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  • 24 Mar 2017 1:45 PM | Anonymous
    There has been a Special Board meeting called for 4pm on Sunday. We will meet at 6800 E 30th St. Suite 1100. We will be discussing the gamma lease and sub-lease contracts. All are welcome to attend.
  • 07 Mar 2017 5:14 PM | Andy Hasara (Administrator)


    1. Download and Install the vCarve Pro Trial Edition from HERE
    2. Go to Help ==> About
    3. Click the button that says Enter Makerspace Code 
    4. Enter This code: 482F2-5AE90-B73AC-18D8F-5DE3C-0C11C-5EBA2
    5. Now close this window, and exit and restart your copy of vCarve Pro Trial. 


    Now, you can work on your CNC cut job at on your computer, and just move the .crv file for the project to the Design computer in the Makerspace Room or the V90 Computer in the Workshop and have our full version create the g-code file for the CNC you will be using..


  • 03 Mar 2017 9:36 AM | Andy Hasara (Administrator)


    At Cyberia, we do more than just electronics and costuming, and since March is National Craft Month at the Indianapolis Public Library, here are a few of their highlighted books that touch on some of the projects that Cyberians have worked on. Take some time to add a new skill with some of these eBooks!

    Note, you need a Library Card and an account at Overdrive.com to follow these links and check out these eBooks or your computer, tablet, or smartphone.


    Skill Building Crafts at Overdrive.com


  • 25 Oct 2016 9:58 AM | Andy Hasara (Administrator)

    Cyberia's Laser Cutter is now available for members to schedule and pay for time to be trained and use the cutter. Also, people can buy gift cards good for up to 1 year from purchase at a discounted rate (up to 15% off). Here is how to schedule time:


    Members must be logged into their Cyberia account. The Options will not appear if you are not logged into clubcyberia.org.


    If this is the first time you are using the Laser Cutter and need One on One training, go to Membership-->How Do I. . .?-->Get Checked Out on a Machine

    From There, click the Big Green Button marked "Click here to Schedule a Training Session" This will open a new window with the option for you to create an account for the scheduler, Pick a time to schedule the 1/2 Hour Training session, and pay the $5 fee. The time will be set aside so no one else can pick your slot. Someone will Contact you to verify or reschedule the appointment, and the system will send reminders to make sure you remember to show up.


    If you have already been trained on using this laser and want to schedule time to use it, follow this guide:


    Members must be logged into their Cyberia account. The Options will not appear if you are not logged into clubcyberia.org.


    Go to Membership-->How Do I. . .?-->Schedule Time on the Laser Cutter

    From there, click the Big Green Button marked "Schedule Laser Cutter Time" This will open a new window with the option for you to pick times in 1/2 Hour and 1 hour blocks and pay for them through PayPal. If you want to schedule a long piece of time, use several consecutive 1/2 or 1 hour blocks to build up the time you need. You should have already set up an account with the scheduler when you scheduled your training.

    The time will be immediately blocked out for you. You will be told that the time will be verified, because we reserve to right to reschedule or cancel and refund you time block if repairs on maintenance are required, or you scheduled time without being checked out.


    If you have trouble with the equipment or scheduling system, contact our Equipment Director Teal or Facility Director Austin Owners.


    Finally: Don't let the robots play around with the laser cutter. They have been know to misuse the equipment.


  • 24 Aug 2016 10:52 AM | Austin Owens (Administrator)



    Good design… What is IT and what does GOOD design do?

    Design is all around. Some design is good; some is bad. What is the difference?

    Most intentions with design are to create a form that is useful.

    In any area of creativity “Good Design is that which is most useful for its purpose without causing problems”. 

    In Engineering (mechanical or electrical) it is the design that does the most work at or for the least cost. In city planning its what moves traffic & people smoothly from point to point throughout the city.

     In 2 dimensional designs it is that which inspires its viewer to want to see all of it there is to see. Much like the Mechanical, Electrical or civic design it creates a useful flow of information and images.

    Imagine, if you were to pick up magazine and all of the photos were just thrown on the page. Crooked, and without regard to spacing, color or content within a very few moments of picking up the publication it would end up face down in a pile,- unread.

     So, good 2-dimensional or print design begins with the designer deciding what he or she is intending for the viewer to feel. It is contextual to color and informational Flow. The size of the page is also a big contributor. How much text is on the page? Overall, how do the text, photos, size, and flow convince the viewer to want to read or view the entire piece? 

