If you are a member or a visitor of the Rochester Makerspace, you may have noticed a growing collection of loose wood pieces cluttering the corner of the woodshop.
Jonathan Homer of the Boy Scouts, Troop 122, offered to help solve this problem, by working with the Rochester Makerspace to build a wood storage cart for its woodshop.
Jonathan directed a small team of 3-5 people per meeting to complete the project in 4 months. There were 3 phases in this project, presenting the proposal to the Board of Directors, the plan to complete the project and a report given to the Eagle Scouts.
Jonathan and his team focused on sturdiness and craftsmanship when assembling the cart, and even added a safety feature to prevent heavy boards of wood from tipping over the side of the cart. It is estimated that the storage cart can hold up to 2000 pounds!
He says that this project has helped him learn how to lead better, and develop his time management skills.
Jonathan presented the cart on October 3rd to the Board, and is soon to give the final report to the Eagle Scouts.
A big THANKS goes out to Jonathan and his team for building a wood storage cart for the Rochester Makerspace!
PRISM (Powered Rube Goldberg Incredible Smoothie Machine) was a project of elementary and middle school kids at the Rochester Makerspace. Created by kids, with limited help and guidance from adults, over the course of a few Saturdays, PRISM was an opportunity to learn and use all that our makerspace has to offer.
The presentation demonstrated how to roll out clay, and many tools used to create designs and textures. It drew quite a crowd!!
The class taught the basics of using a jewelry saw to cut shapes and patterns out of metal sheets.
Our students were hard at work!
We had a great turnout for session 2 on April 30, and boy were these kids enthusiastic!
Our free training class for members allowed makers and novices alike to become experienced with our table saw, band saw, jointer, surface planer, scroll saw, disk sander and drill press. Wow!
Much thanks to all of our generous donors, members and guests alike!
We have received a very exciting donation to our machine shop! The Bridgeport milling machine is a very significant piece of machinery in the world of manufacturing. This is because of its versatility. It can, and has, for decades performed a variety of tasks with amazing precision!
The Bridgeport, or simply, “Mill” as it is often referred, has a digital reader to aid in precise work. It can cut metal, including steel as well as plastic and wood with extreme accuracy. The Mill can be used to create brackets to mount such things as tools, fishing rods, and racks, and is often used in the manufacture of automobiles.
Eastman Kodak has used Bridgeport Mills to build cameras. Stay tuned for more news on the newest addition to our machine shop!
America’s Greatest Makers is a new TV show where makers work in teams to invent game-changing technology all for a chance at a $1 million prize!!
The season premiere is scheduled for Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 at 9:00pm ET/PT.
Who knows? If you enter, all your creative enginuity may really pay off!
Of course, watching will probably be pretty inspiring and a lot of fun too.