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Come and join in at the Moray Firth MAKERSPACE
in the "Garden Room" at the Findhorn Village Centre every 3rd Friday of the Month

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Findhorn, Moray, Scotland, United Kingdom
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WHO ARE WE?

We are a relatively newly-formed group (January 2012) of unlike-minded individuals, living around the Moray Firth - and further, who want to make their own or joint way with creative thinking, practical skills and new or old technology to make innovative objects and devices.

Right now, we are just over sixty people strong with growing resources and nowhere to put them but we are working on it. Our physical locations vary from Aberdeenshire to the Black Isle and from Perth to Durness but if we have a centre of gravity for the world map you could probably pin it in Forres at the moment. Our cyberselves meet on Facebook as the T-Exchange.

Our Objectives

To grow a self-sustaining, open, community group with space for:

  • the exchange of ideas and concepts
  • the sharing of knowledge, particularly scientific, technical and economic
  • acquiring of both practical and theoretical skills
  • briefings and workshops by specialists
  • the stimulation of creative, even ingenious ideas
  • facilitating experimental investigations through the provision of tools
  • the design and prototyping of high added-value products
  • stimulation of and support for entrepreneurial action
  • a friendly, fun environment with lots of tea and coffee

i.e. Making challenging, interesting, if not always useful things.

Our Meetings

We meet regularly every third Friday of the Month in the "Garden Room" of the Findhorn Village Centre in Findhorn near Forres. Doors open at 7pm to have time for setting things up before the more or less official start of our meeting at 7:30pm.

The STEAMIE hangout

You are invited to join us every first Friday of the Month between 10:00 and 11:00am in The Social Area of Horizon Scotland on Forres Enterprise Park for a hangout and get together without gadgets and tools but to share new ideas, discuss your projects and socialize about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics, Innovation, Enterprise.

Oh...

in case you were wondering,

The "T" stands for "Thinking", "Tenacity", "Technology", "Telecommunications", "Tools", "Talk", "Talent", "Tantrums" and the essential "Tea".

We aim to exchange all of these creatively.

  • 1 × Mendel 90 3D Printer The Clubs Main 3D Printer, bought and owned entirely by the club
  • 4 × Multimeters

  • Join us to make: A celebration scarf in support of the Building Fund

    Mark Dammer12/11/2017 at 12:01 0 comments

    Friday 15th December
    7:30pm Garden Room / Findhorn Village Centre

    Circular Knitter Demonstration

    December Blog Spot:

    • Circular Knitter Demonstration - Mary W Grosvenor
    • Followed by An Evening of Cranking.
    • We will make a celebration, 2 metre scarf of many colours.
    • Each helper winds for a minute.
    • Repeat until all have contributed the energy to complete the required length.
      (or the wool runs out)
    • Mary will complete the end tassels (later).

    The evening will include the usual variety of T-Exchange activities.

    Auction by sealed bid

    The completed Scarf is to be auctioned as a fund raiser for the Building Fund.

    Auction – The small print
    Sealed bids of over £15 are invited for the completed scarf.
    The reserve price is set to ensure that material costs are covered.
    Bids to be placed in the box provided at this and the next meeting.
    Bidding will close at 8pm on 19 January 2018.
    The closing date is set give the maximum number of members the opportunity to participate.
    The completed scarf will be sold to the highest bidder.

  • Raspberry Pi for All, Computing, learning and fun for everyone

    Mark Dammer11/09/2017 at 20:41 0 comments

    Starting with a presentation / demonstration by Mark Dammer,
    then you can try the Raspberry Pi yourself.

    Friday 17th November
    7:30pm Garden Room / Findhorn Village Centre

    Once a month the T-Exchange, Moray Firth Makerspace, is hosting a variety of creative projects. The November meeting will start with a short introduction into the Raspberry Pi computer by Mark Dammer.

    The Raspberry Pi is a tiny and affordable computer that can be a fun way for all ages to learn programming or can be used for almost everything a standard laptop or desktop computer can do. Various extensions and sensors allow the Raspberry Pi to interact with the world and make it the ideal platform for your own practical projects such as building a weather station or controlling a robot.

