Sector67 “Robotics and Makers Playground” exhibit at Madison Science Museum

There’s a new museum in town and Sector67 is proud to be an exhibitor.

Madison Science Museum opened their doors to the public on October 22.

The Robotics and Makers Playground, built and sponsored by Sector67, is a room filled with activity and inspiration. The room offers visitors many hands-on opportunities to explore robotics, engineering, generating energy, and electronics.

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“this has been a really popular room.  Once kids go in, they never come out”              

 -overheard

A few of the exhibit features are:

  • The Periodic Table of Motion –  Put simple machines, gears, drives, and levers into motion. This display, which currently features 16 moving elements, will expand as Sector67 makers design and build them.  
  • Pedal for Power – Explore energy generation by using your own pedal-power to light up a variety of lightbulbs. How many lights can you illuminate? Do some take more power to light up than others?
  • Experiment with Circuits – A table filled with Snap Circuits® makes learning and understanding electronics fun, safe, and easy!
  • Robotics – Drive a robot around a map of Madison. An overhead vision system allows a computer to track the robot as you drive it. Can you drive the robot up and down the isthmus without falling into either lake?

Kudos to the Sector67 community members Bob, Sean, Shira, Jim, Chris, Kate, Nate and Scott who put in countless hours to bring this exhibit to life.  As you know, we couldn’t have made this happen without your collaboration and contributions!

Here’s a sneak peak at some of the Sector67 exhibit, but you’ll want to go see it for yourself.

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Of course, there are many other things to see at the Madison Science Museum so check it out soon – and often.  The museum will be adding new displays regularly.  The Museum has a Facebook page too – check them out!

Madison Science Museum is located at 211 N. Carroll St., on the 6th floor of the Madison College building in downtown Madison.

 

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Sector67 October Monthly Meeting Recap

Perfect weather and interesting presentations made the October meeting a great success!

You Built a What?!

The evening kicked off with an introduction to “Joliet” (Jim’s Overbuilt LED Interactive Entertainment Table).  The table’s primary function is as a digitally enhanced version of the “adult beverage game.”  Our first presenter built the table in less than two weeks, just in time for the Maker Faire – Milwaukee held in late September.

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Top features of the table include:

  • 3584 LED lights including a scrolling message board
  • Automatic scoring via an embedded IR sensor in each scoring pod
  • Wheels for portability
  • Ball dryer on each side
  • Internal AC, onboard battery, and external DC power sources
  • Micro SD card for custom animations

 

The Stronginator

The “Stronginator” was the next creation on display.  This device is the builder’s take on the classic carnival game.  A player hits the center foam pad and a row of lights displays the measured strength; or does it?  Is the game rigged?

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Solving a Lighting Problem

When Kate and Jeremy moved into their new home, they immediately recognized the need for more lighting in their main living space.  The lighting needed to be sizable, functional, and flexible.  Kate had an idea for a tree-branch “chandelier” of sorts and found a 15-foot long x 8-foot wide cottonwood branch about a mile from their home.  The couple agreed it was “the one” and Jeremy carried it home.

After four months of hard work, the branch lighting fixture is now a fully functioning part of the house.  Kate documented the entire design-to-done process and shared it at the meeting.  The fixture features 11 Phillips “Hue” bulbs that allow Kate and Jeremy to customize the room lighting with an app.

Tree Branch - Concept drawing of lighting plan      Finished product lights up the room!

 

The Periodic Table of Motion – Coming soon to Madison Science Museum

As Madison Science Museum prepares to open to the public on October 22, Bob is building the components for a “Periodic Table of Motion.”  This hands-on, interactive, and microprocessor-powered display will show how simple machines (screw, inclined plane, lever, wheel and axle, pulley, wedge) and their derivatives, operate.  With the opening of this display at the end of the month, Bob is looking for help in soldering, building acrylic cases, laser cutting, and designing.  If you can help, please use the contact us form at the top right and let us know.

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Are There Other Uses for the Amazon Dash Button?

