Lasers, Lasers, Lasers


Laser cut acrylic logo edge-lit by LEDs.

Our laser is cutting like a champ! Go here to learn more about the long road to laserdom as HackRVA members put in over a year of work to bring this DIY project to life.

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HackRVA 2014 Review – 2015 Here We Go!


2014 was a great year at HackRVA. Here’s a list of some things that happened!

– Documented almost 70 creations on our project blog
Crowdfunded, installed, and trained for CNC Router
– Completed laser build (ok, last little bit)
– Educated young Makers through Maker Guild, Maker Camp, and Lego Leauge
– End-to-end designed, produced, and delivered 350 boards for RVAsec
– Taught several hundred people to solder at RVA Maker Fest
– Upgraded our fab lab with additional tools, organization, and mobility
– Assisted Indie Lab RVA in establishing an open science initiative
– Played epic games of Cards Against Humanity
– Crashed a lot of Artemis ships with custom lighting.
– Contributed handmade goods to Makers in the Community program
– Started monthly workshops for teaching people new things:
(Solder, Electronics, Wearables, CAD, Blender, Arduino, 3D Printing)
– So many other things that they can’t all be listed (photos)!

– Established HackRVA as a non-profit
– Improved giving tours to potential new members
– Created a new website
– Revamped the wiki. (a thousand or so wiki edits )
– Created more organization around volunteering
– Improved our membership payment experience
– Reached our first phase budget goals ahead of schedule
– Reached and exceeded member target goal of 80 members
– Created donation infrastructure and opportunities
– Established clearer membership guidelines
– Improved/Simplified network infrastructure
– Installed a fabulous door
– Created a Digital Design Station

Some Goals for 2015:
– More projects!
– Enter an Instructables contest as a group
– Create a nicely documented open build project
– Get a project on Hack-a-Day (done)
– Continue with Equipment Upgrades
– Continue with Monthly Workshops
– Build Group Projects
– More of what happened in 2014!

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Take-Apart Party


3D Printer Taken Down to Essence

We had a party to take apart old tech in the name learning.

Taking things apart is a great way to examine the objects in our daily lives.  This fun activity also grows your maker insight as you learn about components, assembly, and materials.

To keep up with great events like this, join the HackRVA Meetup Group.

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CNC Router Crowdfund Successful


Our CNC Router Crowdfund and build-out has been a great success!

Since installing we’ve used it to create many cool projects and trained HackRVA members CAD/CAM techniques to use the CNC. We’ve also created a wiki guide for its use.

Here’s a link for more pics of the tool itself. And here’s a link to videos of the CNC in action.

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