July 2020 Newsletter

Clay McGovernEvents, Making, News, Tools

Message from the president Unfortunately, the 4th anniversary party at “The Grounds” had to be cancelled due to the spike in Covid-19 infections in Montgomery County. Eventually all this will become just a bad memory, but for now it is quite real. Also, you may have heard that Ed Fraini took a nasty fall at home. Bad enough it put him in the hospital for a few days. Ed is the Manager of the Barn Managers and has been doing a great job. Currently, John Buckley has taken on some of Ed’s tasks. We all hope Ed recovers quickly; we miss him at the barn. Even though we are still operating the Barn on a reduced schedule, good things have been happening. For example; Raul did a great job changing the lighting in the shop from fluorescent to LED. It is much brighter in the shop. Thanks, Raul! We have … Read More

June 2020 Newsletter

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Message from the President Things are certainly improving. We now have The MakerBarn open on a limited basis and members can get back to work on their projects. Soon we will be able to relax the access so we can get back to having classes and train new members on the machines. Speaking of machines, the Executive Committee has approved the purchase of two new laser engravers. These units will replace the lasers we currently have. The new machines are 100 watt lasers with 24” x 36” capacity. They use the same controllers as our current machines, so any files you have generated on the old machine will run on the new machines. Only power and speed may change due to the more powerful laser. If you have any ideas for demonstrations or classes post your ideas on Slack. If you would like to teach a class or do a … Read More

May 2020 Newsletter

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Message from the president… April was a tough month. Not being able to open The MakerBarn has been a disappointment. Of course, this is nothing compared to what many of our families are experiencing. Not knowing where the next paycheck is coming from is far more serious. Currently, as of Saturday April 25th, the number of active Covid-19 cases is increasing daily in Montgomery County. This means more people are being diagnosed than recovering. So, we are still on the upward side of the curve. On Thursday, April 30th, the Executive Committee met on Zoom to analyze the situation and plan for the reopening of The MakerBarn. We want to make sure the environment is safe, and that our Barn Managers do not feel compelled to show up for duty. Hopefully, we can post an update later in the newsletter. On the brighter side, some of our members have been … Read More

A Thank You from Freedom House

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A video Thank You from Freedom House to the MakerBarn for the work our members did on the project to build beds for their residents.

MakerMade Market and Repair Cafe

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Join us for the upcoming MakerMade Market and Repair Cafe. It will be held on the MakerBarn property, Saturday, October 12th from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. It’s a chance for makers to sell their products – right before the holiday season, too! Do you make something special like wood or metal products, leather goods, toys, cake toppers, food items, knitting or embroidery articles, 3D printed objects, wearable technology, or something else entirely? A vendor space is $25 per table. You bring your table/chairs/and shade structure. The event is FREE to the public! What is a Repair Cafe? “It is a meeting in which people repair household electrical and mechanical devices, computers, bicycles, clothing, etc. They are organised by and for local residents. Repair Cafés are held at a fixed location where tools are available and where they can fix their broken goods with the help of volunteers. Its objectives are to reduce waste, to … Read More

Notes from Jody Cochran’s 3D Printing Class

Clay McGovernEvents, Making, News, Tools

Notes from the class in PDF format Links Source for downloading models: https://www.thingiverse.com/ Site for designing parts in the browser: https://tinkercad.com Channel for learning Fusion 360: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheKHaug Software we use for slicing at the barn: https://www.simplify3d.com/ Free utility for slicing: https://ultimaker.com/en/blog/52819-new-beta-of-ultimaker-cura-40-now-available

CHOP Bench Build Project

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We had about 20 MakerBarn members volunteer their time and effort to take simple 2×4’s and make them useful pieces of furniture for the Conroe House of Prayer, a church for the homeless. It was a fun and productive morning!

January 2019 MakerBarn Newsletter

Clay McGovernEvents, Making, News, Tools

The Maker’s Mark Ever since people have been making things, they’ve been placing their mark on the item. From the stones in giant buildings to tiny pieces of jewelry. Why? Because they were proud of their work and were willing to show it and they wanted people in the future to know where it came from. The mark was generally hidden, and quite often could only be found by someone else skilled in the trade. If you look at the silicon die inside an Intel 8080 microprocessor chip, you will see the stylized initials “HF”. Hal Feeney was one of the designers of the 8080, and the person who designed the physical layout of the chip. Rumor has it that the Soviets cloned the 8080 by doing a straight copy of the chip’s artwork, including Hal’s maker mark. The maker’s mark is usually not in plain sight. On a chest … Read More

November 2018 MakerBarn Newsletter

Clay McGovernEvents, Making, News

“Man is a tool-using animal. Weak in himself and of small stature, he stands on a basis of some half square foot, has to straddle out his legs lest the very winds supplant him. Nevertheless, he can use tools, can devise tools; with these the granite mountain melts into light dust before him; seas are his smooth highway, winds and fire his unwearying steeds. Nowhere do you find him without tools. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.” Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) I thought the quote above was well related to what The MakerBarn is all about. Availability of the proper tools can greatly expand the capabilities of any person. The shop has been very busy at The MakerBarn. Today, some of our most valuable tools are not hardware, but instead, software. The Maker Barn Fusion Class Autodesk Fusion 360 is a 3D modeling software that comes with … Read More