Layzor cutting

On Monday we visited Martin’s laser cutter, as once he installed it at his house with a water tank for cooling, it’s not particularly mobile.  He showed us some of the many things he’s made for his blog, and his lightbox for photographing them.

Onto newer things, we printed a NortHACKton stamp for visiting passport-holders.  After learning how to etch rubber, I then provided an object lesson in the power of cyanoacrylate glue by adhering to the stamp rather effectively.
Secondly I had made an SVG of a bokeh rig for my camera for Martin to convert and cut, which produced a passable first attempt at a kit that can fit to my D3100.  Not all of the pictures were good, but it was certainly a learning experience.  See Martin’s blog for the design, and the results are here, in the February pictures of this set.
March’s meetings – we meet in the space as normal for Monday 5th, and on the 19th there will be another pinball evening in Bedford.  See the mailing list for more details.

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Picture taking

Monday’s meet was relatively quiet, but this gave Alan and I an opportunity to turn the lights out, and try some photography tricks. The first was an art form of blurred photography called Bokeh. By placing a cap over the lens with something interesting cut in it, all the highlights that are out of focus become much prettier.

Secondly, we tried light-painting. As can be seen, we’re not terribly good at it, and are slightly transparent. We have learnt more for the future though. This could be run as a workshop in the winter, when it’s nice and dark outside.


I’ll host a talk on the 13th on Neural Networks. No previous knowledge required! It’ll start at 8pm on Monday 13th June. There will be a project night, for people to come and do whatever they like, on Monday 27th June. Alan will give a talk on Stirling Engines on the 11th July. The space will open at 7pm on these dates, and you can still come and work on talk nights.

For those who’ve missed it, we’ve also moved the date of the Ballistics Day to 6th August (still a Saturday), so that more people can come.