February 18, 2018 Shop Log

  • Continuing to progress on the CEIA Magnetometer Storage Dollies
  • The slow part to the whole process is the cutting of the yokes…
  • Only 5 more stacking pallets to construct…
  • While waiting for the Shapeoko to finish its cutting job, I worked on the Loading Dock Video Patch Panel, cutting out the inner mounting plate on the Muse Laser Cutter and Engraver.
  • The finished product looks promising.
  • Last visit, I finished the installation of dust collection system on the X-Carve CNC Router.
  • During my reconfiguration of the X-Carve in Easel, to accept the dust shoe, I found myself stuck on setting up the Z-Axis Probe. Easel takes you through the setup process step-by-step, not allowing you to continue on until you complete the current task. The first step was to plug in the Z-Axis Probe, which I did and immediately instructed me to attach the clamp to the spindle collet. This is where I got confused, because the next grayed out instruction was touch the touch plate to the collet. However, when I touched the collet with the touch plate, nothing happened. I rebooted the computer, I reinstalled the X-Controller firmware and Easel driver software, I checked the continuity of the circuit, and I still could not move forward. Then I finally realized that the “attach the clamp to the collet” was a button that had to be pressed after clamping the collet. Idiot.

January 27, 2018 Shop Log

  • The key is to get the Shapeoko started right away while you are working on other tasks. You cannot leave it unattended, but at least you have something to do while you wait for a cutting job to complete.
  • I finished the last wheel board for the CEIA Magnetometer Storage Dollies and the first of the ADA-compliant stacking pallets. Only 11 pallets to go…
  • I also assembled more yoke assemblies…
  • And cut and routed some more components…

January 9, 2018 Shop Log

  • Not feeling so well today.
  • The Shapeoko was put to work cutting out foam mount backers for Amphitheater Concession TV mounts. The mounts are being hung on a split-faced block wall, which is rough and uneven. The foam backer is to “even” out the mounting surface.
  • The Stacker 3D Printer was working on printing out some more spray can rack mounts, to get MakerCave better organized.
  • I worked on setting up operating systems on SD cards for two new Raspberry Pi Security Camera.
  • I flipped on the Muse Laser Cutter nd Engraver for a pushed software update. It hasn’t come through yet.
  • The MakerCave iMac is also undergoing updates.

December 20, 2017 Shop Log

  • This year, I printed out the popular 3D-Printed Advent Calendar by pleppik, which I have done in past years. However, I made this year’s twice as large. A challenge was a large enough print bed to print out a double-sized Day 25. Thank goodness for the Stacker…
  • I also started assembling a new addition to the MakerCave, an Inventable’s X-Carve.
  • Meanwhile, the Shapeoko continues to work on, cutting another set of yokes for the CEIA Magnetometer Storage Dollies.

St. Catherine of Alexandria Breaking Wheel

This morning, while getting ready for school, McKenzie, my 11-year-old daughter, informed me that she need a breaking wheel for her saints school project by this afternoon. Of course, I had no idea what she was talking about, so she Googled an image of a breaking wheel for me. After some additional Googling, I settled up this image as the basis of my design:

Now I had to take this raster image and make it into a vector art, and here is where Inkscape came in to the rescue. I imported the raster art into Inkscape:

Then I opened Trace Bitmap under the Path menu:

And ran the trace:

Now I wanted out a cutting template, so I had to get rid much of the detail of the trace by deleting many of the interior nodes. I eventually came up with this:

Then I imported this SVG vector art into Inventable’s Easel web app:

I loaded a 26″x26″ sheet of 1/2″ MDF and let the Shapeoko do its work:

Ignore the timestamp. I forgot to reset the camera clock.

I rounded the rough edges with a trim router and a rounding bit and then added some cable clips to represent spikes on the breaking wheel. Hopefully, McKenzie will be impressed.