paddle Battle is Back!

Moat Boat

The Moat Boat Paddle Battle is back for World Maker Faire 2016!  Join us for paddleboat fun on October 1 & 2nd at the NY Hall of Science in Queens.

Sunday will be our official race day (that’s Sunday, 10/2 only, no exceptions) – make your own boat ahead of time and enter to race!  We’ve updated the rules from last year – please take a good read through for the changes (most importantly: your paddle, propeller, etc. must be 3d printed this year): Moat Boat Paddle Battle Rules

Like last year, we’re sponsored by the amazing folks at SeeMeCNC – and the winner of Sunday’s race will go home with a SeeMeCNC 3D printer!

Race entry: https://goo.gl/forms/oeyZ4DSu35ojywXi2