Fall BBQ & Space Improvement

This past Saturday we held our Fall BBQ / space-improvement day at the space.

A few of the things we tackled were: organizing and assessing accumulated electronics and computer equipment, affixing whiteboards into 4 of the panels on the mainroom bay door, insulating the woodshop bay door, installing peg board and clamp rack in the woodshop, and mending the sewing shelf.

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Apple Press Night

Jennifer Farmer brought her home-made cider press to the space tonight, along with apples from her house!  Built with boards and plywood and an automotive jack, the rig cost less than $50. Fresh juice for all!!

Smashing apples with a 2x4

¬†Smashing the apples with a 2×4

Getting ready

Getting the apples leveled

Big Squeeze!

The apples weren’t quite perfectly leveled, so the jack is a little off center.

The juice pooled in the pan, then drained through a hole into a hose, and into the jug.

Sweet goodness

The gurgles were music to our ears!

tada apple juice

Ta da!

Pouring the bounty

Pouring nature’s spoils!

LulzBot 3D Printer At Our Space

This past fall we had a visitor from the Loveland-based company Aleph Objects, Inc. which makes Lulzbot 3D printers. After the visit, they offered to sponsor us by providing us with a LulzBot AO-100 3D Printer Package.

The printer was basically ready to go – nearly no assembly time and already calibrated. We were printing within 10 minutes of taking it out of the box! For most other printers, it takes many hours to assemble and calibrate.

The LulzBot AO-100 is similar to the MendelMax but with LulzBot’s own printed parts. It prints faster than the Reprap Prusa Mendel we have had at our space since last spring.

Stop by our space in east Boulder on a Tuesday night and chat with us to find out more and perhaps see the LulzBot in action. If you want to use it, become a member and get some instruction from one of our 3D printing gurus. Also, if you are in Denver this Thursday afternoon, you can chat with the LulzBot team and see some of their printers in action at a 3D printing open house, which is being held from 3-6 pm at the 3D Printing Store at 4603 Monaco Street, Denver.

For more information about LulzBot, please visit their website at www.lulzbot.com. Thank you to Jon and LulzBot for sponsoring us with a new printer!