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  • On 04-Mar-2017 we put on our first Embedded Software for Absolute Beginners workshop at HackOldham 1.5. 10 hardy Guinea Pigs signed up and, despite a minor issue with drive

  • I’ve had the need to make a part. I originally planned to 3D print it but the ‘legs’ at the right hand side were just too fragile. A talk with the mechani

  • A pop up shop will open in Oldham this week, providing a taster of what will be on offer at the spring launch of the region’s biggest permanent high street makerspace. Open

  • I’ve got quite a lot done since my last post. My neighbour kindly machined the Y axis risers and Y axis gantry for me. I really did not do much on these myself, so he

  • The sword was now ready to paint, the pva glue had provided a good surface for great coverage from this painting was easy, I used automotive spray paint it wasn’t any

  • I wanted to get a gift for my girlfriend sure I could buy flowers or chocolates but meh they are kinda not what a geeky girl wants…..a sword from an anime series? per

  • I decided one day while trudging the wastes of the game fallout to build the power armour. I looked at all kinds of home methods first using cups and boxes but none gave th

  • A self propelled maze solving sneaker. Yeah, that seems like a good idea.

  • I make Laser Tag equipment for a hobby. And I sometimes need to make clear acrylic domes for the sensor electronics to be housed in. To accomplish this, I buy A4 2mm clear

Ok, let’s be honest, it’s NOT a black hole generator, but it does generate what look like holes in walls and tables that are very black. It’s actually an Infinity Mirror (not an Infinity Gauntlet, that’s from Marvel Comics). Anyway, here’s how I built it.
At Hack Oldham we’re always happy to have a go at unusual projects, particularly when they benefit other community groups. So when Oldham Theatre Workshop asked us to make a bicycle rickshaw used in one of their street theatre productions look spectacular, we jumped at the chance.
Want to do a quick hack? It might be a little more than 10 minutes, but not a whole lot. 10 Minute Hacks are simple, quick and easy. You should be able to build one with the sort of tools a hardware hacker is likely to have lying around or can get access to at a Hack Space and you should be able to buy the bits locally without resorting to the web (Craft Shops, Maplin, DIY stores, that sort of thing).

On Saturday the 30th of April we had the pleasure of a visit from Mitch Altman, and Jimmy Rodgers to the space, where Mitch delivered is Soldering is Easy workshop to a crown of both hackspace members and first time visitors. [caption id="attachment_4684" align="alignright" width="300"] Mitch and...

The robots are coming to Oldham, our plan is to operate a series of robotic tournaments to see who can create the best robot, each of the challenges below will have its own league table in addition to an overall league table. Challenges include. Maze navigation ...

That's a confusing title. What's a BBC micro:bit? Why are people from HackOldham being referred to as experts by otherwise responsible adults? Is STEMnet that thing from Terminator? What's a museum? All, and more, shall be revealed.

With the design finalised, and cash save up I spent £75 on the X bed for my CNC router. This  is a 15mm thick plate of aluminium that is 350mm x 600mm square. I needed to drill holes to fit the linear bearings that make up...

About 2 years ago, I decided that I'd like to try my hand at CNC routing. There are loads of Chinese made routers available on Ebay, but I wanted something a bit more capable. e.g. Able to machine aluminium. I started my design using the excellent PTC Creo...

You can read the first part of this blog here, and the second part here. Research (or mucking about with stuff) The first job was to buy a Pi screen and fingerprint scanner. I already had a Pi kicking around looking bored. A quick session on the interweb saw me securing a screen from Pimoroni and GT-511C3 finger print scanner from Proto-Pic. The Finger Print Scanner is ideal. It is a self-contained unit that stores the fingerprint templates locally, all you need to do is ask it for the unique ID of the finger print on the scanner. This can then be cross referenced to a person. It connects via a serial connection (0-3.3V rather than 0-12V of standard RS-232) which is ideal for connecting to a Pi or Arduino UART. There was a cheaper version but that could only store 20 fingerprints, this model can store 200, which is more than we should ever need. The only problem was there were none in stock, but that was OK because Proto-Pic said they could get more stock within a week.