Siglinda Knives

Sector67 member Josh runs Siglinda Knives, a “locally owned, artisanal sharpening & repair service for knives, shears & blades of all kinds.”

Visit his site here: siglinda.com

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Forward Technology Fest

One of the events for the Forward Technology Fest was held at Sector67, on Tuesday, August 20th.

Forward Tech Fest is a series of events where “fellow entrepreneurs, nerds, designers, geeks, hackers, and creative professionals from the Midwest [network and collaborate during] a 10-day celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship.”

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Chris gave interested individuals a tour of the 3D printers.

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There was also a Turbo Tap in use! If you haven’t heard, they’re pretty awesome.

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A wholehearted thank you to everyone who attended and all of the sponsors, it was a great time!

There are still a few Forward Tech Fest events yet to happen, find out more about them here: forwardfest.org

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SnowShoe iPad Minis

SnowShoe, a tech company specializing in hardware for mobile transactions that first started in Madison, recently moved to Denver.

Before they left, Sector67 engraved a bunch of iPad minis for them using the laser cutter:

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The iPad minis on the laser cutter.

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The first engraving.

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The rest of the companies engraved are all grant recipients of Techstars, a program that funds tech startups.

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Finished.

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Read more about SnowShoe here: host.madison.com

And check out their website here: beta.snowshoestamp.com

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Tex Tubb’s Taco Palace Margarita Mixer Bike

Tex Tubb’s Taco Palace, a fine local taqueria establishment right around the corner from Sector67, commissioned members from Sector67 to build a bike that mixes margaritas while you ride it.

But first, they made a fake one just to troll Tex’s.

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And it’s completely rideable!

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But just barely.

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Okay enough trickery, here’s the real deal.

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All of the engravings were done with the laser cutter.

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Complete with a Sector67 reflector on the back:

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The latches are made of leather, and the detail was also engraved with the laser cutter.

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It’s done, time to take it out for a spin.

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Stop in to Tex Tubb’s Taco Palace on 2009 Atwood Avenue and check out its website here: www.textubbstacos.com

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TCS Basys Control Thermostat

TCS Basys Control donated a wireless thermostat and control system to Sector67!

They are a Middleton, Wisconsin based energy management systems company.

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We sincerely thank them for their truly gracious donation. Take a look at their website here: https://www.tcsbasys.com/index.php

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Detroit Maker Faire and PPPRS

A group of Sector67 members traveled to Detroit this past weekend to check out the Maker Faire and compete in the Power Racing Series!

This thing was awesome and enormous.

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This was cool, too.

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A lineup of the competing cars (The Sector67 vehicles [Fauxrrari, Lameborghini and minibike] are not pictured, but you’ll see them in a second).

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The highly anticipatory crowd.

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A few members of the Sector67 team discuss strategy and get psyched up for the race.

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Sweet Sector67 decal on the back of the Lameborghini.

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Pre-race lineup. Can you spot the Lameborghini?

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Of course you can, it’s right there.

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The Fauxrarri in pre-race position. This one should be obvious.

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And last but not least, the minibike.

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There it is in action!

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The Fauxrarri tearing it up.

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And the Lameborghini doing work!

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The next five rides are all from the competition, although there were many more.

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There were plenty of hiccups along the way for all contestants, like near collisions for us…

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Break-downs for others….

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And rain for everyone.

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But Sector67 managed to win first place medals in the Qual, Enduro and Circut races!

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And then promptly took some much deserved R&R.

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Thank you to the Detroit Maker Faire and everyone who competed!

P. S. Take a look at this awesome bonus photo from The Detroit News.

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Madison Public Library Benches

Some bench frames for the new Central Madison Public Library, set to open in less than two months, were laser-engraved here at Sector67.

This is the unfinished pile, accounting for about half of the total frames.

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The names on the bench frames are book clubs that have donated money to the library. First they are designed in Adobe Illustrator, then transferred onto the LaserCut program.

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Then they are run through the laser cutter.

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And here’s the finished pile:

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If you want to donate to the new Madison Public Library and help it reach its funding goal, go here.

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How to Apply a Sector67 Sticker to Your VW Van

Step 1: Slowly remove the backing from the adhesive side of the Sector67 sticker.

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Step 2: With a friend to help you, line up the Sector67 sticker evenly, and then firmly press it sticker onto the car surface.

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Step 3: Slowly remove the backing from the non-adhesive side of the Sector67 sticker.

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Step 4: Remember, SLOWLY. Patience is important.

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Step 5: Bask in the glory of the Sector67 sticker. Make sure to show it off to everyone you know.

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Iona Clothing

A contemporary women’s clothing store, Iona, will be opening on 807 East Johnson Street, and all of the signage for the brand logos were made at Sector67.

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Monty cut the raw wood and metal material, and then engraved the brand names into the metal and wood signs.

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The store will be opening in early August, be sure to stop on by 807 East Johnson and check it out!

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Kit Building/Learn How to Solder Class

We just received a shipment of parts for instructional courses on Kit Building/Learn How to Solder:

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The available kits we have are Drawdio, Minty Boost, Mini POV, TV-B-Gone and Red/Green LOL.

Check here soon to sign up for an upcoming class.

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MadREP Meeting

Sector67 hosted a meeting for the Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) in its new conference room.

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MadREP (formerly called Thrive) is “an economic development partnership for the eight-county Madison Region with a vision to create a dynamic environment where people and businesses prosper.” Read more about MadREP here.

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Part of their development plan is to encourage advanced manufacturing in the region, with emphasis on collaborative/innovative work. Since Sector67 fits the bill, MadREP has included us as a resource for the businesses they are trying to attract.

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July Monthly Meeting

The July monthly meeting was on Tuesday, July 2nd.

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Liam compiled and demonstrated an educational math software/hardware program on Raspberry Pi called Sage (it wasn’t originally built for the hardfp ARM architecture).

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Jacob demoed an Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset for everyone by mirroring what he was seeing on the projector.

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Davi showed everyone his creation, a climate plotting system.

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Nathan showcased a system for 3D printers that creates engravings on circuit boards.

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Karen and Joe presented the cars (L to R: The Fauxrrari, The Lameborghini) that Sector67 raced at the PPPRS in Kansas City. You can check out that adventure here.

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Eric plugged his hybrid car battery service and repair business, called EV Powers. Visit them here.

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Karen, who recently came from Detroit and frequented a hackerspace there, gave her own presentation on the Power Racing Series, complete with media and play by play.

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Eric gave us a look at his ongoing project, a fob-activated cat dish. Eric has two cats, one of which eats the other’s food. To combat this, Eric designed a food dish that only opens for a particular cat.

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This is an enclosure for a Raspberry Pi-controlled camera, so it can be protected from the elements while taking a pictures over a lake for the purpose of time-lapse photography.

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The next meeting is on Tuesday, August 6th. Anyone is welcome to come!

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