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Automation Night Wednesday, November 14 at 7pm


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The second Wednesday of the month is rapidly approaching, which can mean only one thing: AUTOMATION NIGHT!

Be a part of the automated manufacturing revolution!¬†Get together to discuss, repair, and build numerically controlled machines (3D printers, CNC routers, laser cutters… anything automated by a computer). All experience levels from complete beginner to seasoned professional will be present. Come one, come all!

  • WHEN: Wednesday November 14th, 7pm (show up early if you want a tour)
  • WHERE: 3519 N Elston Ave, PS:One electronics lab (2nd Floor)

Typical schedule:

  • 6:45 tour for new people
  • 7:00 introduction round-robin
  • 7:10 guest speaker
  • 7:30 schmoozing, demos, projects etc.

Our guest speaker this month is Bart Dring: mechanical engineer, veteran open source CNC designer, and creator of He’ll be discussing the process of turning designs into gcode for use with subtractive CNC machines using his PS:One longboard project as an example.


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Plasma cut PS:One logo

Announcing the CNC Build Club

Plasma cut PS:One logo
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Last Monday’s 3D printing discussion was both well-attended and full of ideas. By the end of the night the beginnings of a few exciting new projects were starting to take shape. Since there are already several CNC projects in the works at PS:One, we decided that once a month isn’t enough to satisfy our appetites for automation.

So I’m pleased to announce the formation of the CNC Build Club, which will meet every Wednesday night at PS:One to design and build machines employing computer numerical control. If you’re interested in building a 3D printer, a CNC router or a pick & place machine, you can join up with a group already working on a design. Or come up with your own idea and recruit others to work with you!

  • Who: Open to the public
  • Where: Pumping Station: One, 3519 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL
  • When: Every Wednesday at 7pm
  • Cost: Free ($5 suggested donation for non-members to help us pay the rent)

We’re still going to have our monthly Automation Night, which will be slightly more formal and have a guest speaker, but all other Wednesdays will be focused on getting work done on projects.

Join the Google Group for the CNC Build Club. We’ll see you Wednesday night!

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Automation Night: Wednesday, September 12th at 7pm (tomorrow night!)

Folks, it’s that time of the month again. Join us at Automation Night (formerly DIY CNC night) and be part of the automated manufacturing and design revolution! Get together to discuss, fix, repair, upgrade, and show off 3D printers, routers, laser cutters, and other tools made awesome by computers.

  • WHEN: Wednesday September 12th 7pm (show up early if you want a tour)
  • WHERE: 3519 N Elston Ave, PS:One electronics lab

Typical schedule:

  • 6:45 tour for new people
  • 7:00 introduction round-robin
  • 7:20 guest speaker
  • 7:30 schmoozing, machine repair, demos, etc

This month we have a guest speaker giving a 15 minute talk.

International Manufacturing Technology Show recap by Jeff McAlvay
Jeff McAlvay is attending the IMTS and will give a 15 minute talk about highlights from the show.
The International Manufacturing Technology Show ( is a trade show that is focused on automated manufacturing.  It has about 2000 exhibitors and 80,000 attendees and takes place in Chicago 9/10-9/15.
Jeff is currently working on software projects for McMaster-Carr, an industrial parts reseller.  In the past, he has worked on projects concerned with improving their conveyor systems and has been involved in running a variety of their warehouse operations.  Outside of work, Jeff works on automated manufacturing and distribution at Jeff’s Inventions (  Currently, he is working on an autonomous car and a CNC milling machine conversion.
It’s gonna be a good one this month. See you there!
Longboard designed & fabricated by Bart Dring of
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