Archive for the ‘Projects’Category

Techworks assists in creating SoundCloud art exhibit for Nuit Blanche

Earlier this summer, Techworks was approached by the group OPEN, who wanted our help building an art installation for the upcoming Nuit Blanche art festival. Thanks to the volunteer efforts of Albert La, the result is SoundCloud.

Physically, SoundCloud is a suspended undulating paper cloud which creates a landscape composed of clustered paper forms. The modular paper shapes are folded from reused and discarded architectural drawings, making use of the medium used to create structures, recycled as material which forms the basis of the structure for the installation. The overhanging cloud works to creates an immersive environment at the plane of the ceiling, leaving the floor clear for viewers to wander the Storefront and interact with SoundCloud above. Idle when sound levels are low in the room, SoundCloud is dark while it waits, pulsing occasionally in anticipation and enticing passerbys to take notice. Once somebody moves through the room and sound is detected from the shuffling of feet or the sound of voices, SoundCloud illuminates in the area in which it senses sound below it.

SoundCloud will be on display from September 12 – October 22, 2014 at the storefront gallery, 224 20th Street West, Saskatoon. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 5 pm and Saturdays 10am – 4pm. The opening reception will be held Friday, September 12th at 7pm.

For more information, contact: Crystal Bueckert, Director tel. (306) 241-6643 or info@thestorefront.ca.

OPEN SoundCloud poster

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09 2014

Congratulations Rylan! Peachy Printer Crushes Funding Goal!

Congratulations Rylan!

We’re ridiculously excited about the success of Rylan’s Kickstarter/Indiegogo campaign for the Peachy Printer. He was able to raise just over $700,000 which will go towards R&D of the printer and, eventually, production of nearly 5,000 Peachy Printers for backers. We’ll be posting periodic updates here regarding his progress, but for the news as it happens you should check out his website, http://www.peachyprinter.com. Also worth noting is that The Peachy Printer currently holds the title of “Most Funded Canadian Kickstarter Ever” as mentioned in the Kickstarter blog. Let’s see how long he can hold that title for!

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10 2013

$100 3D Printer

One of our members, Rylan Grayston, just launched a kickstarter campaign for his $100 3d printer, the Peachy Printer. Only one day in to the campaign he is already over half way to his $50,000 goal! Check out the project here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/117421627/the-peachy-printer-the-first-100-3d-printer-and-sc?ref=country

Best of luck Rylan!

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09 2013

Project Showcase: Motion-Controlled Camera Rig using Blender 3D

This is a really impressive project put together by one of our members, Rylan Grayston. It’s a motion camera rig that is fully controlled using Blender 3D, an open-source 3d modeling and animation software. If the video below isn’t enough for you, you can read more about it here or here.

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07 2013

Project Showcase: Laser Cutter Water Cooling System

Last year, one of our members purchased a laser cutter of questionable quality off of eBay. We’ve been pleasantly surprised by what the machine is able to do, and over the last year we’ve been constantly improving the machine. Our latest improvement is that of a proper water cooling system for the laser to replace the “snow cooled” system we’d been using all winter.

water2

For more details on this project, head over to our forum.

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04 2013

Project Showcase: Buzzer Relay

Over the weekend, a couple of our members put together this Raspberry Pi powered relay whose purpose will be to trigger a buzzer in a shop with highly regimented work times. The Pi will keep time using NTP to stay in sync with the shop’s timeclock.

buzzer relay

For more details on this project, head to our forum.

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04 2013

Yet another thing TechWorks is good for…

This week, one of our members is using the shop to install a new engine in his daughter’s junior dragster. Very cool! Some interesting facts:

  • Chassis: 2009 Martin Components Jr. Dragster
  • Engine (2012): Briggs Raptor 3 (13 cu in) with 28mm Mikuni Carb
  • Best time (2012): 12.002s @ 52mph (1/8th mile)
  • New Engine: Blockzilla 3×3 (21 cu in) with 40mm Mikuni Carb
  • Expected time: 9s @ 70mph
  • Fuel: Methanol
  • Driver: Rachel (age 11)

 

Junior Dragster

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03 2013

Project Showcase: CNC ALL THE THINGS

It’s about time we do a project showcase on some of the things our members have made using our CNC router. Click the link below each image for project details.

wine rack
Wine Rack
by Paul Chavady

3D Mack Truck Puzzle
3D Mack Truck Puzzle
by Jeremy Rans

3D Puzzle Dragon
3D Puzzle Dragon
by Albert La

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02 2012

Project Showcase: TouchCNC Android App

I have been working on an android app that allows you to control Ryan’s CNC router (“Goliath”) directly via touch. After a few iterations, I’ve got an app that I’m quite happy with. It supports circles, rectangles, lines as well as freehand. The app also lets you specify your cut area and cut depth on the fly (check out Tic Tac Toe take 2 for a good example of why defining cut area on the fly is useful). Check out the forum thread that describes the app in more detail.

Here are some demo videos of the app in action:

Smiley face demo (full demo of all features)
Tic Tac Toe, take 1 (first trial)
Tic Tac Toe, take 2 (continuation of first trial)

Thanks to Ryan for designing such an incredible machine and to Albert for filming/editing.

- Jeremy

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11 2011

Project Showcase: Camera Rig


I have been working on a camera rig that will theoretically pan while moving along a surface. So far this is what I’ve got.

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08 2011