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Laser Cut Coasters & Storage Box

When friends register at a store for wedding gifts, it is much easier to buy something they won’t hate.  But why avoid that risk? Instead, I launched off the giveaway coasters we made for the maker faire and made a series of custom coasters. But that wasn’t enough. They needed a box to hold them […]

ELM327 hacking

A few months ago (ok, almost a year) I decided to disassemble an ELM327 to see how the generic OBD reader works.  To my surprise the component selection and layout was very similar to what I would have hacked together.  They are based around a Microchip PIC with integrated CAN using a standard Microchip CAN Transceiver […]

Clock Build Night October 14th!

Recently, a high school student was arrested for having an electronic clock. That’s absurd. Help us teach the public that wires and circuitry are cool and awesome tools, not a sign of a terrorist act! Join Area515 for an electronic clock building workshop to learn how to build your own electronic clock. Kids more than […]

Area515 Promo Video

The Science Center of Iowa did a great job of helping us tell our story. This film ran in their Maker’s Studio exhibit this summer, and now it’s available for everyone to see!   SCI Iowa Maker’s Studio: Area 515 from DEFT on Vimeo.

2015 Annual Meeting

Pursuant to our bylaws, this is the official notice of our annual meeting. The meeting will be held Saturday, September 19 from 2pm to 4pm at the space, 1731 Grand Ave, Des Moines Any issues which members wish to have discussed and voted upon at the meeting must be submitted in writing to the Secretary […]

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3d Printer replacement part

Recently our laser suffered a fatal failure of the water pump.  This caused the tube to overheat and crack.  While waiting for the replacement tube and pump I decided to attempt to fix the pump by 3d printing a replacement impellor.  The first attempt failed because I used too tight of tolerances.  When I loosened […]

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3D Chess Set

.   Member of Area515, Nabil Hanke, was intrigued with a chess set posted on Thingiverse, designed by ethanjurman. As the parts slowly accumulated, fellow makerspace members offered a suggestion of using the laser cutter to etch away the backing of a mirror to create the board’s gridwork. Finishing touches included using a shadow box […]

May First Friday Recap

In case you missed it, here’s the video from May’s First Friday with C and S Brew Supply! Sorry, you don’t get to try tasty home brew samples via video….   Our next First Friday is bike themed with Ichi Bike! This Friday, June 5th at 7pm!

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March First Friday Followup

Jeff Reiland of Abundant Design came and talked to us about a variety of backyard garden projects. He started with a beginners’ garden you can’t mess up and then covered compost bins, pallet planters, rain gardens and rain catching systems. Very grateful for the timely wisdom as the growing season kicks off! Here is the […]

Laser Cut Drone Takes Flight!

Local maker brings tricopter to life at the March 3rd open house using wooden dowels and a plywood frame cut on our very own laser cutter.  The frame was cut a few months ago with the wooden booms and flight electronics being assembled over the last couple of months.  At our latest open house we […]