SketchUp Class – Saturday, August 16, 1pm to 2:30pm

SketchUp 3d drawing class.  Have a 3d printer you want to design stuff for?  Building a table, deck, or kitchen and need measurements?  Want to do an art project, but your hand gestures and excited eye expressions fail to inspire assistance?  Want to draw space ships? robots? space ship robots?  Want to figure out if your shade structure will make shade at 2pm in Nevada?  We’ll cover these topics barely and other topics about SketchUp overly much!   This will be a general overview of the program.   What it is good at, what it is not good at.  It will contain tips for beginners with intermediate content from some fool who draws with it at his job.

Please  come with laptop loaded with SketchUp Make, or other versions.   Seating and power is limited.   Or just watch and absorb without digital distractions.

Open to everyone and free (though donations to CRASHspace are welcome).



Saturday, August 16, 1pm to 2:30pm


CRASHspace 10526 Venice Blvd, Culver City CA 90232 (map)

Learn to Code with Us: Riverside!

In early 2013, our Crashspace VP Michelle Leonhart (@at0mbxmb) founded Learn to Code with Us, which meets weekly here at Crashspace. Since then, we’ve branched out to Pasadena, hosted by Crashspace Founder Carlyn Maw (@carlynorama). And this month, we’re proud to introduce our newest Learn to Code with Us branch in Riverside, CA, hosted by Audrey Roy Greenfeld (@audreyr) of Pyladies.


Unlike our other branches, the Riverside branch of LTCWU is specifically women-only, although children and +1s of all genders are allowed to accompany female participants. :)

All LTCWU events always have been and will continue to always be FREE. For more information, please visit our website at

Final Day of CNC Fundraiser!

It’s the final day of our fundraiser to get a new CNC machine, we’re already successfully raised 146% of our goal, but every extra pledge is less we need to dig into our savings.

It’s also the cheapest you’ll ever see our CNC classes, so if you want to learn how to use this sweet 3d machinery, you need to jump on it.

Closes at Midnight!


Summer Crafternoon Part 1

It’s time to get your ink on! The makerfaire Crafternoon was so much fun. Now there’s even more Sunlight, which can only mean one thing: solar printing! It’s also a great time to make a crash space tee shirt, so bring your favorite inks and paints. The sun-time fun-time begins at 2PM, Sunday, July 14. If you don’t have any images, try checking out the Lumi app site and I’ll bring some inkjet transparencies to the Tuesday meeting as well.


CRASH Space at the Extreme Wearables Designathon

Last weekend, several Crashers headed over to Art Center College of Design to take part in the Extreme Wearables 48-hour Designathon, organized by Syuzi Pakchyan.

One of the goals of the event was to introduce hackers, coders, designers, and artists to one another, to enable interdisciplinary collaboration on a prototype. The event’s theme, much like it’s name, was EXTREME. Extreme conditions (be they natural, political, etc.), extreme attempts at unplugging from “the grid”, or extreme efforts to support safety and security.

4 of the 6 teams at the event had at least one Crashspace member, and we also had our co-founder, Carlyn Maw, involved as an expert on hand for the teams to consult with on their ideas. In the end, Crashspace teams took home 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place from the competition! [Edit: and we were mentioned in Hackaday!] Here’s a little bit about our projects:

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Emoti (1st place winner!)

(Details coming soon!)

Alia: sharing accountability and bringing back human connection (2nd place winner!)

Matt PinnerElla Jeong | M Asynaps | Jon Hsiung | Mary Kim | Divya Gaitnode

Alia adds an intimate human connection to help people improve accountability and improve their behavior. Specifically we decided to discuss this within a world of digital dependency. We aim to help people unplug from their devices by keeping them subtle connected to their most trusted friend via touch.

We built two working prototypes that allows you to monitor your partners progress based on their sensors and settings. Then whenever you with to nudge them, merely tap the device.

You too can make a set with these parts. The source code and designs are available on github. The documentation is here in the header :

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Compass H2O (Third Place Winner!)

(Details coming soon!)


Michelle Leonhart | Barb Noren | Ekin Zileli | Qiyuan “Oscar” Li | Dave Hansungkim

The goal of Signal Obscura is a functional concept piece intended to help everyday people retain control over their data and traceability, in response to the seemingly limitless reach of our current surveillance state.

Two Models of Signal Obscura

Signal Obscura is, in short, is a flexible, wearable Faraday cage. It functions by blocking the signal between cell towers and your cell phone. Building one of your own is very simple. (Instructions coming soon.) The model below also features blue LEDs which glow in response to the strength of nearby cell towers, bringing awareness to how exposed the wearer would be to having their data collected, were they not wearing the scarf.

The LED-enhanced model

To activate Signal Obscura, you simply place your cellphone within a special pocket. While it is inside, you are “off the grid”. To deactivate, all you have to do is remove your phone from the pocket, and it goes instantly back to normal function.

Signal Obscura is not a replacement for other security measures (end-to-end encryption, Tor, etc.) but simply adds another layer of control to the user over the times and places when others may have access to their data.

And if you’re wondering to yourself “Why not just shut down the phone when it’s not in use?” Well, two things: