We now have a CNC mill!

One of our members has graciously put his CNC on long-term loan to Ace Monster Toys. It's been powered up and made a few test cuts, currently needs a little calibration. It looks like it will be an awesome addition to the space!

 

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We now have a CNC mill!

One of our members has graciously put his CNC mill on long-term loan to Ace Monster Toys. It's been powered up and made a few test cuts, currently needs a little calibration. It looks like it will be an awesome addition to the space!
 
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AMT Book Scanner is Complete


The Ace Monster Toys Book Scanner

A year ago, Ace Monster Toys member Myles and I did a bunch of work on a DIY Book Scanner based on a variation of Daniel Reetz's design to make it more lasercutting friendly (see this). We took beta kits of the these to the 2011 Maker Faire and generated a fair amount of interest.

This last fall, Daniel went to the Open Hardware Summit and unveiled a much improved book scanner design. A few weeks after that, he gave us a set of mostly complete parts for the wood framework before moving away. Just a few weeks ago, he announced the near final revision of these.

The parts that Daniel gave us kind of languished a bit in preference to other projects but AMT has been very interested in Daniel's call for a book scanner in every hackerspace. Recently, a new member, Ben, had a pressing need to scan a rare book before returning it so we got a fire lit under us to finally finish the build. As a result of this, Ace Monster Toys now has a fully functioning book scanner in its space. It isn't the final revision design but it works and works well, using the new bicycle brake design for triggering the cameras, thus bypassing the need for hacked firmware as long as you can lock focus on the cameras after setting it for your books.

In the process of doing this work, Mike from AMT, who owns a shopbot, figured out how to do the routing on the current design and we expect to be able to produce more frames from 4'x 8' sheets of plywood on demand. I'm going to get a couple routed out to do a build of this design.

Visitors to AMT can now non-destructively scan books that they own, provided they bring some windex (for cleaning the glass as it gets dusty quickly) and some elbow grease. The next step is to build a light enclosure (pun intended) around it to keep out the horrible UV lights in the space. Think of it as a small black tent for our modest scanner.

I want to thank Daniel for all of the work that he's done on book scanners over the last few years, as well as Ben and Mike for doing work at AMT on the builds.

I've put a photoset of the AMT book scanner up on flickr as well.

- Al
Cross-posted from my blog

The Minish Cap

One of our members has been lasering lots of awesome stencils for decorating the boring plywood walls of his house. Here's Link just after being cut:

Time lapse of meeting night

3D Printing Competition with Prizes

PRINTmyLAB

The “3D Printing for Science” Design Challenge at UC Berkeley

Get your design 3D printed! Additional prizes for the winning entries!

Take a look at the competition flyer, download it and post it somewhere!

Invitation
Have you ever been in the middle of an experiment and realized that you have run out of a laboratory supply staple? Ever wish that equipment Y or consumable X was made just a little differently? Or are you creative enough to design a fully new kind of laboratory tool or gadget? Here is your chance! Submit your blueprint designs to the 3D Printing For Science Design Challenge at UC Berkeley.

The competition is open to all designs that are applicable for use in science and engineering laboratories. If you want to get involved, but are unsure what’s needed, check out the “Suggested Problems” below. Join the printable revolution!

Categories
1) DIY Alternative: A 3D printing blueprint for an item that can replace a commercial product or a specific component of a commercial product used in scientific laboratories or in scientific/engineering research. Especially helpful if this part tends to break or get lost.
2) Novel Gadget: A 3D printing blueprint for a novel item not commercially available that is of use in scientific laboratories or in scientific/engineering research. Invent! Imagine! Print!

Important Dates
January, 2012: Competition opens
April 30: Last possible day to submit a design (11:59pm PST)
May 10: Final winners are announced

Prizes
The top 5 entries that fulfill the rules in each category will be printed on a 3D printer by Tekla Labs.
The top 3 entries in each category will be awarded an additional prize:

1. Kindle Fire or DSO Quad Oscilloscope* AND $200 worth of toolbox supplies*
2. Kindle Fire or DSO Quad Oscilloscope*
3. $50 Maker Shed Gift Certificate, Subscription to Make Magazine ($35 value)
*winner chooses item(s),
**AND ALL PRIZE WINNERS get 2nd design of choice printed on a high-end commercial printer.

Who can enter: Anyone!
Details & submission: teklalabs.org/3dprinting
Quesions: 3dprinting@teklalabs.org

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