The Shapeoko 2 arrived free of charge last spring: Thanks Inventables! It has been mostly assembled and somewhat functional since fall. Now the final tweaking has been done and it runs. Here’s proof:
In addition to laser cutting, extruding, and sawing; 7HMS (7Hills Makerspace) members can now enjoy milling materials. The process starts by attaching material to the waste board. This can be done by using packing tape to tape down the work piece.
Next create your design in Easel (cloud-based CAM software, http://www.easel.com) or you import an SVG file from inkscape or elsewhere Into Easel. Easel will walk you through all the steps to get your milling job started. Once the Shapeoko is cutting away on your project, you can contain the dust using the Coroplast box. When the milling is done, have the vacuum ready to suck up the dust and clean off your work.
As soon as the Creative Technology students hear the lecture on milling (next Monday), Berry’s Shapeoko 1 will join the Shapeoko 2 in the makerspace. The work flows are the same. The size of the Shapeoko 1 is just a little smaller.
Outbreak of bad weather today in Rome. Took the following video outside the makerspace at 4th and Broad.
I backed the FlipBooKit project on Kickstarter.
My kit showed up last week and I had a chance this evening to assemble it. I thought everyone would enjoy seeing it in action.
Well got the new iPhone 5… Now what to do with it…. I have an idea! Lets try the laser cutter on it!!!
Ethan and I decided to make some steampunk’ish desk lamps out of black pipe this weekend. There are lots of various designs and tutorials out on the web, but we just got ourselves a bunch of parts and assembled things until we found a structure we liked.
The main parts you need to create one of these are pipe lengths (we used 10″ and 3″ sections), elbows (we used 45 and 90 degree ones), flanges (the round, flat base things), lamp sockets, 1/2″ to 3/4″ reducers (for the little feet as an alternative to the flanges), Tee shapes, and some old electrical cord/plugs. Ours was made of 1/2″ parts, but you could move up to 3/4″ for a larger lamp. Depending on your design, you might also find a use for the end caps.
We added the brass water water spout to break thing up, but ended up not liking it. I think we’re going to replace the water spout with something less modern-looking.
Oh, and you need light bulbs of course. Check out these two versions. They are vintage, filament-type bulbs that GE sells and that you can find at most home supply stores. They really help to give your lamps that vintage, industrial and/or steampunk look. Beware, these bulbs put off a lot of heat and get very hot, so you’ll want to be careful about the type of fixture you put them in (see below).
For the bulb covers, we used a couple of those hanging portable lights that are common in auto shops, garages, etc. The ones we used came in bright yellow, but a little black spray paint did the trick. You could re-use the whole thing by re-purposing the bulb socket and cord for your lamp, but we didn’t think about that till it was too late. So, we ended up with a couple of cord and sockets for another project.
Ethan took advantage of this phase to do some “graffiti” in the 7hills kitchen. :-)