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On the 19th of July 2017 we were infomed by OSCR (Scottish Charity Regulator) that our application for charitable status had been accepted.   Consequently, The T-Exchange has become a legal entity in the form of a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO).

Our registered name is The T-Exchange.  NB The definite article "The" is a formal part of the name.

Our charity number is SC047588.

The initial Board consists of the following Trustees:

   Pam Graham  -  Secretary
   Claire Griffiths

   Mark Dammer
   Howie Firth
   Bill Graham  -  Chairman
   Les Grosvenor
   Richard Oakley  -  Treasurer

A copy of our new Constitution can be downloaded from our LIBRARY.

If you have any quiestions please submit using the form on the CONTACT page.

Just History

July 2017 Meeting

As the third of our Bi-monthly extended Blog Spots, It's Bill Graham's turn to reveal how to get started with 3D modelling using SketchUp.  Before getting into 3D printing, or just for the satisfaction of making virtual objects, learning something about making 3D models in the computer puts you on the starting blocks to a whole new set of skills.






Now have a look at THIS

At our March Meeting, we were treated to a showing of an EPIC piece of artistic engineering from STEAMIE recruit Marion Normand.

Marion is an artist/teacher who loves making things.    Marion's video is called "Will it ?".   In Marion's words "Do you ever that feeling of willing something to happen, like willing a penny to roll into the winning place in a funfair ...?...".

If you are already feeling the anticipation from the image above, just click it to see what happens.  Remember to turn up your computer sound or use an external speaker.

More, please Marion,  MORE!

The next STEAMIE is on Friday 6th April 2018 at 10 am to 11+.


Old News


The Orkney International Science Festival September 2016

The main input to the Festival from the T-Exchange focussed on fashion and upcycling.   This was demonstrated by 3D printing on Family Day when members of the public were able to make a range of flowers, necklaces and bracelets.  These were made from 3D printed compomponents using a post-forming process developed by Bill Graham.  Also on show was a novel digital technique devised by Mark Dammer and applied to Schlieren photography for the visualisation of air flow..   The 3D printed flowers were evolved by member/artist Selena Kuzman and three artist friends to enhance fashion creations using upcylced materials.   These were exhibited on mannequins at various sites around Kirkwall during the Festival.

One shop widow display is shown below together with scenes from Familly Day.














The Findhorn Bay Arts Festival ran from 21st to 26th September and included:-

Culture Day Forres was on Saturday 24th September.

The T-Exchange held our third Science and Ingenuity Fair on Culture Day,
NOT in the Forres Tolbooth this year but in The St. Johns Lodge.



The T-Exchange at The Orkney International Science Festival 2015

With T-Exchange member Howie Firth being the director of the festival, it was inevitable that other T-Exchange members were 'attracted' to contribute.  Mark Dammer and Bill Graham rushed forward with suggestions.  This resulted in five visits to Orkney Primary classes with Bill exploring forces, gravity , flight and how to get to Mars followed with Mark building 'Mission Control' skills with pupil groups on how to manage a 'Mars' rover.


Mark on Mars


Since Saturday is also for working, both members took part in Family Day in the King Street Halls with Mark's face capture software counting the visiting public and Bill doing something on 3D printing.  Mark also explored 'Mars' again with all comers. 

Great fun was had by all.



Picture copyright OISF

 Bill casting some light on 3D printing

Summer Club for youngsters

The Summer Club on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of July in the Findhorn Village Centre was a brilliant success with 40 children "getting stuck-in" over the two days.  This was true a "hands-on" introduction to technology for those in (or just left) Primary school.    The children (and not a few of the parents) learned to use basic tools, take the domestic gadgets we see around us to pieces and extract the useful bits.   They also siezed the opportunity to be creative with plastic food cartons, fibre-tip pens, Sellotape and a small electric motor.  The resulting "Doodle-Bots" went on to create some of the best artwork we've seen for a while!  A great time was had by children, parents and the T-Exchange team. 

The STEAMIE Hangout

A good number of visitors to the T-Exchange have said that they would like to come to our meetings but their Friday evenings are "pre-allocated" for various reasons.   To provide an opportunity for such people but also to allow members who never get enough time to sit down and exchange thoughts with others (one of our main aims) we came up with the idea of a monthly "hangout".

Anyone is welcome to come, without gizmos or gadgets, except a phone or tablet (full or empty of ideas) and join in for a chat over coffee.   We thought that an ideal venue for this would be The Social Area of Horizon Scotland on Forres Enterprise Park.   The Social Area has recently been improved by the addition of a small cafe selling, tea, coffee and bacon butties etc, - on weekdays, mornings only.   Their objective being to attract more people into Horizon Scotland and get them exchanging ideas.   Of course, this is exactly what the T-Exchange aims to do.

So, whether you are a retired maths/physics professor, an unemployed school leaver, an artist looking for new media, an engineer looking for a creative challenge, or somone thinking about a change in career, you are welcome to drop  into the STEAMIE Hangout  on the first Friday of each month, between 10:00 and11:00.



See the PRODUCT REVIEWS page for a review of the 'Maplin' robot arm.


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