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Tuesday Mar 24, 2015 6:30 pm

This soldering workshop, we will be assembling the TV-B-Gone kit.

Ever wanted the ability to turn any TV off at the press of a button?  The TV-B-Gone is a kit that, when soldered together, allows you to turn off almost any television within 150 feet or more.   

The class includes the TV-B-Gone kit, as well as two AA batteries.

Details on the kit can be found here:

Saturday Mar 21, 2015 11:00 am

Basic Electronics Class 6 – Troubleshooting: What to do when electronic circuits fail!

"Don’t Panic! …and always carry a towel.” – Ford Prefect, “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (1995)

This Class 6 will integrate the electronics concepts studied in the previous five classes of this series, as well as provide a practical approach to the subject of electronics for first-time attendees. This class is both lecture and hands-on!

The Lecture portion of the class will focus on:

1. How does a power supply convert alternating current (AC) from a 110-volt wall outlet to direct current (DC)?  What are the components of a typical AC/DC power supply?

2. What is an electronic signal and how does it compare to a waveform or pulse?

3. What does an analog signal look like compared to a digital signal? What does an audio signal 
look like?  What do motor control signals look like? What do sensor signals look like?

4. How do you operate an oscilloscope and multimeter?

The Hands-on portion of the class will focus on:

During the practical part of the class, attendees will use an oscilloscope, multimeter and test equipment to take measurements, monitor digital and analog signals within electronic devices, and perform electronic troubleshooting techniques:

1. Describe the circuit problem in detail in order to define an area to begin troubleshooting– How did the circuit fail? What part of the circuit is not working?

2. If the circuit doesn’t turn on, check the switch, fuse and power supply components.

3. Block out the circuit with a schematic or “dead reckon” the circuit flow from power supply  to cable harness and printed circuit board paths.

4. Look at individual components and use a multi-meter to make static measurements without power to the circuit.  What components are most likely to fail first?

5. Take “snapshot” voltage readings with a multi-meter when power is applied to the circuit.

6. Trace moving electronic signals with an oscilloscope while power is applied to the circuit.

7. What would be needed to repair and fix the electronic device under test?

Tuesday Mar 17, 2015 7:00 pm

Join Richard as he quickly covers the major tules in the Danger room, and the Major Rules for safety in the danger room. This is a critical subject, and if you spend any time in the Danger Room, you should attend at least one. This class will shift the specific days of the week it is held on to get as much coverage to the membership as possible.

Sunday Mar 8, 2015 1:00 pm

It's time to Hack Your Hackerspace.

This month we are going to work on the following:

- Clean up and organize under the work benches
- Decorate the display case
- And cleaning up the backyard

Come down and help make your hackerspace a shinier happier and more organized place. It's a great time to find that thing everyone forgot about which is just begging to be hacked on.

Thursday Feb 19, 2015 7:00 pm

This is a planning meeting for all those who wish to help SYN Shop have a presence at the 2015 LV Science Festival. Come armed with ideas, and willingness to commit. - and lets make it an awesome time.

Generation STEAM Logo

SYN Shop and the Henderson District Public Libraries have created a series of 21 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, [Art], and Math) classes that are free to the public. These classes will run from January to June of 2015 at each of the Henderson Library Branches. The classes are geared towards kids from 8 to 18 years of age and parents are encouraged to participate to get the most out of the experience.

Monday Feb 16, 2015 6:30 pm

This is a free class for SYN Shop members only. Due to space and time constraints we can only accomidate up to four people at a time around the ShopBot.

Looking to get started in the wonderful worlds of CNC routing? Looking to learn more about the ShopBot so you can understand more about it, other than it being a tool that somehow you put plywood into and furniture comes out. This is an introduction to running the ShopBot, the CNC sheet router, we have at SYN Shop.

This will include the steps you need to take in getting the ShopBot up and running, such as the pre-flight checks, powering on the machine, getting it setup to start a job, importing a file and cutting it, and finally cleaning up after yourself.

Saturday Feb 21, 2015 11:00 am

Join Instructor Stan Hanel as he teaches you how to work with microcontrollers and microprocessors - and how to use them in your own projects. 

The instructional part of the class will focus on the evolution of the microprocessor and microcontroller, 

Covering the following topics: 

  - Integrated Circuits and arithmetic processors
  - The first 8-bit microprocessors, Intel 8080 and Motorola 6800 
  - Instruction Sets: Opcodes and Operands 
  - 16-bit, 32-bit and 64-bit microprocessors with accelerating clock speeds
  - Hitting the Speed Wall – Multicore processors and parallel processing
  - Integration of analog and digital circuitry – Systems on a Chip (SoC)
  - Survey of popular hobby microprocessors and microcontrollers
     (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone Black, Intel Galileo, 
       Parallax Propeller multi core processor, Microchip PIC, Basic Stamp,
        and peripheral shield PC boards.)

During the practical part of the class, attendees will use an oscilloscope and multimeter to monitor digital and analog signals within a microcontroller circuit board.

Friday Feb 20, 2015 7:00 pm

What is a Partluck?  It's kind of like a potluck, but members are invited to bring old hardware and various pieces of upcycleable materials to share with other members.  These materials are then stripped down and built into various other projects as the night progresses.

For this part luck, we wanted to spruce up the space a bit. We'd like to do some decorations that are sci-fi themed. Not that dreary post-apocolypse stuff, but inspiringly bright cyber-future (cyber punk and similar ), and transhumanism stuff! The goal isn't mandatory, as members are free to do and build as they wish.  Do something else to make the shop interesting.

We ask that each attendee bring at least one upcycleable material to contribute to the night, though bringing more or less is also cool too.