This class is capped at 8 students, and each student typically wants to try a little bit of everything. Once they get over the initial shock of having to learn at least 2 new software programs in a short amount of time, the class takes off and starts to think creatively and play with the materials on hand. What follows are the 2018 results of this class – fun stuff!
Sector67 is proud to partner with Tormach (Waunakee, WI) to provide a mobile machine shop for the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) in 2017 and 2018 for the Seven River’s WI Regional Championship as well as the World Championship in St. Louis (2017) and Detroit (2018). We’re generously supported in this effort by Alliant Energy, Tormach, Zendesk, Miller, Dremel, Milwaukee Tools and King Trailer Company – who have worked together to provide cash, equipment, tools, and resources to make our mobile workspace a reality!
In March, 2017 Alliant Energy donated an old F550 service truck and money to purchase a suitable trailer to house our equipment:
This provided us with a capable platform to haul a lot of equipment and weight anywhere we needed to be. The next step was to figure out what could fit in the trailer and to sort out what size workbenches made the most sense:
Tormach committed to providing a 440 milling machine, staff, and finances to help with other equipment to fill the trailer. We decided to build dedicated workbenches that would house equipment only used on the trailer. The first step was to weld up frames and build durable wood workbenches that would hold up to the abuse of riding in a trailer all over the country:
Most importantly they seemed to fit as planned!
We’d been collecting a lot of smaller equipment that wasn’t a good fit for our shop, but would be a great asset on a mobile work platform where you couldn’t afford the footprint of larger tools. Other equipment was purchased or were timely donations, Madison Kipp Corporation was able to contribute a portable welding exhaust collector that was just collecting dust around their shop (yep, that’s a pun folks):
Which was a nice match for a pair of MIG and TIG welders and plasma cutter contributed by Miller:
Ultimately we split the equipment into cold working tools we could keep indoors, and a hot working table that could be placed wherever was appropriate for the venue. We’ve had to weld and work inside the trailer, inside a loading dock, and outdoors depending on the situation but it works out well with the fume extractor and light weight welders.
We attended the 2017 La Crosse Seven River’s Regional FRC and had a great time working out the bugs and testing out the equipment:
We ended up with some jobs that were well beyond the capability of the equipment, but in the right hands no job is too complicated:
Teaching all of the kids how locks work is an added bonus for the teams who were out of the competition:
At the end of April 2017 we geared up to head down the St. Louis for the world championship and many many more teams to support:
The magnitude of the competition is tough to grasp, but we’re looking at roughly 20,000 students around for the contest!
and lots of broken robots to help repair:
A bird’s eye view of the machine shop:
We had a great time partnering with some local volunteers who brought in a bunch of their own machine tools to lend a hand with repairs as well.
This year we’re just finishing up at the Seven River’s Regional Competition and are excited to head to Detroit for the world championship:
The process is pretty simple, student participants stop over and ask for help, the request is documented in case we need to follow up/etc:
and then we do the best we can. Sometimes we’re working from a napkin sketch, other times teams have a fully FEA’d (Finite Element Analysis, effectively a computer simulation of strength) part that’s been worked on for months but just broke:
Overall we could never run these outreach opportunities without generous support from our sponsors – Alliant Energy, Tormach, Zendesk, Miller, Dremel, Milwaukee Tools, and King Trailer Company. We’re always looking for more contributors to help cover our costs and improve services.
Alliant’s contribution of an old service truck has been invaluable in many other ways, we’ve been able to pick up and move tons of iron for the iron pour:
and many piles of salvage materials to allow us to build our permanent home:
And we’re looking forward to more All Hand’s On metalworking activities a little closer to home!
Thank you for your patience while we’ve had a tough year! We’ve had a lot to look forward to but many challenges in getting there. If you’d like to help us build our permanent space at 56 Corry St please sign up on the construction mailing list (just click request to join group, will say “group members only” on the page) and stop in to volunteer when you can. Tasks range in experience levels, so you can put your expert skills to work or help out where needed and learn as you go.
We’re still raising money for our permanent home, you can donate (without fees) here, every bit counts!
We have a deadline to move by April this year, which has unfortunately meant we’ve been unable to keep up with membership requests and building construction. If you’re interested in signing up to use the workshop, please use the contact us button at the top right to send in an e-mail and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can, regrettably this may take some time.
