Copyed and pasted from my blogpost
So I had to go and sort out work placement for the final module of my course. The problem? No where was hiring me! The place that I was meant to go to pulled out, no one else was taking interns and no one was hiring… solutions people? I need solutions!
Step 1 – Start your own Company
Step 2 – Do work placement there
Step 3 – ???
Step 4 – Profit (literally)
So I set up a 3D Printing and calibration company in Galways hackerspace 091labs with the help of a few members who donated the use of 2 printers, 1 which hadn’t been completed and the other broken. I was also given a 3D scanner and a broken CNC milling machine and told to go nuts. And nuts i have gone!
After completing the Mendel90 printer and started running test prints I quickly discovered that 20 m of filament is not enough so i ordered close to €250 worth of roll to get myself off the ground. Its a scare position to put myself in considering the only food i have is whats left in my self and I have no idea where next months rent is coming from. I already have one client and an event coming up to work on that will hopefully take the bit out of most of that receipt but more work needs to be found before I can relax and get comfortable. One of my major advantages is that I’m the only company in Galway offering these services for now, and with the constant flow of artists, students, tourists and entrepreneurs I shouldn’t have an issue sourcing work. But the sooner I have 2 operational printers the better.
|First Calibration Piece
So should you be a student in need of a final year project, an artist looking for a model, an entrepreneur looking for a rapid prototype or simply a handyman looking for a replacement part or repair, drop me a comment or email email@example.com for a cheap and cheerful service.
The knitting circle will have its next meeting at the labs on Saturday, April 13th from 4 to 7pm. The knitting circle is open to knitters of all skill levels. It provides a social and collaborative workspace, and help is available for people just starting out. Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month.
All attendees are encouraged to bring their own supplies, as only a few spares are available. Attendance is free for members, and €2 for everyone else. All money goes to the upkeep of the Labs. Any questions can be directed to maraley42 [at] gmail [dot] com.
The folks at ITAG (Information Technology Association of Galway) have nominated 091 Labs – and several other volunteer groups in the “technology space” – for an award at their annual awards bash, which takes place tomorrow evening (March 22nd 2013) in the Meyrick Hotel on Eyre Square.
Padraic and I will be donning tuxes and representing the ‘labs in the festivities; wish us luck everyone!
And a hearty congratulations to all at CoderDojo Galway for a well-deserved win[/edit]
On 9 March 2013 091labs hosted the first Galway Game Jam. Our theme was magnetism. We had a few people who came all the way from Dublin and some people who had never made a game before! Most teams were using Unity, others were using SDL and LWJGL.
Here is a creation from Team Spacenetic:
Other teams unfortunately didn’t finish mostly due to having to leave early to get buses. Hopefully we will post some more creations or screenshots over the coming days.
Huge thanks to everyone who turned up and huge thanks to 091labs for allowing us to use the space.
The next Galway Game Jam event is penciled in for 15 June 2013. Location TBC.
Here are some pictures from the day (We need to fix the lights):
About Galway Game Jam
Galway Game Jam is a regular event held quarterly to to encourage interaction, collaboration and creativity for those interested in games development in Galway.
Galway Game Jam Website
Anyone who is interested in Python should come down to the Townhouse Bar (near the Spanish Arch) this Wednesday at 8pm for the March meetup of Python Galway.
General thought is to have a pint or two, chat about current projects or ideas, and have a bit of a laugh.
Hope to see ye there!