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  • Biohackers / DIY Bio

    Freeside Atlanta

  • Makerspace Open House

    Freeside Atlanta

    Freeside Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing a space for engineers, programmers, inventors, artists, and lunatics to collaborate. We host this meeting a couple of times a month on Tuesday so that people can check us out, chat with our members, and get together to plan projects, events, and classes. We'll do a quick meeting to introduce everyone, we'll update folks on the progress of projects and equipment in the space, announce classes and events, and occationally feature a 10-20 minute talk by a guest lecturer on an interesting subject. Afterwards, we'll break out into a more informal open house so people can chat, take a tour, and check out some of the cool stuff around the space. You can also check out our photo tour at: http://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/about If you need any help or have a question, just email us at [masked].

  • MIG Welding for Beginners

    Freeside Atlanta

    $120.00

    MIG Welding for Beginners is a bimonthly class series that introduces the MIG welding process for hobbyists and home users. MIG (Metal- Inert Gas) is an arc welding process that uses wire fed from a spool to carry the arc and deposit filler metal, while shielded by an inert gas mixture of Argon and CO2. The class focuses on learning the fundamentals of safety, material prep, and tool use for welding on mild carbon steel. In this class, you will learn how to prepare and set up a workpiece, set up and safely run the welder, and successfully join pieces of metal together. You will practice running several beads, and then weld small plates together to practice and demonstrate basic joints used in welding. Anything you weld on is yours to take home at the end of the class. Meetup Details: + Every 1st and 3rd Saturdays + $120 (pay on the Meetup page) + Dominic Ryder is the instructor What to Wear (required): + Long-sleeve 100% cotton button-up shirt (denim or flannel works great) + Long work pants + Leather or closed toed work shoes + Hair pulled back + No jewelry

  • Freeside Synth Meetup

    Freeside Atlanta

    Freeside's Synth Meetup aims to be a group that listens to recorded and live synth music, talks about technology and techniques, and makes components by hand. In the last year, we have - enjoyed a great, impromptu performance, - designed a voltage-controlled oscillator board as part of a project to build out hand-made euroracks, - gotten some of these actually working, and - used a brain interface as input to generate music (well, noise). If you would like to work on building out a modular synth of your own, please join us. If you have an idea for another hands-on project, please let us know and join us. If you, or someone you know, would like to perform, demonstrate a cool piece of gear, or discuss some new synth thing, please let us know and join us.

  • Cosplay Build Day

    Freeside Atlanta

    Join us as we build costumes, armor, and props for cosplay! If you're into sewing, leatherwork, foam sculpting, or 3D printing (or want to learn), we'll be spending the day working on everything from space guns to embroidery. Come learn tips and tricks from seasoned cosplayers and show off what you're working on! We have a workshop, sewing machine, and hand tools, so bring your own materials to work with and come hang out.

  • Arduin- Oh Yes You Can!

    Freeside Atlanta

    $45.00

    Arduinos are small, easy-to-use, inexpensive devices used to make gizmos, art, and your custom devices interact with the world. They are widely used by artists, scientists, and hobbyists, like you! This workshop will: - introduce you to Arduino, - walk you through initial or early use of an Arduino, - explain to you basic use of the Arduino board and related software, - discuss ways in which people like you are using Arduinos, and - provide information about next steps and sources of support. Interested in making electronic gizmos? This workshop will show you how to use an Arduino to do just that! You will learn the solid basics of using sensors to notice changes in the environment, design program logic to make decisions, and send signals to act on the environment. - You will get an Interactive Development Environment (IDE) running on your laptop, to use in programming your Arduino! - You will make LED's blink as you wish! - You will make a buzzer buzz, under your control! - You will use a switch as a sensor! - You will edit, debug, and run programs for your Arduino, including using control logic! The workshop takes about 3 hours. The class fee is $65. During the class, we will use parts from a starter kit that is an excellent value, containing: an Arduino UNO board, a solderless breadboard, and a great variety of components, including LEDs, buzzers, displays, and related components. You can purchase the kit at our cost, and take your gizmo home, and continue your adventures! IMPORTANT AND REQUIRED :: - Laptop computer with WiFi If you install your IDE on your laptop before the workshop, you will win a Snicker bar, or perhaps some Circus Peanuts. You can do this even before you have an Arduino board. Previous Students Have Said This About the class and Instructor Jud Taylor: "Fantastic introductory class! It definitely helped me get a good understanding of the Arduino." -- Charlie Skinner "This was a good class! Moved along at an easy pace and gave solid background info, too!" -- KnowWhere LLC "Very helpful introduction to the world of arduino! Great choice of kit to go with the class. Thank you, Jud!" -- Matthew Read "Great way to dip your toes into the Arduino world and practice the basics of its many application potentials." -- Streetcat About the Instructor: Jud Taylor is a long-time programmer. He has programmed using - TRS-80 BASIC (dark, teenager years) - Pascal, LISP, 68000 assembly, C (dark Harvard years) - SQL (the shiny Marine Corps years) - SQL, Visual Basic, SAP R/3, Notes (effervescent Coca-Cola years) - Perl, PHP, Ruby, Javascript, HTML, CSS, XML, Flash (excitingandstressful entrepreneur years) - Common Lisp, Haskell, Python (current reality) Work: - "Attack the Death Star" game - Medium-volume automated emailer - Hazardous Materials management system - Reports integration tools for Coca-Cola Japan - Templating systems for a platform-agnostic, language-agnostic content management system - Translator for between EBCDIC and Unicode - Month-end reporting system for a vendor to a very large (like, REALLY large) fast food company - Lots of puzzles with the Freeside Programming Team and the Atlanta Functional Programming Meetup. He first used an Arduino when helping Safecast (see TED for videos) build radiation-detection shields to monitor after-effects of the Fukushima earthquake and radiation release. Jud also has done a lot of teaching: - MIT and Harvard Students (the shiny ROTC years) - Marines and Corpsmen (the "p" is silent, except for total dorks) - Executives and entrepreneurs (the shiny Tokyo years) - Friends like --> you <-- He teaches a well-received Intro to Arduino class, a specialized workshop on making blinky clouds, an introduction to Lambda Calculus, and other things. On most days, you can find him at Freeside Atlanta, madly scheming, or making something, like fluorescent gummy bears, or a knife from a 10" circular saw blade.

