The Rocketeer Has Left The Earth

July 18th, 2017 by MechaVile

A fond farewell from all of us to our friend and ally, Blair.

     As most of you know our long-standing member and prop-maker, Blair, has recently passed after a bout with one of the most formidable of foes– cancer. He’s been near and dear to us and his many projects have delighted more folks than I could ever enumerate. It’s with a heavy heart that I make this post today. But the Earth still spins and the living must keep living and striving ever forward, even in the wake of our communal loss. To commemorate Blair’s memory, we’ll be having a cookout Wednesday the 19th of July and, on a date yet to be determined, hold a screening of The Rocketeer as well as HG Wells: The Time Machine.

There will be other services and memorials exalting Blair’s life in the following month as well. I wish you all the best.

4×4 CNC Operational

July 2nd, 2017 by otto_pjm

The 4×4 is up and running again, there are as always more tweaks to be made, but I think it is ready to be opened up for use. Dates for training etc will be forth coming, if you are interested follow the tcmaker google group for updates.We will be likely to running the machine on Wednesday nights as well, drop by.

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Laser update: no upgrade tonight…

June 1st, 2017 by danbackslide

Last week when I got the laser back in operation, I said I was planning on putting the new tube in tonight (Thurs 6/1). Unfortunately, between Mini Maker Faire this weekend and other Real Life duties, that’s not gonna happen. I don’t want to be doing all that work when I’m feeling pressed for time, as that’s when mistakes are made. I’ll post here and in the TCMaker Google group when I’ve got another date set. Don’t worry, it’ll be soon — my wife wants the death ray crate out of the house…

The laser is up! (mostly)

May 24th, 2017 by danbackslide

I am quite pleased to report that the laser cutter is back in action mostly! Turns out it was the power supply, and the new unit has been bodged into place. I’ll put some decent connectors on the wiring next Thursday, but what’s there is good for now (just not long-term durable).

So about that ‘mostly’ part: The magnetic safety switch is acting up. It looks like the magnet on the lid has either moved a bit (unlikely), or has lost some magnetism (still unlikely), or the switch itself is losing sensitivity (more likely). It’s been temporarily fixed by taping a chunk of fridge magnet on top of it, which adds enough oomph to get the switch to activate. Another thing to get fixed next Thursday.

The plan is to put in the new laser tube, mirrors, and beam combiner on Thursday 6/1. If you’d like to help out, or just hang out and kibbitz, come on by. I’ll probably be starting around 7pm.

Quarterly Clean Up 5-6-17 10AM-6PM

April 25th, 2017 by orion

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Hey Twin Cities, it’s that time again.

Quarterly clean up is scheduled for Saturday 5-6-17 from 10am to 6pm so the Hack Factory will be unavailable for projects during that time. If you have materials laying around the shop that are unlabeled, no longer active or have outdated tags make sure you come in between now and then to claim those so they do not get thrown away or moved to Up-For-Grabs.

If you have time that day, please consider spending a bit to help us more thoroughly clean our space and dispose of unneeded materials and abandoned projects. You know we love our space and our members so if you’ve got some elbow grease to spare we’d appreciate your presence and support in making this another successful cleaning day.

And as always Twin Cities…

Hack Well. Hack Hard.

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