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Midsouth Makers 2021 – Making masks to fill the COVID-19 supply chain gap

by on Jun.01, 2021, under Crafts, Events, News, Projects, Prusa, RepRap

Due to Safer At Home guidelines, Midsouth Makers were forced to close our doors to the public in March 2020. We are pleased to announce that our weekly Friday Open Houses are restarting on Friday, June 4th at 7 pm. We’re excited to welcome the public back to our Makerspace and see what we’ve been building in the past year. Feel free to stop by for a tour during these open house events and meet our members.

While we were closed to the public, we were not idle. The high demand for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) strained the supply chain for these to the breaking point. To help make up the gap until the large manufacturers could get up to speed, makers around the world started producing simple disposable face shields and cloth masks. Midsouth Makers were no different. Once the need was recognized and a design accepted by medical professionals, we began the manufacturing and assembly of the face shields. In just 12 weeks, we produced over 77,000 masks and with support from the Memphis Medical Society, distributed them to doctors, nurses, and other front-line workers that needed them free of charge.

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MidsouthMakers 2021 Reopening Preparations

by on May.29, 2021, under Events, Meetings, Projects

After a long 15 months of not being able to hold our public open house meetings, MidsouthMakers has begun preparation to reopen to public open house events starting June 4th, 2021. Here are some pictures from May as members spent each Friday night helping to clean and purge the space to get ready to welcome new members and visitors.

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3D Printed Face Shields

by on Mar.31, 2020, under News, Prusa, RepRap, Uncategorized

Members of the Midsouth Makers are answering the call to 3D print protective equipment for those on the frontline of the COVID19 pandemic.

The Memphis tech community is mass producing PPE using the laser cutters available at Midsouth Makers and their personal 3D printers. The first batch of nearly 500 face shields were delivered to the Memphis Medical Society for distribution to local healthcare workers.

3D Printed & Laser Cut Face Shields During Assembly

Have a 3D Printer & Want To Help?

Start 3D printing face shield frames. Download here: https://www.prusaprinters.org/prints/27274-3dveristan-face-shield-midsouth-makers-focus-versi/files
Print as many of these as you can: visor_frame_north_americ a_letter_v3.stl
Join us in chat and add your prints to the current total: t.me/midsouthmakers

Donate Supplies

If you don’t have 3D printing or laser cutting capabilities, you can still help. We are accepting:

  • PETg Filament, 1.75 mm
  • PETg Filament, 3/2.85mm
  • 8.5×11″ laser printer or office copier transparencies.
  • Other filament materials, depending.
  • 3D Printers
  • In-kind or monetary assistance: Email us at Board (at) MidsouthMakers.org

3D Printed Face Shield Frames | Image © Patrick McGinnis

Have a Sewing Machine & Want To Help?

Here’s the current design that our partners are willing to accept: Olson Mask

Get In Touch (Remotely Please)

Join the conversation and see how you can help. Chat live with us in the Midsouth Makers Telegram Channel: t.me/midsouthmakers

Email us at Board (at) MidsouthMakers.org.

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Ben & Claudio building out new woodworking area

by on Sep.01, 2017, under News, Projects, Woodworking

Bena nd Claudio have been hard at work this week building out a new table to rearrange (and improve) our woodworking area of the shop. Thanks guys!

Claudio Woodworking Table

Claudio Woodworking Table

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Getting Started With Tiny Whoop

by on Jan.02, 2017, under Electronics, Projects, Tiny Whoop

Tiny Whoop is a tiny FPV (First Person Video/View) quadcopter. If you have been to one of our open house events over the past few months you more than likely have been buzzed by one of these tiny helicopters (Sorry!). Wondered what all the fuss was about? Curious about getting your own Tiny Whoop? Here is our getting started guide to get you in the air with the rest of the makers!

How to get started:

Well, since we are Makers and while you can buy a ready to fly Tiny Whoop (~$275) what’s the fun in that? We’re handy do-it-yourself Makers of course we’ll build our own!

Eachine 010

Eachine 010

You can start like many of us did with the cheaper Tiny Whoop Clone: Eachine 010, Eachine TX01 Camera, and a budget FPV Goggles. For around $84 (before tax, shipping) you can be in the air without breaking the bank! You’ll probably want some extra batteries so you can keep flying while recharging dead batteries. Keep in mind that while going this route is cheaper, you will have to wait for the items to ship from the Chinese warehouse (not everything is in stock in the US warehouse).

You can also part out your own flight controller (FC, we recommend the beecore). With an upgraded FC you can use your existing controller/transmitter. You can also upgrade the motors easily and some of our members are experimenting with 3D printing ultra light frames to get even more performance out of their racers.

This is enough to get you in the air and competing with other Tiny Whoop racers at the space. Happy flying, hope to see you at our next Open House Meeting!

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