Sunday, August 31, 2014

graflex/ lightsaber

John and Chad did some swapping last week. Chad walked away with a Graflex flash base. Looks familiar doesn't it? Chad happens to be a giant Star Wars enthusiast, so this made his year. Here are a few details about the original camera and flash unit.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

kbs 3d printing documentary

The Korean Broadcasting Station completed the documentary on 3D printing and my colleague Kyoung Ae Cho just found it posted on YouTube. Chad Bridgewater, Adream Blair, Shea and her parents, and myself are featured in the documentary working and talking in the Digital Craft Research Lab about e-NABLE and 3d Printing technology. We are featured from 20:45-23:00 in the documentary and then Shea is shown again at the very end. Spreading the word wide and far...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

millers falls drill press

Chad and I stopped past an antique store on Saturday. We came across the piece you see above and Chad offered the store owner 5 bucks for the piece. It was broken and had been repaired in a few places but we weren't sure what it was, but we assumed it was a drill of some kind. I took a few pics of Chad's find and then later that night I started looking for something similar on the interweb. I finally tracked down a Millers Falls catalog from 1905 that had the drill listed. I had to text Chad and let him know that he paid $1 more than it's retail price. I also loved some of the other tools in the catalog. The anvil vise drill press is particularly interesting.

dcrl hydraulic presses

Chad and I have been busy these past few weeks getting the DCRL ready for the new semester. I ordered some un-painted bolt together Potter presses a couple weeks ago. We thought about doing a powder coat job on these, but I figured Chad would be too busy with other work before the start of the semester, so I just painted them myself. A couple of DCRL stickers finished off the job. I'll be covering hydraulic press techniques in my Intro to Industrial Craft so these presses will get a lot of use this semester. I also painted some new/old vises that I'll post about soon. Chad completed another tool board as well. The lab is looking really great! Just in time for classes to begin next week.

Friday, August 22, 2014

enQuest camp video

Chris sent the enQuest Girls Engineering Camp video today. Just one more thing that the DCRL sponsored this year. I was glad to volunteer my time and efforts to this worthy cause. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

fusion 360 to shapeoko

For future course...

goodbye sc

Well it is with a sad tone, that I write this post. I sold the Single Cab to Chris in California. This year of sabbatical (with half the normal salary) has been taxing on us financially and it just made sense to sell the SC. It was, in no way, an easy decision to part ways with it. Once I talked to Chris on the phone though, I felt a little better about the decision. His family situation sounds familiar to me and I know the SC is going to a great home. He's a die hard VW junkie for sure. 

It's honestly surprising that I have been able to protect my numerous project cars and bikes for so long. I talk to so many people who have been forced to "give up" everything they have when kids and mortgages enter into the equation, so I count myself lucky to have only a couple casualties this year; It could have been worse. Nevertheless, I am going to miss the SC. Hearing Maya say "splittie bus" used to make my day and she enjoyed riding in it. Sad day, but fond memories.

The driver that picked it up was super nice and he didn't mind as I stood around and watched him load it. I think he was tickled pink to take a ride in it from my house to his truck that was parked near the highway. I found out yesterday that it made it to Chris in CA. I hope he drives it all the time and enjoys it fully.

Maybe this will open up room in the future for a westy camper that the family can tour some National Parks in...

A guy can dream...

anodizing tank

Just an inspirational shot of an anodizing tank. I like the aeration tubes and brackets. Slick! Need to take notes for my new anodizing cart.

dust bmw


ah yeah!

drill presses

I'm diggin' these...

jeweler's bench inspiration

Just some pics pulled from the interweb that give me inspiration for my basement studio space.