Friday , 25 July 2014
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Playing with the Laser Cutter

Calipers from Thingiverse #782

I’ve been experimenting with the Epilog Helix 24 the last week or so.  I picked up several new types of wood, including some 1/8, 5mm and 1/4″ plywood.  My flooring vendor also gave me a whole bunch of samples/discards.  I also acquired a few narrow pieces of pine (?) when my wife ran a cheap cutting board through the dishwasher. ... Read More »

Free live online class on Arduino and Processing

O’Reilly and Creative Live are offering a 5 week (one session/wk) class “Processing and Arduino in Tandem: Creating Your Own Digital Art Tools” .  The class is free if you can make it to the live version – tuesdays starting Aug 31 at 3pm PST (Noon Hawaii time).  The O’Reilly description says you dont need programming or electronics experience, although you ... Read More »

Videos about Hackerspaces and FabLabs

I ran across a couple good videos on other hackerspaces and FabLabs recently and thought it would be good to collect a few of them them for reference.  It may take a while to watch em all so pace yourself. Hackerspace Videos: Good Basic Background on what is a hackerspace: Bre Pretis interviewed about starting NYC Resistor: Austrialian Hackerspace (Previously ... Read More »

Simi Valley Adult School Basic Machinist

Basic Machinist Projects

As I mentioned back in Desktop Fab, Basic Machining and CNC last fall I took the Basic Machinist course at Simi Valley Adult School.  I am taking this opportunity to document the class a bit more.  The main effort was on 8 projects, with basic math and print reading supplementing and supporting the projects.   The projects provide opportunity to use ... Read More »

Letters from Fab Academy

The MIT Fab Lab has a distributed learning component (Fab Academy) where people located at other Fab Labs around the world can connect in via video conferencing systems for class lectures, etc. The remote participants then use their local equipment to do the lab exercises.  The academy basically followed the MIT course “How To build (almost) Anything)” over the last ... Read More »

Laser up and running again!

Minwax stain pens in Red Mahogany and Ebony on bamboo flooring.

The new HP desktop seems to be working fine, although it has to stop and think sometimes.  Amazing that with such great increases in computing and graphics power, the user experience is still pretty much what it was 20 years ago. Yesterday I burned some more flooring samples. I had to recreate (again) the artwork, since previous versions are stuck ... Read More »

Dead Laptops Aren’t Much Fun

Dead Acer 7736

So that Acer 7736 that was recommended for Fab Labs died on me.  First it would not read USB flash drives – they wouldnt insert and when inserted were not recognized.  It refused to recognize any USB devices plugged in.  Then after I’d gotten a couple test articles done on the Epilog Laser Cutter, it refused to wake up.  The ... Read More »

Lasers In Maui!

delivery van

We now have a Laser Cutter/Etcher!! This afternoon (6/24/10) my Epilog Helix 24, 40 watt laser cutter finally arrived at my home in Haiku, HI (Maui).  The laser can do a variety of cutting and etching.  The manufacturer provides a good reference page that shows the types of materials that can be cut and/or etched. The laser shipped a week ago ... Read More »

Paper Fabrication with Silhouette and ModelMaker

Silhouette SD paper and vinyl cutter

I recently stumbled upon a great web site for teaching with paper crafting – DigitalFabrication.org is from the Curry Center for Technology and Teacher Education at U. Virginia. The site is mostly about using a Silhouette (aka Craft Robo), a desktop paper/vinyl cutting machine about the size of a small inkjet printer. I have one of these machines and it ... Read More »

Mark Frauenfelder “Made By Hand” on Colbert Report

cover of Made By Hand, by Mark Frauenfelder

Last night Mark Frauenfelder, editor in chief of Make Magazine and editor of BoingBoing, was on Colbert Report promoting his new book Made By Hand (published by Portfolio/Penguin).     Its a fairly short interview (under 6min with intro) but fun to see.  Mark talks a bit about the joys of making things by hand, growing & raising animals, and ... Read More »

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