Software Developer’s Group

The 7hills Makerspace is soliciting input and interest in creating a Rome area software developer’s group.  We would like to see all software geeks of every stripe, from embedded software engineers to home coders working on fun Arduino projects.

We are envisioning an open forum for anything even tangentially related to software development, including embedded systems, robotics, and physical computing in addition to application and web development.

If you write code, we want to hear from you!

Swiss army knife engraving

I bought my daughters two identical swiss army knives for Christmas.  To tell them apart, I wanted to mark them in a permanent way.  I decided to engrave the plastic with the laser to give it some relief, and then fill in the impression with acrylic paint.

The neon green paint was somewhat translucent and the dark red showed through.  Had similar results with the other colors we tried.  The solution was to fill the impression with a metallic silver base coat, which gave it a shiny base, and then reapply the color coat.

I used my own knife as a test case (so I wouldn’t mess up theirs), and here is how it turned out:


The font is a little jagged, especially the small flourishes.  The girls opted for simpler fonts and they came out a bit cleaner.

Space reorganization

We decided to stop talking about it and start doing it.  Got some good work done, but there are still some final details and cleanup/setup activities to attend to.

To keep dust down, the wood shop has been moved into a separate room.  The PVC “tent” supports have been removed, freeing up this space.

All of the fabrication stuff (3D printer, Laser Cutter, CNC router/mill) has been moved to a common location. The mill has been checked out and the electronics are sound, so a PC is being set up to get this operational.

The Animation center is now sporting dual 28″ monitors, and its new location is better suited to group presentations.

A presentation machine was moved to the table between the couches and meeting tables to make it easier to make presentations.  The platform on the other end is being cleared so the projection screen can be set up more permanently as well.

Did I miss anything?

Girl Scouts Savannah T-Shirts

A couple of Girl Scouts came in to do a T-shirt for their trip to Savannah, celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouts.

In fine Girl Scouting tradition, they did all the work themselves.  Created their own artwork, printed, and pressed their own shirts.  We were just there to teach and supervise.