[Dorkbot-ott] [ohs] Equipment

Andrew O'Malley aomalley at gmail.com
Fri Feb 26 11:06:35 EST 2010

I agree w/ Ryan for points of practicality at the time being; though I
think in the longer term an actual milling machine capable of working
w/ metal etc. should be high on the list.


On Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 10:42 AM, Ryan Stec <ryanstec at artengine.ca> wrote:
> While I think drilling and milling steel is exciting it may also be a bit ahead of the curve for the lab and the users of Artengine. It may be the first tool on the list for an expanded and dirtier Artengine lab, but the overhead of making it clean enough and able to be moved in and out of storage may be cumbersome.
> I think the MakerBot has the potential to get new people involved and excited about electronics and fabrication which will lead to getting better tools that will be more widely used by our membership.
> On 2010-02-25, at 11:12 PM, Sebastien Bailard wrote:
>> That Taig will RepRap well, and it can also drill and mill steel,
>> aluminum, acrylic, and circuit boards.
>> -Sebastien
>> On February 25, 2010 10:33:25 pm Jonathan Rudenberg wrote:
>>> +1 for the MakerBot, I think that it fits the current space better
>>> than a CNC mill, and will provide our first group project.
>>> Jonathan
>>> On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 21:21, Andrew Plumb <andrew at plumb.org> wrote:
>>>> Hey Ryan,
>>>> Not that I don't enjoy bring it out, but it'll be nice not having to lug
>>>> my own MakerBot over to ArtEngine every time someone wants to print
>>>> something off.  Also, with two MakerBots and eventually Sebastien's
>>>> RepRap active we'll be able to print out new RepRap parts 2x-3x faster!
>>>> ;-)
>>>> Continuing on with this scenario, here's what I'd recommend getting:
>>>> <snip>
>>>> On 2010-02-25, at 5:18 PM, Ryan Stec wrote:
>>>>> Just to play out an alternative scenario here is why I thought
>>>>> purchasing a Maker Bot kit would be an interesting option for the lab:
>>>>> The main reason is that building the kit over time in the meeting
>>>>> environment would create a space for members and others to participate
>>>>> in the creation of something with an interesting application within the
>>>>> space of the lab/ohs. In the end we could have an interesting rough
>>>>> prototyping machine that is useful to both the technologist and artist
>>>>> community, and this would help build interest and movement towards a
>>>>> larger and more sophisticated fabrication facility.
>>>>> It is more manageable within the labs current state of shared use.
>>>>> It is less messy.
>>>>> Just some ideas to feed the discussion.
>>>>> Cheers
>>>>> Ryan
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