Author Options:

Come to MITERS! Answered


If you're around Boston on Friday Nights, come to MITERS, the MIT Electronic Research Society.
We have build parties every Friday from 7:30 on, at N52-115.
This week, the idea is clothes-hacking. We've got all the supplies, including conductive thread!

We're a bunch of students with a penchant for invention
Who run this complete machine shop, EE lab, and creative haven, with lots of space for large projects.

Everything goes, from motorcycles to electronic clothing, with
a good helping of logic, lasers, microcontrollers and motors.

Instructables itself came out of MITERS!
Here's our instructables group.
Here's our website.
Here's our location.


More muttering and grumbling!

Why is there nothing like this around here?

Randolfo pointed me at Dorkbot, but the London wiki is riddled with porn links, and the Manchester site has been asleep for a year.

Isn't there any similar organisation / event in the East of England? Or the UK in general?


Ditto! i was just about to post almost the exact same comment, The uk most definitely needs something like this! I'm at Manchester uni and am vice chair of the electronics society and was thinking of trying to set something up, but trying to do anything through the uni involves signing forms in triplicate and then resigning them, then burying them in soft peat for a few months until they turn into compost, then growing trees in the compost and turning the trees to wood pulp and producing your own paper and drafting up more forms........repeat infinitum. and that's all without having to a damned risk assement............*grumble grumble, chunter chunter* it's such a damn shame though, there's literally hundreds of unused rooms full of unused exciting equipment we never get to lay our hands on.

Hey Hitch! So, guess what? I'm coming to the UK! I'd love to check out your ERS while I'm around, if you're doing anything or having any events. What's the latest new news? Let me know!

hi! sorry for the late reply our internets is down at the moment so i'm having to scavnage it where i can. Our electronics society is a bit dead at the moment, but if you find yourself in Manchetser i'm sure i can rally the troops and we'll show you a good time!

Hey Hitch! Greetings from one electronics society to another! The RPI electronics research society guys stopped by here a week ago, and we had lots of fun! I like the idea of an instructables group for all the different university electronics societies. We could make twin internet-controllable tesla coils and then remotely play modulated music from across the sea! As for events, you should totally put something on! I can tell you anything about what we do at the MIT-ERS. There's an apparent interest, and you're likely to have lots of fun. Do you really need to register your event? Do you get your own lab space? What is the Manchester Electronics Society like?

Greetings! An instructables group for all the electronics societys is a wicked idea! we could get societys all over the world to build tesla coils and have a world wide tesla symphony! Unfourtunatley we don't have any lab space at the moment, currently the society is mainly social events (trips to the curry houses and the occasional pool competition), we only took over the society at the start of the year and it was relativley new then, but we're in negotiations with companys for sponsorsip atm, so hopefully if we get some funds we'll be able to organise some events for making things. I think the hardest part will be to get students involved in actually building and making things, the course is pretty much theory, and many of the students havn't even soldered anything before coming. i've been trying to think of simple things we could do to get people started, so far come up with the idea of a "pimp my RC car" type contest where we give out a load of rc cars and people modify them, then we head over to the park for races and a bbq. What kind of things do you do/make at MIT-ERS? do you work on projects as groups or share ideas for indiviual stuff? (or both!) i take it your group is open to non-students aswell, was that much hassle to set up with the uni? (i guess it might be different over here, the unions not best pleased if we invite non students union members to join :/) anyways, fantastic to make your acquaintance! matt

...producing your own paper...

At least you're in the right city. I did PapSci at UMIST, back when it was UMIST.

PapSci? i googled it and all i could come up with was paper science? You weren't around Sacville street building by any chance?...good old Archimedes in his bathtub with his curious facial expression.

That was me! Only seven students in my year group, and me the only one there without going through clearing, and the department (had) a building to itself because our lab equipment was so big (over the road from the Natwest bank)

I spend my first & second years at Grosvenor Place (which used to have the cheapest normal-hours bar in the city...) and my second year sharing a house in Longsight.


Oh! Up near the main building! I remember him, but he wasn't there when I was a student - I saw he'd arrived when I went back to see friends (I used to live & work south of Stockport).

That garden in the centre of campus was a crown bowling green when I was there. Very civilised way to spend an evening.

I wonder if Chris Leuty is still running the printshop in the union building.

(He led a successful campaign to have the Barnes Wallis Building renamed the Bruce Willis Building, but the university wouldn't pay for a new sign.)

A couple of my friends lived in Grosvenor Place in there first year!, lol its a small world/internet! I was at whitworth park myself during my first year (£1.10 a pint in the on site bar :D), now down in falowfield. Currently am 1 of 4 people doing my specific course (computer systems engineering, i figure I've got to pass by default, it wouldn't look good for them to have a 25% failure rate) The renaming of the union has got to be one of the best things I've heard in a while!......there's deffinately potential to make a second attempt. Always thought it odd to have it named after a guy that built a bomb, considering almost every other union in the country is named after some great humanitarian (martin luther ect.) i think Bruce Willis fits the bill quite nicely considering how many times he's saved the world.

Sounds like it's time to start something! You know what to do.

I have a horrible feeling you may be right.

My wife will kill me

You already have a collection of scouts. Leverage them. ;)

I was kind of hoping somebody else would do the work...


10 years ago

Hey Star! Take pictures of every Friday Night build party, and put up a slideshow for those of us who can't make it. ;)

word. i was supposed to bring a sewing machine but i got caught up (dangerous fvckers; all that thread). how'd it go? round two this friday, mos def. st*, i have some big buckets for dying those curtains. let me know when. maybe toneit?

It was pretty good! The leather (I got fifteen pounds of leather scraps on reuse, including this glossy shimmery vinyl stuff that I can only imagine was left over from the costume of a dancer in some smokey scene in Jabba the Hutt's palace) was totally popular, and a lot of people made belts, bracelets, and shoes. There's even this special tool like a manual sewing machine made for joining leather, which is far out! There's lots and lots of scrap, still. I painted some shirts, bleach dyed my jeans, and Sam Smiley came over and added a sweet LED badge to this jumpsuit she's been making. We also had crazy modded skateboard night, and big-heavy-machinery night. Toneit in 23 it's lazzzer leitshow neit, with tunes, fog, and Carl Gruesz hisself. Pictures soon!

sounds sweet! i'll be down in 22 units with bear wriggly wrolly!

I wish I lived in boston... if boston was somewhere in the UK, it would be better, but boston in the US would be just fine.

Woohoo! I'll be in Boston next summer, can I come?

That's the idea! What are you going to be up to in Boston?

Wow, sounds awesome...Im 1/2 hour from Boston too!

That would be a lot of fun. I bit of a drive for me, but it is closer than CA :-) BTW: is that a "crystal radio" pictured there ?

It's a spark gap microwave transmitter! Here are our other posters, with more member projects:


Thanks for the correction; it did look kind of familiar. Really cool stuff there: I have been interested in negative resistance for about 10 years now. That certainly "sparks" my curiousity :-)