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Hackathon + Tours UStream

We are now broadcasting on UStream, for about the next 50 hours. The synchronous hackathon is ongoing, and the West End Tours event will be going on tomorrow during the day.

Watch Now!

Events This Weekend

This weekend is a bustle of activity here at Freeside, and we welcome anyone to come and join us in hacking and festivities!

Starting this evening is the premier run of 48 Hour Startup. Come this evening to mingle with other people, bounce ideas and create teams that will last for the duration of the weekend. Create a web Startup, software, or a viable hardware prototype using our rapid prototyping technologies available at the space. Create your marketing materials and a business plan, and you're successfully completed 48 Hour Startup.

For more information on how this has been done before check out Atlanta Startup Weekend. Come at 7pm to mingle and create your teams, and the clock starts at midnight Friday.

Second, starting May 15 is Atlanta's West End WE Tour, which includes venues such as the Metropolitan, the B Complex, and the Wren's Nest. Come take a tour of the space and watch people work on their projects, or simply come and relax with us and talk to us about what fun events and projects we have in the works.

Finally, starting May 15-16 is Synchronous Hackathon #7. Link to our UStream account will be up and running soon. Come watch the madness of the 48 hour Startup and the West End Tour from the comfort of your own home if you so wish (though we'd rather you be at the space with us) or just come and work on your own individual projects.

Latest Happenings

I took a bunch of photos while I was at the space recently. New artwork, decorations, projects under construction, in progress, or completed, etc. Click the thumbnails for descriptions and notes on Flickr.


TTL cableProbeScopePower Supply FanSecurity BitsPedo Bear StencilConcrete CountertopSandblasting CabinetSean's StencilsPaper lanternsMotorcycleGrow BoxTube Speaker OutsideHead LampTube Speaker Inside

Restoring a 3D printer


While browsing ebay, I noticed a lot of 2 3D printers for sale.

These machines were produced in the late 90s and use inkjet print technology to print in a plaster-based powder.

Once they arrived at Freeside Atlanta, they were unpacked and inspected. The machines were not in working condition, but fortunately all of the electronics seemed fine.


The biggest problem with these printers is that the binder solution is essentially a sugary mix run through very fine tubing. If not used frequently enough, the sugar crystallizes, blocking the tubes. I spent several hours cleaning all of the piping, taking care not to damage anything or lose any of the tubing. In the end, a total of around 40 hours was spent inspecting the hardware, disassembling / cleaning / reinstalling the tubing, and very hesitantly turning it on.

I am happy to say we now have one functional Z400 3D printer. Unfortunately, the material cost is rather high.
I wonder if our friends over at Open3DP labs can help with that! We are currently experimenting with some of their recipes.

Our second printer will be online as soon as we can fabricate a new plexiglass lid. It should be in very good shape as well, and simply needs a new ink cartridge.

I am happy to answer questions and demonstrate the hardware during Freeside meetings!

Click below for a video of a few layers of a print. Hopefully, I will be able to produce a complete stop motion animation soon.

Something F3 This Way Comes (This Friday)

First Friday Flash Talks, May Edition
10 Presenters | 10 Topics | 5 Minutes Each
(Learning and Debauchery will Ensue)

This Friday, May 7th @ 7:30pm
Free* and Open to the Public
Food, Drinks, and Merriment will be Provided

675 Metropolitan Pkwy, Ste 6066
Atlanta, GA 30310

* ($5 suggested donation per attendee
help keep quality events such as this one happening)




Topics This Month Include...

"Pseudoreplication in Experimental Design"
"Rhythm and Movement in Your Body Part III - Cranial-Sacral Rhythm"
"Coffee Roasting 101"

and many more...

Concrete Countertops


On Saturday 4/10 we will be trying our hand at pouring Concrete Countertops. We will be getting started around noon. Feel free to come by the space and give us a hand, or just to lend moral support!



Outerz0ne and Synchronous Hackathon This Weekend


This weekend, March 19-21 is full of all sorts of hacker-related fun. It's going to be legendary, so bring a friend (or three).

Starting this Friday @3pm and lasting until Sunday night is Outerz0ne6 at the Wellesly Inn Atlanta Airport. Put on by HackerConsortium member SkyDog and friends, this year is going to be chock-full of wonderful talks and events on a variety of geek-tastic topics, including a panel on FreesideATL. A good portion of our members will be there participating and supporting the cause and we encourage anyone else to do the same.

Secondly, its Synchronous Hackathon #5 time, March 20-21. With cameras out of commission at the moment, currently we are planning not to have UStream up an running this month, but that doesn't mean there won't be projects going on. Expect some various projects being done throughout the weekend, and people resting from the excitement of Outerz0ne. If you have never been to the space and/or are a prospective member come bring a project and join in the fun.

Finally, members from Hacker Consortium will be coming over Sunday night (time TBD) to come see the space. Come represent FreesideATL for them, meet like-minded people from Nashville, TN and recover from the weekend's festivities.

Looking forward to seeing lovely people this weekend.

Sewing Lab - Machine Basics (Rescheduled)

Sewing Lab: Machine Basics has Returned!

March 20, 2010 @ 2pm
Saturday, March 27, 2010 @2pm

Back by popular demand, we're doing another session of Sewing Lab 1: Machine Basics. With Outerz0ne in Atlanta this weekend, the class has been rescheduled until the same time the next weekend.

Check the blog early next week to RSVP

For those completely new to the realm of sewing, we'll be breaking down the mechanics of how the machine works, how it's changed over the years, and basic troubleshooting. And we'll learn some stitches while we're at it.

A machine will be provided, but feel free to bring your own, along with the instruction manual if you have it.

As per usual, this class is free to the public, and a suggested donation of $10 is encouraged to cover supplies.

This class is 18+

Flashtalks Begin!

We are streaming our flash talks on UStream.tv

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/freesideatl

EDIT: Stream is over. Thanks for watching.

Are you Ready for F3?


The First Friday Flash Series Continues!

This Friday, come out to Freeside for the second installment of F3 to watch more 5 minute presentations on topics of learning and debauchery.


Topics this month include:

"Projection Optics"

"Whetware Hacking: Ecosystems"

"Urban Exploration and "The Lifestyle of Abandoned Buildings"



This Friday, March 5 @ 7:30pm
Open to the general public. Participation and merriment encouraged.
Food and refreshments provided.

675 Metropolitan Parkway, Suite 6066. Atlanta, GA 30030



For more information on upcoming events at Freeside Atlanta, go to http://wiki.freesideatlanta.org