Vacuum Former is Alive!

By Brad Walsh on

Just in time for Halloween, the vacuum former created its first parts today for member Bill.


Bill was making a case for an old TI computer. It turned out awesome and Bill showed us some of the tricks for making a good vacuum formed part.

We survived CinMaker Faire 2017

By Brad Walsh on

Thanks to everyone that helped at the Cincinnati MiniMaker Faire 2017.
We tossed some basketballs on Saturday and did many Learn to Solder lessons Saturday and Sunday.


Because of the rain on Sunday we did not setup the Trebuchets outside, we setup one to be balanced with a watermelon by the LTS booth. :)
The teardown was interesting but we were able to disassemble both Trebuchets and fit them (and the LTS stuff) in our minivan. Since it was raining we elected to do the unload on Tuesday before the meeting.


Thanks again to everyone that helped out! I think it was a good time and we made some kids day a bit more special. (Especially the one that we made cry). ;)

Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire 2017

By Brad Walsh on


Hive13 will be part of the upcoming Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire October 7th and 8th at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds.

We will be demonstrating Will's Trebuchet (currently launching basketballs over 80ft) and a Learn to Solder station to make blinky badges.
It would be nice to have some touchy projects that we can show off at the LTR booth. Maybe some cool 3D prints.
Feel free to come down and volunteer to man the basketball chucker or the LTS booth (you can get free admission). :)

Power Tool Drag Racing (PTDR) setup test May 6 10:00a-3:00p

By Brad Walsh on

Let's test out the PTDR stuff this Saturday!

We have the first PTDR event Friday May 19th at Building Value (just up the street) from 7:00-11:00pm.
We should check out all the gear to make sure we don't need to fix or order anything.
We will need to get the stuff down from the pallet shelving and assemble the mini track to test the electronics/lights/signs.

Might even run some racers just to make sure everything works. :)

Mill and Lathe Certification Classes - May 13th

By Brad Walsh on

Using the Mill

When: Saturday May 13, 2017 10am to 12pm.

Description: Hive member Brad Walsh will be doing an introduction to using the mill. Learn what the mill does and how it can be used. A small ($10) donation is requested to cover the cost of materials, which will go home with you (an endmill and a chunk of aluminum to continue to improve your milling skills).

Using the Lathe

When: Saturday May 13, 2017 1p to 3pm.

Description: Hive member Brad Walsh will be doing an introduction to using the metal lathe. Learn what it does and how it can be used. Maybe you can even mill threads on a bolt! A small ($5) donation is requested to cover the cost of materials (aluminum piece and carbide insert).

Both Events require basic machine safety gear

•Substantial shoes (no sandals or open toe) Hot metal chips can hurt.

•Long hair pulled back in a ponytail.

•No hand jewelry (rings, watches).

•Eye protection (safety glasses can be provided).

•Prefer no long sleeves, they can be rolled up though.

•Idea is to not have anything to catch on the spinning tool/part and pull you into the process.

2929 Spring Grove Ave

Cincinnati, Oh 45225