The programme for the afternoon meeting (1pm – 3pm at the Waitohi – Johnsonville Library) involved:
1] HIVE makerspace introduction and demonstration
Tūhura HIVE is the makerspace and sound studio, located on the lower ground floor of Johnsonville Library at the Waitohi Community Hub. It has facilities for:
- 3D printing
- 3D scanning
- Laser cutting
- Audio recording studio
One of the Makerspace Specialists gave a 30 minute introduction and discussion about the facilities available for Branch 50 member use.
The talk / walkthrough include a look over what is available in the Hive, A discussion of the objectives of the space, and some preliminary discussion on how we could use the space / get involved (either individually or as a group). This could be a good recruiting gdround for younger people interested in electronics.
The laser cutter, the 3D printers and possibly the 3D scanner (for replicating parts) would be of most interest to members.
2] For the second part of the afternoon John ZL2XJ gave a short talk / demonstration of the NanoVNA and the associated PC software tool to test filters and antennas.
The workshop finished at 2.45pm and several of us retired upstairs to Common Ground Café.