Electronics Fabrication In Theory, Practice, and More Practice!

We’ve got two great workshops coming up for all of you looking to build robust, well-made electronics.

Thursday June 14, we’ve got Rob Cruickshank’s seminal Electronics Fabrication workshop. If you’re planning on ever making anything that involves electricity, and want it to actually work, this workshop is going to be very handy.


Getting your project working in the lab is only the first step! We’ll show you how to build it to survive, and to look good while doing it. Topics include:

  • How to solder.
  • How to choose appropriate wire and cable for your project, and techniques for wiring, including splicing and cable management.
  • How to use materials such as heat-shrink tubing to make your project safer and more reliable.
  • How to work with printed circuit boards-installing AND removing components, and how to mount the board itself.
  • How to deal with incorporating Arduino boards into a permanent project.
  • How to build enclosures, and neatly and safely mount components such as potentiometers and switches.

Special attention will be given to audio cable and connectors- you’ll learn the difference between speaker cable and microphone cable, and how to install your own connectors.

And after that, we’ll have a fun drop-in session for everyone to put their new skills into practice! Yes, that’s right, we’re bringing back the ever-popular Atari Punk Console Kit!

On Saturday June 16, drop in and build your very own classic electronic noise instrument! We’ll be here from 3PM-7PM, and some of our regulars will be here to help newbies put together their boards, and talk about how it works. The kits are only $25, and there’s no other fee. See you there!


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