If we get a dusting of snow this year, there will be at least one person with a massive smile on his face. Stuart, one of our members and founder of NADHack – Newbury and District Hackspace – will be poised and ready to launch his ski-bike on an unsuspecting world.
No, nothing dangerous-looking about that
It started out life as a cheap aluminium-framed Reebok-branded full suspension bike. All mechanical components were removed (some quite forcefully!) and the brake mountings, shifter mounting etc were ground off. The pedal shaft was replaced with an arrangement of steel angle which was ground into the footpeg shape and welded using the Kempi MIG welder. The footpegs are exceedingly strong!
Simon Green has put together some amazing interactive shots of our facilities (although they are still a work in process!). Simon backed the Galileo Kickstarter and was after quite a while delivered one of these amazing devices that took the views you can see embedded below.
Here we have our community room, this is where we hang out on Wednesdays and work on projects from software and hardware development. As you can see there is a whole host of electronic scopes, soldering stations, wires, cables, components and desktop PC’s.
In our machine room members have access to laser cutters, CNC machine, vinyl cutter and multiple 3D printers.
Our downstairs workshop with tons of room has equipment for woodwork and metal work with chop saws, a Harrison Lathe, pillar drills, band saws, bench grinders… you name it and it’s probably here – if it’s not post on our mailing list and a member can usually find you it!
Barnaby turned down some brass hex bar on our new lathe creating a threaded nozzle from scratch with a ø2mm hole 11.5mm deep. The results were amazing you can read all about how Barnaby produced the nozzle on our wiki here http://rlab.org.uk/wiki/RepRap_Nozzle.
What do you do when you need a hose adaptor for a band saw to your hover and you just took delivery of a nice shiny lathe and someone upstairs is playing with welding acrylic?
Well you hack an adaptor of course..
See parts 1 – 6 on the youtube channel above.
Lathe is safely in its new home! Also came with a pillar drill, sand blaster and a power saw!
Richard for making it all happen
Ryan for swearing lots
Jon HK for the van and being well on it
Scott the chief hydraulics operator
Barnaby for heavy lifting
Gary for light entertainment