Protolab

a Shared workshop for creation and innovation

A long overdue update:

Okay, so it's been WAY too long since the last time I updated this. Things have been very very busy over the last 8 weeks getting Protolab ready to open. But finally, it's almost there.

We've painted a little over half of the building since moving in. Adam and Dash (from the toronto maker community) re-wired just about everything in the building, on top of running a few 220 lines to the shop upstairs to run the bigger tools.

The big 4x8 CNC is almost finished; the frame is built and square, and everything seems to move very smoothly. I've just got the control box and motor drivers to finish wiring up, and I'm still waiting on a liquid cooling system for the spindle to arrive off ebay. So it should be up soon...Hopefully.

The protolab main workshop is coming along nicely. It's still a little disorganized, but once we have another workbench or two built up; everything should have a proper home in the shop.

The protolab main workshop is coming along nicely. It's still a little disorganized, but once we have another workbench or two built up; everything should have a proper home in the shop.

The little Zenbot CNC has been moved in and is up and running. Right now I'm in the process of building a new computer to drive it. The old one is, well, old. It's crashed on me a couple of times during cuts, and occasionally it misses steps due to the processor being overloaded.

Components of the new computer for the 16x24 Zenbot CNC. 

Components of the new computer for the 16x24 Zenbot CNC.