Instructables Build Night with Silhouette

Did you know that YuKonstruct has two digital cutting machines, a KNK Zing and a Silhouette Portrait? These machines are perfect for cutting thin materials like vinyl and paper that will burn or melt in the laser cutter. You can also add a pen and use them like a plotter!

On June 18th we hosted a Build Night sponsored by Instructables and Silhouette. Participants had a chance to learn how to use the Make the Cut and Silhouette Studio software, and try cutting out their own designs.

The most popular project of the night was making custom vinyl decals.
You can see how we made the bug stickers currently adorning the YuKonstruct washroom in our step-by-step instructable:


Instructables Build Night with Silhouette

June’s Build Night is sponsored by Instructables and Silhouette.

Join us to learn how to use a digital cutting machine and make some fun projects! We’ll be using a Silhouette Portrait  and YuKonstruct’s larger KNK Zing computerized cutting machine.

Strawbees Instructables Build Night

Our second Build Night in May is sponsored by Strawbees and Instructables.

Strawbees is a drinking straw educational toy for makers of all ages. You can build epic structures with recycled plastics, and prototype and invent mechanical creations in three dimensions.

Join us for some fun projects, suitable for all ages.

Raspberry Pi 2 – Instructables Build Night

Instructables has partnered with Raspberry Pi and Adafruit for the May Instructables Build Night!

YuKonstruct will be hosting a members build night, on May 14 from 6-9 pm. Join us as we work together to come up with project ideas using the new Raspberry Pi 2 boards + Adafruit accessories. If you have your own raspberry pi, feel free to bring it along! ideas build night

What is a Raspberry Pi? from Raspberry Pi Foundation on Vimeo.

Instructables InstaMorph (moldable plastic) Build Night

Our April Build night is sponsored by Instructables and Instamorph.

What is InstaMorph?

InstaMorph is a lightweight thermoplastic which acts like clay when warm, but when it cools, it’s a strong plastic.

What can you do with it? Everything from masks, costume pieces, brackets, molds, toys, handles, grips, custom cases, stands, prototypes, and replacement parts.

Join us to make some easy projects and enter your creation in the Morph of the Month Contest for a chance to win cool prizes.

Valentines Day Crafts & Circuit Scribe

On February 12 we hosted a Valentines crafts and Circuit Scribe build night with help from Instructables.

We had a table set up for people to experiment with drawing circuits using the Circuit Scribe developer kits. The kits include all sorts of fun pieces from batteries and LEDs to motors and potentiometers.

Valentines Cards

The Circuit Scribe conductive ink pen also played an important role in making some very special Valentines Day cards.

Here are the instructables for the cards we made:

We also had fun with fusible beads, making cute gifts for our favourite valentines.


Makey Makey Build Night

January’s Build Night was sponsored by Instructables and Makey Makey.



Makey Makey is an invention kit that lets you use everyday items as computer keys. YuKonstruct’s members had lots of fun connecting fruits and vegetables, utensils, tools and even themselves to the Makey Makey boards. There were apple and carrot pianos, pencil-drawn video game consoles and bongos played on people’s heads. One young maker turned a potato into a computer mouse and another member built an interactive maze game with a record player.


Next month’s Instructables Build Night will be using the Circuit Scribe, so be sure to join us for more fun with easy electronics!

Christmas Cards and Chibitronics Build Night

Instructables sent us a package of Chibitronics circuit stickers and we were excited for our members to get to play with them at our drop-in Christmas card workshop last week.

Christmas Cards

We put together two project kits with the Chibitronics stickers:

We also had 3 other craft kits for people to make:

The step-by-step instructions for all five projects are available on if you’d like to make them at home. Check out YuKonstruct’s Instructables profile:


We were super impressed with the creative cards everyone made!



YuKonstruct’s First Build Night – LEDs

Thank you to everyone who made YuKonstruct’s first build night a huge success!

We don’t officially open our doors for memberships until September but we’re excited to have already hosted some great events. This week we had over 60 people, of all ages, in our makerspace for the Instructables LED Build Night.

We had 3 different project kits prepared for people to make:

The step-by-step instructions for all three projects are available on if you’d like to make them at home. Check out YuKonstruct’s Instructables profile:

In addition to the project kits, we also had a table set up for kids to play with squishy circuits (conductive play dough), and lots of extra LEDs and craft materials for people to experiment with. Everyone left with a smile, some new knowledge about LEDs and of course, the project they built themselves. We’re extremely grateful to Instructables for sending us the LEDs that made it possible.

We’re already looking forward to our next build night in September!
But before then, there’s our Grand Ribbon Cutting Event happening Tuesday September 16, 2014 from 6-9pm. Mark it in your calendars!



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