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Wench Welding Night is Back (7/25 @ 6pm)

Wench Welding night is back at the Hack Factory! We’ll have a project and get re-acquainted with the space and machines. We’ll meet July 25th @ 6pm in the classroom space at the Hack Factory and transition to the shop! We’ll have jackets, welding hoods, and some spare gloves but if you have your own set, we encourage you to bring it!

If you have any questions, you can email metalshop@tcmaker.org

–Clara and Cory

3D Lab Project Frame

Following in the example of the Laser Lab, the 3D lab now has a digital project frame to show off the projects members are doing. To submit a picture for the slide show just email it to 3dlab+project-frame@tcmaker.org .

3D Lab Project Frame

3D Lab June Update

This is the first official 3D Lab news letter and I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself, the people helping me out, and the lab.

The Lab

First off, by now you have likely noticed, but we have a full fledged 3D Lab at the space now. We started the lab late last year with one printer in the Artifactory and have since grown to three printers and relocated to the front room of the lobby in the same room as the computer lab. If you have not checked out the lab yet please come by sometime and check it out. We run orientation classes on the first Wednesday of the month and the third Saturday morning of the month to get people trained on how to use the machines.

Who is running the lab?

If we have not met yet, hello, my name is Joseph and I am the 3D Lab (and Computer Lab) manager. I have been doing 3D printing since about 2012 and used to run the 3D Lab at the Milwaukee Makerspace before I moved up here. Helping me out with various things around the lab are Michael Butler (the Electronics manager) and Jaysen B.. If you are ever in the lab and need help please feel free to flag any of us down, email 3dlab@tcmaker.org, or post on the slack channel.

Want to help out?

If you would like to volunteer to help out we always appreciate the extra help. Just email me at 3dlab@tcmaker.org and we can talk.

New SD card tags

We recently had several SD cards go missing. It happens, they are small and easily misplaced. But they also get pricey to replace often so I have been trying to figure out how to make them stand out more and be harder to misplace. Enter these new tags I designed this morning. The cards are now labeled very clearly per printer and they should be vastly more visible. Please remember that gcode is printer specific so please only use the marked card with the correct printer so we do not run the wrong gcode on a machine.

WiFi sign project

Recently I designed some new WiFi password signs for the space and I have been working on printing out several to hang up around the space. If you are and you feel like there is a place that still needs a sign please print one out and hang it up. The file is in the downloads folder of the 3D Lab computer. I have just been printing them out and using a permanent marker to color the raised text but you could also pause the printer when it gets to the text and change the filament color (like I did for the SD card tags).

Anyone want to fix this printer?

We recently had someone donate this old Solidoodle printer. It is a good frame but the board is shot and a lot of the parts are also very much broken. It needs a lot of work but could be a good printer to be enclosed for printing ABS and other materials that need to be in an enclosed and ventilated space. I personally do not have the time to fix it but if someone feels up to the challenge please reach out to me at 3dlab@tcmaker.org and let me know you want to take on the project. I brought in a spare arduino mega and an old j-head hotend I had so maybe we could replace the board with a ramps and just fix up the broken parts and be good.

Wood Shop Project Day Results

Of the 20 or so wood shop projects we were able to get over half of them done this last Saturday!  Thank you to all of you who came in and spent some time making our metal and wood shops just that much better!

New Donation Box & Refreshment Tray for Classroom

We have a new donation box and refreshment tray for our classroom.

Classroom Counter with new refreshment tray and donation box.

Classroom Counter with new refreshment tray and donation box.

Please remember to throw some cash in the box when you grab a drink or something to eat. Your contributions allow us to continue provide this, and other amenities for you.

3D Lab Computer is Back Up

The lab computer is back up and running. The old one is back up and running for the moment and I am still working on getting a new computer set up to replace it if it goes down again.

3D Lab Computer Down

The 3D Lab computer has finally released its magic smoke and is no more. I am working to get it replaced as soon as possible (hopefully in the next day or so) but in the mean time you can slice your files at home or use one of the CAD computers in the lab with the normal 3D Lab account.

The Scli3r config backup can be found on our google drive here

Classroom update

Classroom is mostly finished and functional. The projector works for video, but no sound yet. The printer and SEM haven’t been hooked up yet. Please be patient during this remodel as we make improvements to the functionality of the space. Short term annoyances (like sound or printer) will eventually translate to long term benefits.

If you are interested in helping (like running ethernet above the ceiling), email president@tcmaker.org.

Also, please do not hang things on the freshly painted walls. There is a plan.

Belt sander and buffing wheels

Members, take note that our gracious former member who lent us his belt sander and buffing wheels for metal shop use took them to their new home yesterday.

Please plan accordingly for projects, keeping in mind the shop has two angle grinders that would be useful when fitted with a wire wheel or buffing wheel, easily found at Discount Steel or Harbor Freight.

 

 

 

Metal Shop Closed this Thursday 530pm-930pm

Members,

There will be another free Women/Trans/Femme night this Thursday from 6pm to 9pm. The Metal Shop will be closed 530pm to 930pm to prepare and clean up after this event.

 

All members and non-members who identify as women/trans/femme are welcome to this event, focusing on beginner-friendly welding skills.

 

Please wear non—flammable clothing and leather shoes. Safety gear and welding hoods will be available to use.

 

contact Clara for details 612-703-9211