on Sept. 23, 2013, 1:17 a.m.
We got an amazing windfall. Due to the generosity of Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Ehni we are the proud recipient of a Moose Electric Truck. This truck is in amazing condition (only 2.5k miles), runs on LiPo batteries and will make an amazing platform for teaching about EV's and also a great vehicle for the lab to use for transport to and from the events we are regularly part of, all with a minimal environmental impact, a nice change for the ex-army vehicles we frequently use now.
We will have more info about this vehicle and possible further uses in the near future. If you would like to learn more ask and officer or post in the comments!
Thanks again to the Ehni's!
on Sept. 23, 2013, 1:14 a.m.
Member, Bill Swann built his own amazing Solar Tracking array and a few of us took a preliminary trip to check it out. And we can report it was mighty awesome. All designed and fabricated by Bill its really pushing from DIY to professional.
A trip is being setup for an upcoming Sunday to get everyone out to check it out and also have bill give us the low down. Check the google groups for more info or check the events calendar!
on Sept. 23, 2013, 1:04 a.m.
We ran out of group and members tables so we build another 16 of them to offer members more space. Thought I might share with you some of the build photos. We pour really serious concrete tables which will last forever, there is even a class scheduled on how to build concrete countertops, you can check it out in the classes section.
on Aug. 27, 2013, 1:40 p.m.
TX/RX Labs is proud to announce our Fall 2013 Workshop Series, featuring 40+ workshops in diverse topics such as Welding, Programming, 3d Printing, CNC, CAD, CAM, and much more. We look forward to sharing our excitement for fabrication and innovation with you as we collaborate to extend your abilities and provide you with new resources to use in your own projects and creative ventures. All workshops are taught by volunteers and all proceeds go to support the lab and its non-profit goals.
To view all the workshops and register please visit: http://www.txrxlabs.org/classes
on May 15, 2013, 11:42 a.m.
TX/RX Labs is working on a really amazing project and we are excited to begin sharing it with the public. Our team of engineers and educators has designed a 3D printer from the ground up to maximize build speed and quality while still not sacrificing ease of use. We are pairing that with an amazing set of educator resources to make 3d printing part of an exciting math, science, and engineering curriculum for middle and high school students. This project will bring the excitement and tactile stimulation that helps students create lasting learning experiences to every school. Giving educators new means to engage students and show them the value of careers in math, science, technology, and engineering.
This project is still in development, but one of our earliest prototypes will be on display as a pieceof the CTRL+P exhibition at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. This demonstration is part of our early outreach efforts to raise awareness of the projects, its possibilities and goals. This exhibition will run from May 31st to September 8th, 2013 and the schoolBOT will be continuously printing objects throughout the exhibition. More information about the exhibition can be found here.
Currently our team consists of:
Greg Southerland (Project Lead)
Mark Sullivan (Controls)
Roland von Kurnatowski III (Software)
Chris Kelley (Fabrication)
Mike Reynolds (Fabrication)
with lots of support from other tx/rx members and contributors
To gain further information about the project or to lend your support to this worthy cause please contact:
Roland von Kurantowski III
205 Roberts St.
Houston Tx, 77003
on April 17, 2013, 10 a.m.
A crew of TX/RX Members (Cody Jones, Wanjun Zhang, Roland von Kurnatowski) spent two days teaching robotics to a local group of middle-schoolers over spring break. It was a really fun course that taught the basics of arduino and then built upon that knowledge to program a line follower robot. The whole two days culminated in the students competing by racing their robots against each other. The course was taught at Young Men's Preparatory Academy and was in conjunction with Kids Xplore Inc, another 501(c)3 non-profit that seeks to provide technology and science education and experiences to children. The project was funded by Schlumberger. More to Come!
on March 20, 2013, 11 p.m.
TX/RX Labs is proud to announce our Summer 2013 Class Series, featuring ~40 classes in diverse topics such as Welding, Programming, 3d Printing, CNC, CAD, CAM, and much more. We look forward to sharing our excitement for fabrication and innovation with you as we collaborate to extend your abilities and provide you with new resources to use in your own projects and exploits. All classes are taught by volunteers and all proceeds go to support the lab and its non-profit goals.
To view all the classes and register please visit: http://www.txrxlabs.org/classes
on Dec. 17, 2012, noon
Christmas just isnt the same without bending the rules of spacetime. So we whipped up a couple portals and through the tree through it. All the ornaments were custom cut on the Laser cutter as part of our ornament build day and yes that is a Hyrul Crest as the tree topper. There are some nice close shots of the ornaments as well on our facebook page: Ornament Set
Props to Sudi, Katerina, Justin, Wanjun, Yue, Elaine, Chris K. for doing this build.
on Aug. 27, 2012, 12:17 p.m.
