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16 Mar 2019

Heading to the shop today to start recording some lockpicking videos for my YouTube channel and to promote lockpicking night at the shop on Mondays.

Also going to record a hackerspace tour video of the whole shop. Las Vegas is known for DEFCon and Blackhat but I don't see too many SynShop's videos on YouTube like other hackerspaces. So hopefully I can help do some promotion of the shop on YouTube.

05 Mar 2019

Well after getting my membership to SynShop, I got onto the shops Discord channel to hang out and get to know a few people. It has been pretty exciting. At least when everyone's chatting...LOL

Granted, being self-employeed I don't just hangout waiting for someone to say something either. So if you want to get someone's attention you hace to address then by there name in the chat. Just prefix the name with '@' and it will let them know someone's addressing them. Naturally most people reading this here would know that so maybe I should make this post on my own blog...

Hello everyone,

Just signed up tonight and got on the Discord chat channel. Can't wait to meet everyone and see what you all are doing. Also I'll be helping out to improve SynShop too.

Hope to meet everyone and can't wait to check things out.

I am trying to find someone that can give my son some pointers or guidance on making good welds. He has been doing metal work, now needs to start attaching pieces together cleanly. Not my specialty. 

25 Feb 2018

Hello!!!

 

Apparerently there's a blog spot on here!! 

 

*waves*

More documentation....

RetinaEngrave

The cardinal rule of RetinaEngrave is that it's stupid.  If, at any point, you are doing something and the thought occurs that 'the software should know', stop right there because it probably does not. Some things I discovered that might save others some headache, frustration, and wasted time/materials:

Until I can get wiki access, some documentation here in case it helps other people.

Adobe Illustrator is a fairly common vector art tool, but its not available at SynShop.  The computer hooked up to the laser cutter has both CorelDraw and Inkscape on it if you are familiar with either, though as an Illustrator user I found both to be lacking in features I needed and confusing.  Both of those programs seem to print reasonably well into RetinaEngrave via the Full Spectrum driver, but AI seems to have issues.

Helpful Tips and Useful Info:

The gate track is done at Shadetree Shelter, thanks to all who helped out, i'll bring the dunnage back monday night.

16 Sep 2017

Notes to myself on this:

  • Get a wiki login
  • Get on with applying for vetted membership
  • Write documentation for importing images for cutting on the Silhouette cameo
  • Quick machine checklist? Not that the cameo has a ton of space on it...
  • Prod whoever about the Cameo software update if it hasn't been done already
  • Write a How-to for designing files for the laser cutter in Adobe Photoshop
  • Write a How-to for doing a Engrave and Cut on the laser seeing as the nice checklist helpfully wipes out your settings in the middle...

I made the labeled wall plate pictured below at SYN Shop the other day with help from two other members. To make it, I took a 2-gang wallplate made out of unfinished wood, engraved labels on it using the laser cutter, and then stained it with Watco Danish oil. It only took a few hours! I plan to redo this project using a birch wallplate instead, and hopefully I will get a lighter color. Also, I will try putting a polyurethane coating on it to make the surface smooth to the touch, because this one is rough.

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