Help us buy a gigantic laser cutter!

May 5th, 2015 Comments off

We have been planning so we can buy a giant laser cutter in the next few months and we want help!

The laser we are looking to get is a g.weike 100w laser cutter with a cutting area of 1.5m x 1.2m (~5ft x ~4ft) (big enough to cut the outline of someone 6ft tall). We will also be getting a rotary attachment so we can etch cylindrical objects like drinking glasses.

It will be a significant upgrade from our current laser cutter allowing us to do far more than our current laser.


Our goal for fundraising is at least $4,000 with Hive13 matching donated funds. With your help we can reach that goal and even beyond it easily! When you donate you will be receiving minutes at half of our normal price. That means for every $1 you donate you get 4 minutes to use on our lasers.

Please note that you don’t need to be a member to purchase, use, or sell laser minutes. You can have a trained member operate our lasers for you!

 

 

We have a pledgie campain set up at https://pledgie.com/campaigns/28927 right now. Go donate!

If you have any questions feel free to contact Hive13 leadership at leadership@hive13.org.

Click here to lend your support to: Huge laser cutter for Hive13 and make a donation at pledgie.com !

Gigabot Back Online!

May 5th, 2015 Comments off

Yes, Thanks to Ivan, Coy, Ryan, the Gigabot has started printing again! What turned out to be a goosechase of inverted min and max homing pins (thanks RE3D…) and screwed up setting in repetier host, we got it all ironed out and back online. It’s leveled and should be ready to print.

Oh, and did I mention, the heated print bed also works! Nice!

Enjoy!

Wood Shop Open House – Tuesday, May 5, 2015: 4pm to 7pm

May 4th, 2015 Comments off

Hello everyone!  This is Elly, wood shop area warden.  I will be hosting an open house for our wood shop on Tuesday, May 5 from 4pm to 7pm.

This is open to the public and members alike.   You can stop in at any point during the open house or stay for all of the open shop hours.

Come down to visit the hive for the first time, see what our wood shop has to offer, learn how to operate some of the basic tools in the shop, learn about some tool maintenance and science, or start/finish a project of your own along side me.   I personally will be building a small outdoor table using both power and hand tools.

This open house is conveniently before our general weekly meetings which start at 7:30pm (with pizza), so feel free to attend that as well.

Happy woodworking,

Elly

Power Series Racing (Saturday Noon to 6PM)

April 24th, 2015 Comments 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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGr4URdeoEI

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!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 7:30 pm – Solar Power Panel Discussion

March 31st, 2015 Comments off

Join us this Tuesday, April 14, at 7:30pm when local Camp Washington organizer Mimi Rook assembles a solar panel to conduct an electrifying discussion to enlighten us all on this innovative current power source.

Mimi’s solar power panel includes:
+ Theresa and Brian Tudor, local Camp Washington residents who have installed solar in their home
+ Flecquer Vera from (Sustainergy)
+ TBD from (SolarWise)
+ Julie Johns from (Dovetail Solar)
+ TBD from (Osborne Coinage)

Members, guests, first-time-walk-ins, and all those interested are welcome to come for this talk on Tuesday, April 14, at 7:30pm. (Find Us)