MacBook Update

Sorry, all the Pros are gone. But we have a dozen of the white MacBooks all refurbished and cleaned up so they sparkle! And more to come! $250 and it’s yours. You can swing by the space Sunday from 1-5 or email us at info@area515.org. We were asked for...
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MacBooks for Sale!

Could anyone use a MacBook or a MacBook Pro? Want a second laptop, a computer for your grandparents, or a laptop for your kids? We have early 2011 13″ MacBooks (and a handful of MBP’s). They were donated to the space, and have been refurbished and thoroughly cleaned. They...
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DVD Duplica– er … Ripper?

Remember these? They’re supposed to make a bunch of copies of any CD or DVD. We grabbed it from the curb because it looked like it might have useful parts. Someone found a better use for it. Turns out, these are pretty much standard computers running Windows XP Embedded...
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How not to install solar

I’m pretty sure that installing a solar panel under a shade tree defeats the whole purpose, right? Seen in Kansas City…...
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Playing with C.H.I.P.!

A handful of C.H.I.P. $9 computers showed up from https://getchip.com/. They should make great headless servers for all kinds of projects — I’m thinking of our RFID door access and maybe some robotics projects. I will be playing with one during our Arduino club meetup this evening. Come down...
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So long, and thanks for all the art!

The art show yesterday was a lot of fun. Huge thanks to our sponsors — Twisted Vine Brewery, Hurricane Grill, and Source Allies — and, of course, to the artists. Thanks also to all of you who came to support us! Attendance was light, but it was a lively...
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We have a metal lathe!

I stopped in Habitat ReStore on a whim. I mean, I buy a lot of stuff there, but I wanted to check out their new location in Urbandale. Turned out they had a turning machine! Not a turing machine — a lathe. The price was right, and it came...
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Art Week + Beer Week = Art show at a brewery!

DSM Art Week overlaps with DSM Beer Week. There’s a new brewery in town. Area515 had huge interest in our art show ~6 months ago. So, we combined all of the above! We’re holding an unconventional art show at Twisted Vine, the new brewery opening in West Des Moines,...
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How much NaOH does it take to get arrested?

Serious question: How much sodium hydroxide can I buy without getting arrested? Will ordering it online automatically land me on FBI watch lists? We’ve been playing with a donated Stratasys Dimension 768, and it prints great — but we don’t want to pay for the Stratasys “detergent” that is...
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Upcoming Events

We have a full class schedule coming up over the next few months! All events are at 1731 Grand Avenue and free to the public unless otherwise noted. February 6th: Girls in Science 10am-4pm at SCI Intro to Blender 1-3pm – watch the calendar for additional CAD classes! February...
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