27 hours and a burnt controller board later, team Divide by Xero emerged with both the judge’s and people’s choice first place awards, netting us two Raspberry Pi’s and a whole pile of related goodies. Even better, our winning submission was a fully functional BarBot which will soon be dispensing drinks on command at Xerocraft after some upgrades and fine tuning. We would also like to say thanks again to Tim and everyone who made the Hackathon possible; it was a blast and we look forward to working with you in the future!
He and Alex have been doing a lot of work on the Makerbot that Robbie had brought in to get it running the way it was supposed to. Steve was able to get the Makerbot to run out some test cubes that weren’t quite what we wanted to see but they were close enough to show that the machine is now functioning and we are down to fine-tuning, calibrations, and figuring out the quirks in the Thingaverse software. The new 3-D printer has a smaller bed but has a heated bed that allows it to run ABS plastic that our current Ultimaker won’t. Good job guys!
David’s Woodworking workshop had a large turnout of folks that wanted to find out more about using power woodworking tools safely and a few folks stayed to work on the days project, an end-grain cutting board. Here’s a photo of one the workshop participants checking his hand plane before starting final finishing on his project.
This is a blog on the Comings and goings at Xerocraft as we gear-up for our move to the new Steinfeld Warehouse location near 6th St. and Church. Our new address will be 101 W. 6th St but we will not be there for a few months yet. We are working with the City of Tucson to get a Certificate of Occupancy and this requires some significant upgrade to the water, sewer and Building electrical system. At this time we are demolishing some of the stuff we know needs to come out and salvaging materials that can be re-used for the new utilities.
And we need your help. Xerocraft will soon be moving to a much, MUCH bigger location. Once we do, the sky’s the limit for what we’ll be able to build and contribute to Tucson. The potential here is truly staggering. We are very excited.
But the new place needs some major renovation. It’s all explained in the video. We have put together an IndieGoGo fundraising campaign to help generate cash. Click the link to learn more about the perks you will receive for your generous contribution.
This is a huge step forward for Xerocraft. Any assistance you can give helps. If you cannot make a cash donation, please spread the word of our fundraiser to your friends and family.
Thank you from The Xerocraft Team.
Xerocraft Hackerspace has had a productive April. There were several popular workshops, the laser router is coming together and the transition to the Steinfeld building is happening. The outlook has never been brighter. We are almost at our monthly fundraising goal to keep the doors opens and the lights on. If you have the money, please consider paying your April dues if you have not done so yet or sending us a donation. We accept WePay and Dwolla and in-person donations.
The Xerocraft Team
Once again we will be holding a welding workshop to teach the basics of welding. We will be using various electric ARC welders. We have a large number of steel grates that need to be cut to length and re-welded into useable structures for the balconies for the new Steinfeld Warehouse.
The attire is long sleeves and long pants with head scarf or bandana, also no sandals or open toed shoes. Cotton is less flammable than some of the synthetics. Also bring welding goggles or mask if you have them. We ask for a $5 donation from non-members to help defray the cost of materials.
Tucson Weekly has published a great article about Xerocraft but it seems they didn’t mention our hours! In case you were wondering:
Every other Monday @ 7 p.m. – Steering committee meeting for people who want to get more involved in planning and direction. Usually runs for a couple hours.
Alternate Mondays @ 7 p.m. ADDITIONAL EVENING – Open hack. Work on whatever you want. Usually runs until 9:30
Wednesdays @ 6 p.m. til 9 p.m. – Open hack. Work on whatever you want. Usually runs until 9:00
Thursdays @ 7 p.m. – Open hack. Work on whatever you want. Usually runs for a few hours.
Saturdays @ noon – We have some kind of workshop starting at noon. Check out the Xerocraft Facebook Page for activity on coming Saturdays. You are also free to work on other projects. Usually runs for at least four hours, sometimes longer.
As of now, we have a 200 Amp temporary service panel out in the courtyard about 100′ from our space. Here is a PDF of the existing electrical fixtures that still exist in the space.
The doorway on the left is the entrance to the Courtyard. We need to bring in a 130′ feed to two subpanels.