I wanted to snap a pic of the tree that we dropped in the pigeon-crap hole, but I forgot my phone. Thanks @Nicholas for snagging that, we’ll make it into something nice. And Pierre as well for dropping by to help us NOT lift it. Way to use your noggin.
@BrianB the use of your laser cutter for small projects would be amazing!
I would love to use a laser cutter for a project that I am trying to build; the project is a simple, small robotic arm (called a mearm).
The requirements are:
parts cut out of 3mm sheet of acrylic (300mm x 200mm or 8"x12")
dxf file for the parts that I want to cut on thingiverse
I am not sure what you are thinking in terms of the use of your laser cutter for projects. Did you want us to supply material (or pay you for material if you have material that matches) and pay a fee for time used on the laser?
Let me know what you are thinking as I would really like to get these parts cut locally.
Unfortunately this deal fell through. We met with the owner of the building again on Thursday and they surprised us with the news that they wont be able to give us the space downstairs which we had agreed on previously. The reason is that a few of the companies, currently renting offices at that building, are rapidly expanding and they will need a lot more room. They are planning to move those companies downstairs. They offered to rent us some office space upstairs with the promise of building a shop next to the building over a period of 6 months or so – if we fund raise and provide help with material.
The board met at red beard afterwards and we had a long discussion about our options. @Chainmaildave and @hdsheena were there too. Considering the type of tools and projects our members are interested in, and the projects we have planned for when the space opens up, we think the office space wont really cut it for us.
We have developed a strong following now and all of our workshops have been sold out. It is clear to us that there is a huge need for a makerspace in Kamloops and we think we will have better options at this point. So we decided to say no to the offer of the space upstairs and instead look for a more suitable space.
I think everyone, myself included, were very excited about moving to that space and sharing a building with KIC. We stopped looking for alternative places over the last few months while we were waiting for the space to be ready. That being said, I am glad that the deal fell through now and not further down the road when we would have been even more dependant on it. Right now this means that we are free once again to look at places and find something that works for us. We are in a very good shape right now and excited about all the possible opportunities. I’ll start another thread to get organized with our search for a home.
Thank you again to everyone that helped us during the last few months with agreement negotiation and fund raising for supplies.