Derby Makers

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Laser Cutting Electronics Box Panel

The electronics box has been drawn in a 3D modelling package. The objective is to produce a 2D drawing of the panel outline together with the cutouts. It is difficult to position the panel in the correct place on the… Continue Reading →

Capturing USB communications to reverse engineer a driver

The USB specification includes details of how various standard devices should communicate so that they Just Work without needing a specific driver for your operating system (OS). The standards don’t include all devices and functionality though, so sometimes manufacturers define… Continue Reading →

Balloon Launch Cancelled

The launch attempt for Sunday 16th September has been cancelled. Due to a break in at the Drum Hill launch site we won’t have access to the site for the launch. We now need to make an application for a… Continue Reading →

Derby Makers – Balloon Project Update – 1st Flight Aug 25th

  Update The project is moving into the flight phase, with two launches planned on the 25/26 August and 15/16 September: the first date on the weekend is the planned flight day and the second the backup in case of… Continue Reading →

Making a tent footprint from a cheap tarpaulin

Background If you already know what a footprint is and why you might want one you can skip this section. A footprint is an extra groundsheet that provides extra protection on rough ground, especially for lightweight tents with delicate groundsheets…. Continue Reading →

More Tuesday Meetings

In addition to the recently announced meetings on the first Tuesday of the month, we will now be meeting on the third Tuesday of the month. Note that this isn’t quite the same as every other Tuesday, so if in… Continue Reading →

Meetings & Provisional Launch dates

Now we’re back after the May shutdown it’s time to get on with flying the balloons we’ve not yet built! Dates Meetings – June 7, 14?, 21, 28? Meetings – July 5, 12, 19, 26 Launch Sunday 29 July (possibly… Continue Reading →

Announcing Tuesday Makers Meetings

For those who can’t make Thursdays, or just want to meet more often, we’ll be trying Tuesday meetings. We’ll be starting with the first Tuesday of the month, but if it proves popular we may be able to make it… Continue Reading →

Congratulations to Rob on his Mainframe award

One of our Makers, Rob Wilkes, has recently won a Mainframe award for his Lightwave Interactive lighting products. You may have seen his table at the Mini Maker Faire, or some of the prototypes on a Thursday evening over the… Continue Reading →

Derby Makers High Altitude Balloon Meeting Minutes 15/4/18