The HiveMind

HiveMind is a wiki built by the The Hive and the Georgia Tech maker community as a resource for all students using equipment and making projects within the Interdisciplinary Design Commons (IDC).

Besides containing up-to-date information on IDC equipment, the HiveMind also contains useful advice on how to make your projects come to life, as well as step-by-step guides on how to recreate the Hive's most popular workshops on your own time.

I really think this needs to be its own section separate from the rest of the content. Some things to include here are

  1. Function of the front desk: place to ask questions, find help, get information, learn about the Hive… basically, if you need help but don't know where to look, the front desk can help
  2. Resources available at the front desk: describe what is available (eventually this can just link to the public inventory), rules on checking things out or keeping things, as well as resources related to point #1.
  3. Where to actually find the front desk, and that it is where you check in to workshops.
  4. That you need to log into SUMS and how to actually do that. (No, it's not an actual test.)
  5. This would also be a good place for a lot of other miscellaneous operations notes. Direct people to one place.

The Hive currently has 10 3D printers: You can click on any hyperlink to learn about each specific printer. It links to their SOP!

    • The F170 printers are FDM printers intended for both rapid prototyping
    • These printers allow unique geometries to be printed by using dissoluble support material
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    • The Ender 5 Printers are our low cost printers that allow for casual, low time-consuming prints to be done
    • Our ultimaker printers allow our users to print in up to two materials. It works very similarly to the enders.
    • The MarkTwo is a specialty 3D printer that prints high strength parts using nylon-based material with fiber reinforcements such as carbon fiber.

We have two laser cutters made by Universal Laser Systems Inc., which are located in the production studio on the first floor of the IDC. You can see them through the outside windows at the IDC's ground entrance. Our laser cutters can cut a variety of materials, including wood, acrylic, paper, and cardboard. They are also capable of engraving most materials, such as metal, phone cases, and the examples already listed. If you would like to learn how to use the laser cutter, ask a PI to show you. If you already know how to use the laser cutter, stop by the IDC during open hours to use it. Remember that it may be different than the one you're used to, so don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

We have a couple pages of information for you to browse if you need it. These documents are written as if the person reading it is a Peer Instructor, but that in no way means that only Peer Instructors can browse it (:

  • For our full Standard Operating Procedure that tells you how to use the Laser Cutter and the process of getting trained click here.
  • For more in depth detailed settings on how to use the more advanced settings on the laser cutter click here
  • To see our common errors and how to solve them page click here

We also have video tutorials if you don't want to sift through the SOP or documents. The video tutorials will cover all the basics of the laser cutter, the documents have more niche topics that you may not be interested in. You can find the video tutorials here.

Quick FAQ:

  • Both of our Laser cutters are Carbon dioxide lasers but are able to cut through most materials with the exception of metal (it can etch the metal!)
  • The Laser cutter's bed is 32 inches by 18 inches, should you have something bigger, you can cut it down in the machine shop
  • We have a rotary attachment to allow you to cut on curved surfaces
  • While the laser cutter can accept any files that can be sent to a normal printer, vector format types work best
  • Spots on the laser cutter come on a first come first serve basis with some exceptions, we're usually busier in the afternoons and evenings
  • We do provide materials to some degree, but you are encouraged to bring your own, for most of the material we give is scrap from previous projects.

The IDC contains a suite of electronics benchtop equipment available to all end users.

Each standard station includes an:

  • Oscilloscope
  • Function generator
  • Multimeter
  • Power supply
  • Soldering station, complete with a soldering iron and desoldering tool.

When you check out a station, you gain access to drawers with additional hand tools, such as tweezers, wire cutters, and screw drivers, to help you in your project.

Beginner guides on to use each piece of equipment are listed below:

In addition we also have Youtube Demo's listed for all of these different pieces of equipment found here:link

Here at The Hive, we have a suite of tools made by LPKF that enable students to fabricate printed circuit boards (PCBs). Students go through a three-step training process to gain access to the tools, after which they can use the equipment and our materials free of charge whenever The Hive is open.

There are three primary pieces of equipment used in this process:

  • The LPKF ProtoMat S103 - a 2.5-dimensional plotter that drills and mills (cuts) PCB substrates, plastics, and soft metals
  • The LPKF ProtoLaser U4 - a 20um-diameter laser to etch (selectively remove) a wide variety of film/substrate pairings
  • The LPKF Contac S4 - a semi-automatic electroplater for via formation and other copper/tin plating needs

The Hive provides double-sided copper on FR4 in 0.5 oz/ft^2 (18 um) and 1 oz/ft^2 (35 um) weights to our users at no cost, though many other substrates can be used.

Our DRC file: DRC
Out CAM file: CAM

Questions? You can reach the PCB MPIs at

Located on the first floor, the machine shop provides resources for students to design and develop the structural components of their projects. The shop has both large power tools and small tools, which are generally geared towards woodworking. Large equipment, most of which require SUMS access, include:

  • Miter saw
  • Drill presses
  • Scroll saw
  • Band saw
  • Belt sanders
  • Sandblasting booth

Other tools available include (this is a long list, so we might not want to put it here):

  • Cordless drills (with drill bits and screws)
  • Dremmels
  • Hand saws
  • Jigsaw
  • Saw zall
  • Sandpaper
  • etc.

Scrap wood is located in a large red bin inside the machine shop. For specific materials, we recommend purchasing what you need at our locallocal store or online. Lots of people also go to the nearest Home Depot which is near Ponce City, it's a little far, but probably has anything you need if you can get a ride there. Here's the address.

The Hive also has some SOP's (Standard Operating Procedures) so you can familiarize yourself with the equipment. However, you must have a PI in the room to use any of the tools in the machine shop and just reading the SOP's is not enough for training. Here are all the SOP's we have!

In addition to the SOP's, the Hive has also created a video series on the Machine shop that you can watch to familiarize yourselves with the tools. Here's the playlist. Below you can sample one of these videos.

An embedded system is a digital computer system that contributes to the operation of a larger device. Although the term is often used in the same sentence as “Internet of Things” (IoT) or “smart devices,” it is better described as a broad term for embedding digital electronic systems in things. Many embedded systems use some sort of microcontroller.

At the Hive, we have a large selection of electronics available to checkout for a two-week loan period. At the end of the period, you are usually allowed to renew your loan. Examples of embedded systems resources include:

  • Arduino microcontrollers
  • Raspberry pis
  • Adafruit lilypad
  • Beaglebone
  • TI launchpads

Items are available for checkout at the front desk. We do not sell electronics parts. If you need to purchase a part, please visit an online vendor. For more information on borrowing components, see the front desk.

  • Add more resources and pages on getting started with embedded systems! Logistics do not go here.

It exists! A ventilated room is located on the first floor of the IDC and can be used to make your final product look nice. Some paint colors are provided, but for specific substances, please purchase your own.

The third floor of the IDC is dedicated to providing space for students to work individually or with others on their projects. This floor features desktop computers (with spinny chairs), movable tables, whiteboards, and generally lots of space. The area is open to all Georgia Tech students for any reason. This is the only public place food is allowed in. Don't forget to sign in!

What's up! It's cleaning the space with Matthew Lim.

If you've ever wondered how the space stays clean and how you can help us keep it that way, this is the section for you.

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