The MESH Forum

Late last week, I installed a forum on our website. After a bit of customisation and testing it is ready for right prime time. The forum uses the popular open source phpBB software. Our committee have volunteered to be moderators.

The forum has several sub-forums, from the obligatory general discussion to links, tutorials, projects and more. The forum is open to all not just MESH members. Hopefully it will become a useful resource for makers the world over.

You can sign up here: easthack.com/forum/

In other news, a big thank you to MESH member Ashley Hill for donating a partially complete 3D printer. It should be fun getting it working next meeting.

First Meeting at the New Space

Our first meeting at the new space at Swinburne Wantirna Campus was a great success, with our greatest turnout ever and the highest number of first-time visitors. One of the first timers, Chris Mitchell, is a photographer and he kindly shared his pictures with us.

Thanks for all the work from all our committee, Swinburne and Knox City Council to make all this possible, we all still have lots of work ahead of us. We need to clean up the courtyard, get and install 3D Printers and other equipment. The future is looking bright for MESH!

April 2nd, First Meeting at Our New Makerspace!

Our first meeting at our new makerspace will be on Saturday 2nd of April starting at 1 PM.

This will be a real makerspace and our permanent location for the foreseeable future. We can have equipment such as laser cutters, 3D printers and computers permanently set up. There is already a huge collection of hand and power tools, along with a welder, guillotine and a hot wire foam cutter, that we can use.

SwinburneMap

There is space to store member projects, no more hauling projects and equipment from home and back again.

The space will be a joint venture with Swinburne University. That means we will be sharing the facility with students from Swinburne. In the future Swinburne will be investing in new equipment for the makerspace that we will share with Swinburne students.

Having a makerspace at a university will encourage students to use what they have learned in a practical way and maybe become members of MESH. A permanent place will also allow visitors to see what a makerspace can do for them.

Sign up to our MeetUp group for MESH meeting updates: http://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Eastern-Suburbs-Hackers/

We are also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/easthack/

See you on the 2nd of April.

We Finally Have a Makerspace!

I am extremely happy to announce that we finally have a permanent place to meet. Towards the end of last year Knox City Council thought a maker space would be a great addition to the Knox area. They held a Workshop at Siemens in Bayswater. At that meeting Knox City Council learned of MESH.

Knox City Council wanted a maker space in Knox, we needed a space, but where would it be located? We suggested asking Swinburne. Luckily Swinburne University had underutilised space and were also interested in having a makerspace on campus. Knox City Council Formally asked Swinburne if they would be willing to host a makerspace for MESH at their Wantirna campus – and Swinburne said yes.

Our makerspace will open on March 19 2016, but we still have a lot of work to do before it will be a fully operational.

I wish to thank both Swinburne and Knox City Council for giving MESH this fantastic opportunity. We have a long list of people that deserve our thanks, you know who you are 🙂

The makerspace is located at the Wantirna campus of Swinburne University, 369 Stud Rd – WJ building.

Largest Amateur Rocket Ever!

Over the past few years MESH President, Sascha Grant (aka El Presidente), has been involved in a project to design and build a scale replica of the famous V2 rocket, it is almost 14 metres tall! The rocket was finally launched in March, 2015. The launch has garnered international attention, with the rocket being featured by the Science Channel in the US. Here is a preview below.

Outrageous Acts of Science – Rocket Launch

This group built the largest amateur rocket ever!An all new Outrageous Acts of Science premieres at 9p!

Posted by Science Channel on Saturday, January 9, 2016

I’m sure the future there will be even larger rockets launched by this group, going higher than an amateur rockets has ever flown before. This is a rather large example of what ordinary people can do, as long as they dream big and apply themselves to make their dreams reality.

Happy New Year!

2015 was a great year for MESH, but 2016 will be even better. Hopefully, by the time we next meet in February or early March (dates coming soon), we will finally be in a new permanent location! I am sure that all of us will be busy the first half of this year creating a fantastic makerspace.

The proposed location is at the Wantrina Campus of Swinburne University of Technology. We are working with Swinburne and Knox Council to make sure we have a space that is of benefit to all stakeholders. As we work through the details of the new space I will keep you all up to date.

I hope everyone will have a fantastic year and I look forward to seeing all the gadgets created by MESH members 2016! See you soon.

Regards,

Chris Fryer
MESH Secretary

AGM – 22nd of November 2015

Our AGM will be taking place at the Parkwood Community Hub 35 Tortice Drive, Ringwood North 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Hopefully we will have time to do some making afterwards.

Thank you to everyone who made Stringybark festival a great success!

MESH will next be appearing at the Mini Make Day at the Library at the Dock 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade in Melbourne’s Docklands on Sunday 25th October next week – It starts at 12:00 PM!

Our next meeting is on the 8th of November at the new North Ringwood Community House which is located at the Parkwood Community Hub 35 Tortice Drive, Ringwood North 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

The Parkwood Community Hub is on the old site of Parkwood Secondary College. See You there!

Maker Stuff in October!

It will be a very busy calendar next month with lots of maker stuff happening in October. These are:

1. The 3D Printing Showcase at Melbourne University on Friday 9th of October
2. The Stringybark Sustainability Festival on Saturday and Sunday 17th and 18th of October
3. Mini Make Day at Library at the Dock in Melbourne’s Docklands on Sunday 25th of October

The 3D Printing Showcase at Melbourne University looks really exciting with University of Melbourne’s #SharksDen Innovation Challenge and an open Makerspace led by Melbourne Library, consisting of the various community Makerspaces across Melbourne and Victoria such as CCHS, MESH and others . Makers will be on hand to allow showcase attendees to participate and actively learn about 3D printing and the growing maker community in Melbourne.

The Stringybark Sustainability Festival is celebrating its 30th birthday in 2015. At the festival there will be three stages featuring acts from local schools, groups and individuals, both professional and amateur. The food court will be full of international cuisines as well as fundraising sausage sizzles. There will also be market stalls with fair-trade and ethical crafts on offer. There will be creative and educational displays and hands on workshops for all ages.

The Mini Make Day at the Library at the Dock in Melbourne’s Docklands. This will feature a broad representation of the maker movement of Melbourne. Library at the Dock is a new library in Melbourne’s Docklands which has an open Makerspace where members of the public are able to learn about 3D printing and use the equipment. Sadly there are some people that don’t know how accessible technology is these days and are ignorant of the broader maker movement. The idea of Mini Make Day is to spread the word and show the public the extraordinary things that can be achieved by ordinary people this day and age.

See you there!