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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.

Grilling! With food! Wednesday night!

They said it couldn’t be done. They said we were foolish to try. But Grillchefmeister Michael is planning on doing what doubters said couldn’t, nay, shouldn’t be done! Grill outside in the lovely fall weather we’re currently experiencing. So come early, come often to the Open House Wednesday night, and experience the Thrill of the Grill when you can actually use some nice hot food.

(If it may seem wrong to grill without mosquitoes, we regret to tell you you’ll need to bring your own.  But we’d prefer you didn’t.)

 

Quarterly Cleanup 8/3/2018 Member Storage Closing for Move (EVERTHING must go)

Member storage will be closing for the department move. EVERYTHING must be removed and taken home, so member storage can be moved to the new location.

UNLESS YOU HAVE EXPLICIT WRITTEN PERMISSION TO STORE IT HERE, ANYTHING LEFT HERE ON 8/4 IN MEMBER STORAGE WILL BE DISPOSED OF. NO EXCEPTIONS .

Many of you have things stored in member storage please don’t allow them to become victims of the storage purge of 2018.

(The Dumpsters are coming, the dumpsters are coming!!! Grab your projects and Run!!)

Please don’t traumatize our storage manager by making him throw out your awesome projects. (Seriously there will be tears if we have to throw out some of the beautiful projects in storage so we can move things.)

Thanks for your understanding and your help clearing out member storage,

 

Shop Management

 

Snow Emergency parking info

We’ve suddenly discovered snow, and that means Minneapolis has declared a Snow Emergency. So you should be aware of where you can park around the shop. Getting your car towed is definitely not fun (trust me on this!). Here’s the rules for the next couple of days:

The parking lots: Don’t use the parking lots until they’ve been plowed out!

Day 1: Tonight (Mon 1/22), starting at 9pm
You can park on either side of both streets, 26th St. and 32nd Ave. We’re not on a snow emergency route.

Day 2: Tuesday 1/23, 8am to 8pm
Park on the south side of 26th St. (our side of the street), or the east side of 32nd Ave (across from the building).

Day 3: Wednesday 1/24, 8am to 8pm
Park on the north side of 26th St. (across the street), or the west side of 32nd Ave (next to the building).

Here’s a map to help you visualize this, courtesy of the City of Minneapolis.

Shiny new storage*, shiny new storage rules

Update 2/6/2017: Storage rules are now available in the wiki. The links below have been changed to point there.

Hnewstorageuge massive thanks to everyone who showed up today to help clean out the member storage area! It hasn’t been this clean since we built the room (and I’m not sure it was this clean even then). Shelves have been rearranged, and we actually gained some extra storage space thanks to the discovery of some unused shelving pieces.

There were enough people at cleanup that we were also able to get a lot of work done in the wood shop and metal shop, so double thanks to everyone!

The member storage area is now open for you to start bringing your tubs and projects back in. We’ve got new rules in place, so here are the highlights:

  • Tubs need to be no larger than 29in x 27in x 19in. This is actually just a little bit larger than our previous loose guidelines, so check your tub. My old tub fits quite comfortably inside the new dimensions.
  • There’s no storage allowed in the aisles between the shelves. Anything found in the aisles can be tossed out at the discretion of the storage managers, so please don’t put stuff there!
  • You also can’t store anything in front of the door to the electrical room, or in the space for the door to be swung open. This area has been striped in red, you can’t miss it. There is no parking in the red zone!
  • Open floor space right now (that isn’t a red zone or an aisle) is available for projects. Remember to place a fully filled out parking permit on anything you place in member storage. Anything without a parking permit will get red-ticketed; red-ticket items will get thrown out after two weeks.

The new storage rules are available on the wiki. If you’ve got any questions, concerns, or comments on these new rules, please contact storage management at storage (at) tcmaker.org.

Again, thanks to everyone who helped out today!

* OK, so it’s the same old member storage area. Sure looks new though!

