Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Class on April 12th @ NESIT Meriden Connecticut

NESIT member Dave R. will be going over the steps entailed in becoming a Mechanical Engineer.  This class is free to the public. He’ll be focusing on:

  • How does a Wind Turbine Work?
  • What college classes does a student typically take to get a degree in Mechanical Engineering?
  • “At your first job”… What is an example of a calculation and design task that an entry-level mechanical engineer would be expected to perform?

Of interest to Boy Scouts we will cover the requirements for Engineering Merit Badges 4 and 8 and part of Energy Merit Badge 7’s requirements.

Monday Open House for March 20th, 2017

Ever wanted to roast up fresh coffee from green beans? In small batches?

Currently on the NESIT work table is a small batch coffee roaster. It’s a conversion job created from a donor popcorn popper, two thermocouples, a solid state 120v/20A switch, and an ATMega168 board. Later the popper may receive an ARM system, such as the OrangePi or Raspberry Pi, to run artisan – the coffee roasting scope. Think an osilloscope for coffee with temperature and timing software and you’ve got the idea.

Stop by to check out the progress and say hello!

Maker Monday Open House

Come on down and join NESIT for our Maker Monday open house. Hours generally run between 6:30/7:00 PM to around 10PM or whenever people filter out for the evening. Please sign up on MeetUp if you have an account.

One of the things you could be creating (in the future)? The Maslow (video) recently announced as a Kickstarter. Maslow is a 4×8 CNC for cutting full sheets of material on the cheap with nothing more than a Ridgid R2200 router with base, two bricks, and a few 2×4 studs. The folks behind it have released their designs and are fundraising to produce and ship prototype kits to send out.

Tanned Leatherworking Workshop October 19th

Join us at NESIT on October 19th from 7:00-10:00 PM for an introduction to the world of leather crafting. The workshop’s focus will be on learning how to hand tool designs on plain vegetable tanned leather which can be tooled and dyed, stained, or painted.

Once this skill is learned it can be used to make a large range of projects such as wallets, purses, belts, bolsters, and notebook covers. Tools and a practice piece of leather will be supplied for the lesson at no charge.

This instructional workshop will be lead by Kevin of Solofalcon Leather. Stop by NESIT Makerspace and learn how to create objects of art out of leather.

Meriden’s Green Opening Featuring NESIT

The city of Meriden is excited to finally be opening the city’s green space park, appropriately re-labeled the Meriden Green, on the 10th of September. Which (as this is written) is this upcoming Saturday!

NESIT will be running a solar panel charging booth created by one of our members as a service to the public to help commemorate this event.

We’ll also have members stopping by at various points during the day to chat about 3D printing, leather working, systems security, metal smithing, electronical engineering, or whatever else it is they’ve been getting up to. Please stop by and say hello or to find out more about the NESIT Makerspace from the folks who make it. We’ll see you there!