• RE: Members Meeting Tuesday December 12, 2017 6:30-8:30

    We have raised $1050 toward the laser tube replacement. $100 is still outstanding.

    Gas bill is $498. It would have been %783.16 without equal payment. Gas usage is higher this year over last

    Electric bill is $772.62 . It is 14% less than it was last year.

    This leaves us with approximately $5000 in the bank

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  • RE: BCLC - Request for volunteers

    This is a very good thing. I’m not sure “The Makerspace” will commit to doing it again, but I’m going to try to go again next year.

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  • RE: Maker Monday December Edition

    Looks like we made a bit of headway on figuring out the scorpion laser. It has a bit of a learning curve to it, though that might be influenced by being very accustomed to the workflow on our laser.

    Sweeping was done. Food was eaten. I did not get the lathe remounted, or the wiring in the lounge hung. But I’ll get to those things this week some time I think.

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  • RE: Loaner Laser

    Looks like @DennisTY had the honour of making the first cuts intended to build an actual project with this machine tonight! Congratulations.

    It is … tricky to vector cut with. Wide, charred kerfs, lots of smoke, a fair amount of flare-up. But it’ll cut 6mm ply at 50% power 20% speed. That’s something.

    It also rasters beautifully, and fast. I think we were doing that at 50% power, 100% speed. The super light-weight gantry and wider kerf lets it do very fast raster scans.

    We found that example of a vector cut where it left a pronounced 45 degree chamfer that @Grant-Fraser accidentally made in the bin. I’m going to try to get some pictures of that and try to figure out how to do it on purpose, because it would make the coolest decorative edges. Laser chamfer the edges then vector cut the part out! I think it has something to do with the depth of field of the lens assembly on this machine though, which means we probably can’t reproduce it on our machine without swapping out the lenses.

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  • RE: Source for heavy wall steel pipe?

    @pierre you probly shood ask my dad if he has the pipe

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  • RE: Source for heavy wall steel pipe?

    That’s about why I’ve opted to spend $60 on a manufactured mount with a load rating much higher than I intend to lift in and out of the back of my pickup. I’m sure I could bodge together a safe mount for it, but this is so cheap that I don’t want to have to second-guess it.

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  • RE: Maker Monday December Edition

    The work surfaces in the Craftorium are routinely used to make up for a shortfall in storage space. Ideally work surfaces would integrate storage space whenever possible.

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  • RE: Source for heavy wall steel pipe?

    Remember, this is just the mounting bracket… We still need between $100 and $300 worth of motor, spool, gearbox… But I’m going to mount one on my garage, and figure out the motor later. Maybe I’ll get a good deal on a motor next year.

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  • RE: Source for heavy wall steel pipe?

    That’d be perfect for my needs @Krankin I’d take two 8’ pieces if you can swing it. I’ll bring you cash.

    @kile I was actually thinking of hanging it from the 3rd-floor steel fire escape. Being able to haul up and drop onto a cart sitting on the 2nd floor landing would be very good for clay.

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  • RE: Maker Monday December Edition

    @megan.fenkhuber you should get the plywood. You’ve done the fundraising for it and we are almost done the laser tube fundraising. There will always be competing priorities.

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