TC Maker Andrey Rudenko 3D Printing Villas in Philippines

DSCN9799You may have seen Andrey Rudenko last winter at the Hack Factory, tirelessly working away on his second concrete 3D printer. Finally when it was completed in the spring with most of the features worked out, he had the opportunity to travel and team up with entrepreneur in Philippines to actually 3D print a large concrete villa. Andrey flew over with a suitcase full of tools and some essential electronics to drive the printer, but the rest things like motors, metal, sand, MANILA FUN MOTORCYCLE CARTwiring, etc had to all be sourced locally and that wasn’t the hard part. Getting it back to the job site was a challenge because there are basically only two modes of transportation on the island.

They also had to build a giant tent to house the printer during the printing because it rains all the time.

Fellow TC Makers helped out with laser cutting at the Hack Factory and putting together Audrey’s extruder controller, which uses the Digit Shield from nootropic design.

In the end it printed and wow it looks great! Further readings here and here.

 


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SPRING CLEANING (Quarterly Cleanup)

As a reminder, quarterly clean-up is happening this Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 10AM to 6PM. THE SHOP WILL BE CLOSED.

We are going to take the momentum we started with metal shop love day and start running with it.

During Quarterly Clean-up we are going to be doing some massive purging and hitting up storage (and items that are inappropriately stored in the rest of the shop) really hard. This is just like spring cleaning your house. It is an opportunity for us to get any defunct projects, non-project items, and other junk out of the shop. We need to get rid of clutter in order to have the space that is needed for a functioning shop.

IF YOU HAVE ITEMS STORED AT THE SHOP THIS APPLIES TO YOU:
1) If the items are not an ACTIVE PROJECT, then it needs to go home.

2) Anything you keep at the shop must be PROPERLY LABELED and PROPERLY STORED IN THE PROJECT STORAGE AREA unless you explicitly have permission from shop management to store the item elsewhere. It must still be properly labeled.

3) Any non-project or out of date items found anywhere in the shop, will be disposed of (tossed in the dumpster). We are not a storage facility. You are not renting space to store your personal items, materials for “someday” projects, or “cool things you once made”.

As a reminder, the list above essentially constitutes our general storage policy. The policy in its entirety is found here.

New door controller controls all the doors

doorpadOkay, so it doesn’t look any different from the outside. But trust me, our new door controller is really quite new. The entire system has been overhauled so that it can handle more keys — no more full key tables! It’s also easier to add and remove keys. So make sure to keep your dues up to date, because we’re going to be flushing out keys on a regular basis…

There is one issue we’ve run into. Somewhere along the line we got a batch of keyfobs that don’t read correctly in the new system. That means those keys will no longer work. Unfortunately the only way to tell if your key is bad is to try it out on the door. If your key won’t read any more, shoot an email off to members@tcmaker.org, and we’ll arrange to get you a new key.

Quarterly Cleanup tomorrow (12/27)

CleanupHope everyone had a good holiday! But now, it is time once again to clean up the shop. We’ll be doing our winter Quarterly Cleanup tomorrow (Saturday 12/27), from 10AM to 6PM. If you’re available, please stop by for an hour or two, or more, and help get everything nice and shiny again. You’re probably tired of hearing me say it, but more hands really do make for less work. There are also rumors of delicious food, for those who help…

And a reminder: The shop is closed during Quarterly Cleanup. So no project work, just cleaning!

Project updates, macro and micro

Time for a couple of updates:

The lobby is closed for now

The floor in the lobby was painted and sealed on Friday. The sealer will need at least the weekend to cure, and possibly longer than that. So, until further notice, the front door is locked and the lobby is off limits. Don’t even think about trying to go in there! You can get into the shop through the yellow metal shop door, or the dock door if it’s open.

To stave off your curiosity, here are a couple of teaser pics (taken before the floor was painted):

Scanning Electron Awesomescope!

This morning I met up with the SEM’s former caretaker, and he fixed a couple of mistakes we made while setting it up. Then he showed me how it works. So we now have a functioning scanning electron microscope!

That said, please don’t try to run the SEM without first being shown how it works. It’s a complex scientific instrument, easy to break if you don’t know what you’re doing. We’ll will be working out the training details, and there may be a SEM party somewhere in the near future.

Here are a few photos for you to drool over in the meantime: