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Technical Resources

This bookshelf is a collection of the different areas of resource that we currently have created content for.

Physical Computing

This book includes guides and how to guides around Physical Computing.

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About

Dark Lab

Lab Open Hours  Monday to Friday - 10am - 9pm Saturday - 10 - 5pm Sunday - Closed  Technician's hours - 11am - 7pm Lieven Van Velthoven - l.vanvelthoven@arts.ac.uk or slack @lieven  Yuwei Chen - y.chen@arts.ac.uk or Slack @Yuwei Any issues please post a...

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Buildings

UAL has halls and buildings across London, this section includes information about what resources are where.

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Digital Fabrication

Textiles

IT & Computing

Technical Skills Workshops

The CCI technical team runs a program of technical skills workshops focused on developing essential skills for working in the CCI. These cover various practical topics, including electronics, fabrication, networking, server programming and more. Workshops are...

Robotics

Nerve Lab

This is a staff only research space.

CCI Summer Festival

All you need to know about the CCI Summer Festival 2024.

How To Guides

Physical Computing

How To Guides

Dark Lab

Digital Knitting Machine

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We have a Silver Reed SK840 Knitting Machine which can be programmed to create custom knitted pieces.

Digital Embroidery

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We have a Brother Innov-is V3 Embroidery Machine which can be programmed to create custom embroidered pieces using your own Processing sketch or using the Brother software.

Laser Cutter

Digital Fabrication

We have a Trotec Speedy 400 which can cut, engraved or etched paper, card, wood and plastic designs.

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3D Printing

Digital Fabrication

We have 3D printers that use the Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) / Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) process similar to a hot glue gun.

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Virtual Reality

Dark Lab

We have a number of VR headsets available to students including access to high spec gaming PCs for use with them where necessary.

Sewing Machine

Textiles

We have a Brother Innov-is A150 sewing machine.

Soldering & Electronics Bench

Physical Computing

There are 3 fully kitted out electronics test benches at CCI as well as a number of on-demand soldering kits that can be setup anywhere.

Vinyl Cutter

Digital Fabrication

We have a Silhouette Cameo 4 vinyl cutter which can also operate as a pen plotter.

Drawing Machine

Digital Fabrication

We have an Evil Mad Scientist AxiDraw V3 A3 as well as a Silhouette Cameo 4, which you'll find under the vinyl cutter page.

GitHub

IT & Computing

Find out how to use Git and the git.arts.ac.uk GitHub Enterprise server.

CCI Server

IT & Computing

Find out how to connect to the CCI Server cci.arts.ac.uk.

South London

Buildings

CCI South London is our 1st home. Since 2019 we've grown into 3 buildings along the road between Camberwell and Peckham.

Central London

Buildings

CCI Central London opened in September 2023.

Technical Resources

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Where to buy components

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Where to buy components

Physical Computing Where to buy components

The following list is of common suppliers, other than eBay... Electronics UK Arduino boards, shields, etc... Proto-PicOffers 10% student discount SKPang #DigitalMeans Cool Components HobbyTronics Kitronik Oomlout Pimoroni Spiratronics Brigh...

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Useful learning resources

Physical Computing

Books Getting Started With Arduino 3rd Edition by Massimo Banzi and Michael Shiloh A short and practical guide to the getting started with the Arduino platform. Explains what you might use it for, the principles behind the platform, some basic code and elect...

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Welcome to the CCI Wiki...

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This is where students, staff and the public can access useful resources developed by the CCI team. Meet the Technical Team Technical Skills Workshops Buildings, opening times and virtual tours Technical Resources Physical Computing Dark Lab Robo...

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This website is run by the Creative Computing Institute. This accessibility statement applies to this website only. Other websites and browser based systems on the arts.ac.uk domain have their own accessibility statements. This website uses HTML 5 (HyperText M...

Where to buy materials & parts

Physical Computing Where to buy components

Electronics, componants Bigger Shops - large and often complex catalogues Supplier Material Website Note RS electronics, componants, tools http://uk.rs-online.com/ Fast delivery, huge selection. Free delivery. Collection also possible from Bow Rapid o...

