UPDATE: Classes are being delayed until May 6 (Arduinos) and May 13 (Like Unix). Both classes will then be offered in an in-person and online format. Check the resources link for the specific class to see if any materials are needed for the virtual version.
We are using Google Meet for the virtual portions. The link information is below. Be sure to check back before the session to see if the link has changed.
FCW is pleased to announce that classes/training/workshops will resume this month. We are starting off with an Intro to Arduinos class on Thursday, March 18. This will meet at 7PM for 2 hours on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month and will cover the hardware, programming, and applications of the Arduino microcontroller. A description is here. It is an “in person” class.
On the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month the Like Unix sessions will resume. It will meet at 7PM for 90 minutes and cover topics for Unix and unix like systems including Minux, Linux, BSD, IRIX, Solaris, AIX, and Mac-Os (shell). This will be an “in person” and virtual class,
We are still practicing social distancing so the limits are 10, for now. Both classes are free and open to the public. For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
FCW was recently donated a vertical plastic injection molding
machine. The Gluco VS 25 will handle molds about 8×8 inches and several plastic and rubber materials. The machine is wired for 460V but can be reconfigured for 230V. Getting power to it will take some time since it is behind several other projects. After that, FCW should be able to make molds, then plastic parts.
Thanks to Brad, Oscar, and Colin M. for unloading the machine and getting it inside. It was taller than the door so had to be partially disassembled. It was working well when taken out of service and appears to be in good shape.
FCW has been fortunate to have been donated thousands of parts to the Electronics shop. Things start off with the Parts Wall,
containing parts donated by Hackerspace Charlotte, Dallas Makerspace and FCW members. There is a similar one in the Arts & Crafts area containing hardware and mechanical parts
That was later followed by a huge donation from UTC. Three cabinet carousels contain chips, transistors, connectors, relays, and numerous other parts, including a lot of Surface Mount components. These are still being sorted and it will take a while to complete.
UTC also donated an electronics parts cabinet with resistors, capacitors, relays and switches, and an electrical parts cabinet containing conduit fittings, boxes, breakers, outlets, plugs and sockets, and tools. All of these are available for projects, repair, and general learning.
With the lifting of the NC stay at home order on May 8, FCW will resume physical meetings at 3PM on Saturday, May 9, with restrictions.
As suggested by the Nation of Makers group, there will be limits on the number of people in each area to allow social distancing, and there will be no loaning or sharing of PPE. Classroom activities will also be limited. Visitors are welcome to attend any time that someone is in the building. Regular meeting times are Saturdays 3-5PM and Tuesdays 7-9PM.
In order to help prevent the spread of the Covid 19 virus. All Physical meetings of FCW are cancelled until further notice. This includes the regular Tuesday and Saturday meetings; the GDG and Like Unix groups; and any classes/workshops.
Members may still work on projects on an individual basis as long as social distancing is practiced.
Provisions are being made for Virtual meetings. Additional information will be forthcoming.
Here are two additional items donated by Corning. The first is a programmable Heat Treating Furnace. Along with the Hardness Tester, previously donated to the Science Area, this gives FCW a start on manipulating hardness of steel fabrications.
The second item is a RAM EDM. For those not familiar with Electrical Discharge Machining, this machine literally burns holes in metal using electrodes. It is possible to create blind holes of odd shapes, or even create threaded holes in stainless steel.
Both units need some cleaning and wiring. We have the materials, so it is just a matter of time (hopefully short) before they are on-line. Again, many thanks to Corning for the donation.
FCW will host an Open House on Friday, Dec. 7 from 4-9PM and Saturday, Dec 8 from 10AM-6PM. Although visitors are welcome at FCW anytime someone is at the space; at the Open House there will be
Tours of the areas
Much has been done since the previous open house. Demos in Arts & Crafts will include the 3d printers, laser cutters, and CNC mill. The Electronics area will be showing Arduinos, propeller and Raspberry Pis. The Ham Radio station, K4FCW will be operating, and (with any luck) the railroad will be operational.
Primary parking is in the rear. This event is free and open to the public.