The Hive's new VacuForm machine has arrived!

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The Hive's very own Carol Merrill (a.k.a. Bill) is showing our new VacuForm machine. It shipped from California in two boxes and it was quickly unboxed and assembled earlier tonight. It is a CentroForm EZForm LV 1827. There are two 1500 watt (3000 watt total) fused 110VAC 15A heaters built into the top. The two power cords should be plugged into separate 15A circuits. The plastic sheet size is 20-14" x 30-1/4" and the forming area is 18" x 27" with 9-11" depth of draw based on mold geometry. Typical forming plastics include styrene and ABS in .020" to .040" and even .090" thicknesses. It came with a formed test sheet example. A starter tool project page has been created on the Wiki [link]. Show up at an upcoming meeting and join the team that will complete the installation and determine the start-up and certification procedures for this new tool.

Tuesday, June 13, 2016, 7:30 pm - Pumpking Chucking!!!

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Where can you turn after four seasons of Power Tool Drag Racing burn out? How about a new take on an old classic and taking Pumpkin Chucking to a new level? A group of Hive members has been considering to ROCK this October's Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire with a new and different version of an old school, large-scale activity. Who wouldn't want to be a trebuchet owner-operator? We have been researching all available YOU-TUBE technology and had even gone one-up by begging THE local experts from our fair city to share their hard earned trade secrets with us.

Yeah, it is way-too-short, last-minute notice, but if you snooze you loose and righteous persistence always pays off. So we are now proud to announce that tonight, Tuesday, June 13, at the 7:30 pm business meeting, Mark Lorenz, from the World Famous Mount Washington Stanbery Park Pumpkin Chuckers will hold a public talk on his team's prior prolific experience in lobbing large vegetables during general public community events.

By the way, the above stock image is of the Warwick Castle Siege Engine, a somewhat lesser (but still interesting) effort that can be seen on YouTube at this link.

Members, guests, first-time-walk-ins, and all those interested to learn more are welcome tonight, June 13, at the 7:30pm business meeting. Find Us.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 7:30 pm - 3D design for 3D printing

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Is your world of 3D printing projects limited to just downloading someone else's designs from Thingaverse? Are you itching to design your own awesome 3D printed creation (like this gyrovoronoid) but don't know where to start? This introductory talk and discussion is for YOU!

Join us this Tuesday, September 12, after the 7:30 pm business meeting, when member Mike Horwath leads an introductory talk and discussion on 3D design for 3D printing. He'll cover topics such as which 3D software is best for what kinds of designs and how to stage your design for best printing. He may even explain what a gyrovoronoid is.

Members, guests, first-time-walk-ins, and all those interested to learn more are welcome on Tuesday, September 12, after the 7:30pm business meeting. (Find Us).

Hive13 runs Learn 2 Solder at the Clermont Public Library Maker Festival on June 18

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A team from Hive13 ran our Learn 2 Solder activity at the Clermont County Public Library's Maker Festival this past June 18. Several hundred area kids and their parents soldered up their own Hive13 battery-powered, blinky LED, magnetic circuit board badges. With all the molten metal excitement, it was hard to tell what lit up brighter, the blinky LEDs or the kids' or the parents' eyes. We planted some seeds, all had a good time, and no one got hurt.

Volunteer members from Hive13 have been running this program as one of our community outreach activities since forever. The activity project page is on our wiki.

Drilling - The HOLE truth, Tuesday, August 9, 7:30pm

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Are you a neophyte maker that does know to respect and protect the Hive's shared tooling; but doesn't yet have the experience to know the detailed DO's and DON'TS? We are here to give you a HOLE lot of knowledge. Making a hole seems easy enough, but getting good results in different materials (woods, plastics, soft, and hard metals) is quite a bit more involved than one might first think. We want you to be SAFE and gain skills. We also want our shared tooling investment to be USED, easily RE-USED by all, and NEVER ABUSED! Don't be an ignorant schmuck that either hurts yourself or ruins things for your fellow maker members.

Join us this Tuesday, August 9, after the 7:30 pm business meeting, when CNC Area Warden Brad Walsh leads an open discussion on best practices for drilling holes in different materials. Learn that DRILLING is not BORING. Go deep on-your-own at other web links such as (this).

Members, guests, first-time-walk-ins, and all those interested to know the HOLE truth are welcome this Tuesday, August 9, after the 7:30pm business meeting. (Find Us).

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