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Machine Shop Panorama

Todd was testing out his 3D printed panorama tripod mount for his camera and came up with this awesome shot of our machine shop:

Posted in Hardware

Seat Belt Bicycle Tire Upgrade

I was sick of getting flat bicycle tires, so on reading a few seat belt bike tire liner tricks online, I was ready to give it a shot. Having a few donor seat belts (that also found their way onto

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Member Projects – Chicken Coop Door and Bicycle Generator

Chicken Coop Automatic Door: Rather than paying several hundred dollars for an automatic door system, Larry and Carol created a smart door by using junk around Sector67. The final product is composed of an expensive looking Swiss DC motor, some

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Train Detecting Automatic Window Closer

A Sector67 member has the fortune to live in a really cheap apartment – only after the lease was a long signed and summer set in did it finally dawn on him why rent was cheap – those parallel steel

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Power Wheels Running

The car was built in 2 days, but tweaking took a few weeks. . . We’ve got 2.5 HP worth of propulsion and a Lithium Ion battery to boot!  Everything seems to be working, it’ll soon be sitting comfortable in

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Week(s) in Updates:

Yes, we’ve again lost a week towards the end of the month, this seems to happen every month but no worries – just makes for a longer post: Lots going on this week, we finally got a machine mounted near

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High Speed Camera

One of the members owns a Casio EX-F1 that can shoot 600 and 1200 FPS video so of course we were hunting up things to shoot in slow motion: One of the most interesting was watching the Makerbot jump all

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Casting Update

There’s been a lot of interest in our aluminum casting efforts.  We’ve stepped things up to our first lost foam casting exercise that ultimately resulted in failure with a lot of learning in the process: Using a foam blank machined

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This Month in Projects

Yes, it’s been a while, hope you don’t feel terribly neglected at the lack of updates Lots of cool things going on as always: A tesla coil in need of a few tweaks showed up and its spare transformer quickly

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CupCake Challenge Hackathon

The folks over at Hackerspaces.org posted an international hackerspace challenge – ship a cupcake as far as possible and score points by completing a variety of tasks.  Sector67 accepted the challenge and used our newly created vacuum forming machine to

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Pottery Wheel

Sector67 picked up a pottery wheel from Freecycle a few months back, it was basically a heavy table in someones garage for a number of years and in pretty rough condition. After some more wire brushing and investing in a

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LEGO Robotics Competition

Sector67 is excited to host the Madison Area LEGO Robotics Competition on April 9th, 5-8pm. We’ll be reusing FIRST robotics courses for a little regional competition of our own. Rules are: Using all of the Body Forward Course Rules Only

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