At the space recently we’ve had a few rounds of Settlers of Catan. People seemed to like it, so I figure we should have a set living on a shelf in the workshop. Some late night lasering later, and we have this:
At the request of James, this version has recesses to hold the roads and cities in place, so that his more… enthusiastic… rolls don’t knock over the board:
All the wood is bamboo ply, lasercut. The hex tiles are lightly sanded and given an acrylic paint wash, before being given a clear gloss. The base has a Jarrah stain (Yes, I know it looks terrible where the glue wasn’t sanded off enough), and I might end up clear-coating it later.
The settlements and cities have their own little silhouettes, and I made a holder for each player’s unplaced pieces:
Files are up here if anyone wants to make their own:
You know the space is no stranger to eletronics, lasers and 3D printing, but that’s certainly not all we get up to.
Recently, I got a bunch of glass tools, and a bunch of us have been having fun making stained glass pieces, as well as doing some kiln work. Here’s a few pieces we made:
It’s a rather addictive medium to work with! There’s a huge range of colours and effects you can get. Stained glass is quick to get ideas out with, but for more intricate stuff we can use a kiln to mix and fuse pieces together.
Glass cutting during the workshop:
The pieces laid out and ready for copper foil to be added. The table is actually a light-box, which helps positioning translucent glass for various effects:
Also that table isn’t just a slab of egg-crate. According to the vendor, it’s a entire sophisticated glass cutting system, and it comes with a 50 page manual showing how to set up templates for various angles, reliably repeating cuts, etc. A few of us have ideas for giant hexagon themed pieces, and that’ll make doing hundreds of pieces a tad easier…
The space already has a large kiln, but for testing ideas and various glass combinations, I recently bought a microwave kiln. This allows small glass pieces to be slumped, tacked or fully fused together. Here’s a pieces ready for firing:
And some pieces we finished earlier:
Most of these are just playing with settings, rather than being a particular design. By controlling the time of firing, we can select how much the glass fuses or slumps together.
I’ve left a big selection of the specialist tools and glass stock for people to play with. If you’ve got an idea for a fused or stained glass piece, feel free to have a go!*
(Get one of us to show you how to handle & cut glass safely, of course).
There’s also a prize for the first stained glass Robots and Dinosaurs logo to be made :-)
Ada, Tim and everyone who was around at the time helped out a regular who runs a Mardi Gras float. Thanks everyone for the spectacular lights!
The colours all corresponded to different words on the five maypoles, so we wanted all thirty or so different strands to be different colours.
The circuit that was designed for the purpose has been written up in an electronics magazine.
There were many near misses - the electronics ran late and we never got to light up the signage, even then we only got the float to the city two minutes before lockdown; one battery pulled out and a whole pole went dark but it was quickly fixed by judicious use of an occy strap; by the end of the parade the pole with one fewer battery gave up its fine colours and glowed only red!
Still, it was a huge undertaking and an amazing result. A fantastic time was had by all, and even though we were far from the biggest or brightest float of 2014, it’s been well remembered (and even understood!) by many people from the crowd.
Anyone wanting more info or who would like to help out on next year’s float (providing you are queer-friendly and atheist-friendly!) can visit queeratheists.org.
This is a stand for hatpins, the deadly ornament women used to secure their hats to their heads in the nineteenth and early centuries. The long pin is very Titanic, made to fix a giant hat to bouffant hair, but the others are probably from later, as hats got smaller and hairstyles simpler.
I needed a way to stop my hatpins from stabbing me, so when I got my hands on the simple 3D design program at tinkercad.com, i designed one. This is based off some silver versions from the 1920s.
It got scaled smaller than I intended, so it would fit in the machine, but it still does the job!
$5 entry, $5 drinks. 8 acts. Big Fun Times Small Dollar!
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We welcome / indoctrinate new members, and train them up on the Fancy Machines like the laser cutters. Visitors are also welcome – this is a great day to check out the space and see what it is all about. If you’ve always been curious and meaning to come along, Saturday is your day to get a guided tour and your questions answered! :) There may even be sausages sizzling.