Car hacks

My wife’s 2007 Toyota Scion TC had a key  that was slowly breaking apart, the door unlock buttons weren’t working (circuit board was damaged), and the key was becoming separated from the plastic case. Calling the dealership I was told that to replace the key I would need to order a special key (with a transponder), have it cut, reprogram the ignition transponder to her car. Total cost: $220 ( that was even with a part dealer discount… used the name of a friend’s business). I Read More +

Woodworking Event with Katie

One of our members , Katie, is writing a book on simple outdoor furniture making, and her editor wants her to have others read her written instructions, build my projects, and give mher feedback on whether they have any questions. The book is written for any skill level, so whether you’ve built something before or not, you can (hopefully) read her instructions (and if you can’t, she wants to hear about it before the book is published). She’ll be at the shop on Monday, December Read More +

Soap Making Class

When: Wednesday December 10th – 7pm Where: @ NESIT We’ll be doing it workshop style. If you’d like to bring your own crockpot, protective gear, lye, and oil go ahead and you can make some yourself along with us. If that all sounds like there’s too much cooking crap up involved just come by… a few members have picked up the stuff and we’ll have an extra rig in case someone’s feeling adventurous. Making soap is mostly avoiding inhaling lye fumes anyway. Once you’ve got Read More +

Arduino Class Pre-order

We’ll be starting a new class series on micro-controller programming for anyone interested in exploring the world of software and electronics! We will be pre-ordering the kits and they will take a couple of weeks to be delivery so get your order in ASAP. The classes will begin at an entry level covering installation and setup, basic input and output, writing simple logic and decision-making code. Then we’ll continue on to read sensors, drive displays and more advanced programming. As long as there is continued Read More +

Halloween Project

Using all the variety of equipment @ NESIT (3D printer, laser cutter, woodshop, electronics) to make a quick little project for a friend for Halloween. Basically just snagged a pumpkin .stl from thingiverse.com and printed it on our Makerbot. Whipped up a quick vector drawing in coreldraw and cut it on our Epilog laser cutter. Cut out a block of scrap wood. Wiring up some flickering leds to a 5v wall wart. Hot glued it together and it was all finished. Took about 4hrs or Read More +