8 months 3 weeks ago
Thank you KlickKlack Print. Great to see laser cutter been put to good use
We designed and made these wooden etched signs for the St.Davids pollinator trail
9 months 1 week ago
GREEN ENERGY HACK Nicky and Steve at The Pembrokeshire Remakery cic have an exercise bike that they think could make an interesting project to generate green electricity. Are there any takers? It's free if you can collect. It is very strong and sturdy with a large front wheel and good working brakes. You would need to connect an alternator to generate electricity. They have pictures but I cannot get them to copy here. If interested suggest you contact them via Remakery face book page
Here is one image, I have more and will try and post a few. The exercise bike is located at our cabin in Letterston. Old Station Yard, Station Road, Letterston, SA62 5RY opposite the farmers co op and we are open tomorrow between 10am and 4pm if anyone would like to come along to look/collect.
9 months 1 week ago
New activity last night: using Sheet CNC to turn a black and white image into a 3D relief
Ian had his first play with the vinyl cutter last week. Teardrop kit prototype 3 (CNC router been busy)
One of our younger members has been busy. Great start! Anyone else out there secretly working on something exciting? We'd love to hear.
11 months 4 days ago
Fab Lab Pembrokeshire shared Patrick Thorn & Co's post.
Fab Lab Pembrokeshire
Just got our new Roland DG UK CAMM-1 with training.
11 months 1 week ago
So "#girlswithdrills" we need a "girls with CNC routers" T-shirt. This is the scale you need if you have aspirations to make the DIY Ikea grow room.
Antweights made it through another two hours of fun yesterday at Pembroke Dock Millenium Falcon Festival but fingers well and truly crossed after last weekends thrashing. And poor old cats lost their tails but "we can rebuild him" time permitting...
One of the main disadvantages of running an activity at MakerFaire is that you don't get a chance to see the other stands but spotted a few things in a run round prior to opening. Waterlight Graffiti LED notice board, brilliant zoetropes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaI3ZFs_oEc), balloon popping robot game (wish we'd thought of that) Pi wars winners on display and animatronic cakes (yes really weird). This is but a tiny tiny fraction of what was there. If you use twitter #makerfaireuk will give more of a taste.
The Antweight battlebots took 14 hours of continuous play at Newcastle Makerfaire last weekend: some serious testing! Seven started in the arena day 1 -two were limping around end of day 2 (going to have to work on servo protection!) Proved very very popular with all ages so hopefully we have sparked enthusiasm for tech building. Supposed to be at Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre next Saturday but some serious repair work will be needed first..........
1 year 4 weeks ago
Introducing the masterplan to a new group of robot builders from a local school and testing out a guided intro to Fusion software developed for this project (first attempt on the screen). Old hands busy on the soldering benches (plans afoot to get a proper electronics station funded- fingers crossed). Finally one for the remakers out there: an experiment to print a replacement switch for a kettle!
1 year 1 month ago
After a quiet start to the year tech support found himself on the run this evening. Quite a few new faces come to have a taster plus some more developed projects including this arduino controlled robot experimenting with distance sensors
Fab-Lab is on tomorrow. Gareth (fusion 360 tuition) is standing in for Ian and if there is interest Gary (electronics) will be taking an old Tomtom apart in a discovery session.
Wednesday Fab-Lab club- please check session is on before travelling. Ian B sounding rough today so may not make it.
If there are any keen builders out there Pembrokeshire Robot Builders Club is starting to release downloads on the http://fablabpembrokeshire.org/pembrokeshire-robot-builders-club/ site
If you need a shelf for your airing cupboard why go down the traditional slatted route when you could cut this on Sheet CNC?
Hopefully going to Maker Faire with these. See http://fablabpembrokeshire.org/pembrokeshire-robot-builders-club/ for more info
If you are wondering why we are so excited about 3D printing here's an introduction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcTzyx35odY&app=desktop&utm_content=buffer1fcef&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
There is a lot of talk about how 3D printing could revolutionise the way that we make stuff. But what is 3D printing and how does 3D printing allow us to mak...
Thank you Ra. We are going to have to find somewhere special to display this. Acrylic cut on a Sheet CNC.
