Derby Makers

The heart of Derby's Maker community

vCarve and CNC Router Instructions

What does it do? It cuts or carves sheet materials to high accuracy according to a program How do I use it? The short version: Design the parts using a 2D or 3D design package, depending on preference and requirements…. Continue Reading →


Background The idea for the Ropemaker wasn’t mine, I saw one that someone else had made at a Cub Scout event I was supporting with Rolls-Royce. I was impressed with how well everyone (adults as well as children) was engaging… Continue Reading →

Our RepRap Mendel 90

I’ll try and flesh this out as we go along, but here’s the story of our 3D printer and how to get started if you want to use it. The printer is a RepRap Mendel 90 designed by Nophead. The… Continue Reading →

Our 3D Printer – The view from twitter…

Last weekend (29th/30th September 2012), a crack team from Derby Makers were dispatched to do battle at the GIST Foundation in Sheffield. Their mission, to build a 3D printer against the clock and against other teams from around the Midlands…. Continue Reading →

Using our 3D Printer

In case you want to set up your computer for driving the 3D printer, you will need some of the software below… For drawing an object you can use Sketchup which is free – download it here:- For the… Continue Reading →

Drinks Can Stirling Engine (Tutorial)

Hey everyone! After this weekend’s workshops we were left with a surplus of beer cans to play with.I believe it was Glyn or Amanda who suggested using them to create an ultra-efficient little mechanism called a ‘Stirling Engine’ (named after… Continue Reading →

Raspberry Pi Heating Control

NOTE: this article will be starting slim and expand as I get round to it. I hope the CMS doesn’t remove my formatting and links again… Domestic heating control has seemed a bit primitive to me for a while now…. Continue Reading →