Category Archives: Workshops

High altitude balloon project

Here is  a quick preview of the board we have been working on for our high altitude balloon project. We will talk about this at an up and coming workshop.
The board has a GPS receiver and a 434MHz telemetry transmitter which are good for 40Km high and 500+km  distance. Running from a single AA battery which should be OK for over 20 hours.
It’s a dev. board right now and  a bit big. It uses the ATXmega which offers some significant advantages over the standard Arduino in performance, programming, peripherals and power management.

Next Laser workshop

Simon Green has spent an eternity getting to the nitty gritty of the capabilities of our laser cutter at the hackspace and has made some amazing toys, so don’t miss your chance to run through his next session and you’ll get the chance to walk away with something cool and personalised. Places are limited so book early!


RLab – Interactive!

Simon Green has put together some amazing interactive shots of our facilities (although they are still a work in process!). Simon backed the Galileo Kickstarter and was after quite a while delivered one of these amazing devices that took the views you can see embedded below.


Community Room

Here we have our community room, this is where we hang out on Wednesdays and work on projects from software and hardware development. As you can see there is a whole host of electronic scopes, soldering stations, wires, cables, components and desktop PC’s.

Machine room

In our machine room members have access to laser cutters, CNC machine, vinyl cutter and multiple 3D printers.

Downstairs Workshop

Our downstairs workshop with tons of room has equipment for woodwork and metal work with chop saws, a Harrison Lathe, pillar drills, band saws, bench grinders… you name it and it’s probably here – if it’s not post on our mailing list and a member can usually find you it!

Start the new year by learning a new skill

50mm_laser_cut_cube_2Your local community workshop is starting 2014 as we mean to go on. Opening our doors to introduce you to fun new hobbies and crafts. Starting with a hands on introduction to laser cutting. Use this amazing machine to cut and engrave plastic, card, and plywood letting your creativity reign free.

The are no prerequisites for this workshop. Simply come along and you will be introduced to the free design software needed to realise your ideas. Whether you are looking to create beautiful wood engravings, delicate cut card silhouettes, or slot together boxes and 3d designs. Learn the techniques involved and have the satisfaction of holding your own work in your hands.

Robot workshop – What your missing out on today!

Some super fun robot stuff going on at the rLab Robot Workshop today, we’ve had a morning of demos and now parts of the group are working on computer vision, controlling robot arms, micro electronics, Pi camera pan and tilts and other paraphernalia it’s been a busy fun and productive day.

RLab Robots CartWheel


This Terminator head was made by hand using a couple of different methods including lost foam casting with aluminum and was a real treat to see in person!


First Robot Workshop

This our first Robot Workshop in our new central Reading location, led by iRobot aka Richard.

There will be lots of robots to play with including a UMI RT100 which has been serving drinks under C# in the past, but it would be nice to serve hackspace members under Python, a small Mitsubishi arm, with no electronics….yet. Also there will be 4 or 5 humanoid bipeds to play with.

Or whatever you fancy. Do it on the day, or plan and help create the robot loading arm for the can crushin’ machne, an on-going hackspace project.

RLAB is an adult, member supported community workshop following the worldwide Makespace/Hackspace model that promotes meeting. making and creating for those without the facilities at home, work or college.

Arduino based controller to UMI rt100 Robotic arm using a Playstation2 Controller