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Central Coast Comicon 2017

Earlier this month a contingent of Sparkers ventured forth from our makerspace to represent SparkCC at Central Coast Comicon.

Our mission was to introduce ourselves to more Central Coast makers and members of the Cosplay community in particular.

We showed off a lot of cool stuff that people have made at SparkCC. Boba Fett was impressed with this prototype Stormtrooper mask...

...and our newly-built arcade cabient proved to be a big hit with everybody...

Not everyone was pleased to see us though. We politely asked Jason to pose with the SparkCC Staff of Making...

...but things quickly turned nasty...

...and he chased the Sparkers back to our stand inside! Sparker Marcus stayed relaxed, thinking that it was all fun and games...

...but he soon got was coming to him!

Thankfully there were a lot of other fantastically-costumed characters around who were more than willing to show their support for SparkCC...

SparkCC would like to thank everyone who came to visit our stand, all of the wonderful Cosplayers who posed with us and of course the organisers of Central Coast Comicon for having us at their awesome event.

We look forward to seeing some of you at SparkCC making awesome stuff very soon!

CC Amateur Radio Club Field Day 2017

After all the fun we had last year we were very happy to once again be invited by the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club to their annual Field Day.

Once again we had a great time talking to technology enthusiasts about the makerspace movement and what we get up to at SparkCC.

This year's Field Day also included Drone Racing and the racers were kind enough to let a couple of Sparkers have a try of their FPV setups. Thanks guys!

Another great day for SparkCC at the CCARC Field Day. See you again next year!

EL Wire Workshop - Christmas 2016

We recently held another edition of our always-popular EL Wire Wearable Electronics workshop.

Being December this edition of the workshop had a seasonal theme. Participants could bring along their own item to decorate or use one the 3D-printed Christmas trees designed by Sparker Marcus.

As usual we ended up with some wonderfulyl creative and interesting designs, from Spiderman... sunglasses!

We also had a nice surprise when the local Spyder owners club turned up for an event at the classic car restoration shop next door.

This workshop was a sell-out but if you missed out don't worry, it'll be back in 2017.

Merry Christmas to you from all of the Sparkers!

Two more TAZ5 3D Printers have arrived!

Earlier this year SparkCC were fortunate enough to take delivery of a LulzBot TAZ5 kindly donated by the good people at Aleph Objects, now servicing their Australian customers from their new warehouse in Sydney.

Well look at what arrived at SparkCC today... two more TAZ5s direct from Aleph Objects!!!

The TAZ5 has become a hot commodity at our makerspace, enabling Sparkers and visitors to print their creations bigger, faster and more accurately. It also features heavily in our Introduction to 3D Printing workshop to demonstrate Open Source hardware concepts and the mechanics of Fused Filament Fabrication.

Having another 2 x TAZ5s in production is going to take 3D Printing at SparkCC to a whole new level. We really can't thank Chelsea and everyone at Aleph Objects enough for the support they continue to show us at SparkCC and for their ongoing commitment to the maker community.

We're going to save the unboxing and setup of at least one of these badboys for our monthly Open Day on November 12th. So if that sort of thing excites you as much as it does us come along and join the fun. See you at the 'space!

Upcoming Workshop: Microcontrollers and the Internet of Things

We're very excited to announce the first edition of a brand new SparkCC workshop: Introduction to Microcontrollers and the Internet of Things.

This course provides an introduction to microcontroller hardware and software. Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • See, touch, feel and understand the Arduino and ESP8266 microcontrollers
  • Set up the Arduino Integrated Development Environment and an additional editor as a tool chain
  • Use analogue input to control LEDs
  • Use buttons as inputs to trigger activities (turn on/off LEDs)
  • Understand and use Arduino C libraries
  • Turn on and off LEDs wirelessly using the ESP8266 as a server
  • Use various web services as an interface to the Internet of Things

A kit containing all required materials will be supplied including an ESP8266 (Arduino compatible) microcomputer with integrated WiFi facilities, breadboards, USB cable, power supply and a collection of electronic components for various projects. After the workshop this kit is yours to take home!

Tickets are very limited and available here.

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