We are getting into DIY plastic recycling with our order of the shredder kit from Precious Plastic!
It should be here in a few weeks. We also need a big, slow motor to drive it, so look around your junk piles.
Here is the link
After we get the shredder going, we will build the injection molder. Thanks to Wray for the fundraising!!!
I am working on a vacuum forming project similar to this one:
I am building the heater box and vacuum table this week and have plastic and a quartz heater on order
We've had a lot of interest in tours lately. I will be in the shop tomorrow, Wednesday Nov 20 from 6-8 pm playing with the lathe and scroll saw. If you want a tour or if a member wants training, just come by or email email@example.com so I can let you in.
A huge thanks to our awesome member who built this great enclosure for our printers and laser cutter. Each pipe has a DIY butterfly valve to control airflow. Yet to be added is a fan to the exhaust louver. Great work!
I needed a small table for my laptop. I built this in about 10 minutes at the makerspace out of scrap wood. I will sand down the bottoms of the legs, after it dries, to make it sit level. The blue tape is to keep the glue from leaking out where the spade bit poked through. I will take it off when the glue dries
We worked with the lathe the other day. I think the blank I was using had some bad grain, so I made some blanks out of 1-inch pine to practice on.
We tested a couple donated items. The air compressor is really loud, so wear ear protection. Also, drain the water out when you are done. Compressing air drives the moisture out and it collects in the tank.
The sewing machine works very smoothly. It only does straight stitches
A quick recap on what equipment we have!
Wood lathe (small Delta model)
Various hand tools, vise, workbench
Maslow 4x8 ft CNC router
Shopsmith (to be refurbished)
Small stick welder (more soon, we hope!)
Lots of spare parts
Make Magazine electronics kit
Two sewing machines
Art supplies (painting)
Knitting and yarn
Other (all still being set up in new space)
Two 3D printers
Small laser cutter
Small CNC engraver
and probably some other stuff I forgot!
All available 24/7 in our downtown location. $30/month!
I went to Mann Tools today over in West Columbia to look at their 3D carvers. They have an amazing showroom! They also have lots of hardwood to use in turning and woodworking projects. We hope to partner with them so their students can join the makerspace and use our equipment after their classes are done.
We got the Malsow calibration (5th time is the charm!)
We have been cutting simple shapes to test it out. Works pretty well. Zoom in to see the letters we cut out - the bit was too large for the font. We also found it is really a 2D router and doesn't do 2.5 or 3D cuts very well. We are also working on a dust collection system because it is messy.