Expect some news soon about impending non-profit status, this will require some organizational changes that will mainly affect non-members. Announcements will be made soon in the discussion list once some details are finalized.
In the meantime, check out flying toasters.
Here is a recent project involving a Raspberry Pi that scans barcodes, then will populate a grocery list. So you scan the item when it is almost empty or just before you throw the item away. It will look the code up, populate the list, and you can teach it new codes, if none exist.
One of our members recently obtained an oscilloscope and modded/hacked it.
Below is his guide:
Step 1: buy oscilloscope
Step 2: upgrade oscilloscope
Step 3: there is no step 3
Austin was on NPR as an "occasional regular".
First off, congratulations to The Forge on their grand opening! They seem to have a very large and nice community work space for the maker community in the Triad.
Anyone who has visited this site recently may have noticed we haven't updated the site lately with any new content for quite a while. The problem with a community made up of INTJ's is we aren't often motivated to say a lot, but FabLocker is still active and running as well as ever. It's still a small, close knit group of members who are invariably coming by to work on or get advice on various personal projects or just discuss like interests. We've been humming along quietly and consistently in the past year or so and mostly keeping to ourselves but still available to those in the community that have a need for a place like ...
As most of you are aware Fablocker's funding is good enough to break even on rent and internet most months. We've been discussing a number of ways to increase funding so that we can have a general fund for tools, incidentals, and save up enough to finally get our 501(c)(3). With a full federal non-profit status we would be open up to grants, sponsorship, and generally be better able to solicit donations of tools and/or money from people.
Neil Underwood (founding member and admin for RepRap.org) and Austin Wilson (FabLocker member and international man of mystery), took time off of their busy schedule of setting things on fire to perfect an original technique for ABS smoothing and recently posted a simple guide on the RepRap blog (and still managed to find a way to set something on fire in the process). In it, they present a cheap and effective method for using acetone to give 3D printed objects a "vapor bath" resulting in an easily obtained smooth finish similar to that of injection molded plastic.