These are all first day projects made from scratch in one day. Check Make It Labs events page for the next workshop.
Brian Learns to use the cad interface on the Plasmacam. This allows you to make custom parts fast out of steel, stainless steel, and aluminium.
Before we cut anything, we use a special marker holder to allow plotting of geometry before cutting anything. This saves material as everyone learns what geometry does.
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 make sure you don't cut into thin air.
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.
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! at 20 amps, the shade 5 eye protection is needed to protect from flash. Safety of participants and by-standards was emphasized to keep everyone safe.
Brian made this awesome sign for the bar he works at.
Just like we promised, even more classes!
Get those wheels spinning with our Spring Tune-up Bicycle class: Wednesday, April 11th and Saturday April 14th
We're now offering a basic glass workshop that is for anyone who is interested in warm glass, but doesn't know much about it and is never likely to own the equipment for it: Sunday, April 8th.
Just like we promised, we're starting to offer classes!
The first session of our MIG welding class has already sold out, but don't worry, we'll have more sessions scheduled soon.
We're also offering an Introduction to Electronics and Soldering class that is perfect for anyone who is interested in electronics, but doesn't know where to start. Plus you get to build an electronic game to keep!
First off, we have our Grand Rebooting Party scheduled for this Saturday, February 18th, from 10am-6pm. This is open to the general public and serves as both a celebration of our reopening and an open house for potential members to see what we have to offer.
Next up, we have the first of out planned offerings of classes - A 2 part welding class scheduled for March 10th and 17th. See here for details: http://makeit-mar2012-welding.eventbrite.com/
Final inspections were completed today, and we've been given the green light to reopen at 100% functionality!
Renovations required to reopen have cost us thousands of dollars and countless man-hours of labor. If you're happy we're open again, and like what we do, please consider a tax deductible donation via the chipin link a few posts back.
Opening party details will be coming soon...
Ever since they first appeared last summer at our Nashua grand opening, people have been asking if we were ever going to sell our extra-classy MakeIt Labs T-shirts. Well, wait no longer! Simply send us your name and size (firstname.lastname@example.org), and you shall reserve the right to receive your very own MakeIt Labs T-Shirt and all the glory that comes with it (mustaches not included). The cost is $20, due on pickup, and all proceeds go toward the wow-renovations-cost-a-lot fund.
In order to provide better real time feedback (we know you all love data), we've set up a chipin account to keep track of donations. All donations will still go through The School Factory's paypal account and are tax deductible. The end date is arbitrary, as we expect to be open much sooner. Unfortunately there was no way to add in what we have already received, so the widget has to start from $0.
Thanks for your continued support, we're getting closer every day!
The help and support we've gotten from the community (both locally and Makers as a whole) has been amazing. A large portion of the people who have contributed time, money, or both weren't even involved with our organization before the temporary closing, and we wouldn't be making nearly as much progress without them.
If you've made a donation to MakeIt Labs, it is handled through The School Factory, a 501(c)3 non-profit that was started to help create and build spaces like MakeIt Labs. They typically keep a small portion of the donation in order to help fund their operation, but in order to get us back up and running ASAP, they have waived this fee and are passing the full donations on to us.
Because donations are handled this way, we get updates every week or two rather than real time information. We just got the first update (December 15-January 11), and would like to thank everyone who has donated so far. If you donated more recently, you probably didn't make this report, but we'll see you on the next one!
Thank you very much!
(in order of receipt):
Robert S., Roland R., Kevin R., Michael M., Neil S., LiftPort Energy, Peter L., Phil S., Paul K., Matthew V., Nathaniel B., William P., Andrew W., SoftTech Inc., Paul F., Tyson H., Matthew M., Christopher C., Robert R.
Here's what you donations have paid for in terms of our required renovations:
ADA compliant pre-hung bathroom door, door hardware, 5 gallons of joint compound, 19 2"x4"x8' boards, 5 2"x6"x8' boards, 3 2"x4"x8' Pressure treated boards, 4 bags of concrete, mixing tub, 5 emergency lights, 3 lighted exit signs, 20 lengths of conduit, 20 electrical outlets, outdoor motion sensing light, weatherproof junction box, 12 sheets of moisture resistant drywall, wall anchors, flood light bulbs, and 1/2 a building permit.
Once again: thanks, everyone, for your continued support. Watch our facebook page for more regular updates and pictures of the ongoing renovations.
Thanks to everyone who has been putting in a ton of work to help us reopen! We've been making excellent progress, and are well on track to reopen quickly. The bathroom has most of the plumbing in and the framing has passed inspection. Once the initial plumbing inspection passes we can finish the walls and add the fixtures to complete the bathroom. Electrical work is also well under way. You've all been an immense help, but we'd like to give an extra special thanks to our Plumber/Electrician for the countless hours of his own time he has donated to help us reopen. There's no way we could do it without him. The only reason we aren't mentioning him by name at this time is because we need to make sure he's ok with that first.
Once he's done with MakeIt Labs, we demand you hire him for all of your electrical and plumbing related needs. If you have no electrical or plumbing related needs, please break something and hire him to come fix it.
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