This weekend a few hardy souls gathered together for a hacksession organised by Robyn that was so incredible it could not be contained within a simple 3 hour period.
Robyn continued to work on her robot
Pix brought along his Makerbot to experiment with methods of calibration.
This was also the first occurance of “Craft time with Pix.” A humble beer carton was converted to support the operation of the Huxley.
An unsuspecting beer carton
Carton based filament holder
During the afternoon the chips were opened – I repeat, the chips were opened.
The chips - opened
A lot of printing occured:
I printed some Huxley parts:
Parts for an Huxley - some were prepared earlier
Pix printed a white PLA dome and Kylie(?) printed a TARDIS.
Dome and TARDIS
Ryan printed a case for a Raspberry Pi. He also continues to work on his own Huxley – the application of PTFE tape may have fixed his bowden extruder issues.
Raspberry Pi case and TARDII
Robyns robotic vacuum cleaner
Robyn brought along a robotic vacuum cleaner with a stuck brush. It was later seen happily cleaning the floor of Formats basement.
Scott continued to work with wireless communications.
Scott working with wireless
Arduino with wireless transceiver and LCD display
- Hackerspace logo being printed on the Huxley
The Huxley continues to print well. There were issues with overloading that were traced to the heated bed, but printing quality does not appear to be affected by printing wothout it.
The blue painters tape covered bed provides excellent adhesion. Removing the part required careful levering with a sharp instrument.
Simon and Pix have been working on a three dimensional version of the hackerspace logo. On Saturday this logo was successfully printed.
Completed Hackerspace logo
Ryan required a replacement y-axis bracket for his printer. After calibration (and discovering the calibration method of sprinter had changed) a replacement was printed. Adding the command “M92 X 80″ to the start_pla.gcode file corrected for the incorrect x-axis pulley.
The part was successfully fitted to Ryans printer
Bracket installed on the printer
Some happenings from the most recent Hackerspace.
Scott dropped by to experiment with arduino networking
Ryan dropped in with his Huxley
And Hackerspaces Huxley had its heater resistor replaced
A completed part
Untangling the Huxley's filament - time to build a filament spool?
Last night Hackerspace Adelaide had its incorporation meeting.
The attendees assemble
Final attendance was approximately twenty members physical and virtual.
The provisional constitution and the name of the organisation were approved by the participants. In addition Pix has been selected as the initial public officer.
Minutes of the meeting can be found here. Members updates and corrections are encouraged to add comments to that document.
Thanks to Ken for tidying up some of the minutes formatting.
For your edification we present a few hackerspace related events:
Hackerspace member Fee Plumley is currently crowdsourcing funding for her reallybigroadtrip project. She intends to travel the country cataloguing digital culture off the beaten track. If you are interested in contributing here pozible page can be found here.
Mark has been continuing work on the Project Horus with a number of new boards being produced
Horus board through a magnifier
A new drive gear for the Huxley x-axis has been secured and is working well.
Huxley with replacement gear
Another night at hackerspace
Peter West (Scout), one of our members and an enthusiastic electronics hacker passed away recently. This weekend his family generously donated his electronic tools and supplies to the Adelaide Hackerspace.
Scouts tools and supplies
We are in the process of inventorying this donation and intend to make it available for the improvement of members projects shortly.
Yesterday ANAT held an event examining the impact of 3D printing technologies on the future of manufacture. A full program can be found here: http://www.anat.org.au/2012/02/3d-printing-forum-riaus-monday-20th-february/
For information on proceedings, check out the twitter hashtag #3DprintADL particularly the tweets of Hackerpsace member Fee Plumley who was live tweeting most of the event.
Update: ANAT have published a gallery of photos from the event here.
Update2: Paul has some photos of his Huxley in operation here:
Some photos of the event:
- One of these things is not like the others – Hackerspaces Huxley on printer row.
Paul and Ryan demonstrating an Huxley.
The long view - Pix considers the future of fabrication
Today the Huxley printed its first parts. The hot end jamming problems were traced to obsolete firmware that incorrectly read the temperature. Due to the low extruder temperature resulting in only partially melted plastic and corresponding high resistance when printing.
With the updated thermistor settings the extrudate flowed freely.
Huxley at work
The first print did warp – this may have been due to an incorrect temperature setting in the bed.
The Huxleys first print - four PCB clips and a power clip
With a bit more care subsequent prints were of higher quality.
Two more PCB clips were printed and fitted to the Huxley.
PCB clips in place
This combined update will cover both Wednesday and Saturdays sessions.
Another significant turnout. Work continued on the newly designed Lantern boards. These contain a number of surface mount components necessitating good lighting, steady hands and tweezers.
Joel soldering one of the new lantern boards
Jorn demonstrating the benefits of parallelisation
The end result
Meanwhile work continued on the Huxley. At the end of the evening the limit switches were installed. Commissioning would begin on Saturday.
Alexis demonstrated a SID chip based MIDI synthesizer built into an Arduino shield.
A bristlebot ran across the table
I just want to explore!
A number of volunteers double checked the wiring on the Huxley.
Mark, Alexis, Robyn and myself checking the wiring on the Huxely
When power was applied everything appeared to work corrrectly. All axes turned smoothly and in the correct direction.
Huxley under test
The huxley homes to its limits for the first time
Thanks to everyone who attended and made these sessions a success!
On Saturday we had another out of band Hacksession. Jorn and Tamsyn installed Linux on an obsolescent laptop.
Updating via tethered phone
Ryan worked on his Huxley.
And work continued on Hackerspaces Huxley. At this stag the stepper motors and the first limit switch have been wired into the driver board. Two more limit switches and the hot end still need to be connected. All proceeding well commisioning may occur at the next Hacksession.
Front and back view of the Huxleys