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Automated Manufacturing Night – Thursday, 3/21 at 7pm

Mike Vasquez will be giving a talk “The Printed Athlete – How 3D Printing is Changing the Face of Sports.”  It is free and open to the public.

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Over the past two decades 3D printing has radically shifted the way that many industries design new products.  The medical field uses the process for creating bespoke hearing aids and aerospace companies use it to design more efficient aircraft.  However, one of the sectors that is on the leading edge of this revolution is sports.  All the major sporting goods brands have started to adopt the technology.  From 3D printed high end parts for F1 race cars to multi-colored 3D printed footwear prototypes at Nike; the opportunities offered by the new manufacturing process has the chance to transform how athletes and customers interact with the games they love. This talk focuses on how 3D printing technology already has and will continue to revolutionize sports using examples from Mike’s time at Burton Snowboards and Loughborough University’s Sports Technology Institute.  Additionally topics such as the future of the technology and growing areas of innovation including mass customization and protective equipment will be discussed.

About Mike Vasquez
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Mike recently finished his PhD at the Sports Technology Institute at Loughborough University in England.  The institute is the world’s largest research facility completely dedicated to solving technical engineering problems in sport.  As part of his work he helped Burton Snowboards design new materials that could be used to 3D print snowboard binding components.  Originally from Minnesota, Mike made his way out to Boston to attend MIT.  While there he was able to combine his passion for sports and engineering by working at the MIT Sports Innovation Center.  He earned a BS (’08) and M.Eng (’09) in Materials Science and Engineering.  He was a captain of the MIT baseball team and continues to stay active by playing baseball, snowboarding, and distance running.  He finished his sixth marathon last fall.  He is the co-founder of the Sports Technology Podcast and has worked with Burton Snowboards, New Balance, Rawlings, Easton Sports, Wimbledon, 3M, and Progressive Sports Technologies.

About Automated Manufacturing Night
Automated Manufacturing Night is a monthly event where a speaker will discuss a topic related to Automated Manufacturing on the third Thursday each month. It is affiliated with the CNC Build Club (http://www.meetup.com/CNC-Build-Club/), a group where folks work on automated manufacturing machines at Pumping Station: One. It is also open to the public.

Pumping Station: One is a Chicago hackerspace located at 3519 N Elston, Chicago IL 60618.

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03 2013

Automation Night – Thursday, 1/10 at 7PM

Eric Gregori will be giving a talk about doing computer vision on the Android platform using the OpenCV library. It will take place at Pumping Station: One’s (http://pumpingstationone.org). Automated Manufacturing Night on Thursday, 1/10, at 7pm.

Manufacturing applications for computer vision include assembly:

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And inspection:

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After his talk and questions, we will discuss, repair, and build CNC machines ranging from 3D printers to electronics pick and place machines.

Thanks to Eric for a wonderful talk and to everyone who came out.

Eric included the presentation, and the links he mentioned during it, here: http://buildsmartrobots.ning.com/profiles/blogs/pumping-station-one-a-great-group-of-hackers.  He has written an article on the topic here:  http://www.embedded.com/design/programming-languages-and-tools/4406164/1/Developing-OpenCV-computer-vision-apps-for-the-Android-platform

A recorded version of the talk is available here.  Unfortunately, the video and audio quality are low.
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Eric is the President of EMGRobotics (http://www.EMGRobotics.com). He is a robot enthusiast with over 19 years of embedded firmware design experience. His specialities are computer vision, artificial intelligence, and programming for Windows Embedded CE, Linux, and Android operating systems.

Automated Manufacturing Night is a monthly event where a speaker will discuss a topic related to Automated Manufacturing on the third Thursday each month. It is affiliated with the CNC Build Club (http://www.meetup.com/CNC-Build-Club/), a group where folks work on automated manufacturing machines at Pumping Station: One. It is also open to the public.

Pumping Station: One is a Chicago hackerspace located at 3519 N Elston, Chicago IL 60618.

This talk was organized by Jeff McAlvay, who is working with a team from PS:One on an open pick and place machine (http://www.boardforge.com).

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12 2012

Design a 3D printer! 10/29 at 7pm

When we were considering which 3D printer to get for the space, one of the suggestions was that we design one ourselves.

To start the project off, I will give an account of the 3D printers currently used in industry (http://jeffsinventions.com/?p=1328), including ones that print metal:
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Then, Jeremy, from TinyWorkshop, will talk about consumer 3D printing technology.  Here is a link to the slides from his talk.

About 30 folks turned out to the event and many interesting ideas were suggested. We decided to focus on two parallel projects:

1) Make a device that 3D prints electronics. We have begun to make prototypes for this project (http://jeffsinventions.com/?p=1589).

2) Start with an existing 3D printer design and iterate on it along a number of axes, including:

  • Extrude different materials (e.g., chocolate, general purpose binder)
  • Adapt it to make molds
  • Add encoders for linear feedback
  • Add a closed loop heater
  • Make it general purpose so that different tools can be added (e.g., mill)

Bart has generously offered to donate an ORD Bot for this project.  He has started work, and a thread, about the project here:  http://www.buildlog.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=1625.

To move forward on these projects, we will begin a weekly CNC Build Club: http://pumpingstationone.org/2012/11/announcing-the-cnc-build-club/

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10 2012