September 30, 2020 Shop Log

I am having issues with the Anycubic Photon S printer. I ran out of Anycubic green resin and switched over to the Anycubic gray resin I had purchased a couple of months ago. Now the prints fail. The base and the initial support structure print fine, but nothing of the model (Jill April Angel).

I have relevel the build platform, using both the traditional leveling procedure and the “Flint Reed” method.

I have now resliced the model, using some exposure settings I found on the Internet. Currently waiting the results of the changes…

And the changes seem to have made a difference as the model is now appearing.

I have also started cutting the components for the Simba Simple Chair on the X-Carve.The original design was for a 4’x4′ sheet of plywood, but the designer was kind enough to break up the layout into 2’x2′ squares. By the end of the day, I will have half of the components needed cut.

I also worked on the Expert 24LX vinyl cutter today. I had to reinstall East Cut Studio on MakerCave iMac (lost when the hard drive crashed a couple of months ago). I could not get the license to activate, but luckily I both two licenses for the software. I emailed support, and they responded back that I had to deactivate license from the previous installation first.

And, like that, we entered the dosie dough. I cannot deactivate the license, because the hard drive crashed.Hopefully, they will realize the circularity of the situation and come up with a solution.

I cut a vinyl decal of the Hale Kilolani block cut for my eVScope Pelican case.

November 10, 2019 Shop Log

I hired one of McKenzie’s classmates, David, to help me move MakerCave. I remember helping my godfather in eighth grade help build an second floor addition to his home and how much I learned during that time. I wanted to provide the same opportunity to someone as my godfather had done for me.

One of the things I wanted in the new MakerCave was to get as much on wheels as possible. This included the vinyl cutter work space. I asked David to install work table casters on the work table.

I also wanted to consolidate the two work tables into one and was able to achieve that with folding shelves. The cutter was mounted onto a folding shelf on the end of the layout table. I also move the vinyl roll holder to the bottom of the folding shelf to conserve space.

It folded out of the way nicely.

Then I mounted my 58″ paper cutter to the side of the table.

It also folded out of the way as nicely as the cutter.

Overall, I am happy with how it turned out, freely up some much needed floor space. It will allow me to move the vinyl cutting work space out of the way as I work on other things.

November 8, 2019 Shop Log

MakerCave iMac mounted to a monitor arm and the GCC Expert 24 LX Vinyl Cutter work table

I am working on consolidating work surfaces in order to conserve space, and one of these is my vinyl cutting work space. In the old MakerCave, I had a separate table for layout, a separate stand to hold the cutter and a separate desk to hold the MakerCave iMac. I now want to consolidate these three spaces into one.

The first step is to mount the MakerCave iMac to the layout table in a manner where it would not be in the way. I purchased an adapter VESA mount kit for the iMac and an monitor arm that would be able to support the weight of the iMac from Amazon. This allows me to either lift the iMac above the work space or push it off to the side.

April 26, 2019 Shop Log

Well, I finally got rid of the old concessions TVs, freeing up shelf space and, honestly, clutter.
I completed the Parking Lot I Work Light for the Amphitheater, adding more light for the parking lot staff.
I showed Kayla how to use the FSL Muse Laser Engraver and Cutter.
I also showed Kayla how to use the GCC Expert24LX Vinyl Cutter.

January 26, 2019 Shop Log

I decided to start making some work-holding tools I found on the Shapeoko User Group on Facebook, some cam holding clamps and holding L-brackets.
While the Shapeoko ran its job, I cut some additional directional signage for the Amphitheater on the GCC Expert24LX Vinyl Cutter. However, I just noticed a mistake. The signage was to read Main Gates, not Plaza Gates.
I also fired up the Stacker 500 to start printing the nave of the Sagrada Familia model.
I finished drilling the mounting holes and installing the mounting T-nuts on the backings for the Amphitheater Parking Lot Solar Work Light Panels.
The L-brackets I found on Facebook weren’t designed from my X-Carve CNC Router, so I decided to design one myself. It will be 3D-printed rather than cut from MDF.