Sunday 29th May - Meetup at the Welshmill Hub
We have an end of month meet-up this Sunday - hope to see you there!
It’s a bit shorter than usual due to other commitments, but we hope to see you there.
There’s a new laser cutter in the space that we can look at setting up, as well as any projects people have been working on.
2pm - 4pm Sunday 29th May
Welshmill Hub, Park Hill Drive.
Off Welshmill road (near the Play Park)
Members and prospective members.
Thread from last meetup
There were only a few of us, but we managed to get the Laser cutter set up and a few tests run off.
Hugo bought in a few 3D prints in Nylon, including an interesting fluid multiplier/combiner & he’s working on something that needs some CFD (computational fluid dynamics) so if anyone has experience, give him a shout.
As you may or may not know, we’ve helped choose some equipment for the Remakery to give various groups more creative and technical options when using the space, with dedicated work spaces for the machines.
- Laser Cutter/Engraver
- 3D Printer
- CNC milling machine (desktop size)
- Workstation PC for 3D modelling.driving some of the machines
On Sunday, the PC and Laser Cutter had already arrived. Since then the CNC machine has arrived, but we’ve yet to get to work with that.
Cassie of MakeShed/Edventure, with input from Joe, has been working on refitting the Remakery to make it more usable & even the initial movements of the workbenches have made for a much more usable space, with more improvements to come!
Glowforge Laser Cutter/Engraver
Just a quick summary of the Glowforge laser cutter:
- we got it up & running (connected to Wi-Fi, set up account & ran some tests)
- a couple of test “things” are on the shelf to the right of it
- there are a few ‘always free’ designs & it’s reasonably easy to create your own
- there’s a camera in the box, so you can scan sketches in to be laser cit or etched or use images files or PDFs as a source.
- quite impressed by the fine quality of the engraving - particularly if you use masking tape to reduce the scorching.
- there’s a bit of a trade-off between convenience and proprietary systems - the Glowforge leans towards proprietary, but from what we’ve seen it’s working well and provides a lot of scope for different ideas.
I unpacked/set the PC up, but found we need a [miniDP to DP] or a [miniDP to HDMI] cable.
There’s a fair chance there is one of those about somewhere, but I couldn’t find one in the techshed stuff, so it’s not available for use just yet.