FeLion Studios and Sector67 are proud to announce our 8th annual partnership on a community iron pour, taking place on February 10th at Sector67 – you can RSVP on Facebook here
You can purchase heart moulds online now and pick them up any Friday from 1-7PM at Sector67; – we have two hearts for $30 which can be customized to your liking and forever cast into iron:
Even if you aren’t interested in making your own cast iron artwork, please join us for music, great company, and a fun spectacle while the iron is poured. FeLion is always looking for supporters to help make the event happen every year.
2018 Timelapse Videos:
Here’s some cool videos/pictures from prior years as well:
On September 20th, 2017 Chris Meyer, the founder and driving force behind Sector67, was seriously injured in a freak accident caused by a propane explosion while working to help build out the new Sector67 facility. Now Chris and Sector67 need your help! Please see our Go Fund Me page for more details of the accident, the project and how you can help.
As an intern, I had the pleasure of attending, recording, and editing the February Iron Pour for Sector67. It was an exclusive backstage pass as a Social Media Manager into an event that had the feel of genuine American culture. Experiencing the energy of it was similar to attending a festival. The cultural atmosphere was great for capturing footage and images that was impressionable. There was chili, hot drinks, and beer (BYOB) as well as classic American Rock music playing. For mid February, the weather was a little mild and the sun shined right into the parking lot of Sector67, in which we were able to enjoy.
As I walked with my camera among the crowd of people seeing life through a lens of an idea, as a community resident-who had finally come out of the house to mingle with my neighbors, it gave me that eerie feeling-perhaps, I was just nervous. I was doing something I had never done. The pressure of wanting to give Sector67 the gift of a great video consumed my whole being at the time. So I was looking through a scope of a million views, 100,000 comments, and 100 customer feedbacks. Professionalism was on me, but the event itself brought out the child in me. Excited as the first time I rode the Eagle at Great America, I recorded video and snapped away with my phone camera. My intentions were to create a video that would be one of the most memorable. So, I stepped out of my comfort zone and asked workers and volunteers of the Iron Pour for interviews. Actually, you could hear my nervousness as I asked questions in the video. In fact, this is the first video I ever recorded and edited for real viewing purposes. There was hours upon hours of editing involved with making the Iron pour video. Funny thing is, it only runs for about twelve minutes. The interviews are the best parts of the Iron Pour for me personally because I was able to learn about the people who make it happen. They were all from different states and all knew each other through professional and personal networks. The interviews took me beyond the idea of an event, and more into the realms of service and lovingkindness of people. The February Pour N’ Yer Out Iron Pour with Felion Studios and Sector67 is honestly a life experience I will never forget.
Sector67’s February Show and Tell was a night of genuine professionalism and raw talent. The night was as social as it was informative as members and affiliates took turns showing their interests and creations. This month’s Show and Tell covered Sector67’s and East High school’s collaborative effort of creating a robot to compete in FIRST’s Techology Challenge, there was a very important live feed from Portland (from another hackerspace) and much more. Don’t worry, we got it all for you right here.
Liam, a junior from East High School, demonstrated the robot that Sean and Shira from Sector67 coached him and some of his schoolmates to build, program and operate for FIRST’s Tech robot challenge this past january. Liam and Shira showed off some of the robot’s capabilities to kick off February’s Show and Tell.
Here is Liam’s robot in action as Liam describes how it shoots balls up the pictured ramp and down the side.
Joe comically, yet thoroughly told us about an early model of the Unitek Miyachi laser cutter that is able to cut thin metals. As he was giving his presentation, he passed around a couple of pieces he cut to show how it works. Below is the logo of Sector67. The Unitek Miyachi also has spot-welding capability.
Joe holds hackerspace’s attention as he naturally entertains and describe how to program functions into the laser cutter using the joystick and camera.
Evan presented his Solid State Tesla Coil he made for his capstone project while attending MSOE. The coil actually transforms power through a couple coils before it shoot out some plasma arcs at the top of it. Here is an image of a Solid State Tesla Coil that I uploaded from https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4a/OneTeslaTS_DRSSTC_Tesla_Coil_closeup.jpg.
This model is nearly identical to the one Evan presented. Since Evan didn’t bring a live model I used this one to give you an idea of what he did present.
