Notes from Orientation Class 6/1/17

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Partial Notes by Matthew Hinton Edits by Josh Rhodes

This document is the inception of some simple Standard Operating Procedures

To be greatly expanded on in the future.


  • Wood Band saw
    • check/review blade tension on every use
  • Drill press
    • To get the right speed, move belt to correct pulley
    • tip: place tape on bit to indicate when to stop as to depth. Alternately, there are depth knobs to help w/ this.
  • Angle Grinder
    • support material using a vise or clamps?
    • cutting: begins towards the middle of the material, not the edge.
  • Table saw
    • always use push stick
    • when finished, always put blade down. Always put/move fence on top of blade slot.
  • Belt sander
    • wear gloves
  • Jointer
    • purpose: surfaces one side of wood to serve as a reference.
    • Check depth of on right side dial before using.
    • Keep hands clear and always use push blocks
  • Planer
    • To square a piece use jointer first
    • Always connect the vacuum: the machine has a turbine that THROWS the dust everywhere
    • use knob on top to adjust height
    • place wood in gauge to view depth of cut
    • pull board back out of the gauge
    • then lock it
    • turn on planer. it'll pull board through
  • Shapeoko
    • CNC machine. Computer Numerical Control
    • subtractive manufacturing
    • Easel software drives shapoko (alternative: BCnc)
    • inside software: set depth of material on right
    • uses PNG and JPG high quality for pictures
  • Shapeoko steps:
    • measure material
    • carve material
    • confirm bit
    • zero at bottom left corner of work
    • while off, move the spindle manually, replug power
    • then click carve
    • it cuts each section individually
    • progress bar is in top right of easel
    • it returns to zero at the end of the cut
  • 3D printing
    • Makerbot
      • A "xyz" gantry style 3d printer
    • Locate Thingiverse website to download a model
    • makerbot software for communication with printer
    • .stl files are what both reads in
    • use tinkercad to modify them
  • SeeMeCNC Rostock Max v2
    • A "delta" style 3d printer
    • software used: "Matter Control"
  • GCC Venus Laser Etcher
    • Vector - art made up of lines
    • Bitmap - art made up of pixels
    • Software: Inkscape
      • use this to create shapes
      • Inkscape convert file
      • make picture clean
      • new > import
      • pick JPG
      • make trace bitmap
      • copy > paste into corel draw
    • Corel Draw
      • use "new from template"
      • usable print area: 8.5x11
      • File > Print Properties
      • color: black 50% speed
      • lower power
      • to do a cut, make it a vector.