Monday, February 23, 2015

a lot of hands

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...

shea: uwm research report video

Sunday, February 22, 2015

shea: new york times

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

charles babbage

I showed this video to my Machines that Make course this past week.

nerdy derby: de Speelfabriek

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. 

and it continues to grow...

Monday, February 16, 2015

kse flooding

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.

red and black

Some black and red hands coming off of the Fortus...

Saturday, February 14, 2015

fortus hands

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

ural: warm weather

I've posted this before, but the  recent weather has me wishing for warmer weather like this...

Thursday, February 12, 2015

tormach photo

Tormach used one of my photos (that I took at their open house) in their newsletter today.

building cars from scratch

Eric, let's build a car in a chicken coop...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Friday, February 6, 2015

cold weather ural

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.

innovation accelerator: welding area and cmc plasma cutter

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.

innovation accelerator: solidworks and mastercam workstations

innovation accelerator: surface grinder, manual equipment, and workspace

innovation accelerator: cnc router

innovation accelerator: faro arm

innovation accelerator: samsung lathe and sodick edm machines

innovation accelerator: hurcos

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?