Awesome August Hack-a-thon

Awesome August is here! The physics class I’m teaching at Rutgers is done and I don’t start teaching high school again until September. I’ve left open these next two weeks for personal projects. In other words; it’s time to get my Makerbot on!

My goal is to spend as much time a possible investigating several areas of interest.

Wax extrusion. I think just putting jeweler’s wax through the extruder will work just fine. Can be used in casting solid netal objects.

Support material. The wax might be the way to go here.

Smaller diameter feed stock. This can lead to a less a massive extruder head.

Y-axis conveyor belt mechanism.

Sheetmetal Makerbot. Lasercut wood works well for a kit, but not for a consumor product shipping tens of thousands of units. The Makerbot will have to be more similar to computers abd printers; sheetmetal and molded plastic. I bought an eighteen inch bending break to build a prototype. Life would be easier if I had access to a CNC plasma cutter, but I’ll make it work.

-= Non-Makerbot Projects =-
Build a UV light exposure chamber for use with the photoresist method of PCB fabrication.

Build eye covers for the stereo microscope at NYC Resistor. Probably print on the Makerbot.

Put a dimmer switch in the light machine instead of the potentiometer.

Build Craig’s juke box.