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IBC Boardmaker PCB Engraver - tools

Posted on by troot

Manufacturer: IBC Model: Boardmaker 2222 Description: The IBC Boardmaker 2222 is a printed circuit board (PCB) engraver capable of creating prototype double-sided PCBs up to 22″ x 22″ by isolation routing traces, drilling component holes, and milling out board outlines.  … Continue reading

Metcal Soldering Stations - tools

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Manufacturer: Metcal (now OK Industries) Model: PS2E power supply w/MX-RM3E handle Description: The Metal PS2E soldering stations are among the highest-quality soldering stations available.  Uses the MX-RM3E handles and compatible tips. Specifications: Output power 40W Idle Temperature Stability +/- 1.1 … Continue reading

Build Your Own Vacuum Tube Headphone Amplifier - classes

Posted on by Dale Grover

In this class you’ll solder together your own vacuum tube stereo headphone amplifier.  Use any audio source with 1/8″ or RCA stereo jacks–iPod, iPhone, stereo, etc.  Output is to headphones with 1/4″ or 1/8″ stereo jack.  A 12 volt wall … Continue reading

Tektronix Digital Oscilloscope - tools

Posted on by Dale Grover

Manufacturer: Tektronix Model: TDS2002C Description: The Tektronix TDS2002C digital oscilloscope is a powerful tool for visualizing electronic signals.  This two-channel, color oscilloscope has many features including USB drive output, FFT analysis, and auto-ranging. Specifications: Bandwidth 70 MHz Sample Rate 1 … Continue reading

Aoyue Hot Air Rework Station - tools

Posted on by Dale Grover

Manufacturer: Aoyue Model: 852A Hot air rework station for working with surface-mount devices.  Vacuum pick-up tool.

Hakko 808 Desoldering Tool - tools

Posted on by Dale Grover

Manufacturer: Hakko Model: 808 Description: The HAKKO 808 is a handy, portable desoldering tool with a built-in vacuum pump.

Saleae Logic16 Logic Analyzer - tools

Posted on by Dale Grover

Manufacturer: Saleae Model: Logic16 Description: The Logic16 features flexible sample rates, 16 channels, enhanced hardware-side buffer and can save as many as 10B samples. Specifications: Input voltage range -0.9V to 6V Logic systems 1.8V, 2.5V, 3.3V, 5V Input impedance 180K … Continue reading

Tektronix PS280 Triple-Output DC Power Supply - tools

Posted on by Dale Grover

Manufacturer: Tektronix Model: PS280 Description: The PS280 DC power supply is a multifunction benchtop or portable instrument. It is a regulated power supply that provides fixed 5 V output for powering logic circuits and two variable outputs for a wide … Continue reading

PCB Engraver Checkout - classes

Posted on by Dale Grover

Learn to produce prototype single- and double-sided printed circuit boards on the (modified) IBC2222 PCB Engraver, given a PCB design in Eagle (or isolation routing G-code). The engraver can isolation route, drill holes, and route the board outline, and includes … Continue reading

Introduction to Arduino Skill Development - classes

Posted on by Dale Grover

Learn to use the Arduino, a popular microcontroller used by artists, musicians, gardeners, hobbyists and engineers! In this class we will cover the basics of programming and connecting simple switches, sensors, and outputs. This is a beginner course, so no … Continue reading

Introduction to the Raspberry Pi, a $35 Single-Board Computer - classes

Posted on by Dale Grover

“Great instructor” “Aimed right at the perfect skill/knowledge level” Learn how to use the Raspberry Pi, a popular, powerful, and inexpensive ($25-$35!) single-board computer.  In this class we’ll cover the basics of programming the Raspberry Pi in Python, connecting simple … Continue reading

Introduction to Arduino - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

Learn to use the Arduino, a popular microcontroller used by artists, musicians, gardeners, hobbyists and engineers. We’ll cover the basics of programming and connecting simple switches, sensors, and outputs. An Arduino and parts will be supplied for your use in … Continue reading

Robotics for Kids & Adults - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

Whether you’re just curious about robots or have built ones of your own, come join others to experiment, build, and learn about various aspects of robotics. The Michigan Robot Club meets the fourth Wednesday of each month. And… Brain Monkeys … Continue reading

Open House: Success! - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

Saturday, June 28 was filled with fun and creativity. New folks enjoyed the tours and tool demos, experienced members enjoyed seeing and displaying original creations, and everyone enjoyed good food and good music.      

Speed Sumo Sundays - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

Parent & Child Robotics Classes Sunday, Sept. 14 – Sunday, Oct. 19 | 2 – 4pm Presented by: Rocks and Robots Come to Maker Works this Sunday, September 14th for the first in a 6-week series of fun, fast-paced courses … Continue reading

Arduino & Open-source Imagination - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

“You don’t need anyone’s permission to make something great.” At the 5th annual World Maker Faire in New York City last weekend, Massimo Banzi presented on Arduinos–affordable micro-controllers that help make projects interactive. Banzi, a co-founder of the Arduino Project … Continue reading

Snapshot: What’s Coming Up at Maker Works - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

January Monday, 1/5: Intro to Raspberry Pi Thursday, 1/8: Corel Draw for the Laser Tuesday, 1/13: GO-Tech (Monthly Community Meeting, 7pm) Friday, 1/16: Fix-It Friday (Third Friday of each month, 4-6pm) Saturday, 1/17: Intro to Arduino Monday, 1/19: SheetCam Saturday, … Continue reading

Mid-Winter Break Science & Technology Camp, Powered by BrainMonkeys - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

Robots, Legos, electronics and more! This camp offers participants a taste of everything that Brain Monkeys has to offer.  During this week-long session, students will build and battle sumo robots, learn basic electronics using conductive ink and LEDs, and even … Continue reading

What is FIRST Robotics? - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

It’s that time of year again–the time for FIRST Robotics! What is FIRST Robotics, you ask? Picture the culture of high school sports–the teamwork, the practices, the competitions–but instead of playing basketball or volleyball, the teams build robots to compete in original … Continue reading

Fix-It Friday - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

We’ve had such great turnout at the past few Fix-it Fridays that we will be re-vamping the format of future ones in order to work with you and your items more efficiently. Members: Because Fix-It Friday is gaining attention and … Continue reading

Intro to CNC - classes

Posted on by Dale Grover

How do you use computer-controlled (“CNC”) tools?  It may look like magic when the ShopBot, plasma cutter, Tormach, or other machine accurately cuts an intricate shape, but in fact we have some powerful software tools that  let even beginners create … Continue reading

Save the Date! Summer Camps at Maker Works: July 18 – 22, 2016 - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

We’ve been working hard to put together a group of fun, innovative summer camps that we just know you and your camper are going to love. Each session is a half-day (three-hour) workshop that will be held in either the … Continue reading

T-962A Reflow Oven - tools

Posted on by Dale Grover

The T-962A is a 1500W reflow oven for soldering surface mount components on printed circuit boards.  It has a 300 x 320 mm (11.8″ x 12.6″)  capacity, and a temperature range up to 350 degrees C. It has been upgraded … Continue reading

Shocking redo of Electronics Lab! Jewelry Studio & Summer Camps coming soon! - post

Posted on by kirstin hensley

Thank you! Your thoughtful responses to last month’s survey on what you love about our shop (friendly members and staff! tools!) and how we can make it better are very helpful. Some of your suggestions have already been implemented and we’re … Continue reading