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A special visitor to HackNight!

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):


Shapeoko 2 – Desktop CNC Mill Kit, Part 1

Part 1 of a continuing series…

 

If you’re a member of our Facebook group, you’ve probably already heard this, but we won a really neat tool!

 

It started with Mr. What (Aaron) emailing out to the members mailing list about the Inventables.com contest – they were giving away a Shapeoko 2 3D carving machine to a Maker Community in every state.

Shapeoko 2!

That message led to a back & forth flurry of others between members, officers & the board of directors, talking whether we should apply for it (honestly?  That was the easy no-brainer part!), and the best way to fill out the application.

 

We worked & worked, and edited & edited, down to the wire, and made the deadline to submit.  And we won for New Mexico!  Yay, Quelab!

 

That was last month.  Since then, Inventables contacted us with instructions how to actually get our hands on their magic machine.  Walter volunteered to be the point man, so it was delivered to his house.  I can’t imagine how excruciating is must have been to have that sealed box in his possession, yet not able to open it!  While everything is included, it comes as a kit, so there’s much work to be done in getting it all together & ready to cut.

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Foosball Table, part 6

I bought a foosball table for the space.  It needed some cleanup & repair and Walter asked me to blog about it.  Part 6 in a 5 part series.

These events took place… oh, I don’t remember when they took place.

Read Part 1 of this seriespart 2, part 3, part 4, or part 5 if you missed them.

Yes, you read that correctly: “part 6 in a 5 part series”.

Once upon a time (well, back in part 2 of this series), I said “take notes & lots of pictures when you do something like this… it will pay off in the end”.  This article drives that point home. You see, I was all happy.  I had finished a project!  That’s always good news, and gives one the warm fuzzies.  But little did I know…

A little while later (I don’t remember, could have been days, could have been weeks… this post has been put off for various reasons, and I finally decided to bite the bullet today & get it posted), two different people commented to me that the foosball table wasn’t right.  That maybe they thought I had put it together wrong?

I thought: “c’mon!  It’s a foosball table, how could I have put it together wrong?!?”  Well, they were right: I had put the table together wrong… I inserted the rods on the wrong side, so the handles were controlling the wrong guys.

Here is the photo proof:

Compare this shot from the day I purchased the machine & delivered it to Quelab:

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The handles ARE on the wrong side. I can’t believe I made such a simple (yet serious) mistake!

Thanks to everyone that realized it… I am not sure I ever would have realized the problem, just thought something was odd with the table.

I have been unable to upload pictures to the blog, so I cannot show you the table with the correct setup.  Here is a link to pics on flickr, though: The incorrect layout versus the correct layout.  The side with the goal return should be controlling the red team, not the blue team.

The only upgrade I have thought about for the table is upgrading the ball return.  Currently both goals return the ball to same side of the table, the red team, and I think each goal should return to a different side of the table.  If we ever get around to that, I’ll be sure to create a new post about it.


Foosball Table, part 5

I bought a foosball table for the space.  It needed some cleanup & repair and Walter asked me to blog about it.  Part 5 in a 5 part series.

These events took place on November 27 & 29th, 2013.

Read Part 1 of this seriespart 2, part 3,  or part 4 if you missed them.

When last you left us, disaster had struck!  As I was reassembling the foosball table, heretofore hidden damage revealed itself on other cream-colored foosball men as they were tightened on their rods.  Oh noes!

Morgan & Celeste helped me choose a new set of guys.  I ordered from eBay seller “blazingstarbiz2009” a complete set of 26 red & blue foosball guys.  I only need 22, but having the four extra guys will mean that I will never break a guy on this table.  At least, I hope that’s what it will mean!

Yay!  It came, it came, it came!  Let’s hear it for Priority mail!

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Progress, slow but sure

The new space is progressing along, slow but sure!  Here are some pics:

Rollup Door:

The garage door into the warehouse area has been trimmed out.  Last week, Bandit trimmed the two bolts protruding from the concrete, but we still need to remove the parking barrier in front of the rollup door.