Sunday, August 19th 1pm TX/RX Labs
John Moffitt Presents: “Earth Extinction Events, Past and Future” (one hour).
Let’s takea look at the very big picture on Earth during its last three orbits around the Milky Way galaxy … and even go a bit into the future. Many are familiar with theories of a very few recent extinction events, but less are aware that Earth’s past is filled with a far more complex pattern of extinction events and probabilities. Geologist,paleontologist and astrophysicist John Moffitt will examine paleogeography and astrophysics in the context of our complex solar system. You will learn how life on Earth has been significantly affected by the geometry and violence in a very crowded solar neighborhood. John plans to open eyes, allowing us to see how fluid conditions are for life on Earth and just how dangerous our home is.
on Aug. 2, 2012, noon
Another addition to the Lab Data Bus has arrived. The front door RFID reader has been integrated allowing remote push of RFID data, remote opening, and data logging to the TX/RX Server. This is just one of many additions to the LDB that are in the works now that the LDB framework is in place. Next up is the conversion of the Consumables Vending machine! If you would like to participate or learn more contact email@example.com.
on July 27, 2012, 12:03 p.m.
The first laser cutter class went off without a hitch, we got a lot of people checkout out and hopefully we will see the results of their work soon!Credit goes to Craig for getting all the materials together to teach the class and also taking the time out of his busy weekend to get everyone else up to speed. There will be a certification class every month, check out the event calendar on the wiki for dates. The class is open to all and is free of charge.
on July 12, 2012, 11:04 p.m.
The LDB Project (Lab Data Bus) has bore fruit. Actually it might be more correct to say it has bore Soft Drinks. The Drink Machine has been converted into a dual cash/rfid drink machine letting individuals pay via a balance they can place on their rfid card using paypal or cash/check. This is hopefully just one of many xbee based LDB projects which will allow the lab to become more dynamic and interactive.
on July 10, 2012, noon
We’ve gone a while without any having any shirts for us to show off our tx/rx pride. Well no more! The new shirts are in and they look good imo. They are now available for instructors for the next 2 weeks and then will go on sale for everyone. They can be purchased at the lab and hopefully soon via the website. The cost will be $22 with all proceeds going to benefit the lab.
on June 15, 2012, noon
The 60W Laser cutter is up and running at the lab finally. And already we are reaping the benefits of having one. Decreased fabrication time and the ability to say we have a cnc with a freakin’ laser. So far we have cut the support structure for a quadracopter and also some enclosures, also some very tasteful renderings have been etched. The more the merrier so if you want to get in on the laser cuttery goodness then just come on down and you can get in on using it to fabricate your designs. Classes and laser cutter get together nights are already being scheduled. The first get together will be on July 11th (7-9pm) and the first laser cutter class will be free for members and will be on Saturday July 21st (11am-1pm). See you all at the lab!
on June 6, 2012, 11:29 a.m.
In a stroke of great luck, Mitsubishi Electric offered to repair the Meldas 330M controls on our Tree Journeyman 325 Knee Mill for free since we are a non-profit. After a super fast turn around time we have the unit in hand and the control processor is up and running. We have to rebuild the parameters but this is the type of thing we love. Hacking away at some machinery learning and making things work. The more the merrier on this project so if you always wanted to learn about 1986 CNC tech or the Meldas 330M =p come out and join us.
on April 23, 2012, 3:06 p.m.
This Wednesday, April 25 at 3:00 pm, TX/RX Labs’ own Roland von Kurnatowski III, in partnership with the GE Garages initiative, will be teaching an Intro to Arduino course at Rice University.
Participants will get an overview of the Arduino’s operation and features and then delve into hands-on development, learning how to use common sensors and program the Arduino platform. Arduinos will be provided; however, please bring your laptop. Space for this class is limited.
on Feb. 22, 2012, 3:11 a.m.
Member Greg Southerland has completed his heatless air dryer for use with the compressed air system within the lab. Its a really great build that will help the lab out a lot when it comes to plasma cutting and also general pneumatic tool use at the lab. The build is really cool using simple parts you can find at any plumbing parts and a donated PLC. He is going to expand the design some and working with another member, Peter Kwangjun Suk, adapt the control system to use an Arduino. You can check out all the details and schematic on the wiki @ [LINK REMOVED]
on Feb. 20, 2012, 2:40 a.m.
