Nova Labs is where members collaborate, learn and make things using the resources of our makerspace. However, we’re also available to other groups who share our vision of gaining an education while on a technology romp and making things. We want to serve the greater community in pursuit of our mission and recently new groups have huddled in the Labs around two fantastic themes: drones and robots.
The DC Area Drone User Group is all about flying robots which go under the various names of drones, quad copters, UAVs, etc. This group brings together enthusiasts who share their expertise, fly their crafts, and socialize around their hobby. It’s a relatively new group but it’s fairly active. Just last weekend we held an indoor fly at the University of Maryland where 11 UAVs of various types were flown in a large gymnasium.
Last night we began a guided kit build because EVERYBODY wants to have their own drone! Much as in Nova Labs’ 3D printer build groups, a bill-of-materials will be defined so users can sign-up to be a part of a group buy. Those involved in the bulk purchase can benefit from volume discounts and reduced shipping costs. After the cut-off date, the order will be placed and when the materials arrive they get kitted in preparation for the build event. Christopher, the leader of the guided kit build, expects that based on his experience we’ll be able to construct our kits in one day in January. We can hardly wait!
A few days earlier, the DC/MD/VA Robotics Group met at Nova Labs for our December meeting. The theme here was more show-and-tell with a typical un-conference format where everyone shares the responsibility of filling the agenda. It worked really well.
The meeting got started slowly but as people warmed to the format, it sped-up nicely. We discussed recent news, competitions, and watched videos of interesting robots. Then Bob arrived and the parade of robots got started with his robotic arm demo. This was followed by his son’s 3Pi robot, the robot platform recently won by Plant Sitter, Neil’s quad copter and eventually Keith’s blue-eyeball robot. Colorful variety and just scraping the surface. If you want to learn robotics then joining this meetup group is a good option.