Events at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity

March 27, 2017
  • 3D Modeling with Fusion3606:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    3D Design with Fusion360(from Autodesk makers of AutoCAD):  This is an 8 session (March 19 through May 15) course to learn parametric 3D design with Fusion360 (Free*). We will go over setting up Fusion360, 3D modeling primitives, strategies for good 3D models and making printable drawing from 3D models.  We will cover the types of primitives and strategies to complete 3D models. Iteration and modification of design will be included. Mention of (not cover in detail) creating additive (3D printing) and subtractive (CNC machining (CAM)) processing, assembling 3D models and numerical simulation, included in the free version of Fusion360 will be included. There will be both presentation and discussion time in each class as we progress through the topics.  We will conclude with a discussion of how to turn the 3D models into objects via additive (3D printer) or subtractive (CNC machine) techniques. Participants should bring their own laptop computers. *From http://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/free-trial: A free 1-year startup license is also available for hobbyists, enthusiasts, makers, and emerging businesses that make less than US $100,000 in revenue per year. At the end of 1 year, you can reselect the startup entitlement or transition to a commercial entitlement. For more information, contact Al Dunlop at alcog@aldunlop.com.
March 28, 2017
  • Social Night Potluck6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Every Tuesday night we gather with food and conversation. Check this calendar for various themes. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is needed.
  • Zero To Maker Series - Fiber Arts / Crafts / Glass Cutting7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    The Zero To Maker series is a sequence of classes to introduce new members to key peices of equipment and training at the Center of Gravity. Members who need a refresher on the topic are also welcome to attend!

    This week's class will be an introduction to the fiber arts / crafts / galss cutting area available at the COG. Focus will be on the sewing machines, loom and embroidery machine, as well as crafting and glass cutting, and will be taught by Irene Purificato, the SRP for that zone.

March 31, 2017
  • TVGS Transmissions8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Welcome to TVGS Transmissions! This is our weekly livestream event where we'll be playing video games with the TVGS community! You are welcome to be a part of the stream by coming by the the space during the stream, or by joining online on our Twitch or Youtube channels! Please be aware that if you participate you will be audibly and possibly visually recorded. Instructor: ()
April 1, 2017
  • TVGS Volunteer Coordination Meeting3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Everything we do at Tech Valley Game Space (TVGS) is enabled by our enthusiastic members and volunteers. We are so grateful for your support, and we're always striving to find new ways to leverage our collective energy to help the Capital Region game dev community thrive. We believe that the key to doing that is empowering all of you to take on a more active role in helping our local game development scene grow and flourish. With that in mind, we want to invite everyone to attend our volunteer coordination meeting. Many of you have been asking how you can get more involved with our group efforts, and this meeting will be a great chance to do just that. We've done so many great things together, and there's no limit to what we can accomplish as long as we remain dedicated to improving. So, let's get organized!
April 2, 2017
  • Rhino for 3D Printing -- Mar 26 & Apr 2 Session6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Rhinoceros 5 is a wonderful 3D modeling software that gives you both design flexibility and precision for prototyping. Here at the TVCOG, we're kicking off the design workshop season this year by introducing you to this modeling tool along with a couple of 3D printers on site. We'll be going through a lot of basics, as well as trying out some very cool parametric design plug-ins that will surely unleash your creativity. This is a two-session workshop. The second half of the workshop will take place on March 12 from 6-9pm. You may purchase tickets online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rhino-for-3d-printing-2-session-workshop-mar-26-apr-2-tickets-32358664637 , or reserve your space and pay onsite by emailing 3Dprinting@tvcog.net.
April 3, 2017
  • 3D Modeling with Fusion3606:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    3D Design with Fusion360(from Autodesk makers of AutoCAD):  This is an 8 session (March 19 through May 15) course to learn parametric 3D design with Fusion360 (Free*). We will go over setting up Fusion360, 3D modeling primitives, strategies for good 3D models and making printable drawing from 3D models.  We will cover the types of primitives and strategies to complete 3D models. Iteration and modification of design will be included. Mention of (not cover in detail) creating additive (3D printing) and subtractive (CNC machining (CAM)) processing, assembling 3D models and numerical simulation, included in the free version of Fusion360 will be included. There will be both presentation and discussion time in each class as we progress through the topics.  We will conclude with a discussion of how to turn the 3D models into objects via additive (3D printer) or subtractive (CNC machine) techniques. Participants should bring their own laptop computers. *From http://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/free-trial: A free 1-year startup license is also available for hobbyists, enthusiasts, makers, and emerging businesses that make less than US $100,000 in revenue per year. At the end of 1 year, you can reselect the startup entitlement or transition to a commercial entitlement. For more information, contact Al Dunlop at alcog@aldunlop.com.
April 4, 2017
  • Social Night Potluck6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Every Tuesday night we gather with food and conversation. Check this calendar for various themes. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is needed.
  • TVCOG General Membership Meeting7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

