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You can read about previous activity at What we did last year

What we did the following year

2018-01-09 Tuesday


  • Andres: Transforming some files from STEP and STP (classic engineering CAD) to STL
  • Andres: Added Public folder in Kitchen door computer: files put in the ubuntu /home/rml/public folder can now be shared with network. On your computer look for "network files" folder and the files can be found.
  • Kim was Laser cutting
  • Donated 1 keyboard, 1 mouse and one set of speakers.
  • Chas reviewed upstairs storage. And took some draft excluders.
  • Paul and Vivien are two new members. They will commit to open little house every other Friday lunch time.
  • Another Paul came from LBRUT to do PAT testing.
  • Attendance=7


Andres and Artefact's Claudia & Fiorella and many others! will meet today for a brain storming session. We are keen on doing some activity for British Science Week 9 -18 of March so the idea is to do a brain storming session At the moment the idea is to have a large event, in a church in Petersham, probably a Saturday or Sunday and just build some cool stuff for the community, we would like everybody to be involved, from young citizens to senior citizens. Large enough location is available with indoor and outdoor space but will need funding to pay for the space and for equipment and organizers time.

Please come by! The more the merrier!


  • 15 min of graphs, mind maps, post-its everything goes to collect ideas for projects and funding.
  • 15 min to cluster those ideas into themes of similar items.
  • 5 min to vote 3, 2, 1 points to the theme we want to focus in.
  • 15 min to choose a project within that theme.


  • Attendees: Fiorella (Artefact), Claudia (Artefact), Emma (Chemical Engineer), Ian B. (RML member), Gill (Age UK Richmond), Paula (multiple minds), Amanda (multiple minds), Christopher (Physics St. Mary's University Twickenham), Andres (C4AD CIC)
  • Conclusion: The Hackathon will be called: Lighting to Your Community We will have different tracks and we think their could be up to 50 attendees. Location tentatively will be in Petersham's Sudbrooks School Hall £75 to rent.
    • Track 1: Blue Skies Equipment needed pen, paper and post-its. This will be for people that want to brainstorm community ideas and will give us ideas for future or ongoing hackathons.
    • Track 2: Light related Kit with takeaway. This will be an off the shelf kit that potentially has a use for the community or educational value. The participants will be able to take it away.
    • Track 3: Lighting up dark pockets in the area
    • Track 4: Lighting wearables e.g. Lighting for cyclists (geolocation lighting with night time adjustment)
    • Track 5: Make sure the environmental impact (bats) and sustainability (energy harvesting) is taken care of.
    • Track 6: Lighting up the generational Gap. e.g. children helping seniors with technology (mobile, tablet)
    • Track 7: Scavenging old toys.
  • Actions: Funding, Marketing, Costing, organizing, getting more volunteers.
    • Fiorella: Using an Artefact sub page (saving cost) set up place holder for the event. Pictures of RML website are CC-By-SA so free to use to promote the event. Collect logos or Sponsors/participants
    • Claudia: Get quote for the particular session from Sudbrook competitors: Ham Library, Russell school, Ham Youth center, Ham Christian centre, Ham and Petersham SOS.
    • Emma: research ideas for non-electronic chemical light emitting solutions for the above tracks. e.g. discussed light bottle.
    • Ian B.: Find a cheap kit that we can buy which is interesting for any age group and easy to assemble. Send Fiorella RML logo.
    • Gill: Find more volunteers willing to help on the day eg men in sheds, find possible funding bodies or key people in local companies. Talk with Petersham SOS about local participation. Send Fiorella Age UK logo
    • Paula: Come up with a program plan to get the Tracks working, organisation such as how to do bookings before hand, how to manage the sign ins.
    • Amanda: Send multiple minds logo to Fiorella, How to manage on the day coordinations crowd control who to allow, code of conduct. Creating a Product or MVP at the end.
    • Christopher: Find Candela Department from NPL comms department from NPL and Nikkon, tell them about the event see how they can help: money loan of equipment. Send Fiorella St. Mary's Logo or departmental logo. Find volunteers that would like to participate to find out what equipment we would potentially buy.
    • Achilleas: Think of a way for other participants to interact with the Tracks remotely (people who are away from the space or unable to leave the house). Industry 4.0
    • All: think about costings send them to Fiorella to put up in the website: we will have a check list of companies or individuals who will fund each part.
    • All: think about any actions that might be missing, find more volunteers, shamelessly ask for money in exchange of Logo on website.
    • Due: Friday the 19th

Really bad Panorama picture taken by Andres: demonstrating that technology in the wrong hands can be a disaster

  • Attendance = 9


  • Regular Tuesday evening meeting
  • Garrett has got the wooden automaton working pretty smoothly now. It needed a combination of glue and mulled wine to do the trick. The gadget will soon be finished and G. will be seeking another challenge.
  • Jon is producing ever more impressive drawings on Fusion360, and is clearly the go-to person for anyone looking for help.
  • Paul E <LeoNerd> testing and coding a new device with a tiny OLED display. The device is destined to become a PCB before long. Paul also brought along a tub of coconut-cakes which went down well.
  • PaulB has a new 3D printer, maybe another crowd-funded success. This one creates objects from liquid resin which hardens on exposure to UV light. It spent the whole evening making something with an incredibly small layer height. It finished on-schedule at about midnight. It works very well.
  • IanB spent much of the evening with the zombie 3D printer, going through the print process to see whether his documentation is accurate.
  • Jane learned how to design and print on the laser-cutter. The poor old laser cutter is low on power at present, and there are plans afoot to buy a new tube and to add a current meter.
  • Welcome to new members Dean and Candy who came along to see what we do, and seemed to like what they saw.
  • Kevin continued with repairs to an electric guitar -a combination of electronics, mechanics and woodwork.
  • Peter assisted Jane with sawing technique, and investigated a radio device with IanB.
  • Yaroslav managed to do a repair to a small wheel on a bracket which had been designed without a thought for future maintenance.
  • Attendance tonight = 13

2018-01-02 Tuesday

  • First things first - Jon donated and fitted a door-closer. This will save energy and improve comfort during winter months.
  • Chris and Simon were making use of the laser-cutter. Power is seriously down again. It seems that a new laser tube is needed.
  • Jon is planning to add a meter to the laser cutter, to show current. Over-driving the tube can shorten its life. He laser cut a bezel to improve the mounting - who designed the back to be so difficult to mount?
  • IanB brought along the donated 3D printer (the zombie printer), which he has now re-wired and re-commissioned. This is a printer for everybody to use and experiment with. IanB will produce some kind of user manual soon.
  • Very warm welcome to Raul and Cande who visited us to see our facilities. Raul is very interested in 3D printing small items for mould-making and hot metal casting.
  • Martin has been testing and checking the blue model plane with a view to turning it into a reliable flyer. He also found time to laser-cut the hardware for some kind of game.
  • Hi to Briony who popped in with a tin of chocolates for us to share. They've almost completely gone already.
  • Peter S came along during the evening. He was pleased to see the zombie printer as he is planning to rebuild a radio doorbell and needs a decently styled case for it.

  • Attendance tonight = 9