Open house for Ottawa Hacker Community

The open house last Wednesday was pretty fun. Many new faces and many regulars. It was pretty full. We need a bigger space. ūüôā

I did a WordPress meetup just before (about 5 people came for that). The idea was that the artists/wordpressers could stay for ModLab. That part worked out perfectly. But the the ModLab interfered with the wordpress thing ¬†since people come early so I may not try that angle. Perhaps I’ll do the WordPress in a different venue in the same timeslot and then who ever wants to come over to ModLab can.

Quite a bit going on. Andrew Plumb brought his new Makerbot. It’s the new one with dual heads and a larger build area. He made a model airplane wing by printing PLA directly onto tissue. I think this is an important development.

Michael had his DIY Metal Detector that we used in the afternoon.

Jim had some cool LEDs. I’ll have to ask him for the links so I can get some at Hobby King.

Ottawa Hackspace Thriving

Ottawa hackers and makers have been meeting up regularly at ArtEngine’s ModLab meetup. Not only do people often bring their own projects to share and talk about, they also welcome new people. I think this is important for the community. As you can see in the few video clips I took, there are a lot of projects and lots to talk about.

Last night we had quite a few new people and it wasn’t long before they were as engaged as the regulars.

Mark Stevenson and a couple others working with Brittany on some cool business cards for her upcoming European Hack Trip.

Andrew Plumb was very busy with his own projects and also welcoming newcomers.

Doug Commons showed progress on his DIY motors for his drawing robot.

Michael Grant models his new Chinese stamp bracelet from packing material.

Another forum for Ottawa makers

Ottawa’s PrototypeD just rolled out their on-line forum. It will be interesting to see what develops.

I just signed up a few minutes ago.

Maker Meetup tonight!

If you’re into making things come to our open house tonight!

You don’t have to have any projects, just come and say hi! Some people bring a project to work on and others just come to hang out.

Robotics to knitting! Can you knit something robotic?

Time: 7pm
Location: Room M70, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa (ask for ArtEngine at front desk)

Inkscape Open Workshop

Last night at ArtEngine (Ottawa), Ben gave an Inkscape lesson and tutorial.

It’s a great vector graphics editor and it’s free (as was the workshop).

I learned a few things.


3d Printers Ottawa

3d printer

Want to learn about 3d printers? Act fast!!! Paul Mumby is giving a presentation tonight! Register here!

Here are a few details:

Please join us before the technical meeting for a bar meal and chin wag in the

RA Centre’s¬†Fieldhouse Restaurant at 6pm.


The Self Replicating Machine and other Robots


Paul Mumby


Synopsis: We are all used to the idea of being able to download a picture, or document, and print it out easily. And now imagine  a world where you can download  a coat hook for your wall, or a replacement light switch cover, or that hard to find part for your dishwasher, and print it out simply, easily, at the click of a button, and for a miniscule cost. In this world, engineers, hobbyists, and artists alike can easily test and prototype their creations in their homes, for a cost which is nearly negligible compared to current methods. Consider a place where you can walk into your blank office space, with 4 smooth walls, and use your tablet or phone to select the furniture you would like, and watch it fabricated right before your eyes, directly into the places you want it in the room.  This is 3D printing and may be about to revolutionise our industry.  3D printing is finding applications in many industries from medicine (buiding bones and skin grafts), food manufacture (icing cakes) as well as more traditional engineering, especially for building highly complex shapes.

Paul came and talked to us last January when he showed us a machine that he was building that could build a copy of itself.  Since then, his machine has indeed built other robots as well as many other items Рincluding knitted chainmail which has to be seen to be believed.

We have had many request for Paul to return and provide us with an update of his work.  So, this time Paul will be demonstrating his improved 3D printer and the other robots including a  Quadcopter UAV.  This is real basement engineering Рamazing stuff.


Paul Mumby is a self-confessed life-long  tinkerer. His post secondary education started with Electronics Engineering  and Computer Engineering and later included Systems Administration and Network Security.  Engineering has always been his passion and he has dabbled in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Mechanical Engineering and Electronics Engineering over the years with many projects.  Paul works for RealDecoy as an IT Manager.

Ottawa Market

I just nipped out for some food. The Ottawa Market has amazing diversity.

Lately I’ve been going to the Highlander Pub for the occasional burger and beer. That was all warm and fuzzy until recently I had two service anomalies in a row. So to avoid bad fuzz, I decided to try something new.

I wound up in the market building where all those vendors are and there was a new Mexican place. Never been a fan of Mexican but I decided it was time to try something new. Wow, I really enjoyed a burrito and a V8!

On the way back, I saw a horse and carriage plus a guy handed me a Church of Scientology of Ottawa handout.

Rooster Installation

Alison installed the rooster. The mechanical is much simpler on this one so I’m betting it will be pretty reliable.

The bell isn’t working at the moment since I’ve not done the initial setup yet. I’ll do that later today or tomorrow.


Dr. Stetchy

Dr. Sketchy’s Franks & Peas
Featuring the rakish Frank N Beans and the recklessly extravagant Sweet Pea!

Monday, November 28th
The Mercury Lounge
56 Byward Market Square (top floor)
Doors at 6:30pm
Drawing from 7-10pm

Prizes provided by Baby Tattoo Books and Wallack’s

For the last session of the year we bring you some outrageous vaudevillian delight! No form of uproarious depravity is too low for these two, it’s cabaret all the way. So hold on to your wiener as we tear up the pea patch with classy sleaze and good clean naughty fun!

Dr. Sketchy’s is what happens when cabaret meets art school; bring pencil and pad and we’ll bring you the most beautiful, extraordinary and outrageous models for your sketching delight.

Glut Rooster

A bit of progress. There are two versions of Glut in the making. It might not be ready for this year’s show but we’ll see.

An ungallery

I was in another room of the Ottawa Art Gallery where they are taking down a show. For some reason I felt like photographing the empty spaces.


Ottawa Art Gallery Rental and Sales

There is an amazing display of smaller works up at the Sales and Rental of the Ottawa Art Gallery.

I took a picture of the directory so you can see a good representation of some of the local artists.