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

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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open|haus

Open|haus_4/14/2015Every 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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April Update

The Haus pup is worn out from spring cleaning already.

  • Our plans to have an IRC presence again have been stalled due to currently dead UPS batteries. The efforts to recondition the existing batteries has sadly failed to bare fruit. If anyone has any usable batteries that they aren’t using or would like to donate some new ones, this would greatly benefit the Haus because there are several other current project that have also been put on hold with the battery shortage. If you can help, please email us at info [at] thinkhaus.org. We’d sure be glad to hear from you.
  • It looks like our spring cleaning will be going on right until summer as The Haus continues to get more organized we seem to continue to be adding more things to the lost and found box. All current and former members please be sure to check-in if you find you are missing something before mid-May as anything not claimed by then will either be re-homed or recycled.
  • Our members-only Hot Dog dinner starts at 6pm on Tuesday with everything to be cleaned up when door open at 7pm for open|haus. We are able to do this through members generously either bringing hot dogs/buns or paying-what-they-can so we can buy hot dogs and buns for the following week and well as everyone cleaning up after themselves before open|haus begins. It is only through working together as members that this dinner can happen and we know that you’ve all be enjoying it because you’ve eating a lot of hot dogs these last few months. Everyone needs to continue to give what they can and help out where they can so we can continue to happily eat dinner together.
  • Lastly, the month The Haus has been inspired by spring and the concept of starting anew by looking in the direction of how we can upcycle the cast-off materials that can be found easily around us in order to make them useful and beautiful again. Projects in the works are everything from using the laser to cut cardboard to make cardboard furniture as well as DIY drop spindles that can spin plastic grocery bags that people just usually throw away. Keep your eyes peeled for future posts with pictures and updates.

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open|haus

Open|haus_4/7/2015Every 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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open|haus 6th Anniversary

OpenHausOn this day in 2009, a group of individuals would come together for the first time.   During the following weeks while meeting in the basement of Freeway Coffee House, this unnamed group would come to create think|haus.  It wouldn’t be until June 1st, 2009 that we moved into a permanent residence on Niagara St. and really began to build our community. Over the next 8 or so weeks, we will pull out some of our pictures from over the years to share!

We are now located at 25 Dundurn St. North and have continued every Tuesday to open 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.

See you tonight @ 7pm

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think|haus Computer Clinic – March 2015

Hello Everyone!

You are once again invited to join us for this months think|haus Computer Clinic on March 28th, 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

open|hausEvery 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: Site 3 coLaboratory

Site3TorontoSite 3 coLaboratory is a member-run space for makers in Toronto. At their Open House every Thursday night you can get a tour of the shop and meet the makers that use it.

If it is your first time they recommend coming later in the evening, from 8pm – 9pm.

Check out their site at: site3.ca for more information about their awesome events, classes and projects.

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