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Show & Tell - February 7, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Rep Rap Router
R3 stands for RepRap Router, an experimental CNC platform with a few interesting goals. For those unfamiliar with the RepRap project, a RepRap (Reproducing Rapid prototyped) is a self reproducing 3D printer, meaning it can make most of it's own parts, and the R3 has similar goals. Instead of 3D printing (additive manufacturing) the R3 platform is primarily designed for milling (subtractive manufacturing) but it can do both. This means the R3 can be made from and use a wider range of materials than the original RepRap and do much more than plastic deposition.
Craig Berscheidt is a local entrepreneur specializing in on demand manufacturing and design. He is a big personal fabrication buff, experimenting with laser cutters, CNC mills, 3D printers, and vinyl cutters and plotters to make all kinds of creations for fun and profit.
Race Track Data Logger
Track racing is great, But other than following the leader, how can you improve your performance? Lap timers just tell you you were 'better' somehow. How can you actually know. Well by using a motorcycle based data logger / transponder, you can track your every move & compare it to those better than you (If they will let you).
By using GPS, G force, lean angle, braking, etc, you can get a better idea of your overall improvement overtime.
Tom Collins is a regular contributor to our efforts with Make:KC. He is owner of First Street Software company.
We are creating a new Make:KC/Robotics Special Interest Group with times and dates in addition to our normal Build Nights at the HMS Beagle. We want to focus on technologies that are useful for all kinds of robotic projects. Our goal is to include autonomous, radio controlled, battle bots, and other types of robots as well as kinetic art projects and other automation topics. We want to promote Life-Long Learning that include activities of interest to youth and adults both.
We are working with the MCC-BTC Fab Lab to schedule robotics meetings there. Brian Turner, former President of the Kansas City Robotics Society will be there talking about some of his projects including a robotic lawn mower he's built and a quadcopter he's playing with.
Make:KC invites you to come out and get involved with our activities but we depend on help from our community of Makers to keep the group and activities going. We are expanding opportunities with projects and workshops at both the HMS Beagle Science Store and the BTC Fab Lab. Membership with Make:KC has benefits; our members enjoy a 10% discount at the Beagle store on many items. The BTC Fab Lab offers a $10 discount for their monthly memberships with extra savings for quarterly payment.
We offer $25 annual memberships with Make:KC for individuals or $40 annual membership for families. Your membership helps support our research, project planning, outreach activities, and educational efforts.
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