    So when creating a 2-dimensional print piece remember, create a flow of information. Help the viewer by directing from informational point to informational point. Use colors that compliment each other and are inviting. Try to think of fonts as street signs that help direct the flow of traffic. 

    Ultimately, your traveler is the human eye. Give a smooth ride from point to point and you will have made a great design.


    Written by M.C. Owens, Print Design Engineer



  • 24 Aug 2016 10:38 AM | Austin Owens (Administrator)




    Photo by WARDJet, available under CC BY SA 3.0 US

    As desktop manufacturing tools like a CNC, 3D Printer or laser cutter become more common, we find ourselves running into the limitations of the machines that just a few years ago seemed limitless.  Traditional CNC and 3D printers work from the top down or bottom up of an XY surface and move up along the Z axis.


    This works well for many things but what if we want to work on the underside of a part?  Normally, this is done by adding a fourth axis, called an A axis that rotates the part around the center of the X axis, like so:



    With access to the sides and bottom, we can make many more parts!  But there is still more we can do.  By adding rotation around the Y axis (which we will call our B axis), we now have access to almost every bit of our part to be milled. 


    Shapes which could not have been made by three axis milling are now possible, and milling time is usually lower because you don’t have to remove and remount the buck.


    By Andy Hasara


  • 01 Aug 2016 3:30 PM | Austin Owens (Administrator)


    Is Desktop Knitting the New 3D Printing?  

    By Andrew Hasara

    Desktop manufacturing is one of the most disruptive technologies to come along. The skill required to mill by CNC, cut with a laser cutter, or build up plastic or metal parts with a 3D printer is much lower than the skill required to make these items by hand. With a few hours of familiarization, you can produce a part with the same quality as one made by a person with years of training and experience. This is because the CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) module takes our 2 or 3 dimensional drawing and converts it into the expert moves to make the part. This allows for on demand manufacturing and a rapid time to develop your product.

    However, despite the fact that the textile industry was one of the first to automate, and that they use large general purpose machines to knit various forms of fabric, there is no general path to go from a 3D model to an manufactured item. CAM modules take the shapes we give it and compile it into a set of low level instruction for our machines to follow, usually a form of G-Code that is independent of the machines origin. The Probotics V90 Fireball speaks similar G-Code to the G.Wieke laser cutter or Rostok Max 3D printer. But there is no common compiler for fabrics.

    Sorry, there USED to be no common compiler.

    The bright folks at Disney Research have analyzed the way the machine knitting process works, and have found a way to define the common movements of the knitting machines and the basic elements of knit shapes. They have combined this into a compiler, so that you can go from a 3D model, to a knit item automatically, without having to program each knitting machine at the low level to make each new part or creation. In other words, on demand knitting has arrived!

    You may be asking yourself, Why do I care? It has nothing to do with what I make. The answer is that it may well, and soon. Textiles are a foundational technology: many other manufacturing techniques are built on textiles. From composite materials like fiberglass and carbon fiber, to smart clothes and soft robotics, this technology will be everywhere. And imagine what it would be like to design your own T- Shirt that has the design knit into the fabric instead of screen printed or embroidered.


  • 22 Feb 2016 10:24 AM | Andy Hasara (Administrator)

    Hello everyone!
    Did you know that when you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Cyberia Ltd. Bookmark the linkhttp://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-4146819 and support us every time you shop.

  • 08 Feb 2016 9:03 AM | Andy Hasara (Administrator)

    I walked into Cyberia a few days ago and saw a message in big letters on the robotics team's whiteboard:


    FAILURE IS ALWAYS AN OPTION!


    I was not the only one to see it that day, and many people commented to me that that seemed to be a fairly bad attitude to be teaching the team. We are free thinkers, very optimistic, and usually focused on achieving our goals. As my daughter likes to point out, "People in STEM are always trying to one-up each other" Let's face it, we are a competitive lot!


    But what makes the maker movement different is how we react to our failures. We accept them, we embrace them, we learn from them, and we move on.


    I read an article this morning about how Larry Page, Elon Musk, and Jack Dorsey dealt with their earlier failures, and then moved on to do bigger and better things.


    So the next time you are afraid to do something because it might fail, remember the message on the whiteboard. Failure is always an option, but don't let it be the failure to act that you come to regret.


  • 13 May 2015 4:03 PM | Anonymous

    Thanks to Chris Young for making an excellent presentation on Club Cyberia to the Adafruit Show and Tell crowd.  Chris starts his presentation at 6 minutes exactly.

    "That makerspace is stacked!" -- Limor Fried, Adafruit

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