Glazy-tron 3000

A few weeks ago I was speaking with my fellow ceramics area champion about making glazes.  We have recently done some organization of our glaze materials and he mentioned how he wished we had a computer for looking up recipes in the glaze room.  So I made one!

This is the Glazy-tron 3000.  I think the best place to find glaze recipes online is at glazy.com so I have named this work station in it’s honor.  For the past few months I have been experimenting with kerf cutting plywood to create curved shapes.  After 3 or 4 bends I am getting the hang of it.  Under the hood is a Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W, which is a mouth full for being so small.  Truthfully its a bit slow for loading a webpage but it’s all I have right now and Pi’s are almost impossible to get a hold of for less than $100 right now.  If you have not had the chance to test drive a new Pi Zero 2 stop by the pottery area and give it a test drive.  This workstation will also be a great place to have the test tile spread sheet and all sorts of pottery “paperwork”.

Dust Collection Adapter

As a frequent user of the wood shop since I first became a member I asked Richard to keep me in mind for future projects.  Last week he gave me one.  Dust collection at Norwich is moving along and a new tools is ready to be connected, the spindle sander.  

I decided to design the adapter in Fusion 360 of course and print it on my printer at home.  It was a bit tight so I ended up heating up the connector on my stove and melting it in place inside the adapter.  It is nice to help out in an area that I have gotten a lot of joy out of over the past years.  I would encourage you all to find the area champion of an area you enjoy and ask to be kept in mind for future space projects.

Money Shooting Tool.

Are you a boat or home owner?  Do you wish paying your bills was more fun?  Do you have stacks of cash sitting around just taking up space?  Well this is the project for you!  Over the next month we will be designing version 2 of the Rain Maker.  It’s a tool that you load with cash and then launch at about the speed most of my project eat cash lately.  Version 2 you ask?  That’s right most of the longer projects we model in class take me several attempts to get right.  Here is a link so you can see it in action. 

https://www.instagram.com/p/CYP6pMlIizE/

The first draft lets me work out the ideas and see if I can get a working prototype.   In this case I knew I wanted to try over molding like our favorite tool company here in Milwaukee and I was not sure if my cash accelerator device would work.  About a hundred hours of printing later I can tell you it does and I learned a lot of do’s and don’t when over molding on 3d printed parts.  I do really like the feel of the urathane rubber in my hand and it is so much fun to see money shooting our the front of the tool.  This is going to be a fun one so join us Mondays @ 7pm or watch the series on YouTube.

 

Ornament Design

The makerspace has a tree!  The kind with blinky lights and cool ornaments!  As I write Kathy is decorating is and I want to help.  That’s why I spent the past 2 Fusion 360 classes designing ornaments with my fellow makerspace members.  The first design is a 3d printable design and the second a laser cut design.  You can watch them both on you tube and make some for your tree at home or add them to our tree at the Milwaukee Makerspace. 

The Ceramics Area Expansion!

What started as a humble ceramics area at the Lenox Building has grown to an amazing space at the Norwich Building.  Thanks to the popularity of the weekly event, Cerveza and Ceramics Wednesday, the ceramics area has grown in member ship popularity.  This larger area will allow us to attract more potters to join the Makerspace and grow our membership.  Our first tasks were putting down new epoxy floor and building a pallet rack.  Now that pallet rack has expanded drying cabinets thanks to a donation from Frontroom Studios in Bayview.  Now we have lots of room for pots of all sizes.

At the last space improvement day lots of people chipped in to help organize and clean our glaze and kiln rooms. As well as mounting a new sink. cleaning equipment, mopping, and adding a new storage for communal tools. A lot got accomplished but there is still more to do.

The studio is continuing to grow and still has plans for more equipment like new work tables, a dedicated table for the pug mill, and expanded throwing area. The plan below is a rough idea for the new expansion’s layout. There are much more in the works including new equipment and more events.