April 20th, 2016 by danbackslide
TL;DR: The laser cutter is down, parts are expected to arrive Monday 4/25.
Sadly, the mighty laser cutter has struck out. The high-voltage power supply that drives the laser has blown out. A new power supply will be ordered tomorrow morning, along with a new water chiller — one that actually chills water, rather than one that slightly cools water.
This of course means that Friday night’s laser classes are cancelled. I’ll get them rescheduled as soon as we have the laser cutter back in operation.
I’ll post here on the blog as soon as I have any updates on delivery and installation. Keep an eye on this space!
Update 1: 4/21/2016@1811
The power supply has been ordered, just waiting on the shipping notice for the delivery date. The chiller’s shipping costs put the total a little higher than expected, so I’ll be ordering that in the next couple of days, once we get some funds shuffled around. (The chiller would have shipped separately from the power supply in any case.)
Update 2: 4/22/2016@1816
The power supply has shipped. I have a tracking number, but no estimated delivery date yet. It’s coming by USPS 3-day Priority Mail, so I’m figuring it’ll arrive on Wednesday — good timing!
Update 3: 4/23/2016@1453
All hail the efficiency of the US Postal Service! The expected delivery date is Monday 4/25! I’ll be at the shop by about 7pm, so if anyone wants to help get the power supply installed, feel free to come on by.
March 28th, 2016 by schillerc
Check out the Eventbrite calendar and sign up for Practically Metal Working! We will have a quick lesson in MIG welding and learn how to make steel shop tables
This Friday from 6-10pm!
February 9th, 2016 by danbackslide
Why a party? Why not a party! It’s almost Valentine’s Day, there’s fresh snow, it’s Friday, it’s Blair’s birthday, Stevie Nukes didn’t burn the shop down… pick your own reason, and come celebrate it at the shop. This party is a potluck, so bring something tasty to share with everyone. It’s also BYOB, so bring your tasty beverage(s) of choice for yourself. Although if you want to share your tasty beverages I’m sure you’ll make new friends. There will be music of various types, maybe some games (if you bring ’em along), yakking, and various randomness. I hope to see lots of people there!
January 17th, 2016 by otto_pjm
If you are interested in CNC routers, and making complex shapes come join us on Sunday afternoons from 2:00 – 4:00 where we discuss and do all things CNC. For the last two weeks I’ve been working on cutting out a model to put in the lobby display case, so I have an answer to the question, “what can you do with it”.
What would you like to do with a CNC? Come talk with us next Sunday. Subscribe to the TC Maker google group for updates on meeting times, and themes for the day.
December 10th, 2015 by MechaVile
Quarterly Clean Up
December 19th – 10am to 6pm
Hey Twin Cities, it’s that time of year again and that means another shop clean up to get all our machines and spaces up to snuff. Last clean up had a low turnout so we need the newbies and the veterans to band together to help us keep the place spruced up for everyone. Come in before the 19th to pick up supplies and update tags or come on the 19th and lend us some of your time to move, sweep, rearrange and/or clean what you can. Every warm body helps and many hands make heavy loads lighter.
Our focus this clean up will be the wood shop, the broken tool storage (where the life size Operation game is currently resting with other machines) and the overhead storage above the laser room, server room and hallway. Of course doing anything as small as grabbing a broom and dust pan is much appreciated and our gratitude for volunteering your time and effort is eternal and unwavering.