Upcoming Events

Bikes and Brews: August 10, 7 pm

Come by the shop to learn some basic bicycle maintenance! This free event will get you set up for Saturday’s Bikes and Brews ride.

Monthly Member Meeting: August 17, 7:30 pm

This month’s member meeting will occur at 7:30pm sharp! The meetings are a great way to keep up with shop business, discuss upcoming events, and have your voice heard. Typical run time is 30-45min.

Melt Day 3: August 19, 11 am

Come and melt aluminium and pour it into shapes! We’ll have foam for carving and greensand for casting, so you just need an idea for something to carve. Theres plenty of cans to melt down, so don’t let that stop you. Also if you can’t make it in the morning (Hamfest shout out) we’ll be going into the evening too.

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This month’s featured maker is Tim Heath (crashcart)! Tim has been with us since almost the beginning, way back in 2008! Tim is super into RCGN, and most anything to do with vintage electronics. He is often found in the fab lab soldering, or tinkering with old computers in the workshop. Click through to read more about Tim!

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Upcoming Events

Monthly Member Meeting: June 22, 7:30 pm

This month’s member meeting will occur at 7:30pm sharp! The meetings are a great way to keep up with shop business, discuss upcoming events, and have your voice heard. Typical run time is 30-45min.

Pig Roast: June 24

Pig Roast is coming up fast, and prep work is starting to move into it’s final stages. You may have heard our radio ad, recorded by Jeff Cotten a few weeks ago, or seen one of our flyers around town! This is looking to be our largest pig roast yet, so come hungry! If you’d like to bring a side or dessert, check out the wiki page and sign up!

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Tyler Crumpton has been a member of the shop for a number of years, and has been board chairman several times! He is an extremely active member, working on a variety of projects mainly involving the laser cutter and 3D printing. Click through to learn more about Tyler!

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Upcoming Events

Monthly Member Meeting: May 18, 7:30 pm

This month’s member meeting will occur at 7:30pm sharp! The meetings are a great way to keep up with shop business, discuss upcoming events, and have your voice heard. Typical run time is 30-45min.

Pig Roast: June 24

Some of you may have noticed flyers for this year’s Pig Roast – big thanks to Tyler Crumpton for making those! Last year we had a huge turnout, and it looks like this year will be no different! Volunteers are a huge part of what makes the Pig Roast possible, so if you’re able, check out the wiki page and sign up! There are still a few spots available, as well as opportunities to bring side items and desserts.

 

Shop Talk

Textiles Expansion

Travis Crumpton and Jeff Cotten have been heading up an effort to enclose the area next to the fab lab and move the textiles area into it! This will greatly improve the ability of makers to produce textile items, as well as increase the amount of air-conditioned space present at the shop. The first work day scheduled was May 7, thanks to everybody who came out!

ML256 @ STA

Monday May 1, we held a fundraiser/trivia night at Straight to Ale’s Campus 805 location. This event will bring around $350 to the shop!! A huge thank you to everybody who turned out to (wo)man the table, donated items to sell/display, and drank beer!

Ludum Dare #38

Tyler, Hunter, and Jake were a team for the Ludum Dare #38 — a themed, tri-annual game jam — the weekend of April 21st. The theme this time was “Small World”, so they made a silly game about bees! You can play it here, and you can view the source here. If you’re interested in forming a team, keep an eye out for announcements about LD39, which will be held around August!

NACC Sewing Workshop

On April 8 the shop hosted a cloak-sewing workshop to benefit the Madison Children’s Theatre. Over the course of the day, 20 cloaks were sewn and donated to aid in their production of Harry Potter, as well as future productions involving cloaks. Thank you to everybody who came out, and thank you Scott for setting up this excellent event!

Projects in Progress

Jeff’s Bottle Tree

Jeff has been working on a bottle tree that is doubling as an opportunity to learn to weld! David Pemerton walked him through the basics of welding, and just last week he tacked on the final piece of the tree.  It’s now at his home, and he will soon be painting it, and then sinking it into the ground.

Safety Reminder!

When using any of the heavy or dangerous equipment at the shop, remain aware of your surroundings and the status of the tool. Ensure the tool is in good working order before use, and safely store it after use. Additionally, goggles, eye protection, gloves, aprons, and other PPE are available for use throughout the shop! Nobody wants to make a trip to the hospital on a night they had planned to get some cool stuff done 🙂