In case you missed the June monthly meeting here’s a quick recap – you’ll have to stop by the next meeting to catch more fun presentations like these, they’re always the first Tuesday of the month at 7PM.
Liam started out the evening on a talk about a programming language he created called Zed that allows for more efficient coding and reduced syntax errors:
Demonstrating the generally small world in which we live in, Robin and Marty’s father turned out to be a founder of a company called Laser Machining Incorporated, which is still operating in Wisconsin as a manufacturer of high power flowing gas CO2 laser tubes for the fabrication industry. We happened to receive a donation of two systems and he was kind enough to tell us a lot more about the tubes and the general function of a flowing gas laser versus the cheap Chinese sealed tube systems:
Scott talked about our departing social media intern (thanks Nick!) and our seeking someone for the summer to help with posts like this:
Adrian gave a talk about the design, construction, and installation of a store display for the lululemon store in Hilldale mall. This is what the store display looked like when he started:
Finally, Eric shared his experiences in cutting glass bottles to make an olive decanter and glasses. He overviewed all of the methods he heard of and some that he tested (string and lighter fluid, tile saw, heat, heat and a cutter, just a scribe, etc. . .) and finally the approach he settled on with a scribing jig and cold water and a very small butane torch.
Here’s the sophisticated cutting rig, essentially a glass cutter mounted to a hinge with some blocks to retain the bottle that’s spun by hand:
Scribing the bottle is important to get correct in one pass, without any overlap (and the ends of the scribe mark need to line up precisely)
A quick video of the process:
Thanks to everyone who presented and showed up to watch! Hope to see you at the next meeting!