Rabbit Hole

Rabbit Hole

Team Topic - Deconstruct: Light it Up!

The Rabbit Hole is a global hackerspace, but also a brick-and-mortar in Rochester, MN that consists of a group of engineers and tinkerers who work at Mayo Clinic and IBM.  Each of us have a plethora of projects in progress and we love helping others with their's!  We encourage everyone to jump with us into the rabbit hole to expand and enhance their projects!

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The unedited, feature-length, Rabbit Hole

Posted on: November 20, 2014

Thought I should share our feature length footage from the rest of the Deconstruction that wasn’t captured in the 3 minute final video!


The Rabbit Hole – Deconstruction 2014

Posted on: November 17, 2014

We’re still recuperating from the awesome that was Deconstruction 2014 where our theme was “Light it Up” – looking at all of the different ways we could deconstruct light and the uses of light.

Final 2014 Video:

In no particular order:

1) DIY infinity mirror in an altoids can! This involved chibitronic LEDs, an altoid tin, a mirror, and a salvaged filter from a broken projector system.

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2) The spice rack has been finished and is in use!  We used scrap wood, old nails, wood borders from who knows where, and an LED strip for the spice rack!  It even has a switch!

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3) Fan piece – all hail!  It is comprised of 25 random computer fans from our donations/junk drawer.  3 of them glow – hence we have a lit-up skull :).  All of the fans work when powered and it is a strong wind!  Paper pandemonium!

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4) The Bacon Printer.  This is a deconstructed broken laser printer whose heating filament is actually a long light bulb that can heat up to 450F.  A great temperature for attempting to cook bacon at!  The roller that helps to roll paper through is attached to a motorized screwdriver’s motor and the entire contraption is powered by a donated computer power supply.

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We were fortunate enough to have joined in the Deconstruction 2013 and had equally great turnout this year.  Lots of new tricks and methods attempted and a lot of fun projects to work on!  Who knew you could make bacon in a printer!


The Rabbit Hole – 3rd day, hour unknown!

Posted on: November 16, 2014

It’s 1:30 CST here and we’re just now waking up – though some of us are still entertaining the thought of sweet sweet sleep.   We’ll be finishing up some of our projects and putting them to great use!  Even the bacon printer…(maybe) :)

 

 


The Rabbit Hole – 34 hours in

Posted on: November 16, 2014

Is it 34? I hope it is, we’re all a little delirious here :)  4 inches of snow have fallen and it is bitterly cold outside, so the Rabbit Hole is winding down for the night!

1) DIY infinity mirror in an altoids can!

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2) The spice rack has been finished and is in use!

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3) Fan piece – all hail the skull fan god!  We tested it and it blew us away!

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4) The Bacon Printer.  Still in a state of rest for now, but tomorrow it rises again!

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5) Other side projects:  We wanted to make a donations box – mostly for the food we provide each week for the hackerspace folks.  But while making the box, we realized we didn’t have any hinges, so we decided to make them from scrap wood!

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The Rabbit Hole – 28 hours in

Posted on: November 15, 2014

I think it’s 28 hours in?  Lots of progress on our projects!

1) The art mural is now changed to an awesome infinity mirror!

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2) The spice rack has been finished and was totally used for some epic tacos today.

3) Fan piece – all hail the skull fan god!

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4) Meet, The Bacon Printer.

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The Rabbit Hole – 25 hours in

Posted on: November 15, 2014

Is it already past the halfway mark??  So we just talked to the hosts about our projects and just to clarify, last year we did the Zombie Apocalypse and this year we are doing “Light it up!”  = lots of lights, lots of LEDs.

People are starting to trickle back in, even with the snow that we’ve been getting all morning!

1) The art mural is now changed to an awesome infinity mirror!

2) The spice rack has been finished and was totally used for some epic tacos today.

3) Fan piece – this one is progressing nicely!

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4) The screwdriver has been hacked to fit to the laser printer and we’re currently adjusting the speed.  And bacon’s been put in already – 2 passes = nearly cooked bacon!

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The Rabbit Hole – 21 hours in

Posted on: November 15, 2014

People are starting to trickle back in, even with the snow that we’ve been getting all morning!

1) Art Mural: This will be worked on later today.

2) The spice rack has been finished!

3) Fan piece – this one is progressing nicely!

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4) For our uber project, we may have toasted the power supply, so we’re going to hack a nonfunctional screwdriver to it to see if that’ll work for our purposes.

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The Rabbit Hole – 19 hours in

Posted on: November 15, 2014

Good morning (or afternoon) sleepyheads!  We’re currently gearing up for another day of hackery.  Part of our team are braving the winter streets to the local thrift store to find another laser printer for the project.  Once they come, we’re going to try setting up streaming on our linux machines (if they don’t cause too much trouble)!

http://tymkrs.com/videodesk – select Rabbit Hole/tymkrs!


The Rabbit Hole – 9 hours in

Posted on: November 15, 2014

Time flies when you’re running around doing a bunch of projects!

1) Art Mural: This will be worked on tomorrow, but we will be using Chibitronic stickers to do this!

2) The spice rack has been finished!

3) Fan piece – this one is coming together screw by screw!

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4) For our uber project, we are making a special type of printer!  This worked somewhat, hence the paper needed to prevent the product from splattering all over the table.

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We’re probably going to sleep now since it’s 3AM, but a few folks are going out tomorrow to the thrift store to find some more parts for the uber project!


The Rabbit Hole – 6 hours in

Posted on: November 14, 2014

Six hours in!  Some have left, some are still staying, and some projects have just been finished!

1) Art Mural: This will be worked on tomorrow, but we will be using Chibitronic stickers to do this!

2) The spice rack has just been finished!  Complete with lighting under the rack!

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3) Fan piece – this one is coming together screw by screw!

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4) The deconstructed laser printer has gotten a new stand!

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