Wondering if the Amazon Dash button can be used for more than just reordering laundry detergent?  Josh shared his recent experience in understanding more about the Dash. Through some experimentation and online resources on the topic, he is experimenting with alternate uses for this device.  With built-in features like integrated Wi-Fi, what do you think?

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Building a Better Night Light

Aiming to learn more about both electronics and programming, Francis imagined the possibilities of building a better night light.  He started by looking at current functionality and imagined what features his “dream night light” might have.

What's wrong with night lights?   Features of the reimagined night light

Beginning with concept sketches, then learning more about electronics and programming from Sector67 community support, Francis built a prototype that utilizes an embedded Arduino Nano housed in a case printed on the 3D printer.

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Other features Francis included in his device are:

  • motion sensor
  • bright/dim adjustments
  • flicker feature
  • flip-down plug

Francis is already working on refinements for the next version of his even better night light.

 

“Lightning in Lumber” demonstration

What happens when you run electrical current through wood?  Jesse, Josh, and Jeff have recently been experimenting and learning more about this.  The results are varied and often quite beautiful!

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“Sometimes it starts fire, and sometimes we end up with something like this,” stated Jesse.  While the results have varied, the learnings and collaborative efforts of the group have certainly made this project interesting.  With the addition of some safety features, a project such as this could be featured at an event in the future.

 

High-Tech Halloween Carving

Tormach, a CNC manufacturing company from Waunakee (and friend of Sector67) has generously provided us with a new piece of equipment.  This new machine has the skill and power to take on many big projects, but we thought we’d start with a small one… a Jack-O-Lantern.  We’ll have many more projects and news about this generous gift in the near future, but for now here’s a look at one of its many capabilities in carving gourds!

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“Here for Inspiration”

In addition to current members, the October meeting brought many first-time visitors.  During introductions, there was a resounding theme of “I’m here for inspiration.”  There is no doubt that this collaborative space will get your creative juices flowing.

If you’ve been thinking about stopping in to Sector67, there are two ways to do so.  Our monthly meetings are free and open to the public.  The next meeting is on Tuesday, November 3 at 7:00 PM.  In addition, there are Open House/Tour opportunities each Friday from 1-7PM on the hour.  Check our calendar for more details.

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Maker Faire Milwaukee – September 26-27th

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Maker Faire Milwaukee is coming up quick – the event is part of the Wisconsin State Fair, Saturday September 26th (9-6PM) and Sunday September 27th (10-5PM). The best part about MF Milwaukee? It’s free to attend!

We’ll again be hosting a lockpicking table, and demonstrating some projects from our members and the community.

For more information have a look on their website.

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Tormach Open House Saturday – Waunakee CNC Manufacturing Company

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Madison is lucky to have a well recognized CNC manufacturing company in Waunakee, WI called Tormach.  They’re hosting their second annual open house coming up on August 1st from 10AM until 5PM.  They’ll be featuring many of their products for demonstrations as well as some recognized speakers in a variety of CAD and manufacturing roles including AutoDesk, SprutCAM, CNC conversions, etc.

Learn all things CNC locally!  Register now and check out the schedule.

 

 

 

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Tandem Press laser engraving

Tandem Press is one of only three professional presses affiliated with a university in the United States.  At Tandem, internationally renowned artists create editions of prints and interact with graduate and undergraduate students.

Tandem Press was founded in 1987 and is based at University of Wisconsin-Madison. It is affiliated with the Department of Art in the School of Education, and offers an extraordinary educational experience for collectors and the university community, which is unparalleled at any other university in the United States. Tandem Press is an artistic laboratory where internationally recognized artists undertake creative experimentation. The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s stated mission is threefold: teaching, research, and public service. Tandem Press shares this mission by teaching, undertaking research into new and traditional printmaking techniques, and by conducting outreach programs to help educate the public about art in general, and printmaking in particular.

