Blacksburg's Workshop

Pleasant Happenings

Greetings, everyone! I have several pieces of good news for you all:

  • The Printrbot kit has been funded, thanks to a single generous donator! We’ll be ordering it in the next week or two and setting up a build party some time later. We’ll announce it in the blog when that happens.
  • Hacksburg will be celebrating its 1st birthday a week from Tuesday, on March 31st, and we’re going to have a party! We plan to have pizza at 7 and cake at 8, so come on down for some food and socializing!
  • Ideas are still brewing for our booth for Solstice Fest! We’ll be meeting at Hacksburg to discuss it this Tuesday after our 7:30 PM regular meeting. Last week, Ben knocked together a prototype of a capacitive sensor, and more is to come!

It’s a time of good things happening for Hacksburg, with more yet to come! We hope you can join us!

PS: We’ll be having meetings as usual this week on Tuesday (3/24) at the space – Board meeting at 7 PM, regular meeting at 7:30. Come out and join us!

Meetings This Week

Hello everyone! We’ll be having a board meeting at 7 and a general meeting at 7:30, as usual. No 3D printer meeting, but we’ll be talking about Solstice Fest, getting the Printrbot, and our Adafruit group buy. The agenda for the meeting is here.

Hope to see you there!

Shifting Gears

For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been thinking about changing the way we approach building a 3D printer. It seems that our Prusa i3 build has become bogged down, and interest seems to have waned a bit since we started. At the same time, we realize that building and configuring a 3D printer now will let people gain more experience with building 3D printers – which will be a plus when building the Prusa – as well as get a 3D printer in the space so people can build stuff. After consulting with members at the business meetings, we’ve decided to put the Prusa project on hold in favor of building the Printrbot Simple Maker’s Kit. Building from a kit will be simpler, cheaper, and easier, and it will give us experience in building and tuning a 3D printer. The downside is that the Printrbot’s build volume is smaller – about 64 cubic inches – and there’s no heated bed included (though we could add one later). To be clear, we’re still intending on building a Prusa i3 (or some better model) in the future. However, we’re planning on building the Printrbot first. The Prusa will be built as a second, probably better 3D printer once we feel we’ve brought the first one up to spec.

While the Printrbot is very cheap as 3D printers go, unfortunately it is still a bit expensive, and we could use people’s help in purchasing one for the space. Anyone who wishes to help should contact the Board of Directors (board at hacksburg dot org).

Also, I am happy to announce another project, working in parallel to the 3D printer project. After our booth at last year’s Solstice Fest was such a big hit, we want to really impress people this year, and this new project is about making a booth to do just that. Right now, ideas for it are open-ended, but we compiled a list of what we brainstormed last week. If you’re interested in doing stuff like this, come on down to the meeting on Tuesday!

Meetings This Week

Hi all! Meetings as usual tomorrow – Board meeting at 7, Regular meeting at 7:30. Agenda for the regular meeting is here.

This week, there will be no 3D printer meeting; there will, however, be an open work session at 8 PM. Hope to see everyone there!

Meetings This Week

Hi all! Meetings as usual tomorrow – Board meeting at 7, Regular meeting at 7:30. Agenda for the regular meeting is here.

We’ll also be having a 3D printer work session at 8 PM for further discussion about the 3D printer and what all we need for it. Information about where we are can be found on the wiki here.

Hope you’ll join us. :-)