Oct 042014
 
John is planning on teaching a Raspberry Pi (plus a little Python) class toward the end of the year.  The class will include your own Pi computer and accessories needed to make it functional. This is a big topic and includes too much to cover everything,  but the final result of the project could be to make a Thing-of-Internet to go out and scrape the web for some data and then indicate it in the physical world with LEDs or moving a motor or something. To help John plan better how to create the class he is inviting you to talk to the Monkey and let him know what you would like to see.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HQ7K62W

Check back, we should have the class posted soon!

 Posted by at 9:19 am
Nov 202012
 
We’re in the early planning stages for our first organized group project.

Goal: Convert a Kawasaki Ninja 250 into an Electric Motorcycle

You can follow the project on this page here

Pre-Project Meeting: Tuesday, December 4th, at 7pm

Email me if you’re interested in learning more about this project.  Participation will be open to members and non-members alike, as well as motivated high school students.
 Posted by at 12:31 pm
Oct 202012
 

First Day Projects


These are all first day projects made from scratch in a single day. Check out MakeIt Labs’ Eventbrite page for the next workshop.

Using Plasmacam


Brian Learns to use the CAD interface on Plasmacam. This allows you to make custom parts fast out of steel, stainless steel, and aluminium.

Special Marker Holding Jig


Before we cut anything, we use a special marker holder to allow plotting of geometry to “preview” the cut. This saves material as everyone learns what geometry does.

Basics Drawn Out by Marker


Basic geometry is simple.  In order to sketch, you need to simplify your ideas into lines and arcs.  This is what we got to in a few hours. We also went over how to locate your work and how to make sure you don’t cut into thin air.

Plotting Text


Plotting some words. Separating the cutting and control steps allows participants to learn one skill at a time. By the end of the day everyone was able to make some parts.

Travel Path Traced by Marker


The pen drags at the bottom of travel so you can see how the “rapid” travel paths work.

Design Modified From Image


A few minutes of work and we were able to make this robot figurine from am image with some added geometry to accentuate the 3d features.

Sparks Fly as the Metal is Cut


Sparks! At 20 amps, shade 5 eye protection is needed to protect from flash. Safety of participants and by-standers was emphasized to keep everyone safe.

Plasma Cut Sign


Brian made this awesome sign for the bar he works at.  

Video of the Plasma Cutter in Action:

 Posted by at 1:07 am