TX/RX’s Open Source Project to develop a low power solar based GPRS/GSM remote sensor platform is reaching alpha testing. We are looking for some people with electronics design/coding experience who would like to participate in determining the features and changes the project needs to go to Beta testing and produce something that will be useful to the community. Alpha Testers will be given loaner hardware to use during the test and will receive beta test hardware as well.
Check out the wiki for the project and get involved if it looks interesting to
on Jan. 27, 2012, 7:43 p.m.
The Spring 2012 Class Schedule is in its final form and
is being printed and readied to be published. The class list will be posted to
the website in the coming week. There are tons of exciting new classes such
- Welding I & II
- Intro & Advanced Arduino
- Programming in C/Java/Python
- Intro to CNC
- Analog Circuit Theory
- Intro To PlasmaCAM
- Thermodynamics of the Sterling Engine
- and many more!
See the full list on our classes page:
2012 Spring Classes
If you are interested in these classes and wish to be notified when the schedule is posted please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be notified.
Hope to see you at the lab this Spring or sooner!
on Jan. 12, 2012, 6:43 p.m.
A minor mishap killed the Labs drill press. Determined to revive it we set out to rewind the AC motor by hand. This must have been a labor of love because rewinding motors is no easy chore. After rewinding it 3 times due to some minor mishaps in the winding process ( a nick in the enamel, loose windings, etc.) we finally got it wound. Then the joy of putting it back together culminated with us not even having any parts left over! What are the odds? We fired the press back up and works like a charm. In the future we will be more careful, but it was exciting to get to get to wind a motor by hand for once.
on Sept. 9, 2011, 10:32 a.m.
The Fall Class
Schedule for TX/RX Labs is finally up! We have a lot of exciting courses being
taught by our members and friends which we hope will help others gain the
knowledge and skills they need to do bigger and better things or just learn
more about those topics in which they always had an interest. Classes will run
throughout Oct-Nov and are small self contained and have a hands on focus.
Check out the offerings and sign up!
Fall Class Schedule
on July 20, 2011, 2:51 p.m.
A recent milestone was reached, for a Flame based Loudspeaker project being
spearheaded by Kelly O’Brien, that TX/RX hopes to share with the world soon.
The speaker had its first proof of concept test which proved exceedingly
Video Here: Flame
With this step the project should ramp up and hopefully we will have some
exciting more videos, documentation, and of course awesome speakers for the
on July 2, 2011, 1:08 a.m.
We have ventured into the mechanical and electrical arts quite extensively and
now it is time to give the same treatment to computer science! So TX/RX Labs
has formed a group focused on teaching computer science and exchanging
knowledge and ideas within the comp sci space. The group meets regularly with
some meetings focused on teaching basic programming and others focusing on
more advanced comp sci theory. All are welcome and if you are interested you
should check out the
See You There!
on June 14, 2011, 4:37 p.m.
This Saturday’s Arduino Class was a huge success, we filled up the lab and
taught a lot of new folks how to start hacking with Arduinos. Hopefully this
will just be the beginning of their adventures into microcontrollers and soon
we will have exciting projects they have completed to post about. More Arduino
courses are on the way including advanced courses and a repeat of the intro
course. Also there are lots of other ways to learn at TX/RX Labs including our
tue/wed open lab hours and our Comp Sci Group! Check it out in the calendar or
on the wiki under the education section:
Hacking in Progress
on June 6, 2011, 7:20 p.m.
The equipment keeps heading our way, a fancy new cnc plasma table was
generously put on extended loan to the space. A spacious 4×4 feet with
automatic z axis height adjustment it will open new doors for fabrication and
if that doesn’t work we can just plasma cut through them. Come on down on a
friday and check it out, and maybe you can take a class in cad if you are
unfamiliar to start using it!
on May 29, 2011, 4:41 a.m.
After a lot of soldering the first panel of the Led matrix at the lab went in
today. Conway’s game of life will initially be displayed on it with the game
playing out over a couple of days. Hopefully with all the things we learned
adding more boards will be easy since we will have a way to manufacture them
much more rapidly now. You can check out the build photos
here and later
including some time lapse photos of it at night.
Project details are on the
on May 27, 2011, 7:25 a.m.
The Wall of Hack project a RFID libe heartbeat visualizer that also serves to
allow new members to learn the labs capabilities while also adding their own
mark to the lab, has met its first Milestone Stage. Wanjun Zhang led up the
prototyping of the first box which mean the pcb is being produced in-house to
let us mount the smd components, the housing is being successfully 3d printed,
the code to drive the I2C LED controller via bit-banging from an ATTiny13 is
complete. Hopefully the first box will go up once the faceplate is done being
milled this weekend.
on May 17, 2011, 3:59 a.m.
