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2015 Holiday Season Shipping Dates

Christmas is a busy time for everyone and during that rush people tend to forget about shipping dates. Please consider these ship dates as guidelines as we cannot guarantee delivery before December 24th.

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Remembrance Day

Just a reminder – BC Robotics will be closed on Wednesday, November 11th for Remembrance Day. Our storefront will be closed this day and will reopen on Thursday, November 12th. Orders placed online after 2:00 PM Pacific Time Tuesday, November 10th will be shipped Thursday November 12th.

Soldering Level 1 Workshop

Makerspace Nanaimo and BC Robotics will be hosting another level 1 soldering workshop.

When: Saturday, November 21st @ 1:00pm
Where: 2221 McGarrigle Road, Makerspace Nanaimo

In this workshop we will be learning how to solder a blinky light. This will include identifying each of the components, locating where they go on the circuit board, and soldering them in place. The circuit uses a capacitor, LED light, resistor, transistors and battery pack. Don’t know what these pieces are? Come stop by and ask!

In addition to soldering things together, the workshop also looks at how to clean your soldering iron tip, soldering safety, and techniques for stripping wires.

All tools, equipment, and kits will be provided; all proceeds go towards further development of Makerspace Nanaimo and workshops just like this one!

The workshop will cost:
Non-Members – $20.00
Members – $15.00

Payment can be made via Cash or Credit Card – sorry no Debit.

Space is limited, so be sure to sign up early by emailing info@bc-robotics.com or soldering@makerspacenanaimo.org

Halloween Showroom Hours

Just a reminder that our showroom is will be closing at 5:00pm on Halloween Day! Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

assembled plush game controller

Plush Game Controller

I absolutely love video games so I decided to try out the plush game controller designed by Adafruit Industries. I went along with most of the instructions provided but decided to change a couple! Having a laser cutter sitting right next to me, I thought laser…material…let’s make this go faster! Laser cutting the black material worked and made for really nice lines! Who doesn’t like playing with lasers too? To make the black cover more secure, I sewed around the entire piece. Tisk, tisk, I didn’t use a hoop to complete the stitch from the conductive pads to the Flora. It still works!

This project was really fun to complete and plan on making another set but smaller. If sewing isn’t something you like, getting into wearables might be what gets you to start to like it. It definitely is not like sewing in high school (back how many years ago – HA!).

Here is a link with all of the instructions on how to complete your very own plush game controller. The one thing I did not enjoy was how annoying the conductive thread gets…twist, twist, twist! Have fun making your very own controller! Let us know what changes you made!