  • Zero To Maker Series - 3D Printers8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    The Zero To Maker series is a sequence of classes to introduce new members to key peices of equipment and training at the Center of Gravity. Members who need a refresher on the topic are also welcome to attend!

    This week's class will be an introduction to the 3D printers available at the COG. Focus will be on the Makerfront, mBot and Makerbot printers and the software used to prepare models for printing (called slicers). This class is being taught by Jerry Huang, the SRP for the 3D Printing area.

  • April 5, 2017
    • IGDA Albany Monthly Meeting6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

      Join the International Game Developer Association (IGDA) Albany chapter for a free professional talk about game development and/or game industry. The talk will begin at 7pm, but feel free to arrive around 6 and stay until 9 if you'd like to mingle before and after. You can also view the livestream of the talk at twitch.tv/albanyigda
    April 6, 2017
    • Writers Workshop6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

      Words are falling from our fingers like leaves off the autumn trees. We get together, eat, drink, schmooze and share, but, mostly we write. Like mad. With a focused productivity every participant finds gratifying and surprising.  6-6:30 potluck and schmooze, 6:30-8:30 writing. 8:30-9:00 share or enjoy the share.  Who's in. This is every other week, pretty much indefinitely. Instructor: ()
    • Stitch & Sip Open Crafting at the Center of Gravity6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

      Bring your own project (sewing, knitting, needlework...or hey, anything portable) and a beverage for a fun evening stitching and sipping in good company. The CoG provides an empty table, well-lighted work space and electricity, as well as witty banter and camaraderie. No instructor, craft along with fellow Makers. Free to members, $5 cash fee at check-in for non-members. (Membership has its privileges, join the Center of Gravity to access our awesome equipment, including sewing machines!)
    April 7, 2017
    • TVGS Transmissions8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

      Welcome to TVGS Transmissions! This is our weekly livestream event where we'll be playing video games with the TVGS community! You are welcome to be a part of the stream by coming by the the space during the stream, or by joining online on our Twitch or Youtube channels! Please be aware that if you participate you will be audibly and possibly visually recorded. Instructor: ()
    April 8, 2017
    • TVGS Volunteer Coordination Meeting3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

      Everything we do at Tech Valley Game Space (TVGS) is enabled by our enthusiastic members and volunteers. We are so grateful for your support, and we're always striving to find new ways to leverage our collective energy to help the Capital Region game dev community thrive. We believe that the key to doing that is empowering all of you to take on a more active role in helping our local game development scene grow and flourish. With that in mind, we want to invite everyone to attend our volunteer coordination meeting. Many of you have been asking how you can get more involved with our group efforts, and this meeting will be a great chance to do just that. We've done so many great things together, and there's no limit to what we can accomplish as long as we remain dedicated to improving. So, let's get organized!
    April 10, 2017
    • 3D Modeling with Fusion3606:30 pm - 8:30 pm

      3D Design with Fusion360(from Autodesk makers of AutoCAD):  This is an 8 session (March 19 through May 15) course to learn parametric 3D design with Fusion360 (Free*). We will go over setting up Fusion360, 3D modeling primitives, strategies for good 3D models and making printable drawing from 3D models.  We will cover the types of primitives and strategies to complete 3D models. Iteration and modification of design will be included. Mention of (not cover in detail) creating additive (3D printing) and subtractive (CNC machining (CAM)) processing, assembling 3D models and numerical simulation, included in the free version of Fusion360 will be included. There will be both presentation and discussion time in each class as we progress through the topics.  We will conclude with a discussion of how to turn the 3D models into objects via additive (3D printer) or subtractive (CNC machine) techniques. Participants should bring their own laptop computers. *From http://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/free-trial: A free 1-year startup license is also available for hobbyists, enthusiasts, makers, and emerging businesses that make less than US $100,000 in revenue per year. At the end of 1 year, you can reselect the startup entitlement or transition to a commercial entitlement. For more information, contact Al Dunlop at alcog@aldunlop.com.
    April 11, 2017
    • Social Night Potluck6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

