Pete and Jill helped me sort and clean parts today for the hands that I'll be taking to Orlando on Wednesday. I was going to mail them today, but instead they'll be traveling with me on the plane. Should be fun...
Monday, February 23, 2015
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Shea was in the New York Times last week. Shea has become one of the poster children for e-NABLE since she was fitted for the hands that we made her last year. Her story is helping to spread the word for certain. I had several colleagues at school who sent the article to me this past week; very nice of them to notice.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
I received an email from Maarten Horstink via Rotterdam, Netherlands a few weeks ago asking if he could get the plans for our Nerdy Derby Track. He worked at a makerspace and he wanted to build Europe's first Nerdy Derby Track. I sent the plans and then last week Maarten sent me the photos above. He built a simplified version of the track due to time constraints; for their Children's Makerspace called de Speelfabriek. Check out their site as it looks like a really cool place. Getting these photos made my day.
Monday, February 16, 2015
The Kenilworth studios flooded Saturday night. A water pipe cracked and dumped a whole lot of water from the 6th floor to the 3rd floor. The damage was isolated to the North East corner and luckily the DCRL and my studio happen to be closer to the South East end. This is not the first time something like this has happened. The University doesn't cover personal possessions, so some of my colleagues suffered great loss. I pray that this never happens to my studio; better stock up on renter's insurance.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Four complete hands on one Fortus print bed. I'm printing several hands that will be sent to Orlando for a large handathon assembly event. I'll meet Ivan there so we can show students how to assemble hands that will later be sent to a clinic in Mexico where there are recipients that are in need.
Friday, February 13, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Friday, February 6, 2015
We have had quite a bit of snow lately and the temps really dropped here at the end of the week. I'm feeling more and more comfortable with the Ural though. The bike started easily yesterday even with -6 degree temps. It seems to like the cold conditions; I have to kick the left cylinder choke off almost 30 seconds after I start it, otherwise it will blubber around. The right cylinder runs a little colder though and I drop it back down after two minutes of run time. I think I'm going to have to put a new clutch in it when the weather warms up, but I should be able to get through winter before it's an issue.
I can't ride the thing anywhere without getting stopped by people that want to talk about what it is, where it came from, and I get a million looks when I'm on the road, with smiles, thumbs up, and just general looks of interest. I frequently feel like I'm going to be late for meetings and class, due to the amount of time people spend talking about the Ural. Now if UWM would just put the snow somewhere else so I could park without the mountain climbing exercises.
There was a really nice room that was placed inside the machine shop that was sectioned off for welding, plasma cutting and grinding operations complete with downdraft tables.
The shop at Accelerator also contains two Hurco milling machines. One of the machines as a trunnion table and is capable of 5 axis movement like you see in the video above. The other machine is a larger VM30. Wouldn't be nice to have one of these... or both?