December 10, 2017 Shop Log

  • It has been a while since I have been able to putter in the shop.
  • I worked on aligning the mirrors in the K40 Laser Engraver and Cutter. I found an alignment tool on Thingiverse and 3D-printed it out awhile back.
  • I also ordered some 2mm balsa wood for targets, which I cut out on the Muse.
  • After aligning the mirrors, I performed a test engraving of Spider-Kid. The Harbor Freight dust collection blower I am using vibrates the K40, which moves the work piece. I had to hot-glue it to the bed. I will need to rethink exhaust venting.
  • In order to improve prints on the Stacker 3D Printer, I made an enclosure from PVC pipe and moving blankets.
  • Another addition to the MakerCave Art Gallery…

October 15, 2017 Shop Log

  • I had some fun with the Muse today. I discovered a living hinge generator website and made up a quick box.
  • I then worked on some more image engraving on the Muse.
  • I completed another CEIA Magnetometers Storage Pallet.
  • The Stacker 3D Printer is printing a K40 Laser Cutter Mirror Alignment Tool.
  • And another addition to the MakerCave Gallery…

October 3, 2017 Shop Log

  • Well, with the help of tech support, I isolated the issue with the Muse Laser Cutter and Engraver to a bad secondary power supply.
  • I continued working on the CEIA Magnetometers Storage Dollies. I decided to use eyebolts rather than D-rings because of space constraints with the new wheel boards.
  • I cut another pair of yokes with the Shapeoko.
  • I also started another print job on the Stacker.

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…

February 10, 2016 Shop Log

  • Yesterday I received my Kickstarter-backed Stacker Commerical 3D Printer. This morning, before work, I had the opportunity to finally open the boxes.

    Advice to heed…

  • While not having time to unbox the printer, I did unbox and assembled the stand.

    Stacker Commercial 3D Printer Stand

  • I really need to get on the redesign of these Our Lady of Lourdes Auction Lighting Pole Supports, so I can disassemble and make some space inside MakerCave.

    Our Lady of Lourdes Auction Lighting Pole Supports

  • My wife threatened to use power tools if I didn’t come and do a quick project for her.

    McKenzie’s Valentine Mailbox

  • Of course, I couldn’t resist continuing on with the assembly of my Stacker Commercial 3D Printer. I mounted the printer onto the cart, installed the filament rail bracket and filament drive hardware and cable-tied the extruder wiring harnesses to the filament guide tubes.

    Assembly of the Stacker Commercial 3D Printer