We’ve been discussing what to get next at KwartzLab, and the consensus has come down that a Laser Cutter would be awesome. We’re going to apply to the CEEO for a grant, and one of the pieces of data we’d like to include is how many more members we’d get if we got a Laser Cutter.
So tell us how one would affect your decision to join!
(Existing members, please don’t vote, this is for new members only!)
I hooked up the hotwire foam cutter I made last week. After considering building a FET-driven circuit to regulate temperature, I opted for the simpler approach of just putting 5V across it from a PC power supply.
The background noise is my homebrew ventilation system running. Expanded polystyrene (EPS), which we know by the more familiar trademark Styrofoam, when burned at low temps, like this, creates CO and other nasty fumes. So crack a window.
Quick note: I’m going to redirect my posting notifications to my own twitter channel to free up the kwartzlab channel. Follow DarinTheGreat if you like.
Research In Motion kindly donated a sheet metal brake/shear/roller to kwartzlab on Friday. Thank you, RIM! Special thanks to James and Rob from the Hardware Engineering Lab. And thanks to our members:
James – truck driver, ramp builder, RIM administration navigator
Gus – transport organizer, truck driver
Karl, Ben, Cedric – muscle
I was the chauffeur and chief worrier.
So what can you do with this tool? Well if you ask Gus, you can build an airplane. More specifically, you use the brake to make nice straight bends in sheet metal, the shear to cut sheet metal, and the roller to, that’s right, roll sheet metal. This could be used to create project boxes, custom brackets, metal costume pieces, and a million other things. It’s a great contribution to the lab.