PCB Mill Dust Collection System

Recently, we discovered that the dust collection vacuum unit for our LPKF Protomat C30/S was leaking powdered fibreglass dust all over the under-desk cabinet in which it lives. This of course being unacceptable from a safety perspective (powdered fibreglass is not a carcinogen, but is a major irritant in general) and from a cleanliness perspective, we took it upon ourselves to figure out what went wrong.

It turns out that the machine had been operated for an indeterminate amount of time without pre-filter bags, and the filter had failed under the load of nearly 3mm of caked-up fibreglass and copper dust. D’oh.

So, a quick Google search yielded exactly zero sources for filters (but LPKF will sell you the bags, $35/5).

In true hacker spirit, this did not phase us at all. After all, how hard can it be to build a dust collection system from scratch?

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Full Spectrum 40W Laser Cutter Up and Running!

I'M A' FIRIN' MAH LAZER!!

At the Red Bull Creation this year, i3Detroit won a 40W Full Spectrum Generation 5 Hobby Laser with a 16″ x 12″ bed.

This prize was awarded to i3Detroit as the Team Choice award prize.

After much design work, purchasing, and duct installation, we now have the machine up and running in the Fab Lab. Wiki page for the machine.

We will be having training classes on the machine in the coming weeks, so watch this space and our mailing list for information.

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RBCreation; SUCCESS!!!!

After a long weekend full of emotion and sweat, i3Detroit was awarded the Team’s Choice award!!!

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this means they were voted as all the other teams’ favorite!

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They won a pretty BA 40 watt laser cutter from Full Spectrum Lasers!!!

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we are DROOLING back in Detroit; can’t wait to get our hands on this!

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A huge shout-out to our team members Eric and Sean; who actually both missed their first father’s day to compete in the Red Bull Creation Challenge…Great job guys, I’m sure your kids will be proud 🙂

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also…Matt’s hair is doing just fine

SaikoLED MyKi Challenge : Creating a Light That Responds to Video Games

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The SaikoLED company recently held a contest in which they would give a free prototype of their newest light to three groups of people that had a neat project idea. At this point, I had recently taken over the bi-weekly games of Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator that we were playing at i3 Detroit. After suggesting that we could use their DMX light to sync with Artemis, they were more than happy to send us one of the prototypes.

After lots of tweaking…

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Troubleshooting…

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And soldering…

 

 

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We were finally ready! After hooking everything up, I grabbed my phone and began filming the video that SaikoLED requested. I have uploaded that video at the Youtube link below. Enjoy one of the many cool projects started and finished at i3 Detroit!

 

Help us name the balloon project!

Nate B and ZurielSeven test a GPS module

The poll is now live!  Help us name the balloon project by picking your five favorite names from the poll, linked at http://polldaddy.com/poll/6757133/

Please keep in mind when choosing a name that we will use this name to make an impact on social media including corporate visibility.  The poll closes next Saturday, December 15th, 2012.  Thanks!