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dorkbotSF #44 April 9, 2009

Posted by k0re in Meeting Archive.
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Another interesting meeting held at the Gallery With No Name run by Jeff Herzbach and Andy Fusso. Bruce Damer kicked off the evening with a presentation on his EvoGrid which is a project that uses grid computing for simulating artificial life on asteroids.

Then Dave Williams and Liam Staskawicz of MakingThings with artist Michael Brown demo’d their installation in the mission that uses about 25,000 blue LEDs to stream data on library activity. Some idiot neighbor complained and its being taken down today but will have a permanent home at the London School of Economics Library in July.

Kimric Smythe of Neverwas Haul fame also demo’d components of the Steam Calliope using a little 25lb ultra-quiet boiler.

Vale of RE/Search sold his latest: a compilation of 15 years of Piss Clears from Burning Man. If you weren’t at the meeting, you can get them here. Kimric sold some steampunk goggles too. If you want some of your own hand-made steampunk goggles get them here!

Make magazine editor Dale Dougherty stopped by to remind everyone of the upcoming MakerFaire in San Mateo and Simone Davalos announced the Robogames Townhall Meeting. Dave Mathews just back from Petra and Israel showed OS10 running on a Dell and spud gun contests between him and Christian Ristow!

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Ancient tech March 19, 2009

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I am continuing to plod forward through the 1800’s.

Some may remember a dorkbot (Jun 2007) that Liam and I did on a steam car we built (others were involved) in about 2 months, out of stuff we got at Ace Auto junkyard. None of the stuff we used was ever part of a car OR a train. Few if any drawings were done, and most of the engineering was done in my head.

It has continued to run despite our abuse.

Since then I have built a 500 lb boiler (weight, not working pressure) mostly out of stuff from OSH and Urban Ore. I think my goal is to determine how doable this is with the stuff that is readily available, but I don’t think there is much method to my madness.

Currently am reworking a engine I built 2 years ago. I am applying what I have learned over the last few years and I am trying to make it more efficient. This is taxing my (poor) machining skills but I am improving as I push myself.