I dropped by and saw that a lot of people are making use of the plasma cutter. This is great. They are also beating the shit out of it. This is not so great.
The nozzle that's on there right now is in very bad shape. What's worse is the shape the nozzle retaining cap is in: That part is over $30. Operating the cutter with damaged parts could damage the cutter, not to mention hurt people who are using the cutter.
I'm thinking that going forward I'd like to remove the retaining cap, nozzle and electrode and have people who want to use the plasma cutter buy their own
. Therefore people who want to use it will have to plan ahead, properly learn how it works and then damage their own equipment when using it incorrectly, having them face the consequences for their actions directly. This also means that the equipment in the area won't be just casually usable to any member who walks up. I feel bad about this, but I think unless people have some skin in the game, it will just turn into a "tragedy of the commons" for everyone. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tragedy_of_the_commons