Tandem Press is currently working with with local artist Jennifer Angus, a professor in the Design Studies department at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Using a laser engraver here at Sector67 they cut a block that will be used to print a repeated pattern for a large 96″ x 28″ print.

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The pattern features such intricate detail that hand carving the print would be unrealistically time consuming and extremely difficult to replicate the original image. Using the laser engraver, reproducing the extreme detail is not an issue. Though there were some “learn as you go” moments with early attempts such as the depth of the engraving. Early prints were engraved to deep and became fragile and ultimately broke while printing.

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Once the pattern is engraved into the block, paint is then applied to the block and pressed onto the canvas.

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Ultimately becoming a repeated theme throughout the finished installment

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 www.tandempress.wisc.edu

http://www.jenniferangus.com/

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Sector67 June Monthly Meeting Recap

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:

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And also shared a little of the backend:IMG_8329

Robin and Marty talked about their trip to Maker Faire in San Francisco to sell jewelry through their startup Lumen Jewelry:

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And some other cool stuff that’s at the largest Maker Faire in the world, like really neat stainless steel 3D prints from an SLS printer:IMG_8333

While the economics didn’t quite hit the black, they noted it was well worth it for the brand recognition, experience, and personal connections formed.IMG_8334

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:

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The laser operates in a vacuum with a bleed of “laser mix” gas that allows the high voltage supply to excite photons into resonance in the center of the green (coolant) glass tube pictured here:IMG_8339

Scott talked about our departing social media intern (thanks Nick!) and our seeking someone for the summer to help with posts like this:

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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:

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He ended up creating a pattern of many triangles held on a matrix of canvas (cat for scale at left)
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Using the automotive lift to hold the preliminary array of triangles together to sort out shadowing and lighting to give it the best appearance when hung:IMG_2318IMG_8345

Final product awaits installation (human for scale, at left).  Lettering was dyed with beet juice and cut out on the panel router:IMG_8346IMG_2329

Final product installed, you can view it in person at the lululemon store in Hilldale mall:IMG_8347

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:

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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)

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After scribing the line, and 30 seconds worth of heating with the butane torch – a quick dunk in room temperature water separates the two halves:IMG_8348

A quick video of the process:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elZlV4gvnFI
Thanks to everyone who presented and showed up to watch!  Hope to see you at the next meeting!

 

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Support Sector67 – Attend Science Night with the Madison Mallards Baseball Team!

Join us at the Madison Mallards where we’re hosting a science night on July 9th.

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We’ve got a group buy with a few ticket options for the July 9th game and we hope to see you there – see attached flyer if you’d like to post ticket instructions elsewhere – otherwise head over to:

http://mallardsgroups.com/
type in their captcha
then put “Sector67” as the group ticket information and you can pick from:
$15 – ticket and a hat
$23 – ticket and Pepsi tailgate (unlimited soda and food before the game)
$28 – ticket and beer tailgate (unlimited beer and food before the game)

All tickets have a $5 donation to Sector67 and include an evening of fun 😉

In other news, we’ve built a large LED pitch speed display that’s now installed in the outfield that shows the pitch speed on every pitch that replaced a very old system they had (which required someone to keep the battery on the radar gun charged and manually type the speeds into the display on every pitch!).  So you can see it in action on the 9th as well.

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Picture from Bob, more info on the fabrication on his website.

Hope to see you there and thank you for your support!

Chris

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Fractal Camp

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Fractal is a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) enrichment program that uses Participant-led, Inquiry-based Learning techniques for school-aged participants (6-13). Through fun, creative and engaging workshops, Fractal builds self-esteem, teamwork, knowledge base, and confidence in participants’ for their future educational experiences, as well as helping to close the gap between what kids learn at school and how it’s connected to their everyday lives.

Founded by Heather Wentler as a way to help kids and teens build self-confidence and life skills through hands on and challenged based learning projects. Participants are encouraged to manipulate materials to figure out how they work independently and with each other.

