Cut, Turn, and Burn – Ideas to 3D objects, Sat. Oct. 16th

September 30th, 2010 by otto_pjm

Cut Turn and Burn Banner

A Class Featuring 3D Printing on the MakerBot, CNC Routing, CNC Lathe turning, and possibly Laser etching will be held on Saturday October 16th from 1-4 PM at the Hack Factory.

Please Register on Eventbrite so we can plan accordingly.

Bring your ideas, CAD files, pictures, and questions. The class is open to everyone. For non-members, a donation of $5 to cover materials is suggested. We will strive to make the class relevant to the interests of those present. The class will include an overview of basic creation of g-code files, (The instructions that the CNC systems understand) by various means in the classroom, and demonstrations of how the various systems interpret the g-code to produce objects.

The intention is to keep things as interactive and hands-on as possible, if you have electronic media with your ideas, pictures, cad files please bring them. If you have CAD software (anything that can produce a dxf file), Vector Graphics Software (Illustrator, Inkscape) or 3D Design software (anything that can produce an stl file) on a laptop bring it along.

We’ll do our best to get your ideas into your hands, please be aware that the materials, tools, tooling, and time available may not allow us to produce all items.

[Update] Pyrodogg, took some great pictures during the session, check the TC Maker flicker group for more.


Hack Factory Cleanup Day, Saturday Sept. 11

September 8th, 2010 by Booka

Reminder that this Saturday is the Fall cleanup day for our space. Starting at 9 am we will try to organize and clean our space. The plan is to work on specific areas, with one person taking lead for each of the major areas. Right now only one person has stepped up and agreed to lead the Metal Working area.

This is your space and it needs your attention, we have to organize surplus/supplies, clean, build storage, identify items we still need to acquire and throw out some junk.

If you cannot make it Saturday, you as members, can access the space any time you want. Help by sweeping the shop floor, setting up PCs with Ubuntu for our lab, clean a fridge, sort the donations near the supply area, build storage for tools, surplus, stock.

A couple hours makes a dent, and it helps us show off the space to future members and visitors.

About Noon I will start a grill, so bring your grillables and we can enjoy our accomplishments and hopefully a wonderful Fall afternoon.

Hacking Up a Laser CNC

September 3rd, 2010 by otto_pjm

We have been working on converting a CNC inspection machine into a CNC capable of using multiple tools.

CyberOptic CNC

The Y axis is only supported on one side, so the tools will need to be light unless, we can devise another support. At our last open house on Wednesday, we had a great hacker collaboration and not only got the machine to draw with a Sharpie, but trying some engraving with jtbarclay’s blueray burner. Here’s a shot of the engraving in progress.

Laser Engraving

Additional information can be found on our wiki: 3D Prototyper Project