    After the short presentation you will have the opportunity to gain some hands-on experience of the Raspberry Pi. Mark and other T-Exchange members will be available for questions and help. Feel free to bring your own Raspberry Pi if you already have one.

    Mark Dammer works as an IT consultant and Ethical Hacker. He is a fellow of the Free Software Foundation Europe and has been working with Linux for now over 20 years.

  • 21.07.2017: Imagineering with SketchUp

    Mark Dammer07/17/2017 at 13:34 0 comments

    Imagineering with SketchUp - For Beginners and World Makers.
    At the T-Exchange, Findhorn Village Centre
    Friday 21st. of July, doors open 7:00pm for start at 7:30pm
    A 30min. Presentation by Bill Graham on 3D modelling. Then hands-on, if you don't mind getting infected...

  • 17.05.2017: T-Exchange at Employment Learning and Leasure Fair

    Mark Dammer05/21/2017 at 15:51 0 comments

    We had the great opportunity to present our activities at the Employment, Learning and Leisure Fair at Kinloss Barracks. Members of the 39 Engineer Regiment and other organisations showed great interest in our 3D printers and the realtime schlieren airflow visualisation.

  • 19.05.2017: Practical and Theoretical Electronics

    Mark Dammer05/16/2017 at 19:19 0 comments

    Want to be a Wizard with Electronics?
    Start at the T-Exchange!


    Practical and Theoretical Electronics
    Friday 19th May 2017 6.30 p.m
    Findhorn Village Centre
    (Garden Room)
    Cost: Free

    Our event about Practical and Theoretical Electronics is aimed at children of all ages but principally at 8 to 13 year old and their parents.

    This Friday’s event will be an introduction into Electronics and into our Electronics course starting Friday, August 18th. (beginning of autumn term).

    And of course you are invited to have a look at our other activities (3D Printing, Deconstruction, Robotics, Raspberry Pi, Arduino and many more)!

    The Electronics course in August is a free course for children, and is designed to provide a practical and theoretical electronics skill set. This includes basic soldering skills as well as learning about electronic components and creating electronic circuitry with the help of prototype boards.

    Contact: Mark Dammer, info@mdammer.net, 07770788183

    And please visit www.t-exchange.net

  • 20.01.2017: Presentation / Demo: Linux and Free Open Source Software

    Mark Dammer01/10/2017 at 17:52 0 comments

    Linux and Free Open Source Software
    Downloading the Spirit of Community to Your Computer

    A presentation / demonstration by Mark Dammer

    Bring along your laptop (PC or Mac) and try it out!

    Friday 20th January 2017

    7:30pm Garden Room / Findhorn Village Centre (Moray, Scotland)

    Once a month the T-Exchange, Moray Firth Makerspace, is hosting a variety of creative projects. The January meeting will start with a short introduction into the philosophy and a demonstration of the Linux Operating System by Mark Dammer.

    Instead of being at the mercy of a few corporations, bound by license fees, threatened by viruses, or by a design that forces you to buy new and expensive hardware, you can run your computer with software that is easy to use, safe, stable and completely free – free as in “freedom”. Software that has no restrictions, that can be legally copied or modified and that is developed and supported by worldwide online communities.

    It does not matter if you want to do office tasks, surf the web and play games, or if you want to set up a digital recording studio, edit video or even create sophisticated 3D animations – it all can be done free and open source. Last but not least older computers that give up on today’s bloated and resource hungry operating systems can often still work fine with Linux.

    After the short presentation you will have the opportunity to gain some hands-on experience of the free operating system. Mark and other T-Exchange members will be available for questions and help.

    Bring your own laptop! You can try Linux on your own PC or Mac without the need to install, delete or modify anything - it runs directly from a USB stick that will be provided. Or simply watch others have a go at Linux.

    Mark Dammer works as an IT consultant and Ethical Hacker. He is a fellow of the Free Software Foundation Europe and has been working with Linux for now over 20 years.

    Contact: +44 7770788183 / mark@mdammer.net

    You can also visit the T-Exchange at www.t-exchange.net

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