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.
We need your help to give us feedback so we can make decisions on what new tools to buy, improve on communicating to members, and asking for volunteers.
We’ve changed wording/added questions from the last survey, so even if you took the last one – please still visit www.tinyurl.com/TCINPUT
It doesn’t matter if you are an active member or not, we’re interested in hearing what you think!
If you prefer – a paper version of the Survey can also be found in the front entrance under the Volunteer/Event Bulletin Board.
Hello Twin Cities. As some of us remember the Hack Factory hosted a premiere party for a show called How To Make Everything in which the host, Andy George, makes everyday items from scratch. It’s well produced and quite informative.
Well they liked Hack Factory so much that they’re coming for another tour of the facility to give us a spot in an upcoming sidebar series called Meet The Makers where they go back to the locations for a better look at the crafters who helped Andy on his quest.
On Thursday the 29th some crew (maybe even Andy himself, oooooo!) will be filming the area and projects starting from 5pm to whenever they get enough cool stuff, which I imagine will be around 7pm but is as of yet undecided.
They’d like to see sparks fly, things in operation and projects being projected upon. Makers making things as making makers make. So cancel your date plans, brush the dust off your green tag and swing on by if you’ve got something cool to work on.
We’ll need a lot of clean space to set up in so an impromptu cleaning salon will commence on Wednesday to prepare. Time: Undesignated. Whenever there are bodies and impetus.
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.
I’ve had some questions on how to set the parameters in ImagetoGcode, an application built into LinuxCNC, the control software used for some (soon to be all ) CNC routers at the Hack Factory. There are lots of ways you can do this, and your material, application, and bit size all play a role in getting the settings correct. I’ve been cutting a series of lithophanes on my router over the last month or so, so I’ll be going over how I determine what settings to use for them.
For these lithophanes I have a set finish size in mind which is 5″ tall max, and a format of ethier 5″ x 5″ or 5″ x 7″. I know from experience that in Corian, I want to have about an 1/8″ or a little less of depth variation for the images, and I want to use a pixel size of about .005, which is the same size as my bit.
Here’s the ImagetoGcode screen with the settings for one of the planet lithophanes I’ve created.
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