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Supplyframe Design Lab

Yes, it is what you think it is!
Supplyframe & Hackaday are opening an awesome space in Pasadena, CA!

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This project was created on 02/13/2014 and last updated 8 days ago.

We've started a place to build awesome, ambitious projects in Pasadena!
We want the Lab for a number of reasons, we're hackers, designers and builders and we love to build stuff. , The area also has a good concentration of engineers and artists from Caltech, JPL and the Arts Center.
So: enter the Supplyframe Design Lab!
Before we open, we've got some large Bots to install, a ShopBot, a laser, a 3D printer ++ more!
We'll detail our process with photos as we put the space together.

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Potential short term projects for the space:

  • 3D printer build
  • Small electronics projects
  • Laser cut Hackaday logo sign

Potential medium term projects for the space:

  • Machining enclosures
  • Injection molding

Potential long term projects for the space:

  • Cubesat / FM Repeater / OSCAR
  • Educational programs for the community

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Commotion Theory wrote 03/23/2015 at 20:50 point

This makes me so damn happy. Slap me in the face with a PM if you need help or when you have the grand opening. ( twitter: @commotiontheory )

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InFrance wrote 02/11/2015 at 18:02 point

Today i subscribe here in Hackable and you got my 1st Skull. I gave you your 100th Skull ! 

Is it a lucky sign?

Good luck for your project its a rich idea. I hope here, in Paris - France, i could find some people to help me to copy your project. Its a dream.

Enjoy! 

see u

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Ben Delarre wrote 02/11/2015 at 18:05 point

Good luck! Check out the hackerspaces in Paris http://hackaday.io/hackerspace/3276-blackloop

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InFrance wrote 02/11/2015 at 18:12 point

Thanks! I know this place in Paris. But i never visit her (do you understand if i say procrastination?). There is lots of opportunities for that places in France. We're just discovering the DIY you know... 

1 day we'll have web site in french perhaps???

see u

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Ben Holmes wrote 01/20/2015 at 20:34 point

Looking forward to everything. I will love it when it gets done just to have space and tools closer to home.

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Victor Frost wrote 09/07/2014 at 06:40 point
Have you guys thought about making a small video space so people can make nice looking videos showing off their projects? Take a corner of the space, hang some rail lighting, a black plywood backdrop?

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Ben Delarre wrote 09/16/2014 at 15:50 point
Yes, we're also thinking about a light box for shooting good photos as well. I also have some secret plans for helping users document their builds as well, but we'll have to wait and see on that!

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LordPharaoh wrote 08/06/2014 at 09:37 point
I live near there, so this would be really awesome for me, but it really seems geared toward electronics hacking. Have you considered adding hand tools to the list? At least a few Dremel tools. Also, I'm assuming you mean to have more clamps and vices than you think you could ever possibly need but thought that would be obvious enough not to put on the parts list.

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Ben Delarre wrote 09/16/2014 at 15:51 point
Yeah we are definitely planning hand tools, there'll be some basic dremels and other hand power tools, as well as more traditional tools too.

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Jonicus wrote 07/26/2014 at 06:48 point
Hi Ben Delarre. Is there any way I could contact you? I have some things I would like to donate.

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Ben Delarre wrote 09/16/2014 at 15:52 point
You can reach me on bdelarre(at)supplyframe.com any time, but we're not taking any donations yet until we finish the initial build out.

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Ben Holmes wrote 05/28/2014 at 18:44 point
I would suggest a few wooden and inexpensive plastic work tables for people to stand/sit around. The wooden tables would be a good project for new members to show their skills on. A few inexpensive folding chairs would also be good. Assembling projects on the floor always seems to end with slivers in my knees.

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Christopher Elledge wrote 05/26/2014 at 00:36 point
I am a student at Los Angeles Valley College, and have access to a large scale cmc cutter and many other tools. This may be useful if you guys want to mass produce some open source furniture and tables to help you get started. Send me an email at Christopher@geekstreetsolutions.com, and I would love to get involved and help make this happen!

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Christopher Elledge wrote 05/26/2014 at 00:37 point
*cnc

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Jamie Krasnoo wrote 04/13/2014 at 18:49 point
The Weller WESD51 is a great choice if you're willing to spend the money. I don't think it's overkill to stock with a high quality soldering station that is expected to last a long time. Going with a known brand is smart.

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Major Tom wrote 04/13/2014 at 19:06 point
I agree, I used to have one and loved it. Sadly I left it in the UK when I moved out to the US so I've been living with a terrible chinese no-name one for now.

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zakqwy wrote 05/03/2014 at 14:31 point
I've got the WES51 (non-digital version) and I'm quite happy with it. Finding tips is a bit confusing as there are many different Weller irons out there and their documentation isn't the best. Remember, Weller was bought by the Apex Tool Group (useful for Digi-Key parts sorting), and for the WES51 and WESD51 you'll want the ET series.

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Benchoff wrote 04/10/2014 at 19:25 point
Here's something that I'd like to be at the top of the project list when we get up and running: http://hackaday.com/2012/09/16/etching-brass-and-copper-with-the-etchinator/

I've etched copper boards, and electroetched big pieces of brass. I would have killed for this machine at the time.

Sarah has some plastics connection, right?

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Sarah Wittman wrote 04/14/2014 at 17:03 point
Sheet plastics. Not the PVC tubing or anything. Still cool, though!

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Sarah Wittman wrote 03/17/2014 at 20:04 point
I'd love to be able to vacuum form stuff. Building a vacuum former will probably be one of my first projects at the space, anyway.

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Ben Delarre wrote 03/17/2014 at 20:06 point
I liked the look of that rotocaster that Brian found at the Midwest Reprap Festival this weekend... http://hackaday.com/2014/03/16/mrrf-3d-printed-resin-molds/

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Mike Szczys wrote 03/24/2014 at 21:50 point
Yes the rotacaster is awesome. But you can't discount the value of a vacuum forming machine.

From what I've seen with DIY versions the issue is consistent heating across the entire material being formed. If one portion is hotter than the rest it will stretch more easily and you'll have thin places or holes. The actual vacuum bed itself is relatively simple to build.

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ClobberinCow wrote 03/13/2014 at 17:51 point
This looks like an incredible project, makes me wish I lived in the Pasadena area still! A few items of equipment I might suggest is a dremel tool, router table, and a belt/wheel sander. Cuz, let's be honest, things rarely fit the 1st time... =P

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Ben Delarre wrote 03/13/2014 at 17:52 point
Great suggestions! A belt/wheel sander is easily overlooked but oh so useful.

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FLAGG wrote 03/11/2014 at 15:21 point
Some cool info here on Georgia Tech's Invention Lab wiki: http://inventionstudio.gatech.edu/wiki/Main_Page

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Ben Delarre wrote 03/13/2014 at 17:52 point
If we can get even half the equipment these guys have I think we'll be doing very well.

Anyone want to gift us an Objet printer, and a waterjet cutter? :-)

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arvz wrote 03/08/2014 at 21:30 point
I think LA Robotics may have a space. I go to events hosted by them when I'm in LA. When I'm in SF there's a few spots I really like: Noisebridge, Ace Monster Toys and TechShopSF. Great spaces to scope out for ideas.

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Benchoff wrote 03/07/2014 at 05:12 point
You're looking for 230V / 3 phase power, right? I've been cruizing the LA craigslist, and there's some *pretty* cool lathes and mills out there for the taking...

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Ben Delarre wrote 03/07/2014 at 20:03 point
Yeah we've got 3 phase power in the new building, negotiating the contract now. Totally post over some links of any equipment you find - that's the next big hurdle for us to figure out. What are the essential tools?

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arko wrote 03/03/2014 at 06:06 point
Can't wait!

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arko wrote 03/03/2014 at 06:15 point
I live in Pasadena and work at JPL so it'd be easy to swing by :)

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Ben Delarre wrote 03/13/2014 at 17:53 point
Hey arko, thats great. I hope you'll be at our first events when we're ready to open!

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tommietheturtle1 wrote 03/02/2014 at 19:06 point
Is it likely that such a place will be opened in the Palm-beach, FL area in the near future and will it be free to use and open sourced,as far as the software and tech?

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Ben Delarre wrote 03/02/2014 at 20:26 point
Maybe? Who knows! It all depends on how well this space works and what the demand is for more spaces like it. I think the best advice would be to try and gather as many people as possible to a local meetup or something and if a critical mass can be reached then I'm sure a hackerspace will popup as needed.

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Victor Frost wrote 03/02/2014 at 11:31 point
Deezmaker does monthly hackerspace stuff. I'm actually going there tomorrow.

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Ben Delarre wrote 03/02/2014 at 20:24 point
Yes they have a cool little space...but once a month isn't enough time in a hackerspace for me!

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Mike Szczys wrote 02/18/2014 at 20:10 point
Yeah, a hackerspace in Pasadena is a great idea. I thought that clearing out a cube space to make room for the power mitre saw was not the best of ideas ;-) You need a dedicated space where you can make a real mess!

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Ben Delarre wrote 02/18/2014 at 20:16 point
Haha yeah, you should see the looks of sheer horror staff in the office have when you power up a mitre saw in an office environment!

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