New CNC Router Control Board

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Our current CNC router is controlled by an Arduino Uno board with a perfboard shield on top that breaks out the connections to the motor drivers and limit switches. The perfboard solution was hacked together quickly to get the router

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Free Virtual Machines from Windows

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  At PaxSpace, we tend to use free and open-source software(OSS) for mostly everything we do. Most of our computers are setup with Linux. Most of our classes, workshops and workflows utilize OSS so that the everyday maker can use

2015 PaxSpace Ornaments

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The 2015 PaxSpace Christmas ornaments are here! We have scheduled several group build sessions to work on assembling and programming your ornaments. See the sign up link below for information on dates and times. Click here to sign up for

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Ornament Update – Solder Stencil

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The solder paste stencil for the surface mount parts has arrived for the PaxSpace Christmas ornament.  The stencil was ordered from OSH Stencils.   For more info on the planned PaxSpace ornament, see the earlier blog post here.

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‘Tis The Season To Hack Blinky Ornaments

We’ve been working on developing a PaxSpace Christmas ornament this year.  A bunch of Christmas ball-shaped PCBs have been designed and are on order from SeeedStudio.com.  The plan is that once the finished boards arrive, we will hold several workshops

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Evening Open House

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We’re joining forces with the St. Mary’s County Library to hold an open house at PaxSpace this Friday evening, September 18th, from 6pm to 9pm. This is a great opportunity to stop by PaxSpace if you haven’t yet been to

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Getting (Box Joint) Jiggy With It

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I recently put together a box joint jig for the PaxSpace router table.  Box joints are used to join two pieces of wood using interlocking fingers- for things like drawer box corners, for example.  Box joints can look good, especially

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2015 Ham Radio Field Day

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Every year the fourth weekend of June beckons ham radio operators from across North America to leave safety of their ham shack cocoon and head out to FIeld Day. It is a time for hams to practice their mastery over

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Altium CircuitMaker

There is a new kid on the block to compete with existing free PCB design software such as Eagle , KiCAD, gEDA, and DesignSpark. Altium recently opened a public beta of their new free PCB design tool, CircuitMaker. CircuitMaker is

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Spring Open House and Grand Reopening

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We’ve been hard at work moving PaxSpace into a larger facility and upgrading our spaces. Come stop by this Sunday from 11:00am to 5:00pm to see the new place, learn about PaxSpace’s offerings, or become a member of PaxSpace! Come

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