I had a chance to do some “making” on TV this morning.
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.
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.
Our Soap Making Workshop on November 24th was a full house. We had eight participants who each made their own batch of soap and coloured and scented it to their liking.
Some of the participants were definitely more artistic than me.
A few years ago I bought an original Bradley Smoker, thinking it would be a fun new way to prepare food. I quickly got frustrated with it. Continue reading Improving an original Bradley Smoker
Over the past few years one of our members, Peter or petros in IRC, has been making a small trailer to tow behind his car. I must say it is awesome. Here are some of the highlights of that build. Continue reading Teardrop Trailer Build
I decided that I needed to have some decent sheet lumber storage in my garage because i didn’t want anymore warped wood. So to build this storage I figured the easiest way was to build a jig to make long angle (or taper) cuts in a controlled precise manner.
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.
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)