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Upgrading The Furnace Cart

by on Jul.20, 2014, under Casting, Crafts, Projects, Welding

Ben, Claudio and Eric built up a replacement furnace cart tonight. It should be much more stable to wheel the furnace outside when melting aluminum and burning out your molds.

Come by one of our regular Friday night Open House meetings at 7pm to see it in operation! RSVP at Meetup.com!

 

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First Attempts at Aluminum Casting

by on Jul.11, 2014, under Crafts, Meetings, omgwhathaveidone, RepRap

Scott brought a plaster mold to the open house meeting tonight. He used 3D printed PLA parts and used the forge to burn out the PLA plastic and to melt some aluminum cans and some aluminum heat sinks. We ended up cooking the mold a bit too much, it was rather fragile. We could probably burn it out in under 30 minutes for the next attempt. While not perfect, we learned a lot!

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Shapeoko 2

by on Jul.01, 2014, under Arduino Projects, Projects, Woodworking

Our new Shapeoko 2 CNC Mill has been assembled! Thank you to all that pitched in to help put it together. We’ll announce an introductory class on operations when we have some demonstration materials arrive.

If you’d like to learn more about the Shapeoko 2 CNC Mill, more information can be found at Shapeoko.com and purchased at Inventables.com.  Some project ideas to get you started can be found at Project Shapeoko.

Stay tuned for more information!

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LAN Party April 12th!

by on Apr.02, 2014, under Events, Meetings

RSVP on Meetup.com

On Saturday April 12th we’ll be having another LAN party!

Game List: Team Fortress 2, Left For Dead 2, Unreal Tournament 2004, UT3, Monday Night Combat, Super Monday Night Combat, Diablo 3, StarCraft 2, DOTA2, Minecraft and anything else you’d like to play.

Food: We will have a taco/nacho bar setup with a variety of fillings, condiments and options available for a $15 donation (MidsouthMakers Members $10) which includes soda. BYOB (obviously 21+) Feel free to bring your own food/drinks/snacks.

Agenda: 4p – 6pm Setup. Food served at 5pm. From 6pm onwards, game, eat and frag!

All attendees need to be 18 years old or older, unless accompanied by a legal guardian at all times. Bring your PC, a monitor, power strip, and an ethernet cord.

If you plan to drink you must be 21+ and please drink responsibly, if you need a ride/cab home please let someone know.

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Midsouth Makers is getting a dedicated 3D Printer!

by on May.22, 2013, under Arduino, Arduino Projects, News, Projects, Prusa, RepRap, Workshops

If you’ve been following Midsouth Makers you know that we’ve been building. using and tweaking our 3D printers for a while now. Well thanks to a kind donation by LulzBot we now have a dedicated 3D printer at the space for member use! The printer is an AO-101, a MendelMax 1.5 variant.Lulzbot-3D-printer-RT

The AO-101 currently uses 3mm filament and can print in ABS, PLA, Nylon and even Laywoo-D3 wooden filament.  We  have it setup to allow for remote printing on the LAN, using either OctoPrint or Repetier-Server. We recommend Repetier-Server due to it’s stability.

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The AO-101 will be using a donated a 1U server as the host computer. Repetier-Server will allow you to load a gcode file and control the printer. We will be exploring webcam functionality for use in monitoring and in generating time-lapse print videos.

We will need the following items to get our new 3D printer setup and functional:

  • Filament- Currently setup for 3mm:
    • ABS
    • PLA
  • Webcam- Logitech C110 or C270 preferred (we’ve already tested and confirmed stability)
  • 120mm silent PC case fan

AO-101 Specifications

  • Build Area – 190mm 200mm 100mm
  • Hot-end – Budaschnozzle 1.2
    • Extrusion temperature range – 180C – 240C
  • Filament- Currently setup for 3mm and can reliably print the following material types:
    • ABS
    • PLA
    • Taulman 618 Nylon
    • Laywoo-D3 Wooden Filament
  • Heated Print Bed (65C-110C)
  • Borosilicate Glass Bed  with PET film on one side for printing with ABS and bare glass on the other side for printing with PLA
  • Integrated Filament Mount for either loose coiled filament or spindles for spooled filament

Current AO-101 Modifications

  • Nozzle Fan for printing in PLA installed but not hooked up
  • RGB LED lighting (white for now)

More information on the new 3D printer can be found in our wiki.

If you’d like to use it, please contact Claudio, Ben, Dan or Cliff- more information will follow. In order to have access to the 3D printer without one of us present you will need to have had verified prior experience with a RepRap 3D printer, or attended an upcoming class on running & troubleshooting 3D printers(TBD) or be able to demonstrate the appropriate knowledge.

Please show our thanks and appreciation to LulzBot and the RepRap community!

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