Fractal provides a wide array of activities and classes for participants that are not the typical after school programs you may remember. Minecraft workshops are provided for individuals to come and play together and learn new techniques from each other. Certain Saturdays Fractal offers programs in which participants learn how to solder and make Joule Thief kits, other Saturdays involve learning about 3D printing wherein participants will actually print a trinket to take home.

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Participants learn about 3d Printing

During Winter, Spring, and Summer break Half Day camps are offered (Look at the Classes Page for upcoming dates). The camps take place from Monday-Friday in the mornings and offer four different projects for the participants to work on including; 3D modeling/printing, Sewing 101 to learn how to create a sewing pattern and sew it together on a machine and/or by hand.

As well as learning basic computer programming using Scratch software to design interactive stories, videos, games, and animations.

And a Soldering class in which participants make a Drawdio

Fractal has partnerships with Sennett Middle School, Wingra Schools and Madison Country Day School to offer Tech Club after school programming. During the 6 week sessions the kids learn about Scratch and Google Sketchup to use their creativity to create their own 3D models/printing and video games. UW-Madison’s Camp Badger brings students and teachers out for programming during their summer camps where the students do an engineering activity and teachers learn about how to bring these alternative learning techniques and new technologies into their classrooms.

While there is an overall theme or concept for each workshop those themes sometimes evolve into something completely different based on the interest or engagement of the participants. The focus is more on what the participants want to get out of the workshop rather than making sure they’re hitting the learning objectives. Such was the case recently when a class was soldering components together to create a project and the kids were wondering why we used certain components instead of other ones. Instead of just telling them that it’s because it helps the correct amount electrical current run through the board they changed course and brought out testers to see the electrical movement across the boards and how it changed based on the different components we used.

So what can one hope to take away from such an experience? There is so much more than just the expected learning objectives coming out of the programming. A lot of the time the participants are learning a new skill or concept along with many social-emotional skills that are just as important to their learning and development as the concepts. Many participants come away with new friends who they would never meet in an everyday context because they’re different ages or go to different schools. There is also the self esteem boost that you see among the participants. During the camps the kids come on Monday with no experience in many of the projects and a little hesitant to try something they have no experience with. As the week progresses you see them go from fear and stress to accomplishment and pride when they present to their families on Friday’s. They have the opportunity to showcase what they’ve learned and created and be able to show their families how to use the programs and technologies.

Sign up for Summer classes here

For more information about Madison Fractal head to their website www.madisonfractal.com

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Burrill Business Plan Competition This Friday!

(Written by Chris Meyer) – I get asked often where Sector67 came from and I have to give sole credit to my experiences through the University of Wisconsin’s various student competitions. I started competing in 2006 as a partner to Justin Beck (one of PerBlue‘s founders) pitching the idea for a dual screen laptop:

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Dual screen laptop prototype, ignore the fingers holding up the second screen and the impossibly clean laptop (with the wireless pcmcia adapter – remember those?). We did eventually build a functional prototype before the competition and had it working – fake it until you make it.

Unsurprisingly, we got creamed and didn’t win a thing for our efforts – but definitely enjoyed the prototyping funds that let us test out a crazy concept (LCD screens were about $300 then and we immediately tore it apart to make it a smaller size). After 4 more years of competing in the Schoof and Tong Innovation Competition, the New Arts Venture Challenge, the Climate Leadership Challenge, the Hundred Hour Challenge, the WI Governor’s Business Plan Competition, and the Burrill Business Plan Competition I finally sorted out a reasonable approach and consistently placed in the top 10 from 2006 through 2010 during my undergraduate and graduate work with different partners each year.  This ultimately led me to present a bad idea in 2010 – Sector67.  I didn’t have any good concepts (read: something that was going to make a lot of money and be produce-able), and 2010 was my last year of graduate school so I was compelled to leave school pitching something as I had done for the last 4 years – the trouble was I didn’t have any good ideas and neither did anyone else who could potentially partner with me.  At the time I believed the business plan contest would only reward profitable enterprises, not ventures with social value or non-financial returns (which wasn’t true):

