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Thursday Jan 2, 2014 7:00 pm

So you didn't get the shipping crate full of electronics parts you wanted for Christmas.  Not to fret, because in this workshop we're going to be giving you hands on practice with several desoldering techniques.

Often desoldering something correctly takes more skill than soldering it in the first place.  But like all skills it's something that requires practice.

Have you ever had a video that you just can't edit... this was one of those. So, instead I'm just going to blog about the construction process. 3 months without a post is too long.

Wednesday Jan 22, 2014 6:00 pm

Ever wonder how the internet works? This class will give you a quick introduction to the networks around you: from the Internet, to your office network, to your home network. We will pull back the hood and show you the basics of the technologies that enable the Internet to work. Instructor is Brian Dirk.

Additionally, you will make a functioning 10-foot network cable to take home. 

This class will cover:  

• Basic network setup and configuration (AKA a "topology")

• Routing and IP Addressing

Saturday Dec 14, 2013 12:00 pm

In this second class in our Basic Electronics Series with instructor, Stan Hanel, animate your Christmas by building a toy with a servo-motor driver circuit that can be controlled by your hand movements.  At the same time, learn how to solder electronic components onto a printed circuit board, how to build a control cable with connectors, and how to install the board into an enclosure that includes servo-motor and control mechanisms.

You will learn:

Sunday Nov 10, 2013 1:00 pm

it's that time again to get together and clean and re-organize SYN Shop. The plan is to clean up all the areas and de-clutter a little bit.

29 Oct 2013

Vending machines are wonderful works of electro-mechanical complexity. The machine in the shop is no different. If you’ve ever opened it up (go ahead, take a peek while it’s still busted) it’s like a Rube Goldberg machine with antique parts. In its prime, it was a glorious coin operated magic box that ate money and threw up snacks, candy or cigarettes.

Saturday Nov 9, 2013 12:00 pm

Come learn about how linear power supplies work by building one! Javid Butler takes you through the theory, practical application and construction of a simple linear power supply. There are 9 spots available for this class.


? Differences between linear and switching power supplies

? Main parts of a power supply

? Building a basic AC to DC linear power supply

? Different types of linear power supplies

? Creating multiple output voltages

Wednesday Oct 23, 2013 7:00 pm

You will learn the basics of surface mount soldering by assembling your own Blinking Eyes kit.

Saturday Oct 19, 2013 3:00 pm

The 5th Blinking Man is happening starting at 7pm at The Huntridge Tavern.  So we're meeting up at SYN Shop to do some pre-event bike blinging.

More information on Blinking Man can be found here:

Friday Oct 18, 2013 3:00 pm

Hi All,

I used to hang out at SYN Shop back when it was in Krux's garage, and I'm now a full member again since my schedule has freed up a little. I work for FSL and am going to be giving a tour. If this one fills up, I will try to set up another.

Tentative Itinerary
Meet at FSL lobby 3 - 3:05pm
Company Intro 3:05 - 3:15
5th Gen Assembly Line 3:15 - 3:30
R&D Lab 3:30 - 3:50
General Q&A, extra time 3:50 - 4:10+