Most hackspaces have a laser cutter and they are considered invaluable by most members. Lots of people join a hackspace for access to a laser cutter and then stay when they realise what else is on offer. So we need one partly to attract new members but also because we really ant to play with one.
There are lots of options when it comes to makes & models of cutter. As you would expect if you go high end you have to pay a lot of money. For example a Epilog Zing 16 30 Watt Laser is £9600 to purchase and the replacement laser tubes come close to a grand each. You do get...
I have been self teaching myself welding for a year or so. I picked up the cheapest entry level MIG (Clarke Pro 90 MIG Welder) off ebay and just went at it. Some other kind folks at Hackspace (Steve and Neil) showed me some arc (MMA = manual metal arc) and gave me some time on a proper MIG setup which made be realise how "Pro" has no place in the name of my Clarke Pro 90. So when another member (Barny) posted a Beginners and Improvers Welding course at Easton college I thought it would be a good idea to get some proper training and fun too. So this is what we learnt.
The Raptor hand is a design of prosthetic hand that can be printed on consumer grade 3d printers like the Ultimaker 2. Anyone can get the files from Thingiverse and make one. We didand were amazed by the reactions from kids and parents
The designer Jacky Wan explains the hand project to Norm from tested. Also shows a new design that has a cooler steampunk feel as well as some cool modifications like 3d printed temsioners that replace those pesky screws.
This is the difference a hand can make to a child