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Thursday Feb 21, 2013 8:00 pm

What is Hackidemia?  It is inspiring belief in a better tomorrow and equipping kids with the tools to build it.

Last Thursday, I was talking with Ryan Closner, a fellow from Code for America, about getting SYN Shop (and makerspaces in general) more involved with hackathons. With the advent of the Arduino, Raspberry Pi and the huge ecosystem of shields and libraries, working with hardware has never been easier.

I know it is a bit of short notice, but VegasHack is this coming Saturday (Feb 23rd) from 8a-6p. This time it is focused on open data and especially civic innovation and is being held in conjunction with International Open Data Day.

We could really use some people from SYN Shop to help with anything related to electronics and / or rapid prototyping but I'm sure you could jump in with your coding chops too. I plan to have the shop available and open if people need access to the tools.

More information and registration is here:

Hope to see you there!

Thursday Feb 28, 2013 7:00 pm

Hey everyone, it's the Shapeways World Meetup day on the 28th!
I'm holding a meetup so we can discuss and show off Shapeways prints, and all other 3D printing stuff for that matter while we hang out!

Feel free to bring down your printer, or any prints you own or have made. It's a night to be excited about 3D printing and Shapeways being an awesome way to print your stuff if you don't have a printer.

SYN Shop, its board, and its founding members are proud to announce the soft opening of SYN Shop!

We have spent our Saturdays and free weekdays over the past several months, preparing our new space for members. Building furniture, gathering and assembling equipment and finalizing our policies. Now we are ready to start letting the general public in on the fun.

During the soft period, our operating hours will be:

Monday - 6p - 10p
Thursday - 6p - 10p
Saturday - 3p - 10p

We'll be adding more days and time slots as we continue to expand. You'll need to be a paying member ($40 / month) and have signed a waiver with us to use the space, but feel free to drop in for a quick tour and to learn why you'd want to join.

To become a paying member, follow the instructions here:

For our location and to see the most up to date hours, bookmark this page!

We hope to see you see you at the Shop soon!

Wednesday Feb 20, 2013 7:00 pm

This class will teach you techniques for designing objects with 3D panel based construction using Google/Trimble Sketchup. For the purposes of the class, I'll be walking you through creating a design for a cell phone holder for your bicycle. The techniques discussed work well with cardboard, acrylic, wood, plywood, and other panel type materials.

Saturday Feb 9, 2013 12:00 pm

We have a number of things we need to get done this weekend.

* Cut and install the wall vent for the laser cutter

* Getting the table bolted and surfaced for the ShopBot

* We need storage shelves!

* Anchor the wall lockers so they don't tip over

* Run cabling for the access control system

* Cable management for the (HDMI + VGA) cable to the projector

* Lots of other projects that we need your help on.

Hope to see you there.

Just wanted to throw a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire such an amazing event yesterday! 

It was inspiring to see our Maker community come out and participate -- as a Maker showing in a booth, to the volunteers who tirelessly helped out with the setup, the event and the teardown, to our amazing sponsors. Thank you for making things go as smoothly as they did. We definitely had some challenges, but we overcame them. 

Saturday Jan 26, 2013 12:00 pm

Since a lot of people are busy with the upcoming Makerfaire, the buildout should be pretty laid back for this week.

We are getting a few quotes for venting the laser cutter, so we have finalized where it is pretty much going to go. It will require us to move some stuff around, but it frees up quite a bit of area for crafting / sewing / general workspace.

We also need to set up the electronics workbenches. We have bought some equipment but it needs to be organized and put into its proper place.

SYN Shop is in the news again talking about the inaugural Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire on February 2nd at the Historic Fifth Street School downtown. Click the link for the full story! Mini Maker Faire to put the spotlight on creators' handiwork

Saturday Jan 26, 2013 3:00 pm

We're getting as many of the volunteers together to discuss logistics of the Maker Faire during setup and the event. We'll be deciding roles, and discussing duties.

Makers and Sponsors may also attend and have their questions answered.