At the AGM, Members chose to hold summer meetings on Tuesday nights, to allow everyone to enjoy summer weekends doing summer stuff.
Due to multiple scheduling conflicts, this meeting was moved from July 14 to July 21.
Agenda and additional information is discussing in the protospace-administration forum.
I’m going to put on laser training on Saturday, Jan 17, at 10 am, if I get sufficient interest.
To take the class you must have taken the basic safety training and be a member in good standing (i.e. paid-up) at the Space.
Let’s shoot for 10 people in the course, but if there is interest we might be able to do more.
Note that this training is specific to the use of the Laser hardware and LaserCut 6.0 (the software that runs the hardware). It does not cover the CAD programs typically used to do the drawings. For the most part most programs that can give you a DXF file will do.
We will do classroom work, demonstrations, and we can do some small individual projects, time permitting, if you want some hands-on. Please bring a ready-to-go DXF file on a memory stick for this if you want to do a cut or an engrave. Also, if you have specific material you want to have a go at, bring a chunk along.
Questions welcome in-thread if you think it will benefit others. Sign-ups in thread too.
Cost for the course is $5.00 to the space for the next laser related crisis (you know it’s coming).
I have had enough interest to follow through on my plans to offer a CAM course for the Tormach on Sunday, Jan 25th at 10 am. Attendance will be capped at 15 and will be closed on Jan 16th, after which, no new attendees will be accepted.
The current plan for this course is that it will be tought in either Fusion360 OR HSMWorks express for SolidWorks. Both these software packages will be acceptable to attend the course with. It may change closer to the date to be Fusion 360 only. SolidWorks will NOT be a prerequisite for the course. Fusion 360 can be downloaded and installed for free from Autodesk. If you are using fusion 360 please complete some of the tutorials and have a good understanding of how to use the programs. Being unable to use the program at the start of the course will require you having to re-take it before continuing.
All members must have completed lathe training. If you are on the list to attend lathe training but have not yet completed it you may attend but will not be able to do the practical cut part of the course until after you have completed the lathe training. If the course is full, members without lathe training may be bumped for members who have completed it. This course is only available to vetted members.
The second part of the course consists of using Mach 3 and the Tormach itself including start up, the practical cut where you will make a set of sacrificial jaws followed by cleanup and shut down. This will be schedule on an individual basis AFTER completing the course and will take about 2 hours.
The cost of the course is 30$ to cover the cost of material for the project, a 3/8″ 2 flute end-mill, yours to keep + 1 coffee (lg, 1c1sw) , Due at the start of the practical portion of the course. Further coffee may be required as payment to supervise/help out with your first job on your own project. Due to the amount of information covered and the exorbitantly high cost of a major mistake it is STRONGLY recommended (read: mandatory) that your first job or two done on the Tormach is checked over and supervised untill you have gained confidence on the workflow of the machine.
To sign up please contact me by:
replying to this thread (protosspace-administration), email or in person.
The absolute maximum number of participants is 12. We will run the course if there are at least 4 sign-ups
We will do classroom work, demonstrations, and discussion. If you would like to have a chance to cut your own project, please bring a ready-to-go DXF file on a memory stick (or put it on a one-drive/google-drive/dropbox or similar web-accessible cloud). Also, if you have specific material you want to have a go at, bring a chunk along.
Familiarize yourself with Protospace and basic shop safety. This course is required before using any tool bigger than a screwdriver at the space.
Please leave all recycling in the taped off area close to the bay door. Please bring your bits between 8am and 5pm on Saturday and it looks like we will do a second run on Sunday. PLEASE! remember, this will happen again, but if you put ecycle at the end of the bay on Monday, its just going to frustrate people. this is ONLY on this Saturday and Sunday! and ONLY in the taped off area.
Saturday February 28th will be the next Protospace Poker Game @ 6:00pm.
Welding training sessions – you must be registered. As there is a wait list, you must register and have a slot confirmed before planning to attend. Open to members only.