Our first soldering class was a huge success! We had tons of new people out to
learn the basics and hopefully start a journey into creativity with
electronics. The time flew by but by the end everyone was already pro, most of
the participants assembled kits looked better than mine did which os probably
a credit to how well James did at teaching. Hopefully the participants will
have their interest piqued and continue on to some of our other courses. Dont
worry if you missed out on this one there will be more intro classes coming up
soon! You can check out more pictures of the event
Intro to Soldering
Additional Photos: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjuMHH6C
on May 11, 2011, 3:38 p.m.
This friday May 13th in conjunction with our normal open house our friends @
the Houston Super Secret Science Club meetup group will be getting together at
the lab. The secret Science Club is a fun group dedicated to learning more
about science and technology from each other and the local Houston community.
Everyone should come out and join us in welcoming them and take the
opportunity to help grow the community of individuals interested in
collaboration and knowledge sharing.
Checkout their meetup group @ http://www.meetup.com/Houston-Secret-Science-
on May 11, 2011, 3:11 p.m.
Wednesday Night from 7-11pm are now home to Desolder
and a Movie night. Each week we pick a movie and get to helping stock the labs
parts bins from our collection of unused pcbs. Its a great way to help the lab
out and catch on of those great movies you may have missed.
Oh and since your doing the work we provide the pizza. So we hope everyone
will come out and join us members and non-members alike! See you there.
on May 1, 2011, 3:54 a.m.
Great news! The first of our large
CNCs, the Bergmaster VTC-150 Vertical Mill has been repaired. Basically a
couple of relays needed to be rebuilt and some limit switched needed to be
replaced and then bam! it was up and running. We are in the process of
learning the controls and getting the correct tooling. But a video of us
learning the first steps from a helpful operator can be seen here CNC First
Video. Hopefully people will have
some projects ready to go once we get all the tooling together!
on April 5, 2011, 12:19 p.m.
Tx/Rx has announced its spring class lineup. Lots of exciting classes for the
enthusiastic novice or even the advanced hacker. We hope you will find
something that you will find both enlightening and exciting. Here is a list of
the classes offered, please follow this
link to register or get more info. Hope to
see you there!
- Introduction to Soldering
- Circuit Theory I
- 3D Open Sorce CADD
- Welding I
- Introduction to Arduino
- Bike Repair & Maintenance
- Electronics Workshop (A hands on problem based lab)
- Wilderness Skills & First Aid
- Introduction to Linux Kernel Programming I
- Basic Bioinformatics
- Introduction to Web Site Creation
- Artistic Materials and Techniques: Drawing
- Artistic Materials and Techniques: Painting
on Feb. 11, 2011, 3:54 a.m.
What’s a Hack-B-Q? Think free B-B-Q with the added bonus of getting to share
knowledge with TXRX Members who have expertise in exciting DIY technology
projects. And that’s just for starters: There are tons of exciting projects in
progress and members with expertise in chemistry, electrical engineering,
biology, physics, programming, mechanical engineering, and many others, all of
whom are interested in sharing that knowledge for the benefit of the
Oh yeah, and did we mention FREE TI LaunchPad Dev Kits? (while supplies last)
Why? TXRX Labs has an great new space full of tools that any hacker would
love, and we are interested in growing our ranks so we can share our resources
and knowledge with more people who share our love of knowledge.
Where? TXRX Labs – 2010A Commerce St. Houston TX, 77002 (Map It!)
March 4th 7-11pm: 3d Printing & Rapid Prototyping Systems
Come view demos of our Custom Mendel-Bot and Cupcake (extrusion printers),
discuss their operation and construction with active members in the 3d
printing community. Also learn about our progress in UV Resin printing
March 11th 7-11pm: Microcontrollers
Come see microcontroller-based projects that our members have completed and
learn about microcontroller principles and other in-process projects. Feel
free to bring your own projects in to demo or discuss in detail with our
March 18th 7-11pm: DIY CNC Builds
See some demos of our custom-built CNC Machines while also learning about the
design considerations at play in their construction. Also discuss and learn
about the current OSS CAD/CAM software we use. Feel free to bring in items
created with your own machines or your own contsruction plans or questions.
March 25th 7-11pm: Multitouch IR Surfaces
See and demo our Laser Light Plane LCD multitouch table. Discuss the build
process as well as our future plans for improvement. Also learn about
programming for multitouch. Feel free to bring in your own projects or
software to continue the discussion more in-depth.
If you have any questions or need more info please contact email@example.com or
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