Chris Meyer, a graduate student in mechanical engineering, describes Sector67, his company proposal for a nonprofit, membership-based center to nurture electronics and mechanical prototyping and advanced manufacturing in Madison, to judges Dick Wilkey, center, founder of the Fisher-Barton Group, and John Neis, right, partner with Ventures Investors LLC, during the 2010 G. Steven Burrill Business Plan Competition held at Grainger Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on April 23, 2010. Meyer's plan was awarded second place and $7,000. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

A UW photographer captures a nice moment with Dick Wilkey and John Neis not looking very impressed during the Burrill Competition 🙂

I wrote up a 19 page business proposal and ultimately won 2nd place in the Burrill Business Plan Competition, 3rd place in the Governor’s Business Plan Competition in the business services category, and received a grant from the Kauffman Foundation through the UW Office of Corporate Relation’s student venture seed grant opportunity and a grant from the MG&E foundation to help with initial equipment acquisition.  Sector67 wouldn’t exist today without support from these programs and opportunities available to UW students – with this in mind, I’d like to ask you to consider attending the 2015 Burrill Business Plan Competition this Friday (5/1/2015) to see over 44 teams present ideas – this is the largest competition in the 18 years of the contest.

Presentations start at 7:30AM until 10:30AM, with 8 finalists from the morning tracks announced and re-presenting from 12:45PM until 2:30PM.  With presentations only lasting 15 minutes with questions I can guarantee some interesting variety and maybe you’ll be the first person to see in person the next big Madison business in the pipeline!  The entrepreneurial community in Madison has been seeded through the business plan competition, with alumni including Parallel Kingdom (PerBlue’s first offering – Justin Beck), Entrustet and Exchange Hut (both from Nate Lustig who you can read about his thoughts on the Burrill Competition here), Badger Bites (now EatStreet with Matt Howard), Student Spill (Heidi Allstop – now MeToo), TurboTap (through the Innovation Days competition with Matt Younkle), SnowShoe Stamp (Climate Leadership Challenge with Claus and Jami) and many many others.

You can read more about the event and the participating companies on the 2015 program here.

I have to thank John Surdyk for taking the time annually to run and manage this program – it’s a ton of extra work and yet he is willing to host year after year to encourage student entrepreneurship on campus and in Wisconsin.  Please consider dropping by to catch a presentation or two, or talking with students at their tradeshow-style booths for a quick pitch on their concept from 10:30-11:30AM.

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April Monthly Meeting

The monthly meeting was held April 7th 2015

1. Xavier and Robert presented an update on their virtual board game.

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The demonstration included a game of Tic-Tac-Toe and Table Hockey

 

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2. Shira presented silicone molds she made for the purpose of molding chocolate.

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Shira also discussed the creation of clear versions of safety deposit box locks for the purpose of learning how they work.

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3. High school student Hans presented an anvil he made from leftover railroad track. He used a plasma cutter to cut the ends off, then using an angle grinder he began shaping it. Milling out the top he flattened it then with the help of Tim using a Dynisher to finish it.

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4. Heather is gearing up to compete in the Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship April 18th and brought in samples for feedback.

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5. Chris closed things out with information about Startup Weekend Madison, happening April 10-12

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Wall-E Silicone Molds

Jeff Whitehouse is a project person. His current project is building what will end up being a full sized, fully autonomous or remote controlled Wall-E. When faced with the next logical question “WTF” he responds “I build things. It’s my hobby. The Wall-E project is just the next step in projecting.”

Jeff was kind enough to explain making the silicone molds in his own words below:

The first step in finishing your project with an awesome product is to have a good idea of what your end product is going to look like. I started with CAD files generated in Sketchup (sorry Chris :)). Next, it’s time to produce this thing that you want many of. That is why you’re reading this right? You made the decision that you wanted to make a silicone mold of something and make many of them. I used the Stinger router to make a panel of my wheels for Wall-E.

