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.
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.
On Saturday, June 23 starting at 2PM through Sunday, June 24 at 2PM, FCW’s Amateur Radio station, K4FCW will participate in Field Day.
Sponsored by the ARRL, Field Day is set up as a contest to make contacts all across the US and Canada. It allows Hams to set up portable/emergency equipment for practice and provides an opportunity to introduce Ham Radio to new people.
K4FCW will be operating to introduce persons to Ham Radio. If you are a Ham, or interested in Ham Radio, come by (it is a 24 hour event), and “get your feet wet” on long distance radio communications. Our antenna system is still being rebuilt, since the fire, but we will be operating.
Contact Michelle, kd4ytu at firstname.lastname@example.org or (828) 754-5002 for more details.
It has been a long journey since the fire on July 21 last year, but FCW has, for the most part, recovered nicely. On “Star Wars Day”, Friday May 4, from 4-9PM and Saturday, May 5 from 9AM-6PM. FCW will be having an Open House celebrating the re-Opening of several areas for usability. The areas ready for use are:
Electronics – includes electrical, analog and digital electronics, microprocessors, robotics, computers, networks, automation, PLCs, soldering, and Internet of Things.
Arts & Crafts – includes the former stagecraft and fabrication areas: model shop (wood, metal, plastic and glass), sewing, laser cutting, 3d printing, sets, props, costumes, special effects, lighting, sound, video, animation, and VR.
K4FCW- the Amateur Radio station.
Classroom – set up for 20 participants.
Computers/robotics/gaming – includes general computing and all kinds of games.
Computer Museum – various vintage computers.
Lounge – a place to relax.
Woodshop – includes woodturning, woodworking, construction, and CNC routing.
As usual, with the Open Houses, there will be food, tours, demos and activities. One special activity this time is a retro-gaming which includes vintage computer games, console games, and arcade games.
The address is 141 N. Main St, Granite Falls, phone 828-212-0930. This event is free and open to the public.