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Hackspaces & Services

Physical Computing

Here are a list of places around London that can help in production of your projects. Jump to: Laser cutting 3D printing PCB production Graphic Design Services Hackspaces Name Facilities Website Address Phone Number Note Open Workshop Network All the ma...

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What software is available at CCI?

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We have a range of software available on our computers on-site, and that you can install on your own personal computers. On your own device As a student at UAL, you have access to a range of software you can install and use on your own computers for educationa...

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How to install Arduino libraries

Physical Computing How To Guides

Arduino libraries are collections of code that are designed to provide additional, reusable functionality or to simplify using external electronic modules. Libraries typically come with examples of how to use them. The library developer usually provides online...

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Powering an Arduino

Physical Computing How To Guides

Here is some resources about powering Arduino or other electronic projects: General How to power an Arduino How to power a project What adapter? Portable / Battery powered For portable projects some info on battery usage. http://www.instructables.com/...

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Using an MPR121 capacitive touch sensor

Physical Computing How To Guides

The MPR121 is a tiny microchip formerly manufactured by NXP, now under Resurgent Semiconductor, it is a tiny surface mount device that provides 12 capacitive touch electrodes through an I2C interface. What is capacitive touch? Capacitive touch the the technolo...

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Using a Sparkfun MP3 Trigger

Physical Computing How To Guides

The MP3 trigger is a board made by Sparkfun electronics that provides a way to play MP3 files from a Micro SD card via either one of 18 TRIG inputs on the board, or serial communication with the board. The MP3 Trigger has a headphone output which can be connec...

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Making sounds with a piezo

Physical Computing How To Guides

'Piezo' normally refers to an electrical component which can be used to make sound, however more broadly a piezo is a component that is susceptible to the two-way piezoelectric effect where pressing or squeezing the piezo element can create a small voltage, an...

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Using a Sparkfun Sound Detector

Physical Computing How To Guides

The Sound Detector is a board made by Sparkfun electronics that provides a way to detect ambient sound levels. There are three connections on the board: Audio - This is the raw audio from the microphone. Envelope - This is a analog value representing the vo...

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How to connect a push button or switch

Physical Computing How To Guides

Buttons and switches are a way of opening and closing a circuit, i.e. making and breaking a connection as one of the most rudimentary forms of sensor you can use with an Arduino. There are dozens of different types of switches and buttons, but at their most ba...

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Using a HC-SR04 distance sensor

Physical Computing How To Guides

The HC-SR04 is a ultrasonic distance sensor, it uses ultrasound to send out a ping and measure how long the sound takes to come back, exactly like bats use to fly in the dark. The sensor works between 2-400cm however if the ping sound is reflected away from th...

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Connecting a Potentiometer

Physical Computing How To Guides

A potentiometer (often abbreviated to pot) is an electronic component with three connections, the main purpose of the pot is to create a variable voltage as an input to a circuit, for example controlling how loud your speakers should be. Inside a potentiomete...

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How to connect a Light Dependent Resistor (LDR)

Physical Computing How To Guides

An LDR or Light Dependent Resistor is a component which restricts how much power can flow through a circuit based on how much or little light hits the sensitive part on the top. Wiring To use a Light Dependent Resistor, we have to use it in combination with a...

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How to use a rotary encoder

Physical Computing How To Guides

A rotary encoder is a device used to measure the rotation of something, similar to a rotary potentiometer but not limited to how many rotations can be made, a common example of a rotary encoder is the volume dial on a car radio, which can be turned infinitely ...

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Using the serial monitor and serial logger

Physical Computing How To Guides

Serial communication is a type of communication between two devices, normally between a computer and a microcontroller (such as an Arduino), between computers, or between Arduinos. Serial communication can be over physical cables between two Arduinos, or via a...

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Using Arduino Leonardo to send USB MIDI data

Physical Computing How To Guides

One of the secrets of Arduino Leonardo is the in-built USB MIDI support. This is really useful for sending data from Arduino to applications like MadMapper, Max and Ableton Live. In order use this you'll need to follow the guide on How to install libraries to ...

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