Protolab

a Shared workshop for creation and innovation

Mid week update:

The first half of this week has been busy; mostly assembling the tools that we picked up on Saturday, and finalizing the order for our laser cutter (more on that in a later post). The last thing we need to do before we start building shop furniture is get an electrician in to run some 240v lines up from the basement. Once that's done, the dust collector and table saw will be up and running; paving the way for us to build out the work tables and workbenches needed around the shop. 

The wood shop area, slowly taking shape. We really need to add some workbenches.

The wood shop area, slowly taking shape. We really need to add some workbenches.

Our biggest carpentry priority is getting a base built up for the 4x8 cnc to sit on. I'm planning on making a lot of our furniture around the makerspace out of plywood cut on the CNC. UPS delivered the last packages of parts yesterday to build the actual machine (15 total boxes, we have our work cut out for us), so it's time to get moving on the base.

All 15 boxes of CNC parts have now arrived from cncrouterparts.com, and are awaiting assembly.

All 15 boxes of CNC parts have now arrived from cncrouterparts.com, and are awaiting assembly.

Our 3 Printrbots were also delivered yesterday. All three are kits that have to be assembled. One of them is the heated build plate model, allowing it to print ABS, TPE, and other materials that need a heated bed to ensure that they stick. I'll probably get one of them built up later today, as we've started to accumulate a list of things we need printed out for the space. It's all so exciting!!

More boxes of parts :) These ones contain the atoms to build 3 3d printers. Keep an eye out for an upcoming build video of these going together.

More boxes of parts :) These ones contain the atoms to build 3 3d printers. Keep an eye out for an upcoming build video of these going together.