FamiLAB’s New Welding Area
Though I’m still very young at welding, I really enjoy it. I think it’s partly the concentration required, partly the art of it, partially the skill and seriousness required, but I enjoy using electricity to meld metals together. FamiLAB has never really had a dedicated welding area; we’ve had a couple of flux core welders and a stick welder, but they’ve mostly sat around unused. We ended up going to http://www.skilledwelding.com.au/ and hiring the best professional welders. The most welding action we’ve seen has been while working on our Power […]
Christmas Crafting at FamiLAB
FamiLAB: not just for hackers! On Saturday, November 21, we got crafty in the lab classroom and made Christmas ornaments. The main project was a felt “hobby horse” candy cane cover. We also made clothespin reindeer ornaments. As the photo shows, every horse was totally unique; some (like the felt Cthulhu) more unique than others. We had a great time and will definitely offer other crafting workshops in the future. Check back regularly to see what’s coming up! (Thanks to Artemisia for the content/post!)
Altamonte-Wekiva Springs Life Article
Chip Colandreo, the Associate Publisher of Altamonte-Wekiva Springs Life Magazine, came out to visit FamiLAB and learn about who we are and what we do. As a result of that visit and subsequent ones for pictures and interviews, a great article was written! Check out the story about the “Makers’ Mecca” on page 20.
Arduino-controlled home network closet temperature logging and exhaust fan.
About a week ago I lost internet. For some people, this is a daily occurrence. For me, not so much. I went to try the usual unplug-everything-and-plug-it-back-in procedure, and found two things: 1. My router was stuck in bootloader mode for no apparent reason, and 2. My closet I keep my server, modem, router, and other network gear in was warm. Really, really warm. After leaving the door open and router unplugged for a little while, it started functioning again. This weird bootloader issue has happened once before, but I […]
Off-Grid Omelettes (Or, Solar Stove on the Cheap)
As we are always fans of omelette bars at ribbon cuttings, eggs needed to be cooked for newlab. As a projection tv was about to be thrown out, Lindsay and I looked online for open plans to build a deathray. Projection TVs have built into each screen a fresnel lens. This allows you to collect around a square meter of the Sun’s energy and focus it on a single point, like any smaller, safer magnifying glass can. We found Grant Thompson’s videos on YouTube documenting his fresnel frame build and used his plans for […]
Build-Out Update: Videos!
Hi, all! Things have certainly been busy here at FamiLAB as we continue to work extremely hard on our new space. We’ve got most of our drywall up and mudded, the electrical is coming along nicely, the networking is looking great, and so many things are coming together. Our landlord, Dave Woods, has continued taking and posting a lot of videos of our progress. We’ve been linking them in the members-only section of our forums, but we’ve had non-members come out to help, too (thanks, guys!), so we wanted to […]
FamiLAB 1.5x Buildout Update
Hey guys! we’ve all been working hard on building our new space over the last few months. Dave Woods, has compiled this video so far of our progress, showcasing some of the more amusing moments some of you might have been there to witness. Leave some comments and let us know what you think! If you’ve got some time, we could always use any and all kinds of help to continue moving forward. We’re generally working on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays and can put people of all skill levels and […]
We’re Moving! (next door)
Why move? Three years ago FamiLAB took a big step in its growth and moved from a small 400 sq/ft storage facility to our current 4000 sq/ft location. At the time we had less than 30 members and having 10x the space was a huge step. Since then our membership has grown to over 70 members and we have added a number of new, large tools. Needless to say, our current space is getting a bit cozy. An opportunity to move to a larger unit within the same building has […]