  • Shop Skills: Table Saw

    Freeside Atlanta

    $30.00

    Get hands on experience with the most versatile tool in the wood shop! This class will demonstrate the operation of a table saw starting with safety procedures and setup, on to more complicated topics. We will cover basic cross and rip cuts, common jigs and accessories, blade choice, angle and taper cuts, and more. No experience required. This class is $30 for non-members and FREE for Freeside members (if you are a Freeside member, please contact [masked] ([masked]) so you can be added to the class).

  • Make Your Own Beautiful Illuminated Cloud Lamp

    Freeside Atlanta

    $60.00

    Take your Arduino skills too the next level! You'll make a lamp that glows, flickers, or pulses, looking interesting, a concrete example of what you can make. You'll also learn, and do, some things not covered in the Intro to Arduino class. You'll learn how to control a strip of LED's to make them change color and brightness, and move in patterns. You'll learn how to install additional libraries of software, so you will be able to make use of a lot of great software others have written and contributed. You'll learn how to let Arduinos control devices that need more power than an Arduino can provide directly. You'll learn some fabrication techniques that you can use in other projects. Some prior Arduino (or other) programming experience would be helpful, but is not required to take this class. You'll go home with your very own glowing cloud to hang on the wall! The workshop takes about 3 hours. PRICE:- $60 for non-members of Freeside- $30 for members of Freeside (please pay full amount and we will refund you the difference.) Price includes: An Arduino Uno clone, an LED strip, and materials needed to build your cloud. You will get to take these home with you! **IMPORTANT AND REQUIRED: - A laptop computer with WiFi - An installed copy of the Arduino IDE (it's free) - here's where to get it: https://tinyurl.com/download-ide - An installed driver for the CH340 serial chip - here is a discussion about how to do this: https://tinyurl.com/ch340-driver PLEASE have the IDE and the driver installed BEFORE the Meetup. Building on the basics of using an Arduino, this class will move forward, anddiscuss:- how to use libraries of code, benefitting from the work of others- how to work with the LED strips that will illuminate your cloud- how addressable RGB LED's work, and how the library we will use controls them- circuit design to allow an Arduino to control something it is not actually powering.

  • Freeside Buildout

    Freeside Atlanta

    Freeside is having a build-out! Freeside members get to flex their right to hack on the space infrastructure and hack Freeside itself into a collective vision. Non-members are welcome and encouraged to come and help us hack the space! We could always use extra hands for buildouts and are happy to show you around the space. Make sure to wear closed-toe shoes and fitted clothing, and be ready to get your hands dirty! Freeside has safety goggles and ear protection, but feel free to bring your own. We will pretty much be there all day, come when you can. Some of the projects we're focusing on include: • Workshop and table resurfacing. • Finishing the bio lab. • Workshop cleanup and organization. • Ponder the meaning behind existence. • Finish the Podcasting station. • Organize the Ham Shack. • Prove P is equal to NP. • Send electrical pulses from our brains to our muscles. • Move our kiln to its final home. • Square the circle. • . . . And more to be announced! Come out and hack on the space with us!

  • Makerspace Open House

    Freeside Atlanta

    Freeside Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing a space for engineers, programmers, inventors, artists, and lunatics to collaborate. We host this meeting a couple of times a month on Tuesday so that people can check us out, chat with our members, and get together to plan projects, events, and classes. We'll do a quick meeting to introduce everyone, we'll update folks on the progress of projects and equipment in the space, announce classes and events, and occationally feature a 10-20 minute talk by a guest lecturer on an interesting subject. Afterwards, we'll break out into a more informal open house so people can chat, take a tour, and check out some of the cool stuff around the space. You can also check out our photo tour at: http://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/about If you need any help or have a question, just email us at [masked].