      Every Tuesday night we gather with food and conversation. Check this calendar for various themes. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is needed.
    • Zero To Maker Series - Laser Cutter7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

      The Zero To Maker series is a sequence of classes to introduce new members to key peices of equipment and training at the Center of Gravity. Members who need a refresher on the topic are also welcome to attend!

      This week's class will be an introduction to the laser cutter (Big Red) available at the COG. An online video will be available soon that covers core laser cutting concepts so that the in-person component will be using the software and equipment itself. This class is being taught by Tom Tongue, SRP for the laser cutting zone.

    April 12, 2017
    • TVGS Social Night6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

      Let’s celebrate the moment at the Tech Valley Game Space with a fun-filled social night! We'll relax and have a good time talking about games, development, and other topics. Got a new project to show off? Let’s play it! Have a cool game to play? Bring it in! Want to bring your own VR? Everyone and every gaming news item, project, idea, and gadget are welcome!
    April 13, 2017
    • Introduction to Plotting Data in R6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

      Dr. Jay Hilfiger will talk about his new book, Graphing Data with R (2016), published by O’Reilly Media. He then will present an investigation of a special use case with R -- a data set with high-density data -- and several graphical approaches to understanding it. The presentation will be catered to be of interest to people of all experience levels, from absolute beginners to R experts. John Jay Hilfiger is a statistician/ data analyst and composer/arranger. A graduate of the University of Rochester, he did graduate studies at Temple University (MS in biostatistics), Binghamton University (MM) and the University of Iowa (PhD in music). Jay has worked as a data analyst/ statistician at three major universities (Rochester, Iowa and Cornell) and has also been a music professor. In addition to Jay's recent book, Graphing Data with R, his publications include a number of papers in both music and science as well as over 100 musical compositions and arrangements. Host: Dan Elton (delton17@gmail.com)
    • TVGS Unity Orbit Mentorship7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

      Ever wanted to make a 3D game cheaply on a low-to-medium end computer? Or a 2D game that utilizes the tools more commonly used in 3D engines, such as rigging? Unity may be just the game engine for you! Our TVGS Unity Orbit mentorship group can help provide you answers and resources to any questions you may have on this popular and free software. Instructor: ()
    April 14, 2017
    • TVGS Transmissions8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

      Welcome to TVGS Transmissions! This is our weekly livestream event where we'll be playing video games with the TVGS community! You are welcome to be a part of the stream by coming by the the space during the stream, or by joining online on our Twitch or Youtube channels! Please be aware that if you participate you will be audibly and possibly visually recorded. Instructor: ()
    April 15, 2017
    • TVGS Volunteer Coordination Meeting3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

      Everything we do at Tech Valley Game Space (TVGS) is enabled by our enthusiastic members and volunteers. We are so grateful for your support, and we're always striving to find new ways to leverage our collective energy to help the Capital Region game dev community thrive. We believe that the key to doing that is empowering all of you to take on a more active role in helping our local game development scene grow and flourish. With that in mind, we want to invite everyone to attend our volunteer coordination meeting. Many of you have been asking how you can get more involved with our group efforts, and this meeting will be a great chance to do just that. We've done so many great things together, and there's no limit to what we can accomplish as long as we remain dedicated to improving. So, let's get organized!
    April 17, 2017
    • 3D Modeling with Fusion3606:30 pm - 8:30 pm