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3d Printing Room:

In room #10, Alfred & his brother John built this great counter & shelf.  I am thinking of stealing, er, borrowing the format for other places in the space.  It looks very professional!

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Room-yet-to-be-named, you know, for crafting & junk:

We have been referring to this room (#3 on the map, for those of you keeping count) as the Crafting room, but the people that do the crafts don’t seem to like that term, so I don’t know what we are calling it.  In any case, if any of you were in the space in the first few weeks after the move, basically everything from the old space got dropped into rooms #2 & #3.  They were jam-packed. I don’t know who started the cleanout process, but I was in the space one day when Walter & Alfred were finishing it.  Addie chose this table to go into this room (though Walter & I were discussing how to re-do the damaged  trim strip around the table, so it may temporarily move to the shop for repairs, oh, “someday”, I guess).  I believe further plans call for a small counter on the east wall (where the blue cabinet is, in the below picture), and the french cleat system used in some of the shop areas may be installed in this room as well.

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Gaming/Arcade Room:

This room, #2 on the map, was also jam packed from stuff during the move. I was pleasantly surprised when I came in to find it almost empty!  Walter tells me that he wants to switch rooms 5 & 2.  Room #5 was marked down as Gaming & Arcade, and indeed, we put the asteroids cabinet there during the move.  However, I agree with Walter… room 5 is narrow, and not really suited for the Arcade Cabinet (cabinetS now, I guess). Room #2 was marked for use as Library space & the open access PC.  However, room #2 is a little large for “just” that, so I think switching the two rooms makes sense to me.

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Electronics Lab workshop:

Bandit has made some great progress in the Electronics space. He has a very solid base built for the counters that will be set up.  I think it might be strong enough to stand on!  We were impressed enough that Alfred used the same techniques in building the counter in room 10, the 3d Printing room.

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Foosball Table, part 4

I bought a foosball table for the space.  It needed some cleanup & repair and Walter asked me to blog about it.  Part 4 in a 5 part series.

These events took place on November 23 & 24, 2013.

Read Part 1 of this series, part 2, or part 3 if you missed them.

When last you left us, I had painted all the rusty fasteners a nice glossy black:

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It’s been a few days, so there’s been plenty of time for drying (or would that be curing?), even with how cold the space is kept when unoccupied.   Even though my package of new guys & foosballs isn’t here yet, I figured I could go ahead and reassemble the table except for the last four guys, the middle rod that carries four guys!

I bolted the legs back on, and put the screws back into the side rod holders… I think the paint job really dresses up the table in a nice yet subtle way!

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Compare that to this shot when they were all rusty:

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It’s subtle, and you may not even be consciously aware of the difference, but I bet you’ll like the table with the painted fasteners better than the one with the rusty fasteners!

So I started reassembling the table.  The legs bolted on, then flip the table.  Then start inserting the rods & assembling the bumpers & men to them. That is when disaster struck.  Even though I took great care to not overtighten the bolts & screws that hold the men on, as I tightened the bolts, cracks became visible on several of the cream-colored men. (I didn’t cause the cracks, but tightening the bolts revealed damage I had missed in my earlier assessment.)  This meant that I didn’t have four damaged foosball guys as I originally thought, I had 5, no 7, no 8!  Eight broken, damaged foosball guys!  And the shipment I am waiting for from Mueller’s only has four replacement guys.  DURN BURN IT!

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What to do, what to do…

While I could order more replacement guys, that would mean even more shipping charges, and I figured the others were ticking timebombs, why not just replace the whole kit & kaboodle?  And that’s what I did. After discussion with Morgan & Celeste (they were in Quelab that day), I decided to buy a complete set of foosball men from eBay.

The next day, my order came in from Mueller’s.  Talk about bittersweet.

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Well, at least now I have balls to play with.

Next time: Reassembly, and a finished table…  “this time for sure!”