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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.

 

 

 

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Soldering Workshop

There will be a electronics soldering basics workshop held at Saskatoon Techworks.

It will take place Thursday March 23, 2017  7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Here are some of the things that you can expect to learn:

  • Soldering Safety
  • How to identify the electronic components
  • Selecting an appropriate soldering iron
  • Soldering techniques
  • Identifying good solder joints and common problems
  • Practical application by building a small project

Cost for Hacker/Maker Space Members: $10

Cost for Non-Members: 15$

 

Saskatoon Techworks members can use the following link to apply the discount code.

Soldering Workshop – Picatic

Hope to see you out there.

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3D Print All The Things

The 3D Printers at Techworks are working great!

The Makerbot Replicator 2 is relatively low maintenance and does a great job.

And, despite what anyone says, the Solidoodle 3 still works just fine when you use fresh ABS filament.  (Don’t use that green stuff that was hanging in the window at the old space.)

(The arms are drooping because I printed him without supports.)

Printing some replacement parts for the enclosure.

 

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More Lathe Training

Rylan has asked me to post these links here.  He will be doing two more lathe training sessions later this week.  If you have not been trained already, the Thursday session is for you:

https://www.picatic.com/event14858074313497

and, if you already have the basic training, the advanced session on Saturday is for you:

https://www.picatic.com/event14858079182207

These training sessions are provided by Rylan at a cost of $50 per session.

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New Laser Cutter!

The new laser cutter/engraver is up and running! It has a 40cm x 60cm cut area, and does a beautiful job of rastering.

I have tested it on plywood, hardboard, and Rowmark LaserMax with good results. Suggested settings will be collected on the Wiki as we determine them.