Tag Archives: FamiLAB
Building a Remote Control Lawn Mower
Every since the movie ‘Honey I shrunk the Kids’ I’ve wanted a remote control lawnmower and some grass shears. Even more so during July in Florida when the temperature and humidity compete for the high point. I always thought about it but never moved on it until a friend gave me a half finished project before he moved out of state. I’m not sure what he was going to build but he kept all the suspension for from the Jazzy mobility scooter (that’s my best guess as to where these […]
Making a Power Wheels Racer at FamiLAB!
For this year’s Maker Faire Orlando, I decided to make a power wheels racer. It was an amazing adventure that anyone who can, should absolutely participate in! Keep scrolling to see a photo log of how it was made and photos from the event! If you have any questions about what was done or how it was done, feel free to ask in the comment section at the end of the post.
Machining Things With the HAAS
Here’s a quick demo video of FamiLAB’s HAAS VF-1 CNC Mill chewing up some aluminum for fun. If you would like to learn more about this machine and all of the other neat tools at the FamiLAB metal shop: Come out to the Open House on the first Tuesday of the month. Attend a Machine Shop night on Fridays after 6. Attend a Machine Shop 101 class, usually held once monthly. Join the lab and spend some quality time in the shop! Attend a Fusion 360 Class and learn how […]
Metal Shop Organization: Lathe Tool Rack
Shortly after having finished the toolholder for the R8/Bridgeport and Cat40/HAAS toolholders (Blog post here!), I was feeling inspired to do something similar on our lathe. I wanted as simple a tool storage solution as possible while remaining within reach. I usually put the tool holders in the drawers under the lathe, but that is slow and inconvenient when enthusiastically machining things. As a result, I usually end up setting them in the chip tray underneath the lathe or on the headstock to the left of the chuck. The problem […]
FamiLAB teaches Arduino and Animatronic Puppets at Orlando Science Center’s Maker Saturday.
Every month leading up to the 2013 Orlando Mini Maker Faire on October 5th, OSC hosts a Maker Saturday. This month the theme was ‘Robots’ and the FamiLAB crew taught Intro to Arduino ‘Blinky’, and was topped off with each student making and controlling their own animatronic puppet. It was huge fun. Dave and the smartest and cutest kid in the world. Mac, Thanks for the awesome pictures.
Intro to Arduino Class – August 2011
On August 27th, FamiLAB held its first “Intro to Arduino” class at Cloudspace. The class sold out over a week in advance, and everyone was able to make it, so we had a full house of new Arduino enthusiasts. The students had a wide range of backgrounds – some with electronics and programming experience, others with no experience, but were curious about how they could use an Arduino in their projects. We even had 2 of the Boy Scouts that came as a follow-up to their Electronics merit badge they […]