[Gllug] Open Source Hardware Camp, 27/10.

Andrew Back andrew at carrierdetect.com
Thu Oct 13 19:11:42 UTC 2011


Of possible interest to any folks interested in 3D printing, the
Internet of Things and OSHW collaboration...




Open Source Hardware Camp

27th October 2011, 09:30 - 18:00 at Centre for Creative Collaboration,
16 Acton Street, London, WC1X 9NG, (51.529049, -0.116436)

-- http://oshug.org/event/oshcamp  (registration)

Join us at the inaugural Open Source Hardware Camp for a hands-on day
of three parallel workshops, with short plenary sessions in the
morning and afternoon.

- Practical 3D Printing

In this workshop we will explore the potential of desktop 3D printing.
We will begin with a general overview of and will be working with a
hobbyist 3D printer called the RepRap. Providing a landscape of both
the tools and communities that you can get involved with, before
splitting up into two groups.

The first group will be for those new to 3D printing and will be taken
through the basics of how to use Google Sketchup to draw 3D parts, how
to render the designs out to STL files, and then how to configure the
STL file for the 3D printer via SkeinForge.

The second group will be for those with some experience of 3D printing
and will involve hands-on with OpenSCAD — an open source, code-based,
3D parametric CAD software system used to design simple 3-dimensional
objects. Using other freely available tools to turn the resulting
designs into files that can be used to drive a RepRap 3D printer, or
similar rapid prototyping device.

By the end of the day you should: feel confident that you know the
relevant communities to engage with; understand the tools, suppliers
and skills you would need to build your printer; have a bunch of great
ideas for things can be printed on a 3D printer.

Graham Klyne has been a software developer since the late 1970s,
during that time having been involved in projects and products ranging
from industrial process control, 3-D motion capture, network
infrastructure, home automation, semantic web technologies and
research data curation. He has also been involved in the development
of IETF and Web standards. More recently, he has been pursuing a
personal interest in 3D printing - which neatly complements his
earlier work in motion capture - and has constructed a RepRap machine
(which he hopes to use for making specialist parts for model aircraft)
and has been learning a little about 3-D parametric CAD.

As a member of the pif3D project, David Flanders helps coordinate the
parts, materials, tools and skill required for people to build their
own 3D printers. This is all done for free, so long as you promise to
help someone else build their own printer as well! David enjoys
hacking code in his spare time and working on designing new 3D models,
currently he is working on prototype 3D models for: a rollerblade
frame (for off road inline skating), a flowerpot that has a water
reservoir (so it doesn't dry out when you are on holiday or forget to
water it) and lighting fixtures (including translucent lamp shades,
candelabras and chandeliers). David's day job is working with
technology innovation projects in Universities throughout the UK.

- Building the Internet of Things with Nanode and Pachube

In this workshop we will be given an introduction to Nanode, the low
cost open source Arduino-like board that has built in web
connectivity, and Pachube, the web-based service "built to manage the
World's real-time data". Following which the workshop will split into
two groups and build a real world IoT application for the Centre for
Creative Collaboration. With one group focusing on Nanode development
and the other using Pachube to develop the online part of the

Ken Boak joined BBC Research Department after graduating and worked on
digital picture processing of HDTV images, and coding algorithms for
video distribution around studios. Since then, Ken has worked in
laboratory instrumentation, telecommunications, low power wireless and
consumer electronics produced in the Far East. With an interest in
renewables, Ken now develops laboratory instruments to teach
undergraduates the principles of photovoltaic and wind power. Outside
of work, Ken is interested in smart wireless sensors, open source
hardware and low cost solutions for the Internet of Things.

Paul Tanner is a consultant, developer and maker in wood, metal,
plastic, electronics and software. His day job is IT-based business
improvement for SMEs. By night he turns energy nut, creating tools to
optimise energy use. Paul graduated in electronics and was responsible
for hardware and software product development and customer services in
several product and service start-ups, switching to consulting in

- Collaboration in Open Source Hardware

Whilst the development practices associated with open source software
are now reasonably mature and understood by many, the same cannot be
said of open source hardware and with it come specific challenges. For
example, those associated with collaboration across design tools,
managing contributions, licensing hardware designs and project

In this workshop we will be given an introduction to Electronic Design
Automation (EDA) tools and some of the currently available options for
licensing, collaboration and project publishing. Participants will
construct simple circuits from exsiting designs, and will then have
the opportunity to create derivative and new circuits which will
subsequently be documented using an EDA tool.

It is important to note that this will be an exploratory workshop and
not all the answers the problems outlined will be provided.

Garry Bulmer gained his degree in Computer Science in the early 1980s
and developed software for companies including ICL, before going on to
teach Computer Science and Software Engineering at degree level and
beyond. During the 1990s he was a co-founder of Parallax Solutions, a
software services company with customers that included Rover Group and
Rolls Royce, and that partnered with Sun Microsystems and delivered
their Enterprise Architecture Blueprints. He's since held the position
of Chief Architect at Keane, Aspen Technology and Caritor. More
recently he has become involved in education, running Arduino
workshops for local schools and at events including Howduino, DEV8D
and fizzPop.

Paul Downey is a doodler, a maker and a veteran communications
software developer. He has been hacking embedded systems since the
late 1970s. Formerly BT's Chief Web Services Architect, and lead W3C
representative, he was until recently a member of Osmosoft — a small
team building open source Web collaboration systems. Paul is
co-founder of SolderPad, a place to share, discover and collaborate on
electronic projects.

Andrew Back is an artist, electronics hacker and open source advocate.
He acted as BT's Open Source Strategist, establishing company-wide
open source policy and process and representing them at a number of
bodies including The Linux Foundation and ATIS. Andrew co-founded the
Electron Club in 2006 — one of the UK's first hackerspaces, and is
co-founder of SolderPad, a place to share, discover and collaborate on
electronic projects.


* Please aim to arrive for 09:30-09:45 as the event will start at 10:00 prompt.
* A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please ensure that
you make any dietary requirements clear when registering.

-- http://oshug.org/event/oshcamp (registration)

Sponsored by DesignSpark: http://www.designspark.com

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