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Rotary Attachment for Goliath (and, possibly, the laser cutter)

Somehow this message got lost in my inbox. So, when he says “Tues night” he’s actually referring to December 12th. Anyways, better late than never.  Here is Rylan’s writeup about the new tool he made for us:

Hey everyone! On Tues night after the meeting I made a portable tail stock to match Albert’s motorized Chuck. It Took me all night but lucky I scrounged enough pieces of metal and the whole thing came together in one night — paint and all! I turned most of the parts on the lathe. My favourite part about the build was using a flexure and a clamp to adjust the height of the bushing near the handle at the back, that along with rotation of the large ring sitting on the flexure allowed me to align the back bushing very well despite the way that parts like to warp and shift as welds cool. Putting the ACME thread up on top instead of hidden underneath the carriage as is typical is a feature in this design as exposing the treads makes it them easy to clean with all the CNC cuttings.
This rotary attachment could also be easily be placed in the laser cutter and on the CNC router.

Enjoy,
Rylan

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Upcoming Workshops!

Making Soap

It has been a while, but summer is over, the leaves are falling, and people are starting to think about Christmas presents.  How about making your gifts this year?  We are hosting a couple workshops to help you out with that:

Soap Making.  Learn to make your own soap.  Cold process soap takes a bit of time to cure, but if you make it on November 16th it should be ready to use by Christmas.

Laser Cut Decorations (link to come).  Learn to use the laser cutter at Saskatoon TechWorks.  And, make decorations at the same time!  Use them yourself, or give them away.

 

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Saskatoon TechWorks Store!

Do you have a project idea but don’t want to wait 6-8 weeks for an order to arrive from eBay? Did you know that Saskatoon TechWorks has a store that is stocked with a variety of common items you might want to use in your project?  Browse our inventory here.  Now, admittedly, it’s a bit heavy on the Micro/Arduino side. What would YOU like to see stocked in our store? Let me know!

Yes, I did work at Radio Shack back in the early 90s.  Why do you ask?

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Makerspace Program at SPL Main Library


Are you interested in learning about the availability of Makerspaces (with new technologies for you to use) in Saskatoon? Well…

I’m very excited to invite you to an exciting (free) program the the Main library (Theatre) on March 30th at 6 pm.

At 6 pm in the Meeting Room, there will be several local exhibitors available to demonstrate the new technology and Makerspace available locally. Following that, we will screen a film called “Maker”. The trailer is here:

http://makerthemovie.com/about/

Three speakers will follow:
– Albert La from Sask. Techworks
– Erin Romanyshyn from the new Round Prairie library
– Sheila Maithel from Tailor Magic

Reception, coffee provided. Free admission.

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AGM Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who came out for our Annual General Meeting.  This was our largest turnout ever.  (People kept arriving after we started, too, so the minutes don’t actually reflect the final number.)

The revisions to the bylaws were passed as proposed.  This will bring our bylaws better in line with how we have actually been operating for years.

Our new board was elected.  John Tumbach, Albert La, James Cooper, and Scott Walde all stood for re-election.  New this year, Andrew Wright was nominated.  All five candidates were elected unanimously.

Since we failed to do anything special on the 6 year anniversary of our incorporation, (Some of our members had other plans that night — I don’t understand their priorities.) we decided to recognise it a month late.  Cake was eaten.