Electronic and Technical Arts

The Electronic and Technical Arts (ETA) studio at BARN is generally modeled after a “makerspace” or “hackerspace”.

We are interested in rapid prototyping and fabrication, 3D printing, laser cutting and etching, embedded electronics, and software. Members of the studio are enthusiastic experimenters with the Raspberry Pi, Arduino and related micocomputers and microcontrollers. You’ll find the ETA Studio an ideal environment to experiment, try new things and spur your creative thinking.

Some of the equipment we have:

  • Full Spectrum 45 Watt CO2 laser cutter
  • Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer
  • Prusa I3 MK3 3D printers (multiple)
  • Four-channel Digital Oscilloscope (Rigol DS1104Z)
  • Microscope and hot air soldering station
  • Lots of miscellaneous electronic tools, hand tools, electronic parts, etc.

Come to one of our monthly orientation sessions to check out the studio and ask questions. These are free and open to the public on the first Saturday of each month.

You can contact us with questions here.

Open Studio

Open studio times are a great opportunity to stop by and check things out as a non-member.  A studio monitor is available to answer any questions you might have or to help reinforce the information gained at an orientation.

  • Thurday, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Sunday, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

For non-members, there is a $20 drop-in fee to use tools. Please bring cash or check made out to BARN.

Monthly Schedule

Our monthly recurring events are either free or for a nominal charge.

  • 1st Saturday, 10:00am      Orientation to Studio
  • 2nd Saturday, 10:00am     Introduction to 3D Printers
  • 2nd Sunday, 1:00pm         Tech Talks
  • 3rd Saturday, 9:00am        Introduction to Laser Cutter

Be sure to verify event in the calendar and enroll if requested.

 

Laser Cutter

Our laser cutter is a Full Spectrum Gen 5 Hobby model, with a 45 Watt tube. It is generally capable of cutting wood products up to 1/8” and acrylic (Plexiglas) up to 1/2”. It can also mark many other materials. Its cutting capacity is approximately 20” x 11-1/2”.

The Laser is available for use during open studio times, by BARN members who have attended the Introduction to Laser Cutting monthly orientation class.

Laser Policy: Laser Policy

Approved materials list: Laserable Materials

There is some support from the company website, including tutorials and manual

We usually use the free program Inkscape to design for the laser.

Makercase is a tool for generating box plans.

 

3D Printers

ETA currently has the following types of printers:

  • Ultimaker 2+  (uses 2.85 mm filament)
  • Prusa I3 MK2  (uses 1.75 mm filament)

The majority of printing is done using PLA filament. It is easy to work with, gives off no fumes or harmful particulates, is widely available and is inexpensive. PETG and nylon filaments are approved for use, though both are more difficult to work with than PLA.

We have had good results with PLA from MeltInk, eSun, MakerGeeks.com and filament found on Amazon. Check with a studio monitor before purchasing if you have any questions.

Use Cura software to slice your model for printing. The default profile for the Ultimaker 2+ is fine. For the Prusas, change the default settings to settings posted in the studio. This will give you better results and fewer print fails.

gcode.ws is a helpful site to for  visualization and analysis of your gcode file.

 

Electronics

The studio has a soldering station complete with microscopic assist for very fine soldering activities. Refer to How To Solder

A Rigol DS1104Z 4 channel digital oscilloscope is available. A fairly comprehensive guide is XYZs of Oscilloscopes (PDF)

Multimeters, variable voltage supplies, electronic components, bread-boarding supplies, and salvaged computer components are available
for a wide range of electronic projects. Here is a handy multimeter tutorial from SparkFun.

 

ETA Resource Library

The Resource Library is a repository for studio related information

  • Studio policies and info
  • Equipment guidelines
  • Class info and handouts
  • Videos of tech talks
  • and anything of general studio interest

Additional Resources

Follow us on Facebook

 

ETA members use Slack for studio related discussions.*

Github provides a repository for ETA content.*

* Both Slack and Github are available to ETA members and require member authorization to access content. Request access here.

Contact Us

Message us here

BARN office phone is
206-842-4475