The CHAMP challenge is open to the public and is held on the last Thursday of the month. Attendees are divided into teams and then presented with a challenge. They then have 2 hours to build a device to compete against the other teams. This month was bridge building.
The CHAMP Challenge was to create a grabbing device to pickup cotton balls and put them in a container. The challenge was to only use hot glue, tongue depressors, aquarium tubing, syringes and bolts.
The CHAMP Challenge is a monthly event. It is held on the last Thursday of the month and is open to the public. Attendees must be at CHAMP by 7:00pm. You will be split into teams and then given the challenge. You have 2 hours to build something to compete against the other teams.
We would like to thank all of you who purchased a ticket to win the Arcade / Refrigerator. We plan of having a few more of these so keep an eye out. Here is the video of Joe, Jamey and Brian pulling the ticket at our favorite local diner Ida’s Cafe. Congrats to Logan for winning the arcade. We hope you have fun with it.
We are raffling off a full sized stand up arcade. It has every Atari, Nintendo and Super Nintendo games on it. We are only selling 200 tickets at $5 a piece. So your chances of winning are pretty good. The drawing will be held Aug 4th First Friday. If you would like to purchase a ticket please contact any member of CHAMP or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will get a picture of it soon. It’s not here at the moment so I can’t do it now. Sorry for those who have already purchased tickets and have been checking for an update. I have been a little busy and have not gotten to it. So this post is your current updates 🙂
This months CHAMP Challenge was to create a projectile to be fired from a PVC and 2 liter bottle launcher. We had 4 non-member guests show up and participate. Everyone had a good time I just wish the weather would have been a little more cooperative. It ended up raining on us which seem to lead to several projectiles sticking to the launcher. I would like to revisit this challenge but I don’t think anyone is going to out-do Joe’s blow gun darts. Even in the wind and rain he was able to launch his over 200 ft.
Sorry i did not get a picture of all of the rocket that were made.
I have been tasked with defining what exactly is CHAMP. We have a problem of trying to explain to people what it is we do here. The short answer is “We are a public work space that provides tools and space for people to build what ever it is they want to build.” But what exactly does that mean? I figured I would answer that by telling a story.
I am NOT an artistic kind of person. Ok I have ideas but when it comes to painting / drawing, I am very lacking in skills. My wife is a big fan of the movie “A Nightmare Before Christmas” so I decided I would like to make her something to hang on the wall. I found the picture I wanted to use. (Jack and Sally on the right) Now here is my problem. I am not able to draw this and paint it. So what do I do?
To explain this I have to take you on a trip back to the first year of CHAMP. We decided we wanted a 3D printer. We made a full sized arcade and raffled it off to pay for it. Over the 3 years of having the 3D printer, I figured out how to create things in a 3D environment so that I could print them. I also learned how 3D printers work. So much in fact we have built several of them here at CHAMP. (pictured left)
Since we built a 3D printer, we decided to build a mini “Mostly Printed CNC” we found on thingiverse.com. We spent several days printing and printing parts for this thing. We got it all put together and figured out the software to make it work. This included learning how to design and create files for the CNC. We took the CNC to First Fridays downtown and a couple of the Maker Faires. We would load up chalk or dry erase makers and just let it draw. See where I’m going with this? Nerds who can’t draw can build robots that draw. (see pic on right.)
After making the little CNC a decision to make a GIANT 5′ x 9′ CNC. (pictured Left) Brian did not purchase a kit. Instead he just started designing based on other designs he saw on the internet. After spending a small fortune and months of time designing and building. The CNC is ready to go. We had to spend a couple days figuring out the new software and troubleshooting some problems. Then it was time to test. The first tests went pretty good and we decided to push the machine and give it a long run. So I decided to make a picture for my wife.
So that’s how I made a wall hanging for my wife and how I explain what CHAMP is. I set out a little goal and ended up with a massive amount of information. If you want to learn. This is the place for you.
Champ Game night was a lot of fun. There was a group playing Settlers of Catan (Pictured) While a large group of us hid out of the picture played Jackbox.tv for several hours. We do this every 2nd Thursday of the Month. All are welcome to come play and check the place out. It’s a good way to get to know everyone at CHAMP.
Sorry I’ve been slacking on the presidents blog. A lot has been going on around CHAMP. Here are the things we have been working on for the group build projects. The first is Joe’s virtual pinball machine. It has come a long long way!!! It is now playable with sound and Tilt motion sensor. We still have to hookup the knocker and solenoids for the hepatic feedback. The second is a Retro-pie powered full sized arcade machine with mini fridge. This will be for sale after May’s first friday. It has all atari, NES, SNE and Gameboy roms on it.
Last is Brian’s MASSIVE 10ft x 5ft CNC. He has been working on this for a couple months now and it is getting real close to being completed. The liquid cooled system is built and ready to be hooked up. The motor has been tested and is working. The 220v power line has been run. It’s SOOOOO close to being tested!!!