      3D Design with Fusion360(from Autodesk makers of AutoCAD):  This is an 8 session (March 19 through May 15) course to learn parametric 3D design with Fusion360 (Free*). We will go over setting up Fusion360, 3D modeling primitives, strategies for good 3D models and making printable drawing from 3D models.  We will cover the types of primitives and strategies to complete 3D models. Iteration and modification of design will be included. Mention of (not cover in detail) creating additive (3D printing) and subtractive (CNC machining (CAM)) processing, assembling 3D models and numerical simulation, included in the free version of Fusion360 will be included. There will be both presentation and discussion time in each class as we progress through the topics.  We will conclude with a discussion of how to turn the 3D models into objects via additive (3D printer) or subtractive (CNC machine) techniques. Participants should bring their own laptop computers. *From http://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/free-trial: A free 1-year startup license is also available for hobbyists, enthusiasts, makers, and emerging businesses that make less than US $100,000 in revenue per year. At the end of 1 year, you can reselect the startup entitlement or transition to a commercial entitlement. For more information, contact Al Dunlop at alcog@aldunlop.com.
    April 18, 2017
    • Social Night Potluck6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

      Every Tuesday night we gather with food and conversation. Check this calendar for various themes. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is needed.
    • TVCOG Zone Coordinators Meeting6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Zero to Maker Series - Wood Shop7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    The Zero To Maker series is a sequence of classes to introduce new members to key peices of equipment and training at the Center of Gravity. Members who need a refresher on the topic are also welcome to attend!

    This week's class will be an introduction to the most commonly used wood shop tools available at the COG. The class is taught by Doug "Elvis" Williams, and will have some basic hands on experience to insure you're comfortable with the basics. A Red Tools safety training video will be available ahead of this class so that the in-person component can focus on using the tools themselves.

  • April 19, 2017
    • TVGS Lesson Night6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

      The Tech Valley Game Space (TVGS) Lesson Night is a free monthly lesson on skills useful for game development. These lessons are appropriate for participants of all ages and backgrounds. There is no prior experience required, and no need to feel daunted! Every month, we release a poll at http://www.techvalleygamespace.com/learn/ to determine what the next lesson is going to be. Keep an eye on that space for more details about upcoming topics! You can also view the livestream of the lesson at twitch.tv/techvalleygamespace
    April 20, 2017
    • 3D Printing Syndicate6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

      Contribute to the Monthly Printing Challenge, show off, tell stories- hang out with other 3D Printing enthusiasts!

    • Writers Workshop6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

      Words are falling from our fingers like leaves off the autumn trees. We get together, eat, drink, schmooze and share, but, mostly we write. Like mad. With a focused productivity every participant finds gratifying and surprising.  6-6:30 potluck and schmooze, 6:30-8:30 writing. 8:30-9:00 share or enjoy the share.  Who's in. This is every other week, pretty much indefinitely. Instructor: ()
    • Stitch & Sip Open Crafting at the Center of Gravity6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

      Bring your own project (sewing, knitting, needlework...or hey, anything portable) and a beverage for a fun evening stitching and sipping in good company. The CoG provides an empty table, well-lighted work space and electricity, as well as witty banter and camaraderie. No instructor, craft along with fellow Makers. Free to members, $5 cash fee at check-in for non-members. (Membership has its privileges, join the Center of Gravity to access our awesome equipment, including sewing machines!)
    • TVGS Game Club7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

      If you enjoy discussing games, come to the Tech Valley Game Space for Game Club! Every month, participants Game Club meeting pick a game to play, then get together and talk about their experiences! Think of this group as being a traditional book club, but with video games instead of your usual hard-covers and paperbacks. Participants discuss various aspects of the game that they liked, disliked, or simply found notable; everything from music, character design, and storytelling, to the in-game physics, level creation, or graphics quality. Anything and everything about the game can be talked about, and no matter one's viewpoint, their input will welcomed and listened to. Anyone can attend - no memberships necessary. So long as you've got the right equipment at home, and enough time and interest to play at least a little of the game, then you're welcome to join in! We will meet in the boardroom and begin the discussion after 7:30 pm.
    April 22, 2017
    • TVGS Volunteer Coordination Meeting3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

      Everything we do at Tech Valley Game Space (TVGS) is enabled by our enthusiastic members and volunteers. We are so grateful for your support, and we're always striving to find new ways to leverage our collective energy to help the Capital Region game dev community thrive. We believe that the key to doing that is empowering all of you to take on a more active role in helping our local game development scene grow and flourish. With that in mind, we want to invite everyone to attend our volunteer coordination meeting. Many of you have been asking how you can get more involved with our group efforts, and this meeting will be a great chance to do just that. We've done so many great things together, and there's no limit to what we can accomplish as long as we remain dedicated to improving. So, let's get organized!
    • Ludum Dare 38 with Tech Valley Game Space7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

