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Last night’s hacknight had a special visitor: Sonny Jeon, the developer behind grbl – “a free, open source, high performance software for controlling the motion of machines that make things and will run on a straight Arduino.”  It is loaded on the Arduino running our Shapeoko 2 Mill (thanks, #INVENTABLES!) as well as many many more machines worldwide.

He emailed us, then came in to donate some CNC equipment & brewing supplies. Sonny had great discussions with Aaron & Morgan & others, and he even updated the Arduino running our Shapeoko to the latest version of grbl (freshly released in the last day or two)!   This new version is much faster, and we can already see the difference in movement of each axis.

…Sorry, Walter, but none of us thought to get a picture, durn burn it! Instead, please accept this sketch from his blog (a cropped version is also on his github page):

 

Thanks to whomever fixed the donated Roller Mill!
It is now available for use.
Roller Mill at Quelab
Please try to squish only metals softer than steel.

 

Plot of calibrated delta bedI finally documented my analysis scripts to make calibrating a Delta 3D printer a bit more straightforward.
Not totally automated, but getting there.
With some of the new Marlin updates that allow setting some of these parameters in EEPROM instead of compiling them in,
this could be part of an automated procedure.

 

Greetings! The next Quelab general meeting is scheduled for Sunday 3 August 2014 at 4:30 PM.

Please bring something for the potluck at 4:30PM, and we’ll start the meeting at 5PM. If there is anything you would like to discuss at the meeting, bring it up to one of the officers, and we’ll put it on the agenda

 

I found a really simple page to do digital filter designs. Ask me if you need some filters, and could use some help understanding the input parameters and outputs. It even generates C code to implement the filter for you!

 

On this date in 2010 We signed the lease on the first location that Quelab opened. We knew at the time it was not perfect, but with less than 7 people onboard we knew this was a community we needed to grow before we could even dream of perfect.

Quelab 1.0 was a quaint little place, a pretty old converted house (previous to us it was used as a flower shop), less than about 1200 sq foot of usable space (billed as 1400), it was quirky, But it let us have a space to “build it and see if the come”. It was not the dozens of people we hoped for but a small trickle. Our first tasks were building workbenches and some shelving, moving in some tables (most scrounged), chairs. By our grand opening party on August 12th (note that date Its when Quelab is going to observe its birthday this year with some Cake and Icecream with the members.) We had some bits of equipment, and we were just starting to make a name for ourselves.

Can’t say the next 4 years were easy, most of the time we were broke and being propped up on donations, and there were many times where we could have just closed the doors rather than digging deeper, We grew at a slow pace, and there was little chance we could reach out far and fast enough to survive on memberships alone. And none of us were good at grant writing, or experienced marketeers.

To survive we turned to what we knew, how to tinker with geeky things and thought we we should share that with the world. So we put on events, LED’s, Attraction, March of the Robots, Sound of the electron, Eco MAcGyver, Air&space, HauntedLab
Swapmeet’s, Steampunk Crafting, Hacking_Chocolate and more. We started hosting the Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire, and the Ignite Talks meetings, We setup booths at Tedxabq, Ace, and various other spaces. We have been toured by Caleb Kraft of Hackaday, we have won several Contests (Inventables, Instructables).

In November of 2013 after more than a year of hunting, Quelab was able to move to the grand Quelab 2.0 Campus we are in now. With over 340 people in attendance at our @nd grand opening (that is a huge increase over the 24 or so people who made it to our first one.) And a membership in excess of 50 members we are still on rocky waters but we have come a long-long way baby!

Thank you Albuquerque Makers, and supporters everywhere!

Happy Birthday Quelab!

 

Here is my drawing for a box to enclose a RAMPS1.4 stepper motor control board. If you don’t have any RAMPS1.4 boards… I guess you won’t be interested. You can cut these at Quelab from 3mm acrylic. Cut one copy as is, another copy without the little access holes for the opposing plates. It is easy to delete items in LaserCut, harder to add them.

You will need to add holes for fans, ventilation and cable routing.

 

In the most recent edition (Vol 40) of Make: Magazine, Quelab was listed as one of the “Most Interesting Makerspaces in America”, listed in the southwest section with folks like HeatSync Labs in Scotsdale, Arizona; LVL1 in Louisville, Kentuckuy; and the Dallas Makerspace in Dallas, Texas.


If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of the magazine which features Quelab, click on the magazine cover above to order it through our Amazon affilliate link. Or you can Subscribe to Make to keep getting intersting project ideas every few months. For selected back-issues of Make:, check out the Quelab Library!

Make Magazine, 2014 Most Interesting Makerspaces in America!

Congratulations to all the makers and hackers who make Quelab great, and whose projects make Quelab awesome! Keep making!

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Greetings! The next Quelab general meeting is scheduled for Sunday 6 July 2014 at 4:30 PM.

Please bring something for the potluck at 4:30PM, and we’ll start the meeting at 5PM. If there is anything you would like to discuss at the meeting, bring it up to one of the officers, and we’ll put it on the agenda