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Every Tuesday, we open up our doors at 7 pm to invite

in the members of the general public.

We’d love for you to come in and show off the projects you’ve been working on or if you are stuck on a project and need other people to help you brainstorm answers we are here to help you with your questions too!

Whatever the skill level, you are always welcome in our ‘Haus’. We love teaching beginners the skills they need to succeed and sharping our own skill by learning from experts who drop by.

We are located in Hamilton, Ontario at 25 Dundurn St North. Just head to the back door and when you come in you’ll see a second door to your left. We are just up the set of stairs.

See you tonight @ 7pm

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Signal Boost: Hamilton Mini Maker Faire

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Maker Faire is happening in Hamilton!

On June 21st, come to the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology.

See all the knowledge and mad creativity Hamilton has to offer.

The Museum is even going to open the 1913 Building for the first time, just for this event.

Think|haus is going to be there; you should be there too.

http://makerfairehamilton.com/

 

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Open|haus_5/11/2015
Every Tuesday, we open up our doors at 7 pm to invite in the members of the general public.

We’d love for you to come in and show off the projects you’ve been working on or if you are stuck on a project and need other people to help you brainstorm answers we are here to help you with your questions too!

Whatever the skill level, you are always welcome in our ‘Haus’. We love teaching beginners the skills they need to succeed and sharping our own skill by learning from experts who drop by.

We are located in Hamilton, Ontario at 25 Dundurn St North. Just head to the back door and when you come in you’ll see a second door to your left. We are just up the set of stairs.

See you tonight @ 7pm

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May Update

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Just a few small updates for May.

  • The mid-May deadline is now here for all current and former members to check-in and pick up their unclaimed projects and pieces. Everything that was not claimed is now in the process of being re-homed and/or recycled.
  • Thanks to Nick we now have a shiny new air assist nozzle for our laser cutter. It works by directing a constant stream of compressed air across the work surface which helps with reducing flaming, scorching and charring.
  • Lastly, improvements to the servers are still being stalled because dead UPS batteries. This is a call out to the community if anyone has any usable batteries that they aren’t using that they wouldn’t mind parting with or would like to donate some new ones. We’d love your help! Email us at info [at] thinkhaus.org.

 

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Open|haus_5/5/2015Every Tuesday, we open up our doors at 7 pm to invite in the members of the general public.

We’d love for you to come in and show off the projects you’ve been working on or if you are stuck on a project and need other people to help you brainstorm answers we are here to help you with your questions too!

Whatever the skill level, you are always welcome in our ‘Haus’. We love teaching beginners the skills they need to succeed and sharping our own skill by learning from experts who drop by.

We are located in Hamilton, Ontario at 25 Dundurn St North. Just head to the back door and when you come in you’ll see a second door to your left. We are just up the set of stairs.

See you tonight @ 7pm

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Signal Boost: Hack the Orchestra

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony has partnered with Communitech to organize “Hack the Orchestra” – the first hackathon in the world to give hackers a full professional orchestra and superb concert hall to work with.

Click to watch the Youtube video above or click here for all the details.

 

 

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Open|haus_4/28/2015Every Tuesday, we open up our doors at 7 pm to invite in the members of the general public.

We’d love for you to come in and show off the projects you’ve been working on or if you are stuck on a project and need other people to help you brainstorm answers we are here to help you with your questions too!

Whatever the skill level, you are always welcome in our ‘Haus’. We love teaching beginners the skills they need to succeed and sharping our own skill by learning from experts who drop by.

We are located in Hamilton, Ontario at 25 Dundurn St North. Just head to the back door and when you come in you’ll see a second door to your left. We are just up the set of stairs.

See you tonight @ 7pm

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think|haus Computer Clinic – April 2015

Hello Everyone!

You are once again invited to join us for this months think|haus Computer Clinic on April 25th, 2015.

Need help with your computer problems? Join us from Noon to 3pm.

Admission is free to all, membership not required.

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Open|haus_4/21/2015Every Tuesday, we open up our doors at 7 pm to invite in the members of the general public.

We’d love for you to come in and show off the projects you’ve been working on or if you are stuck on a project and need other people to help you brainstorm answers we are here to help you with your questions too!

Whatever the skill level, you are always welcome in our ‘Haus’. We love teaching beginners the skills they need to succeed and sharping our own skill by learning from experts who drop by.

We are located in Hamilton, Ontario at 25 Dundurn St North. Just head to the back door and when you come in you’ll see a second door to your left. We are just up the set of stairs.

See you tonight @ 7pm

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A Kiln In Our Midst

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There is a kiln. Now, if it was a normal kiln, it would be working and would cost a lot. This one is not working, was picked up for free, (and will cost a little).

What can we do with it? Heating things up to 1000C. What happens when you heat things to 1000C? Well, you can bake clay pots, but more interesting, aluminum melts at 660C. However, we can make lost wax parts on the 3D printers or carve them from Styrofoam, put them in sand, and cast! There are many many tutorials about how to make these moulds online.

 

Back to the machine. I have been digging around and found a Omron E5CX. This is the temperature controller that will turn on the relay, measure temperature, and do the heating. This is being donated. (New one would cost ~$70). This turns on a zero-crossing circuit. This circuit turns on a triac when the AC voltage is zero. That way the triac does not have a power surge through it.

I almost got the wrong one too. I am using a MOC3043M for 240V instead of a  MOC3033M for 120V.

The triac is a standard 40A triac. A simple circuit with awesome power.

Ideas are floating around about where to mount this thing. It takes 220-240V 16amps. That means we need a 20A single phase. Also WE DO NOT WANT TO CAST INSIDE ON A WOODEN FLOOR! As a result, it is thought that the kiln could stay outside and a small casting area could be built outside. It would only have the kiln, a box of sand, a socket, and other standard tools as needed.

The machine will be wired to a NEMA 6-20 plug with a covered socket. This will cost ~$100 for the plug and socket. The socket will need to be linked up to the breaker, but we know where all the wires are to do so. Other things needed are two new 4 ohm heating coils. I have contacted Pottery Supply House to see if we can get some new ones.

 

If anyone wants to help, there is work needed on the power source (wiring of socket), getting the new heating coils ($39), getting a Type K thermocouple to measure the temperature($22), and figuring out what is needed to turn this into a casting machine.

 

Nick

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