Derby Makers

The heart of Derby's Maker community

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


Two documents added for Derby Makers HAB project by Bob Knight

Derby High Altitude BalloonDerby Maker HAB meeting minutes 22nd March 2018 at Derby MuseumDerby Makes Balloon Costings and actionsI have added costs spreadsheet and minutes for Derby Makers HAB project

Blog 25th February 2018. Our next meeting is on Thursday 1st March.

Over the last couple of weeks we seem to have moved from a maybe project to one that may well happen – fingers crossed We have:- Had a demonstration of a working Raspberry Pi with a LoraWan receiver so that… Continue Reading →


Come and help us build and launch a high altitude balloon (HAB) in Derby This is a joint project between the Derby Makers and the Coding, Electronics and Technology Clubs of the Radio Communication Museum of Great Britain in Derby. … Continue Reading →

HifiBerry MiniAmp and speech synthesis

A while back HifiBerry gave us a MiniAmp to play with – thanks guys! We wanted to use it for something in the Silk Mill, but as playing music in there isn’t really on (at least in the normal course… Continue Reading →

Display Cabinet

I thought I’d finally get around to making a post and uploading some photo’s about the display cabinet we’ve recently (and finally!) finished. So how did this all start…. Problem: Derby Makers would like some space for storing projects at… Continue Reading →

Software for Makers

One question that often comes up when people are looking at the machines is ‘What software do I use with this?’ I hope this gives a quick introduction. We’ll stick to free software where possible. By machine type 2D Machines… Continue Reading →

Bike Bag Mini-Hack

Bike Bag Mini-Hack!   Hi everyone! Just a quick one. I’m a perennial cyclist so I decided a while back to invest in a little bike bag, the kind that goes over the pannier rack, just for some extra storage…. Continue Reading →

needle felting from local wool

You may have seen me last week at the Silk Mill stabbing wool on a sponge with a needle. No, I’m not crazy. I was doing needle felting! Needle felting is one method of  felting wool fibers (the other method… Continue Reading →