October 1, 2017 Shop Log

  • I realized that we lost some detail in the initial print of the Mirror of Erised. I changed a setting in Simplify3D to allow single layer walls to be printed.
  • I also modified two illuminated Exit Signs for temporary canopy tent installations. I added a Edison tail for AC power and a switch to turn off the backup battery when not used.
  • I worked on the CEIA Magnetometer Storage Dollies. I redesigned the wheel board to be narrower and not include stacking storage yokes.
  • This required me to include a single battery storage box onto the Stacking Pallet.
  • Well, the Muse took a shit today. The touchscreen will not turn on and is blank. The machine is a dud. I noticed the issue beginning to rear it ugly head over the last couple of cutting sessions, but a power cycle seemed to resolve the issue. Now that doesn’t work…

September 24, 2017 Shop Log

  • Today is one of those rare days when I have the opportunity to run all three of my fabricators at once: the Shapeoko, the Stacker and the Muse.
  • The Shapeoko cut another set of yokes for the CEIA Magnetometer Storage Dolly.
  • The Stacker is printing out a filament dispenser for my Deltaprintr.
  • The Muse is engraving a architectural drawing of some of the Portland Willamette River crossing bridges.
  • While waiting for the big three to finish, I sewed up a few more feed bags for Classy.
  • The feed bag design was inspired by sandwich bags. For durability, I used poly tarps with this simple layout.
  • I wired up this 12-volt LED flood light for one of my solar recharging stations.
  • Another addition to the MakerCave Gallery…

September 20, 2017 Shop Log

  • At home, I have a Deltaprintr 3D Printer I backed on Kickstarter. I found on Thingiverse (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1947239) a bracket to move the extruder assembly to the middle of the printer and reduce the length of the Bowden tube. Using the FSL Muse Laser Engraver, I cut out the brackets.
  • The latest addition to the MakerCave Gallery…

September 16, 2017 Shop Log

  • I brought Kazuki along, but he didn’t want to leave the truck.
  • I worked on a birthday “card” for a friend, using the FSL Muse.
  • I purchased Super Vectorize 2 for Mac to trace raster files into vector files.
  • I had my Wisconsin Union coffee cup for a long time.
  • Then I experimented with dithering on the Muse.
  • Started another addition to the MakerCave gallery…

September 14, 2017 Shop Log

  • Well, I lost a second shop light today and am forced to deal with it. I purchased (2) 400W Metal Halide Bulbs and replaced the bad bulbs. The climb up the extension ladder was a bit sketchy.
  • I completed Counter Supports for the Amphitheater. The counter in the Front Storage Room gave way and needs to be repaired. Tomorrow these get installed.
  • Before heading home, a quick cut on the FSL Muse…