You may have seen Andrey Rudenko last winter at the Hack Factory, tirelessly working away on his second concrete 3D printer. Finally when it was completed in the spring with most of the features worked out, he had the opportunity to travel and team up with entrepreneur in Philippines to actually 3D print a large concrete villa. Andrey flew over with a suitcase full of tools and some essential electronics to drive the printer, but the rest things like motors, metal, sand, wiring, etc had to all be sourced locally and that wasn’t the hard part. Getting it back to the job site was a challenge because there are basically only two modes of transportation on the island.
They also had to build a giant tent to house the printer during the printing because it rains all the time.
As a reminder, quarterly clean-up is happening this Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 10AM to 6PM. THE SHOP WILL BE CLOSED.
We are going to take the momentum we started with metal shop love day and start running with it.
During Quarterly Clean-up we are going to be doing some massive purging and hitting up storage (and items that are inappropriately stored in the rest of the shop) really hard. This is just like spring cleaning your house. It is an opportunity for us to get any defunct projects, non-project items, and other junk out of the shop. We need to get rid of clutter in order to have the space that is needed for a functioning shop.
IF YOU HAVE ITEMS STORED AT THE SHOP THIS APPLIES TO YOU:
1) If the items are not an ACTIVE PROJECT, then it needs to go home.
2) Anything you keep at the shop must be PROPERLY LABELED and PROPERLY STORED IN THE PROJECTSTORAGE AREA unless you explicitly have permission from shop management to store the item elsewhere. It must still be properly labeled.
3) Any non-project or out of date items found anywhere in the shop, will be disposed of (tossed in the dumpster). We are not a storage facility. You are not renting space to store your personal items, materials for “someday” projects, or “cool things you once made”.
As a reminder, the list above essentially constitutes our general storage policy. The policy in its entirety is found here.
Okay, so it doesn’t look any different from the outside. But trust me, our new door controller is really quite new. The entire system has been overhauled so that it can handle more keys — no more full key tables! It’s also easier to add and remove keys. So make sure to keep your dues up to date, because we’re going to be flushing out keys on a regular basis…
There is one issue we’ve run into. Somewhere along the line we got a batch of keyfobs that don’t read correctly in the new system. That means those keys will no longer work. Unfortunately the only way to tell if your key is bad is to try it out on the door. If your key won’t read any more, shoot an email off to email@example.com, and we’ll arrange to get you a new key.
Hope everyone had a good holiday! But now, it is time once again to clean up the shop. We’ll be doing our winter Quarterly Cleanup tomorrow (Saturday 12/27), from 10AM to 6PM. If you’re available, please stop by for an hour or two, or more, and help get everything nice and shiny again. You’re probably tired of hearing me say it, but more hands really do make for less work. There are also rumors of delicious food, for those who help…
And a reminder: The shop is closed during Quarterly Cleanup. So no project work, just cleaning!
The floor in the lobby was painted and sealed on Friday. The sealer will need at least the weekend to cure, and possibly longer than that. So, until further notice, the front door is locked and the lobby is off limits. Don’t even think about trying to go in there! You can get into the shop through the yellow metal shop door, or the dock door if it’s open.
To stave off your curiosity, here are a couple of teaser pics (taken before the floor was painted):
Scanning Electron Awesomescope!
This morning I met up with the SEM’s former caretaker, and he fixed a couple of mistakes we made while setting it up. Then he showed me how it works. So we now have a functioning scanning electron microscope!
That said, please don’t try to run the SEM without first being shown how it works. It’s a complex scientific instrument, easy to break if you don’t know what you’re doing. We’ll will be working out the training details, and there may be a SEM party somewhere in the near future.
Here are a few photos for you to drool over in the meantime:
Twin Cities Maker (TC Maker) is a community group based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Our mission is to make, share, and learn.
We have opened a maker space/hackerspace for members to build projects using various media and technologies, from wood and metal working to electronics to fabrics and beyond. We call our space the Hack Factory.
Open house Wed: 7-9pm
The Hack Factory
3119 East 26th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406