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 If you have materials laying around the shop that are unlabeled, no longer active or have outdated tags make sure you come in between now and then to claim those so they do not get thrown away or moved to Up-For-Grabs.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.

Yes, another cleanup is tomorrow…

November 4th, 2016 by danbackslide

So the calendar says there’s a cleanup day tomorrow (11/5).

Yes, that’s right.

But didn’t we just do one of those like six weeks ago?

Yes, we did. But we’ve rejiggered the schedule of cleanups, and it was either put two close together or two really far apart. We chose close, because dirt never sleeps.

Why rearrange the cleanup days? I was just getting used to the old schedule!

The old schedule had two bad spots every year — the end of December (Xmas/New Year’s/assorted other winter festivities) and the end of June (one week before CONvergence, which many of our members are also involved with). That made at least two cleanups that needed to be moved every year. The new schedule is the first weekend of November, February, May, and August, which should keep us away from holidays and other fun distractions.

So, any focus for this cleanup?

Since this is the first cleanup on the new schedule, I’m expecting a light turnout. So I think we’ll focus on some of the smaller things that haven’t been hit in a while — get the lobby swept and mopped, do some classroom cleanup, maybe do some rearranging in the computer lab. It’ll be pretyy free-form, so come on by and lend a hand where you like. Thanks!

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