      The time has come...to make games for the 38th tri-annual online game jam, Ludum Dare! No experience in making games necessary!  This is just a fun challenge for all of us, and often serves as an educational moment to learn how to work with deadlines.  We will be going through game idea brainstorming and team building exercises to help you jump start your way to making games! Join in as you make a game in 72 hours with a team, or if you want to go hard-mode, 48 hours solo!  Meet up with other rapid game developers!  Eat a lot of junk food!  And most important of all, have fun! We also recommend reviewing the rules below for more details: http://ludumdare.com/compo/rules/ Instructor: ()
    April 24, 2017
    • 3D Modeling with Fusion3606:30 pm - 8:30 pm

      3D Design with Fusion360(from Autodesk makers of AutoCAD):  This is an 8 session (March 19 through May 15) course to learn parametric 3D design with Fusion360 (Free*). We will go over setting up Fusion360, 3D modeling primitives, strategies for good 3D models and making printable drawing from 3D models.  We will cover the types of primitives and strategies to complete 3D models. Iteration and modification of design will be included. Mention of (not cover in detail) creating additive (3D printing) and subtractive (CNC machining (CAM)) processing, assembling 3D models and numerical simulation, included in the free version of Fusion360 will be included. There will be both presentation and discussion time in each class as we progress through the topics.  We will conclude with a discussion of how to turn the 3D models into objects via additive (3D printer) or subtractive (CNC machine) techniques. Participants should bring their own laptop computers. *From http://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/free-trial: A free 1-year startup license is also available for hobbyists, enthusiasts, makers, and emerging businesses that make less than US $100,000 in revenue per year. At the end of 1 year, you can reselect the startup entitlement or transition to a commercial entitlement. For more information, contact Al Dunlop at alcog@aldunlop.com.
    • Ludum Dare 38 with Tech Valley Game Space7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

      The time has come...to make games for the 38th tri-annual online game jam, Ludum Dare! No experience in making games necessary!  This is just a fun challenge for all of us, and often serves as an educational moment to learn how to work with deadlines.  We will be going through game idea brainstorming and team building exercises to help you jump start your way to making games! Join in as you make a game in 72 hours with a team, or if you want to go hard-mode, 48 hours solo!  Meet up with other rapid game developers!  Eat a lot of junk food!  And most important of all, have fun! We also recommend reviewing the rules below for more details: http://ludumdare.com/compo/rules/ Instructor: ()
    April 25, 2017
    • Social Night Potluck6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

      Every Tuesday night we gather with food and conversation. Check this calendar for various themes. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is needed.
    • Zero To Maker Series - Fiber Arts / Crafts / Glass Cutting7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

      The Zero To Maker series is a sequence of classes to introduce new members to key peices of equipment and training at the Center of Gravity. Members who need a refresher on the topic are also welcome to attend!

      This week's class will be an introduction to the fiber arts / crafts / galss cutting area available at the COG. Focus will be on the sewing machines, loom and embroidery machine, as well as crafting and glass cutting, and will be taught by Irene Purificato, the SRP for that zone.

    April 26, 2017
    • TVGS Community Night6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

      Welcome to the Tech Valley Game Space Community Night! Updates from the community are encouraged! Volunteer for events at the TVGS and around the area to be a part of making them a reality for everyone. If you want to be in the know, and get involved, then this is the meeting to attend! If you have a project that you need help with, this is also the time to request any assistance from the community! The TVGS has a goal to help create local games, and there are multiple projects ongoing. Use your skills and help make games! Each month, we hold a "shark tank" session, where anyone with a game idea was invited to present a five minute pitch. The pitches were then voted on by attendees, and a team of TVGS volunteers have been working together over the intervening month to develop the concept that received the most votes into a working prototype. Now that a full month has elapsed, the progress that was made on the winning project will be presented. The team will share their results at this meeting, and provide time for feedback and questions. Participants at this event will again have a chance to pitch a game idea, all for an opportunity to lead a group of TVGS volunteers in a team effort to develop that idea into a functional prototype over the month ahead. We do need to limit the total number of pitches for scheduling purposes. Therefore, if you wish to participate in the event, we ask that you please RSVP in advance using the registration form: goo.gl/forms/bffPovTE9jG58XLh2