Seriously competitive prototype testing this evening + some bugs to fix for software updates on the remotes....getting there hopefully! May be taking this project to Maker Faire
Fab Lab may have been having a holiday but makers never rest. Flipbot is live and looking for better competition than poor old Shovel. If you know anyone who could or should have made a New Year resolution to build robots in 2018 persuade them to come and help.
One completed and installed Fab Lab Christmas doorway! where theres a will (and a laser cutter and a CNC router), theres a way! Thanks for the help Ian Anne Beaver
Happy Christmas from Fab-Lab. The Elves have been busy these last few weeks but there is still a bit to do for those small magical people who need a doorway into another world!
Designed at Fab-Lab, cut on sheetCNC: the beginnings of a party entrance for small magical people
Really great to see a full house of tech makers tonight. Enthusiastic robot builders new and old + new members from this and last week having a very laser Christmas
Congratulations to Team Strawberry. They have imagined a robot, mastered the design software, printed the casing, cast the tyres, soldered up the control system and Ta Da- their creation is up and running
Good to see some new faces in for a brief tour and taster session tonight- hope they will be back for more! 3 D printers busy - a modification to the dust extractor for sheet CNC and a speaker to match one made last week
Sheet CNC not just for big projects: here it is cutting a controller circuit board which some young robot builders used for a first attempt at soldering last night. Busy creating their own remote control units.
Various projects on the go tonight; first flight tests for a member designed drone, christmas decorations on the laser cutter, soft robotics experiment (working to produce a squishy lego compatible grabber) and fun with a synthesiser as a prelude to some circuit bending.
While Strand Kat is away Sheet CNC gets to play- looks like a bit of a replication game today. What could you make on this?
Fab Lab on show at Big Bang Pembrokeshire today. Antweight battlebots, drones, the ketchup robot and an experiment with neopixels simulating balls bouncing on different planets!
Evening session at Fab Lab. Laser cutting experiments (moths). A giant moth "scaffold" cut on the CNC milling machine being assembled for Big Bang event (see Rustic Revolution page for 31st May if you want to see it in action at a show). A gear box from design to 3D print and busy roboteers printing parts and programming control systems.
Who might you find in a Fab Lab? Inventors, engineers, designers, dreamers and tinkerers of all ages. If this sounds like you, or someone you’d like to be, get in touch and come and have a look.
One of the first Pembrokeshire Fab-Lab volunteer mentors, Ian, started out as an aeronautical engineer. Ironically a manned flying vehicle is probably one of the few things that has yet to emerge from the shed although he is watching Elon Musk’s SpaceX programme with interest. He’s built a couple of unique cars, designed and fitted out two homes and come up with some innovative approaches to whatever challenges life has provided eg improved visibility for nocturnal kayakers. His most recent adventures were kick started by a van to camper conversion: it would have been a much easier process with access to a full size CNC milling machine so he put his mind to building one. He has one of these at home now and has installed another in the Fab-Lab for anyone to use. Once he’d got this up and running he decided to see what he could do with it. Fascinated by the StrandBeests of Theo Jansen ( definitely worth a google) he incorporated the walking mechanism into a radio-controlled automatum. Even he was amazed that he could cut the body and the controller circuit boards on the same machine. He is currently using his milling machine to prototype a teardrop caravan.
Ian has over ten years experience of bringing to life the designs of a very exacting client. Initially these were largely inspired by the Cracking Contraptions of Wallace and Gromit and were not, it has to be admitted, fully functional. However, far more professionalism has crept into the projects with time and they now crawl, drive, hover, float, and fly with ease. Ian is often relegated to the role of technical advisor and increasingly has to fall back on the client’s expertise. The Pembrokeshire Robotics Club (http://mechanicalcat.org/) is a spin off from this collaborative relationship.
1 year 7 months ago
Fab Club tonight, 5.30 till 8 ish, I'll be there to welcome and am working on my own killer robot and stuff, no Ian tonight, he's on hols!
Fab Lab Pembrokeshire volunteer Ian Beaver has constructed the amazing KRAB seen today at Lawrenny fish festival!
Meet KRAB from the fabulous Fab Lab Pembrokeshire! 🦀 at the first Lawrenny Fish Festival.