The desktop manufacturing revolution has been gaining traction at PS:One over the past few months.
We had the recent reprap build event, and now the hacked vinyl cutter, makerbot, PS:One′s own RepRap Mendel, and the brand new CNC tool (it’s extremely cool, but I’m not allowed to announce it on this blog yet) have taken over half of the electronics work area.
To complete the CNC takeover, PS:One will hold a monthly Automation Station: One event where people are encouraged to bring their in-progress projects for building in a communal atmosphere and completed projects to show off.
All CNC tools are welcome: additive, subtractive, mills, lasers, printers, frosters, plotters, RepRaps, and even egg-bots. There will be an emphasis on open source hardware/software tools, but not exclusively so.
This first event will be on July 20th at 7pm at Pumping Station: One. Non-member CNC enthusiasts (and any projects they wish to share) are welcome to attend.
Update (2): run time clarification – this workshop runs from 10am to 6pm (or really, until the machines are complete). These are complex machines – expect for this to take a while.
Update: just to be completely clear: this event is open to anyone who signs up via Eventbrite. PS:One membership is not required.
We’ve got a fever, and 3D printing is the cure!
On June 18, PS:One member Chris Jansen will be holding a build-your-own RepRapMendel Prusa 3D printer workshop. Workshop cost will be $100 (for materials).
If you don’t know what it is, a RepRap is a 3D printer that can print many of it’s own parts. A REPlicating RApid Prototyper. If you have one RepRap, you can make more RepRaps, and even give them to your friends!
At the workshop, we will receive the parts and support to build the X-Y-Z gantry for a RepRap Prusa – all the plastics, mechanicals, belts, pulleys, MDF build platform, etc. At the end of the day you will have a fully-built XYZ body and build platform that just needs electronics installed and programmed to get up and running.
PLEASE NOTE: To complete the build, you’ll need to purchase another $200-$300 worth of electronics and stepper motors and hot ends (price varies depending on the bells and whistles you choose). Please see the wiki page for a listing of electronics not included in this workshop. If you bring your own electronics along with you, assistance may be available to get your electronics installed (no promises).
What: Build your own RepRap Mendel Prusa X/Y/Z gantry and build platform
Where: Pumping Station: One 3354 N. Elston Ave, Chicago, IL
How much: $100 per person (Limit 20).
A great introduction to 3D printing and the RepRap Mendel Prusa we’ll be building on 6/18: