Hi all. My name is Scott and I live on the near East side of Madison. I subscribed a while back and have been lurking, and was very pleased to see the space is about two blocks from my house. I'm looking forward to seeing it. I've had a life-long interest in DIY and hacking, and finally have the time to put out an introduction. With two young kids a lot of my former hacking time is now spent on other pursuits (although one of my strongest interests is integrating hacking and parenting, and I do spend a fair amount of time pursuing that).
I now spend most of my professional time consulting (I work for a small local firm), working on enterprise Java middleware.
Academically, I have a BS EE + CS major from UW '95. I worked on campus at ADP and then DoIT during that time.
Project-wise, some of the more interesting stuff I've worked on is:
* From scratch 2 axis (stepper motor) robotic 200 CD changer (second place '94 UW engineering expo individual award). The thing was the size of a small fridge, and my iphone now holds more music
* Small-scale plastic injection molding machine (using plans from a book by Vince Gingery). I've used this to make toys with the kids.
* ~500 watt wind generator from the plans by Hugh Piggott (http://www.scoraigwind.com/axialplans/index.htm
). I have all the molds, coil winders, etc. for this project if anyone is interested.
* This summer we started a tree house, including fabricating Garnier limbs for tree attachment (pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/53600968@N ... 867651528/
My current interests are mainly:
* Metal working and fabrication, including welding (oxy/acetylene mostly), sheet metal work, lost wax and sand casting (aluminum primarily), and metal lathe work.
* Wood working
* Arduino, although I have really only dabbled so far
* Practical alternative energy projects
I have followed a lot of the RepRap type projects, but haven't taken the leap to try and build one. I have worked on small-scale CNC mill setups and have quite a bit of CAD experience.
I look forward to meeting some of you, and might be able to make one of the upcoming meetings.