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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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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.

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Base Commanders (Paintball Game)

Paintball Game for Ranger Lake Bible Camp

A few years ago I built a “Terrorist Bomb” for RLBC to use as a paintball game. It was simple. It was hacked together out of a variety of parts I had lying around. It was also a huge hit.

aka "Game Timer"
aka “Game Timer”

After that, we started talking about a grander scheme. The next game would consist of three bases with buttons and lights. Initially it was traffic lights, but it eventually became the light pole we ended up using. The biggest problem with this sort of “capture the flag” type game is having referees to keep score. If we could use technology to keep score, it frees up the refs so they can focus on fair gameplay. I had been using XBee devices in my “day job,” so decided they would work great for communication between the bases and the command centre. Continue reading Base Commanders (Paintball Game)

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A Quick Sunday Afternoon CNC Project

When switching back and forth between calibres on my Lee Pro 1000 reloading press, I often have bits and pieces strewn around my reloading bench.  Now, I tolerate a fair bit of disorder, but sometimes it gets to be a bit much.  So… today’s quick project was to help organize my mess a bit better.

The parts I switch out when changing between 9mm and .38spl are the turret with the dies installed, the shell plate, and the case slider.  (Also the case feeder, but that’s too big to store this way.)

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