Knox Makers

Knox Makers™ is a place for the Knoxville area's engineers, artists, hobbyists, innovators, educators and entrepreneurs to work and play. We are a technology and art collective dedicated to the promotion of creativity enabled and informed by science. Our lectures, workshops, and outreach programs inspire and educate both members and the general public. Our workshop provides members with both the space for large projects and the tools to complete them. We are a non-profit educational organization supported by member dues and staffed by volunteers.

If you’ve ever wished you could incorporate electronics in your projects but been intimidated by the apparent complexity, Arduino is for you. Literally designed to make electronics usable by artists, Arduino enables you to respond to button presses, switch lights on and off, and control motors with ease.

Our new Arduino Study Group will work you through simple exercises and projects, answering your questions as they arise. We’ll start with the basics, but beginner and novice Arduino users will likely find something of value here, too. If you want a sneak peek, you can check out the web-based textbook we’ll be using.

On Tuesday, September 27 at 6:30 PM, issac will present Arduino: Electronics for Artists to get things started. Attendees interested in participating in the study group will meet briefly afterwards. The study group, lead by original_joe and issac, will meet weekly on Mondays at 6:30 PM beginning on October 3.

Each class session costs $10, all of which goes directly to Knox Makers™. You may attend as many or as few as you like. To fully participate, you’ll need a laptop computer, an Arduino, a breadboard, and a small selection of electronic components. Arduino hardware and parts are available for purchase at the time of the class, should you require them. Total cost for materials will be approximately $60.

Shortly after moving into our new ~3,200 sq. ft. space, we’ve had an opportunity to expand out into another bay and bring our total space up to ~6,900 sq. ft.    The plan for the new space is to move the wood and metal shops into the new bay to keep the loud and dangerous tools away from the classroom.  Also, we’ll be adding a few types of rental spaces to the new space.

The existing bay will see an expansion of the classroom and general purpose workspace.  Electronics will relocate, 3D printing and laser cutting will get a bit more space, and we’ll be adding dedicated areas for leather working, sewing, and vacuum forming.  The infrastructure for all of that doesn’t currently exist, and we’ll be spending some time and effort building out.  See below for a tentative layout.

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We don’t have all of the equipment shown in the layout, but the goal is to make a plan that can accommodate expansions in our tools/capabilities in the future.  We’ve begun the process of making the changes to the space to make this layout a reality.  Stay tuned to this space for more updates on our progress.

The Muse is hosting a STEM event focused on Robotics called the Robotics Revolution this Saturday, August 6th from 10-3.   Knox Makers will have a booth at the event.  You should go check out all the awesome robotics stuff, and stop by our booth.

 

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Remember when it was sweltering in our new workshop..? No more. With a huge amount of volunteer labor from our awesome community, we’ve installed two new HVAC units in our underground lair. We can all hack in comfort now!

After a few weeks of sweltering heat, we’ve reached a consensus: A/C is no longer optional. We’ve picked up the hardware and started on installation.

Makhan and PCB Rob christened the new Knox Makers classroom with a workshop on home automation generally and RF hacking for interoperability specifically. About fifty folks attended.

Knox Makers has moved to Knoxville! Our new workshop is three-and-a-half times larger and is located minutes from downtown.

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Announcing our new Arduino Study Group

If you’ve ever wished you could incorporate electronics in your projects but been intimidated by the apparent complexity, Arduino is for you. Literally designed to make electronics usable by artists, Arduino enables you to respond to button presses, switch lights on and off, and control motors with ease. Our new…

Expansion Under Way

Shortly after moving into our new ~3,200 sq. ft. space, we’ve had an opportunity to expand out into another bay and bring our total space up to ~6,900 sq. ft.    The plan for the new space is to move the wood and metal shops into the new bay to keep…

Join the Robotics Revolution!

The Muse is hosting a STEM event focused on Robotics called the Robotics Revolution this Saturday, August 6th from 10-3.   Knox Makers will have a booth at the event.  You should go check out all the awesome robotics stuff, and stop by our booth.  

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