Apr 112014
Can go a long way in keeping your sanity when working in a community workshop. Sometimes when things get busy, tools can wander away from their flock – sometimes commingling with a nearby herd of tools. Insanity ensues when you realize you need one of the missing wanderers. Now where in this mess is my 15mm socket… ?

Of course you could paint or sharpie your tools – but that wears off too quickly. Especially if you ever clean them with a solvent. Or use them on a regular basis. Notching or grinding your initials can void warranties on tools that are under warranty. Not to mention, if they’re chrome plated, it can lead to their demise, by creating a corrosion path – ala oxidation propagation once the chrome plate is breached.

What to do? Electroplate them.

It’s super easy, takes all of 15 seconds to coat a tool, and will hang in there through repeated cleanings and some heavy use. Not to mention, it leaves your existing chrome plating intact. (and it’s reversible, should warranty day arrive!) Want to see how it’s done? Swing by MakeIt Labs this Friday evening and see it done in person. Otherwise, you can check out the posting on our Wiki Projects Page – Electroplating Tools. Starting this Saturday.
Nov 202013
We were asked by Make: to design the ultimate maker vehicle. Despite being invited only 4 days before the deadline, several of our members put a ton of effort into crafting a submission. Well, we made it into the finals! The top 3 will be decided by internet voting, with the winner and runner-up chosen by Make.

Grand prize is $10,000
, 2nd is $2,500 (Laser cutter anyone?).  

We need every vote we can get, and each person can vote once per day, so please go here and vote for us (5 in every category) EVERY DAY

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Sep 302013

The Mach 6 project is under way! The name of the group is “The Hypersonic Monkeys” (logo to come) any ideas email me….

As of our last meeting this is where the project stand…

Foss is putting a list of material needed to build a Large oven with a vacuum.
Sze is looking into the for seeable problems with the electronics on board.
Jason is trying to make up simulation in two different rocketry simulation software to come up with a sure thing design.

What is left and still need to get done
1) Create the large vacuum oven.

2) Get a estimated cost on material needed to build such a model rocket craft. (Jason will do this next)

3) Once we get out estimated total cost write up a proposal, to RocketryMaverics.com. Which is a NASA Base group that help with the promotions and help back up such projects. Any one who is good a writing can see Jason on this one…. 

4) Logo needs to be created, Jason can do the art work, Just need ideas to get it started.

5) Testing needs to be done with combusting of sustainer during flight. Meaning that rocket fuel burns at 1,000ish degrees (F). while the out side of the model is projected to see 2,000F to 2,100F, will the sustainer motor ignite or, explode during flight due to the external heat?    

6) The seeable problems that (Sze) is trying to answer are, again the out side temp is pushing 2,000F to 2,100F what can we do to the electronics inside the model to stay sundered together during flight? coating them in ceramic and option? Jason Thinks not because some of them uses out side pressure to work.   

7) In the Process on doing the simulations Jason has learned that he would need to get his L3 to fly such a model.

Is there any one interested in getting into the hobby? What about a rocketry class for public? Thought, question, Ideas, anything at all, email me, or come on over to makeitlabs. 
…and yes Jason is Rocket Man…. 

Aug 162013
For as long as anyone can remember, there has been a plant of some sort growing out of a hole in the floor near the middle of MakeIt Lab’s dirty space.  Affectionately dubbed “Planty”, this hardy fellow has never been watered or cared for aside from occasionally having an orange cone placed over it for safety.  It only receives sporadic florescent light, never sun, and it is consistently subjected to all sorts of unintentional abuse.  A couple years ago the floor was acid washed.  Planty just shrugged it off.  Most recently Planty was buried under a pile of metal stock for 3-4 months, yet sprang back to life once it was uncovered this past week.  Anywhere else this bit of greenery would probably be a weed, but we like its indomitable spirit, so Planty stays put.

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