Improvising – Using One tool in the Hacker Toolbox

Success in a roundabout way thanks to improvising.

Hacking is finding your solution and obtaining your goal by out of the box thinking.

One of our projects has been trying to interface an old Vinyl Cutter / Plotter with newer software options (post 1996!) After months verifying separate components, we still have been unable to get get it all of the parts to correctly work as a system. (if you know Linux, Serial, and HPGL we would love help in getting our hardware fired up correctly!)

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Custom CNC Mount for Vinyl Cutter Blade

At wit’s end, and help from everyone in the CTH community, the vinyl cutter cutting blade was installed in an improvised mount that was interchangeable with our  operational hand-built CNC router. The vector logo file was loaded and cleaned up in Draft Site. We then converted the image to g-code (compatible the router software) with a 1/16 cut depth.

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Get your community credentials for our new website .

For those of you who missed today’s WordPress workshop, credentials are still available for you to post your own content online. See Rich or Bill for issuing you credentials.

Worried about figuring how to post? Ask Bill, Rich or Keefe. It’s pretty self explanatory …and Rich wrote up a reference sheet on how to post to help ease any trepidation.

With CT Hackerspace’s new site, its easy and is also mobile responsive; I wrote this post entirely and easily from my Android phone

Hold the Date for Saturday – Get Involved in our Online Community.

WebBuild imageCT Hackerspace is changing our website from Drupal to WordPress. One reason for the change is to make it easier for members to create web content on the new cthackerspace.com website. This informal information session will walk though the steps on how to create a web content on our new site as well as explore the available post options.

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Time is running out to sign up for the NORTH EAST GRID DOWN COMMUNICATIONS COURSE

This 2 day intense course is happening Saturday, July 18th and Sunday, July 19th. Secure your place today!

This course is designed for individuals with a novice to intermediate level of commo experience, who might have a Technician or General Class Amateur Radio License. Personal equipment is required for those who would like to participate in the field training exercise (bring your own commo gear). Individuals without an amateur radio license can practice operation on license-free communications bands or engage in communications monitoring activities.

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Harvey’s Super Huge Printer Now Moves

Harvey's Huge PrinterHarvey has been working on this unreasonably huge 3D Printer for longer than most of the other members have been alive. Well, today marks a momentous occasion, it now moves in all 3 axes!

The printer design is 100% Harvey. It’s all scratch built and went through many on-the-fly revisions during the assembly process. The frame is a 2 foot cube and the print area will be 15 inches cubed. He’ll have to rent a pickup truck to move it!

The Z-axis isn’t leadscrew or belt driven like found on most printers. Here, there’s an elaborate system of kevlar fishing line and pulleys. Today it worked perfectly, raising and lowering the print surface evenly. Now it’s time to set up the firmware and limit switches!

New 3D Printer Project, the iTopie

ITopie RepRap 2.pngToday I started a new 3D Printer build. I found what appears to be a great derivative of the Prusa i3, the iTopie. The i3 looks simple to build but it looks as if it could be a little flimsy with the threaded rod frame.

The original design was made for 16mm MDF. Home Depot only has 1/2 inch so I modified the DXF file a bit to compensate. I also added a handle on the top of the printer frame and make the base a little taller so I could fit an ATX power supply under there.

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