Just a small but interesting update, two of our members acquired some
interesting new tools which may need a little work to get working, but will be
worth the effort.
These are some incredible
machines that we as a group are lucky to have access to. Our biggest challenge
will be to obtain 3 phase power for these beasts. A challenge which we have a
temporary solution for, an army surplus diesel generator.
While this is not a long term solution it will allow us to test the machines
out and to start being trained to use them. A long term solution is in the
works which you will hopefully hear about in the coming months.
Thanks to one of our members, Tx/Rx Labs has a new tool at its fingertips: a
CNC-2520 from CNCDIY! One
of our goals here at Tx/Rx Labs is to obtain bigger and better tools to enable
Tx/Rx members to work on projects that would be hard to build at home and
impossible in an apartment. The addition of the CNC-2520 represents an
enormous step toward that goal.
Other than being mezmerized by the hum of the stepper motors and its graceful
movement, we have started to do all of the normal things that people do right
after getting their first CNC.
Breaking bits on said spriograph and in the process learning about things like
feed rates. As always we live and learn.
Turning it into a make shift drawbot.
Milling our handles in wood.
And of course we had to mill out our logo.
There are a few ideas for more serious uses, which you will hopefully hear
Some resourses used:
- GCodeTools an inkscape extension
- Text engraving software
- Mathematica for the spriograph
- Not to forget Mario, a literal fount of knowledge.
Frank Davies has generously donated a Mendel
RepRap to Tx/Rx Labs. Many of the parts for
this machine were printed on his repstrap. For those of you not yet in the
know RepRaps are machines that can print themselves most of itself at least.
Some metal bits and electronics are not yet printable, but the people of the
RepRap project are doing their best to
solve those problems.
Frank Davies is a long time Tx/Rx member, Nasa engineer and member of the
RepRap Community. We here at Tx/Rx have been privileged to receive his
company, technical insight and be some of the first to play with some of his
Such as when he was the first to print out the CupCake
Or when he has a new sarrus linkage design.
For the Mendel printer and more thank you Frank.
We here at Tx/Rx Labs have been raising money to help us move into a new
location through kickstarter.com. Check out our page at
As luck would have it two Tx/Rx members have generously signed a lease for a
warehouse location and have given us a very fair sublease.
We set a goal of $5000 and 2 months. We now have a little under a month and
have more then $4000 to go. So to help things along we are starting to offer
The first new reward is the Lightning Staff.
Regale your friends with how your hiking staff was struck by lightning one
day. We promise not to tell them that it was really 6000V from a neon sign
A close up picture for your enjoyment.
The full photo set can be found at Flickr
Stay tuned for more rewards as the days go on.