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After 22 hours of watching the router go back and forth, some sanding, some gluing, some wood fill drying; you’ll end up with a set of positives. These parts will be the masters that your copies will look like in very fine detail. Make sure these parts are 100% what you want. The silicone you will be pouring will pick up all of the very fine detail and replicate that.

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Are you happy with your positive? Are you sure? It’s still easy to make changes. Ready?

OK, Next step is to find a home for these parts. I used spare cardboard boxes from Amazon, because that’s what I have lying around. I could open my own Amazon distribution center with all of the boxes. If you don’t want to fill in all of the empty space with silicone (because it’s EXPENSIVE) then tape off a section. Make sure the tape adheres with a watertight seal. The silicone will find an out if you leave one. I used blue tape because the wax backing will make releasing the silicone easy. Then pour. I used Oomoo 30 from Smooth-On. It was $30 for a set (part A, part B) from Amazon. Make sure you read the information on Smooth-On’s website for estimating how much you’ll need. If you don’t order enough, no problem. The cured silicone will adhere to freshly poured silicone, provided it’s the same stuff and the cured stuff is kept clean. Let me put it another way for people keyword searching: Oomoo 30 will stick to cured Oomoo 30.

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If you can arrange everything in a box and take up all of the space, that would be OK also. Make sure you leave some spacing between parts to add some structure to the mold. This picture shows a half filled molding area so that you can see the spacing and what the mold looks like partially poured.

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Finish by pouring enough to cover everything to a depth of at least ¼ inch. You don’t want the silicone to rip as you are releasing parts. Also make sure everything is level. The silicone will find level by itself. Make sure you’re OK with that.

Once the silicone has setup, overnight in my case because it was late enough when I was doing this, be gentle in removing your parts. You don’t want to rip your cured mold.

Now it’s time to make our parts. First decide on what you’ll be making your part out of. Actually you should of done that before you got to this point. I used Urethane with a durometer of 80 shore D.

I also used gray spray primer as a release agent. While the urethane is wet, it’ll stick to just about everything. Once it’s cured, paint may not adhere to your liking. However, if the paint and urethane are introduced while the urethane is wet, then the two will stick and give you a paintable surface after the urethane has cured. DO NOT USE WATER BASED PAINTS. Urethane and water based paints do not like each other. Kinda like those two friends you have that will never come to a party if the other one will be there. You can use a release agent like Mann200 and be OK, you just may not have a paintable surface.

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Now mix and pour. Overfill your mold. It is easy to machine or sand the part down. It’s a pain in the arse to add more material. I placed the molds on a piece of plywood wrapped in a trash bag. Put that inside of a rubbermaid tub wrapped in a trash bag on a level surface where no one will kick it and disrupt the surface tension of the urethane, in my case.

Then wait,and wait some more. You don’t want to move things until the urethane, in my case, has fully cured. If you’re going to move your part early, send the money you’ll waste to me 🙂

Once things have cured, you’ll be able to remove the part like popping ice out of a tray.

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In the picture above you can see the paint on top mostly adhered to the urethane. Some paint shifted because of surface tension. Not a big deal, it’s on the back.

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Now clean up the rims, make more, and show off your handy work; that you totally did on your own without the help from a blog on the internet.

See more build pictures here

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Startup Weekend April 10th-12th

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The fourth annual Startup Weekend Madison event returns April 10th-12th 2015 at the MGE Innovation Center. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups in a true risk-free environment.

For more information and to register head to madison.startupweekend.org

Register by March 27th to receive the early bird pricing.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. Startup Weekends can be found in hundreds of cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Madison.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

Organizing partners for the event include Capital Entrepreneurs, Sector67, The Doyenne Group, UW-Madison, MATC, Edgewood College, and Madworks Coworking.

With sponsorship from Google, Neider & Boucher, gener8tor, Earthling Interactive, Epic, Flatt Energy Cola, Sony, Per Blue, and Supranet Communications. And hosted by University Research Park.

 

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