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I am ordering the Lego mindstorms kit for my son, although I will probably be playing with it as much as him! and I plan on posting a review on the "toy" as soon as I get a chance - so stay tuned!

Just a quick update - the Rerap 3D Printer is printing consistently now! - so now it's time to tweak and tweak here and there (and to print some upgrades) :)

it's printing well enough to print some upgrade parts so here's a look at the first "official" parts off of the 3D printer! This also marks the first official multiplied printing - printing 4 parts at a time!

As usual - if you have any questions (or need any parts printed) email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will soon have parts for the reprap on EBay including hobbed bolts made on the lathe, and also some aluminum timing pulleys made on the lathe and my homemade 4 axis CNC. After that I will probably sell some complete extruders (including hobbed bolt), and after that we'll see! :)

Hey Everybody!

Just a quick post / update... I uploaded a new site design today - hope it's better than the last, it seems to me to be better anyway.

The Reprap project is going well, I am working on getting my heated bed installed and getting ready to start printing my first part in ABS plastic! I also spent a little time starting to wire tie all the wires (pictures coming soon!) and also mounting the electronics on the frame, so hopefully by this weekend I'll be set! I still need to find a permanent home for it in the workshop, right now it's sitting on the CNC machine and I'd have to move it to CNC anything, so that's not going to work in the long run...

In other news, my band has finished producing our first music video :) if that interests you check it out here: High Tonight

Ok that's it - I said it'd be quick ;)

Jamie

Here's my journey of building a Reprap 3d Printer. Took about two weeks to get to the point where I was printing and I am still tweaking things to get good prints but it's working well enough to share :)

I have been following Ron Thompson's Reprap build and I tried to resist the temptation to build one myself, but it's just too cool :) So I have ordered a Reprap Prusa kit and will start my build shortly! So stay tuned for a build log from me too! Don't know what a Reprap is? It's a 3D printer - meaning it prints 3D plastic parts! Check it out...
Jamie

Well at least I'm getting to it every month! :) I would like to post more often and I really should - Ok I'll try harder next time...

What's been up? Well I took a new full time job, so my afternoons in the garage have halted... Everything has to pretty much happen on the weekend now, but that's OK - keeps me more focused!
This past weekend I finished up a "Wishing Well" project for my niece who is getting married. Of course I had to involve the CNC machine somehow so I made them a sign that they can put on the wall or mantle later on :) The well was made using regular ole woodworking techniques and the sign was designed in Vectric Aspire.
 
Another small project I've been working on has been some Disc Golf Tags. I guess the players wager these on different holes on the course and the guy that has the most tags has... well he has a bunch of tags (and bragging rights) I don't get a chance to do aluminum "parts" much so it's nice to reassure that I can make stuff in aluminum :)
 
Speaking of aluminum - here's a hint at a big project I've been working on with Daryl from Texas Steel Props and Armory. It's going to be a replica Xena Chakram! It measures like 10 inches wide and about half an inch thick - without a doubt it's the largest aluminum piece I've made! Look for a post on the whole project soon!
 
I think that's a pretty good update! so that's it for now - hopefully I'll keep my promise and will update before next month! :)
Jamie

Time flies when you're forgetting to update your blog ;)

Well it's August and last update I mentioned my router bearings going in my CNC router, so I've gotten a new router and I am back up and running with a few jobs behind me. Although the new router I got makes more noise than the last one, I think the bearings are already on their way out! So I ordered replacement bearings for my orginal one and I'm going to try my hand at swapping them out.

In other news I am making my own bearing guides for my bandsaw - I was looking around for some and they are just way too expensive at Rockler or Woodcraft - I mean $170 for some bearings? Ridiculous! So I'll be making my own - I already have a ton of bearings and with all the machinery I have it should be a piece of cake :) I will post an article when I am done! I need to start making some Christmas presents and I need my bandsaw cutting straight for some of the ideas I have.

I also am starting work on some Holloween animatronic ideas - no full blown robots (yet) but some stuff that should be pretty cool - again I will post up pictures when I am done :)

Ok that's it - stay tuned!

Jamie

 

I took the opportunity of the long weekend to get some much needed reorganizing done. I built some new shelves, split my "ultimate workbench" in two pieces, and did some general organizing and clean up.

I loved the workbench but it's really just too big for my garage and since I didn't put any casters in the middle, it was sagging and so rendered the middle part for using the chop saw useless. So I basically cut the thing in two and I'm using the one half still for the table saw, and the other half is now an "Assembly" table.

Since I was losing the storage that the workbench provided, I decided to build myself some new shelves, really taking up the whole available space on the wall - it's WAY better now and the shelves were pretty cheap to build.

Without further ado, here's some pictures of my newly organized workshop :) (it won't stay this clean for long!)

Here's my monthy blog post that's supposed to be more often than that! :)

If you haven't noticed, I redesigned the site, and in the process I "broke" a lot (probably all) of the links that Google has for the content. So I put two things on the right hand side of the site, the "Most Popular" and the "Latest" - in those lists you should be able to find what you were originally looking for... If no, then you can use the search tool - while it's not the greatest if you're generic in your search you should find what you want... and lastly you can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I can point you in the right direction (especially if it's for something that's in the downloads - I might have to re upload it for you)

You also may or may not have noticed the new "Community" menu link - I've added a community app and a forum for discussions. In the Community you can post your own pictures and have your own discussions and such, please give me some feedback on that feature :)

I also added a "Store" where I will be selling off some of the extra stuff I have and also selling CNC'd items such as signs and letters and whatever I can make to make a few bucks for my workshop habit ;)

In other news... My CNC machine is currently down... The router's bearings are shot and I need to get a new router - preferrably the same one I had (Hitachi M12VC) because I have the Precise Bits Collets for it and I just like the variable speed and overall quality of the router. So if you have a line on one (other than eBay - I'm all over those) let me know! :)

Here's how I made my own bandsaw bearing guides from aluminum tubing and regular skate bearings - for like $20 :)

It's already June and here I am not posting on the "blog" again LOL - I've been busy with my latest project - making a power drive for my Enco Mill Drill Lathe. As usual there are set backs and things don't always go according to plan, but we'll get there!

CNC Tools Application
In other news - I've been working on a CNC "panel" program that will allow the user to pick a bunch of G-Code files and have them offset to be cut out on a panel without changing programs. The app is underway and I've started collaborating with another developer that's interested in the same idea.

We are using Google Code - where we can store the source code, have discussions, submit Issues, etc. If you'd like to get involved - even by throwing out some ideas for features - check it out! It's a closed project so I'd have to add you to it before you could edit anything, and you'd also need a Google account :)

http://code.google.com/p/cnctools/

Check it out and maybe even just do a little beta testing for us ;)

Subcategories

Workshop projects are for stuff in the garage (CNC, Reprap, woodworking, metalworking, electronics, metal casting, etc...)

These are my posts about my CNC hobby, now to include my new Reprap 3d Printer :)

These are my electronics projects, working with the Parallax Propellor, Arduino, stepper motors, you name it!

Here are some of my Metalworking projects, probably with my Enco 3-in-1 Mill / Drill / Lathe

Here are some of my woodworking projects using my Shopsmith Mark VII and other various woodworking tools

Here are some of my adventures in casting aluminum with my homemade foundry