Milwaukee Makerspace has a lot of equipment, and sometimes we get things that don’t quite work, and we try hard to get them working. We often succeed, but sometimes we decide it’s better to move on…
With that said, we’re looking to sell our Matsuura RA1F Vertical Machining Center, which is known as the “Red Dragon”.
It’s not currently running, but it was working months ago. Ultimately we decided that it would take too much work to get it into good shape for a makerspace, so selling it off as a whole, or in parts, will help fund a new CNC milling machine which is smaller and more suited to our needs.
If you’ve never used a VMC this probably isn’t for you, but if you really want a challenge, or want it for parts (and there are some very expensive parts in it) you might get a nice deal. Maybe you’ve already got one and need spare components? Perfect!
You can check out the notes we’ve made about the Red Dragon over on our Matsuura wiki page. If you’ve got questions, post a comment or get in touch with us.
After having many people ask about the screen printing machine, I figured I should do a demo, which turned into a class, and a few members got to learn a lot about screen printing, and how they can use the vinyl cutter to prep screens for printing.
I’ve got a post on my own blog about the demo, but I figured I’d add a photo of some of the results. Above is a shirt printed by one of our members, and below is a poster I printed for our “Wall of Stuff” in the lobby.
If you’re interested in screen printing, just get in touch with me, and I’ll share what I know.
What started as an attempt to make a brick pattern cutting board, ended up as a “random” pattern with curly cherry ends. The side grain board consists of walnut, cherry, and maple.
The process started by gluing a sandwich of (2) pieces of roughly 3/4″ walnut for every 1/4″ of maple of cherry or maple. One of the ends only received only one piece of walnut.
The assembly was un-clamped and ripped into (4) pieces using the table saw. They pieces were glued together again with another piece of cherry or maple in the middle. The side with (1) walnut was flipped in each column to create an brick and mortar like offset pattern.
I added curly cherry ends to increase the size of the board. These ends are face grain instead of side but since they won’t be seeing the knife much, it shouldn’t be an issue. A healthy dose of drum and random orbital sander was subsequently applied.
The board was soaked in mineral oil for (6) hours and finished with a beeswax and mineral oil mix.
Tis the season of giving. Christmas has always conjured images of elves working away in some unknown corner of the north pole. Our work shop isn’t in the north pole but gifts are made there nontheless. We’re sure you’ll be able to find lots to put under your tree/menora/festivus pole in this short list of members Etsy stores.
“Etsy has been great, and has done an amazing job of promotion for me”
The list of shops below will help you make a big dent in your holiday shopping. From the combination art and fine-crafts of Amy and Scott at Red Cow Design to the decorative ironwork at StormCloak Forge. This diverse group of makers will have you checking off gifts on your list for sure.
Red Cow Design: Art and Fine Crafts
Moraye: Eco Reclaimed Wood Jewelry & Modern Home Decor
CPUnltd: Stands for tablets and phones
StormCloak Forge: decorative ironwork from fireplace tools to door hardware
Raster: Custom USB controllers for photo booths
Paper Pleasers: Custom invitations and stationery
A bunch of members & friends of the Milwaukee Makerspace recently gathered to try our hand at something that does not mix well with all the heavy machinery at the shop: alcoholic beverages! We attended a consumer cocktail academy hosted by Hendricks Gin at the Iron Horse Hotel, and we had a blast!
Check out our pictures: