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Dec 13, 2016 - 1 minute read - Makerspace

Meeting 10 December 2016

The CNC router starts to take shape. Drive motors will be fitted next. Getting the Christmas tree ready for the last meeting of 2016. Next Saturday, the 17th December, 10am start.

Dec 7, 2016 - 2 minute read - Hardware Makerspace

Focus on Ultimaker 3D printers

In 2015, Ultimaker loaned Blackpool Makerspace a 3D printer to use during the Craft Council sponsored Make:Shift:Do event. In 2016, Ultimaker again loaned Blackpool Makerspace a 3D printer. This time, it was an Ultimaker 2. The Ultimaker 2 was used at the 2016 Make:Shift:Do event to make parts for a CNC router the Makerspace is building. Here is a picture of the Ultimaker 2 in action, with a completed part in the foreground.

Oct 29, 2016 - 1 minute read - Makerspace

Make-Shift-Do 2016

The theme of our event in 2016, was to demonstrate how a 3D printer can be used to print parts used in the construction of a CNC router. These large parts took several hours each to print. Close up of almost complete part being printed. A collection of parts after a week long session of printing. Assembly of the CNC router begins while more parts are being printed. Starting to take shape.

Oct 15, 2016 - 1 minute read - Makerspace

Craftscouncil Make:Shift:Do

Blackpool Makerspace is participating in the Craft Council Make:Shift:Do event. http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/makeshiftdo We will be open for the 2016 event on: Friday Oct 28th, 17.00-2100 and Saturday Oct 29th 10.00-17.00. Pictures and words from our 2015 Make:Shift:Do event Make:Shift:Do October 2015 A new piece of equipment for our Makerspace in 2015 was a laser cutter, which we demonstrated at the Make:Shift:Do event. At our Make:Shift:Do event this time, we intend to show a 3D printer printing parts for a CNC machine we will be building.

Sep 7, 2016 - 1 minute read - Makerspace

Preparing for Craft Council open day

Mike spent the morning re-siting the laser cutter to a shelf underneath one of the work benches, freeing up some more work area on the bench. Heavy duty rails have been used to allow the cutter to slide out from underneath the bench for setup and use. Flexible hose connects the cutter to the extractor unit and ducting. Cutter pulled out from under bench:- Extractor ducting with inline fan:- Cutter