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This sofa’s made for walking

When you think of a hackspace, you think of many things – perhaps electronics, machining, open-source hardware – but shoe-making is not the first thing that springs to mind. Here at rLab we work to a broad, pretty much unbounded definition of the term, and if you’ve got a project that you want to do in our workshop – it doesn’t have to fit within a definition, that’s cool with us. Want to make a pair of boots from scratch from old sofas and bits of tyre? – errrm – OK!

So after weeks of leather harvesting, tyre stripping, experimentation, sewing and glueing, we are very proud to present this first pair of boots – made from scratch, in our workshop, from recycled material. Well done Tara – awesome work!

A second life for an old sofa

A second life for an old sofa

(PS. OxHack members may recognise the Cordovan Red leather…..)




Build-Your-Own Quadcopter Workshop

Today there was a build-your-own-quadcopter workshop at rLab. The quadcopters were designed by one of our members (Jon), the main elements of the airframe cut from acrylic with our laser cutter, and all of the parts ordered and assembled into kits in advance.Total price per quadcopter – ~£100!

The build was a great success, with eight out of nine of the quadcopters in flight by 5:30 – the ninth had a faulty motor.

For the bill of materials and the presentation used for the workshop click the ‘Read More’ button below

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Realtime Superman Pictures!

You can view some real time images from superman here being transmitted at you can also follow live tweets on from Matt at @RDGHack




We wanted to let a few peps at dirtyboards (our China Hack Camp people) who made the battery boards, SeeedStudio who did the trackers and the PCB in the body of Superman was done by PCBTrain! Thanks :)


Todays awesome Superman Launch To Space

superman in space

Following on from our hugely successful rLab telmetry course we are pleased to announce that today is the launch of Superman into space. Originally devised by RS DesignSpark (<-great background on the DesignSpark blog about the project) and Mattell, Richard Ibboston of rLab has developed some tracking boards to track both the capsule and Superman himself as they reach for the stars. David Price helped with the boards and software, with Alex Gibson designing and printing parts for the capsule. The capsule itself was designed and built by Jude Pullen.

You can track his progress by watching Kalel, Lois, OLSEN, LEX and CLARK.

Good luck to all involved! 




Preparing for launch

Had to fix superman – he’s transmitting GSP coords now and being fitted in capsule.

The ground video available on

From the launch site:

From the chase car:

Superman is being sent to space with electronic boards designed at rLab and that’s what you’ll be able to see a live feed from using the details below.


If you want to track the progress you can use


the latter has a Superman logo for the Kalel payload which is transmitting on 434.420MHZ



A great Book Mention

Barnaby Shearer of Reading Hackspace was mentioned in the recently published book Making Simple Automata with some images of some 3D Printing he undertook.

You can find out more about the book here

An amazing open night

The Hackspace is just over a year old now and is growing at an amazing pace, with some amazing builds taking place from Raspberry Pi arcade machines to 3d printed models and throw in some train controllers, telemetry kits, some event planning and backward bicycles it was a busy evening. Here’s a minute of madness from Mike’s Raspberry Pi CCTV system he is working on…

Another Rlab Open Night Timelapse

What do you do on a Makeation?

Matt had a Makeation, thats a geeky vacation to the rest of us 😉

He’s upgrades one of the RepRaps he donated to the space and runs through the what and hows here:

Matt also brought in some knives he made on a woodland course to the hackspace recently that you should definitely have a look over, a very fine quality hand made recycled useful tool. Hopefully he’ll be bringing some of this knowledge over in a course shortly.

Home Made Led Matrix

Whilst on our epic China Hack Camp we found some really nice diffused waterproof LEDs that can be independently driven like the WS2812’s.

Richard used the Laser Cutter to make some really nice 7 x 7 modules. He recessed the LEDs and used a superglue and accelerator to fix them to the acrylic.

The result looks FAB but now does he mount them horizontally or as a block… and what do we do with them next?



This project by Jon Totham is super cool, using cheap foam insulation boards from Wicks, static grass and acrylic paint with a tad of airbrushing the results are amazing not just for Warhammer but could be really cool on model railways too.

The laser cut buildings are also pretty awesome.

Jon is going to play a bit more with lasers and foam and nitrogen to see if he can get some cooler effects so lets watch this space!

Model Engineer Show

RLab and the TVRRUG had a super busy and very successful weekend exhibiting at the Model Engineer Show in Sandown Park. We also had the opportunity to show off our 3d print of St Pancras Train Station which was very well recieved. The event was a great success and we certainly hope to take part next year. Thanks to Malcolm and Ian for organising this event and everyone else who took part.

Makers Group Picture at MEX 20131216-163436

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