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    August 01, 2013 -> No laser cutter from 7:30am to 3:30pm because of compressed air maintenance in the building.

    July 12, 2013 ->

    • New rule from Monday July 15th: Teams will clean up the shop corner in Hebb 42
    • Starting with team #1 and then as shown in the Calendar, teams will collectively, and daily
    1. put all tools back where they belong, sort drill bits and taps back into stands, put batteries in chargers
    2. use the vacuum to clean the drill press and the mini lathe (if you vacuum up tool bits or wrenches by accident, please tell us!)
    3. use hand broom, dust bin and large broom to clean all four workbenches and the surrounding floors

    This should be done first thing in the morning, as soon as all team members are in. Do it as a team, it should not take more than 5 minutes.

    July 11, 2013 ->

    • One day of waterjet cutting in a ten-minute video (please tell us if you do not wish to be seem on youtube)

    July 10, 2013 ->

    • Find the right drill in millimeters to use with any imperial thread size, here

    July 08, 2013 ->

    • The sand blasting box in the waterjet room is online again.
    • See how a car company works on new ways of forming sheet metal, here.
    • Have a look at a big sheet metal bending machine, here.


    July 05, 2013 ->

    • Metric drill sizes for both metric and imperial threads/holes are shown here

    July 03, 2013 ->

    • 3D CAD plus waterjet: Five videos in sequence

    June 28, 2013 ->

    • Spot welding video now posted

    June 27, 2013 ->

    • A 77 second video to learn how to use the bender (a.k.a. sheet metal brake)


    June 26, 2013 ->

    June 25, 2013 ->

    • Check out the small omniwheel (50mm OD) – it’s with the 3D printers
    • Notice the tires: They are made from silicone rubber tubing, stretched onto the tiny rollers
    • Download the Solidworks model here, feel free to tinker & improve it

    June 24, 2013 ->

    • Feel free to install the 3D printer software on your computer
    • Version for Windows
    • Version for Mac
    • Install, then bring your computer to one of our 3D printers, plug it in, and initialize the printer to activate the software.  After you have done that, you’ll be able to open your STL files and get estimates for printing time on your own computer, without 3D printer attached.
    • When attaching the printer for the first time, open the device manager, and point the “update driver” function to the folder in the windows program directory that was created by the installation (it’s called “UP”). That will properly install the driver for the printer.

    June 23, 2013 ->


    June 22, 2013 ->

    • Everything has changed…
    • Check out the layout looks and download the Solidworks model
    • ….reposted on June 26th


    June 21, 2013 ->

    • Watch our new epic seven-minute video to learn how to use the waterjet
    • This is what we have: Omax model 2652:

    June 20, 2013 ->

    • Sample: 3D printed omniwheel: this took 6 hours (total printing time) on our printers
    • Check it out, it’s sitting next to the printers in Hebb 42


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    June 11, 2013 ->

    • Have a look at this spec sheet for your lipo batteries
    • This photo shows how to charge the white & flat (NiMH, or nickel metal hydrid) battery packs:

    1. set charger to 0.9A charge current, then plug it in
    2. insert the temperature sensor somewhere under the shrink wrap as shown
    3. do not charge longer than two hours, or over night

    June 10, 2013 ->

    • Solidworks assembly of the play surface for you to play with. Click on the image to download.