[Noisebridge-discuss] Laser Cutter

Taylor Alexander tlalexander at gmail.com
Mon Jan 10 12:26:36 PST 2011


Jumping in to add my thoughts to the last few messages.

-Buying a cheaper cutter now and worrying about upgrading later make a lot
of sense, since clearly its tough to arrange the funds for a larger
purchase. Normally I'm more for spending more upfront, but if the money just
isn't there, I see sense in cheaping out until we have more options.

-The fire hazard seems real to me too. Not so much about burning the place
down, but what about burning up the $2000 machine we all would have just
fought so hard to buy? When I took the techshop Epilog class (years ago, I
think it was opening week) they were VERY serious about not leaving the
machine unattended. Not even texting while it was in use (he almost failed
me on the training for that). That may be a little extreme for noisebridge,
but it makes sense to be at least somewhat anal about it. I don't think
there's too much risk of a building fire as long as someone doesn't leave
the entire building while the machine is operating, but there is real risk
of burning up the machine if you're halfway across noisebridge working on
your laptop with your back turned while its operating. I never really go to
noisebridge so my input is just trying to be helpful, but if I were in
charge I'd suggest making it a rule that you can't stray ~10-20 feet from
the machine while you're using it, and ideally I'd have a workbench right
next to the machine that was set up so that the operator could cruise on
their laptop while they were waiting for the machine to finish, while
keeping it in clear view.

And in unicorn news, if I ever succeed in starting my company (something I'm
working on) and it does really well, I'd consider buying NB a nice laser
cutter. After I bought myself one. And a Lamborghini. Just saying.

-Taylor


On Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 12:15 PM, Felipe Sanches <juca at members.fsf.org>wrote:

> I've done it there:
> http://jucablues.blogspot.com/2010/12/pinball-hacking-in-vienna-i-am.html
>
> Felipe Sanches
> Garoa Hackerspace - São Paulo, Brazil
>
> On Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 6:09 PM, Rubin Abdi <rubin at starset.net> wrote:
>
>> Wladyslaw Zbikowski wrote, On 20110109 201159:
>> > https://github.com/Metalab/epilogcups
>> >
>> > The driver is currently working very well; the project is in active
>> > development as the primary developers are currently refactoring the
>> > code as a basis for future work. They really need people who are
>> > interested to write and run unit tests to guard against regression.
>> > Both developers gave lightning talks on the last day of CCC which are
>> > probably online somewhere.
>>
>> I'm sitting next to these guy right now at Metalab if anyone has any
>> questions. Also I am rubbing my balls on their Epilog EXT36.
>>
>> --
>> Rubin Abdi
>> rubin at starset.net
>>
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