Making a (Turbo!) Cookie Cutter in Tinkercad

We’ve been doing a lot with 3D printing around the office lately. Kaitlyn has been using Tinkercad primarily for making robot parts for the Digilent MRK and SRK, but she obviously didn’t start with a project on that level. To begin, she decided to make something simpler to get used to Tinkercad’s basic functionality. A cookie cutter seemed like a good place to start, so Turbo (our MakerSpace mascot) lent his likeness to it.

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The Human Jukebox at Maker Faire

Everyone from the MakerSpace at Digilent had a great time at the Maker Faire in San Mateo last weekend. We all were able to bring some of our own projects to the table to show everyone who visited our booth. I am here to talk about the project that I brought, the “human jukebox”. The project was a huge hit and turned plenty of heads. We even adopted one of the speakers from the TrashAmps booth, since the speaker we brought wasn’t very powerful. Kaitlyn was more than happy to showcase the project and even tried to sneak into the tech fashion show!

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Maker Faire Recap Part 1

What a (last) weekend! The MakerSpace at Digilent traveled all the way down to San Mateo for the Bay Area Maker Faire 2015, our first Maker Faire as a MakerSpace. This is the first post in a series recapping what we saw and did. We had an amazing turnout at our booth, which you’ll hear about in a later post. To start us off, we each wrote a bit about our first impressions of Maker Faire as a whole. I’ll keep my part short as this is going to be a long post already!

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Valentine’s Day, MakerSpace Style!

Last week, some of us interns were getting restless and started talking about Valentine’s Day. We decided we should not just talk about it, but do something about it. After all, what is Valentine’s day but an opportunity to show your significant other, undefined relationship partner, platonic friend or anyone how awesome electronics are?!

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Microcontroller Dice Roller — Made in the MakerSpace

If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you’ve probably seen something about us setting up our very own MakerSpace here at Digilent. We’ve come a long way from a few cluttered cubicles to getting our MakerSpace up and running. We have just about everything you can think of to make any project imaginable: a 3D printer, a soldering station, breadboards, buttons, copious amounts of LEDs, and more! I thought up a just-for-fun project and wanted to test drive the MakerSpace to see what I could build.

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Marketing Space Makeover

As Digilent has been expanding its MakerSpace, we felt that the area that the Marketing team was working in was not terribly conducive towards promoting and growing the MakerSpace. In reality, cubicles don’t tend to be conducive towards anything classy, but that’s beside the point. The point today is that the new Marketing area has become classy in a “MakerSpace” fashion and that we’re super excited about it.

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Joint E-elements Workshop at Taiwan and the Growing Worldwide Maker Community

Before I conducted the joint CoreEL workshop in September, I went to Taiwan to show educators how to teach electronics using the Digilent Analog Discovery and chipKIT. This was a joint effort with E-elements Technology, Digilent’s distributor and Xilinx’s academic training partner in Taiwan. Field application engineers from E-elements showcased the Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable Systems on Chip (SoC) with the Digilent ZEDboard.

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Proximity-Sensing LEDs Part 2: On a PCB

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I designed the proximity-sensing LED circuit to eventually move it on to a printed circuit board, or PCB. This was my first experience with PCB layout, and thankfully it was successful! The board I designed is in the picture below. We ordered 6 “prints” and soldered them in our MakerSpace. I also included extra vias (electrical connections between the layers of the board) so that we could connect multiple boards together.

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