For all you who’ve been wondering what’s been going on with the power series racing, it’s been a long road, but we’re finally getting close to finishing this year’s kart! Will, Kevin and I (as well as so many others!) have been learning a lot with this project, but before I go into a breakdown of what we’ve learned, here’s some photos (you may need to go to flickr for all of them to show up) and a video showing a snippet of the ~25min endurance run performed over the weekend to test battery life!
This is going to be a post of my personal perspective (Jim Shealy) as the leader of Power Racing Series at the hive, where we’ve been, where we’re going, and what we’re doing now.
So what is Power Racing Series at the Hive?
-A learning experience to get to touch every part of the Hive
-An Introduction to Electric Vehicles and show that, hey, it’s not exactly rocket science
-A chance to collaborate, and produce something as a collective that the Hive gets to show off
It was unpowered due to issues with the drive train, We just finished a new one though!
For those of you who’ve been at the hive any time recently, you may recall the Power Series Racing project that we’ve been working on since October last year. It’s basically a $500 mini electric go-kart designed to derp around a track at makerfaires competing for both style points and racing time. We’ve ripped apart hybrid car batteries for their cells, practiced CAD, and made some prototypes. If you’re still not interested, here’s the promo video for Power Series Racing:
Our first race will be at the end of June, and as such we’re ramping up the effort to get this kart finished and on the road. We learned a lot from the first iteration, and this weekend we’ll be working on cutting and welding the frame. If you’re curious to see what’s going on, come on down this Saturday and help out or watch!
Also, stay tuned, we’ll want a crew when we head out to Kansas City for the first race! We’ll need a pit crew and drivers!
Folks may remember the blog post from back in June (here); Hive13 was the only hackerspace in Ohio to win a free Shapeoko2 CNC machine kit in the Inventables 50 States 3D Carving Machine Giveaway contest.
Well, it didn’t really take this long; but the kit is assembled, customized, debugged, and ready for use, thanks to the lead efforts of member Julien Morand and several assistants along the way.
AFTER the Hive13 meeting this Tuesday, March 17, Julien will present an introduction to this working machine. The introduction will be in two parts. The first part will present the specifications of the machine, its different usages, and the steps required to get a proper milled part. The second part will demo the CAD to CAM workflow using a given shape (the hive logo) and then cutting the part on the machine. Interested folks should follow this (link).
Julien has offered to follow-up and supervise one or more TBD Saturday workshop(s) in upcoming months for those wanting to create and cut their own similar shapes.
Members, guests, first-time-walk-ins, and all those interested in hearing Julien’s cool French accent are welcome to come for this introduction on Tuesday, March 17, at 7:30pm. (Find Us)
Everyone knows it is fast approaching, and we have not reminded folks enough, but tomorrow (June 30, 2014) is the deadline to apply as a maker to display your creation(s) for the upcoming two-day Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire at Union Terminal (September 13-14, 2014).
It is official. HIVE13 has won a Shapeoko2 CNC machine kit in the Inventables 50 States 3D Carving Machine Giveaway contest! Yes, it is for real!
The gang at Inventables (the hardware store for designers) is igniting the digital manufacturing revolution by launching this outreach program to get open-source CNC milling into (almost) every makerspace in the US. HIVE13 responded and is one of the 50 winners (and the only one in Ohio).
Shapeoko is an Open Hardware project started by Edward Ford in Dixon, IL. The name comes from a combination of the Shapeways and Ponoko laser cutting service names. The initial design (pre-kickstarter) was based around services provided by both companies. On July 26, 2011, 125 backers pledged $11,078 toward Project Shapeoko, far exceeding the funding goal of $1,500.
The ShapeOko is a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine which in its default configuration uses a light-duty rotary tool as the spindle. It is a 3-axis machine; able to move the mounted tool up/down, left/right, and forward/backward under computer control with some measure of repeatable precision. The giveaway includes beta access to Inventable’s Easel free cloud based app for design and fabrication, which goes full public later this summer.
Stay tuned for further announcements and visit the HIVE13 wiki ShapeOko project page for further details on the (to be scheduled) upcoming build nights and ongoing related developments.
Hive13 aims to create a place where a diverse community of makers can collaborate and pursue creative projects. Hive13 promotes science & technology education, open source values, and skill sharing amongst it’s members and the community.