Here is Evan explaining how he decided to keep the stored energy low in case a child ran up to the table and touched his Solid State Tesla Coil during his exhibition at MSOE University. The rating of it ran at about 20 volts.
Kelly and Alisa presented the process of pouring iron.
During their presentation, Alisa explained that a sand mold is essentially a “negative” of what the iron will be once it is poured into the sand mold.
If you are ever interested in volunteering for future iron pours, you can contact Alisa Toninato at FeLion Studios and express your interests.
Jesse presented a gorgeous slab he made to custom fit a Green Egg Grill. The cost of a table would have cost Jesse a $1,000. So he decided to take $200 bucks and brought the slab. He told us how he sanded it down and finished it. The hole seen at the center of the lab was jig-sawed to hold the 300lb. grill.
Jesse took A quick moment to give us a visual of what a Green Egg grill looks like.
Next up Quincy informed us about the All Hands on Metal Working Class instructed by him and Scott Hasse. The goal of the class is to teach young kids between the grades of 7th though 12th how to use tools that is used in metal working, as well as how to be good stewards in a shared space. Quincy announced that the class would now run once a quarter. Announcements will be made soon for registration for the next session. Here is some cool shots of Quincy teaching students of the class about drillbits, where to find them, and the need for shop safety. The bottom picture shows the students assessing some of their learned work.
Davie came to talk about some magnets he made for his daughter. He started making the magnets using sketch art them moved on to CAD (computer aided design). Davie also used non-toxic paint to color the parts once they were cut. Besides, toy planes, trucks and cars, he also designed some cupcakes.
Jenina came and talked to us about the Madison Soup event. The event is a great way to network, get out of the house, give back, and share your talent with the rest of the community. Tickets go for about $10 and need to be purchased in advance. Madison Soup has been around since 2011 and partnered with Sector67 to host 18 events in which $7,000 have been raised to put back into the community.
Mike and Dana came and introduced us to Sam, from portland who presented Eco-recycling to us via a livefeed. During their presentation, they spoke to us about finding better solutions to preserving our environment. They are currently working on a project that is an experiment at Standing Rock to create a recycling program. Sam told us about an initiative that they took on to remove trash at Standing Rock. In fact, Sam is a member at a hackerspace in Portland. There at their hackerspace, he assembled a stainless steel recycle bin. His concern was to remove an excessive amount of card board taking up space there. In addition to removing the trash from Standing Rock, they began a project to recycle trash and use it as fuel instead of fossil fuels.
Mike and Dana cueing up Sam’s presentation via a live feed.
The Show and Tell is a montly meeting that Sector67’s membership enjoy. At the meeting, presenters share some of the projects they are working on, or either just share some really useful information. I encourage everyone to come out and check it out for yourself. The monthly meeting is held the first Tuesday of every month. Starting at 7pm. Next meeting is on March 7th.
Starting with some notes from Margie:
Margie: “What toys or tools did you play with as a kid?”
Jim: “Erector Sets. I loved building with them but often found they did not have enough pieces. Having to make do with what was available, I found myself creating additional parts/pieces I needed from other kits, materials, or toys.”
Margie: “What kinds of projects have you done?”
Jim: “Mostly projects to learn to be a designer. I started with 3-D printing. Mechanical designs were quick and easy.”
Margie: “What are your current projects, products, or prototypes?
Jim: “Enclosures for Lutzbot 3D printers”
Margie: What should an inventor avoid?
Jim: Don’t get to attached to your idea because it will blind you to the reality of the situation.
Margie: What are your current projects, products, or prototypes?
JIm: I’m working on some enclosures, containers, and some furniture.
Margie: What have you learned in terms of marketing your product and getting it into stores? Who is your target market?
Jim: I haven’t tried stores. Amazon is king online with eBay coming second. And it is a challenge to get people to visit your website. I am focusing on a niche market style of advertising because broader style advertising would be ineffective in targeting potential customers.
Margie: Can you remember the first time you used a tool?
Jim: Yes. A hammer smashing things with a hammer (laughs) I guess.
Jim launched a company called TabSynth Design Works from Sector67 and has made a wide array of objects found around the shop. He has a pending patent on his tab and slot construction system seen on the parts below.