6 days ago •
Before all the building works get underway, we thought we'd squeeze in another little event at the space. We invited SGVHAK to host their regular meeting and we had a little show and tell. Some of the show and tell was recorded:
Thanks @James McDuffie and @ldang for co-hosting with me, and everyone who brought something to show & tell. We hope to do more.
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18 days ago •
Just a quick update.
Final plans for the space have been agreed, we've figured out placement of all the tools, and we're working with mechanical engineers to get the actual design of the space turned into something that can be made. This will then move on to getting permits with the city and then we can start the build!
Yesterday I spent some time with the designers planning the positions of every tool in the shop, so far we have:
- 36" sawstop table saw
- 4' x 8' PRSalpha shopbot
- Roland MDX-540 mill
- Roland MDX-40a mill (exclusively for PCB milling)
- Drill press
- Drum sander
- Belt + Disc sander
- Bench grinder
- Manual Lathe
- Panel saw
Additionally over in the rapid prototyping room we have 2x 80w laser cutters and 3 3d printers of various types. Finally we have 5 permanent soldering and test equipment stations, and space for a modified toaster oven and hotplate for smd soldering.
I can't wait to start ordering this kit and get in there!
4 months ago •
So the designers have been hard at work and have given us our first previews of what the new space might look like.
We don't want to give the game away entirely yet, since there's a lot still undecided, but here's a plan view so you can get a bit of a feel for what we're going for:
Bear in mind that this is just an initial mockup. Here's a quick rundown of the intentions for each area.
Top left - main workshop. This will contain all the large dusty noisy tools. CNC, drill press, mill, lathe etc.
Bottom left - loading dock and large project area. We're keeping this open, there may be some soft seating which can be removed when we're using this space for larger projects.
Center top - kitchen area, below it some tall bar tables for eating and general work.
Center bottom - main work areas, soldering and test equipment along left wall, pull up seating and workstations along bottom wall. Right area is all chalkboard and rudimentary library.
Small rooms middle right - two small rooms here, one is a meeting room and the other is a 3d printing and laser cutting room.
Small rooms top right - storage and toilets.
Right window area - this is our main gallery and exhibition area. There will be some temporary movable seating here, but we'll also use this space for running events, exhibitions and there are some interesting plans afoot where we might projection map this entire space!
So, as you can see, we're coming along. We're hoping to begin build out in early December, and maybe have some preview open days in late January!