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Sunday, December 3, please join us for Ornament Hacking!

A few examples of ornament designs ready for the laser printer:

 

Sample Ornaments for the Laser
Sample Ornaments

 

 

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At Arch Reactor we were disappointed to hear that TechShop is seeking bankruptcy protection and has closed all their locations, including their St Louis location in Cortex. We know how important being able to use TechShop's workspace and equipment was to their members, many of whom relied on those facilities to do work for their small businesses.

 

If you are a member of TechShop who is now looking for a new workshop, we'd like to welcome you into the Arch Reactor community! We don't have all of the equipment that TechShop had, but we do have a laser cutter, 3D printers, and a variety of woodworking and metalworking tools.

 

 

Please see our calendar for times when our space will be open and feel free to come get a tour and meet members at any event. We'll be having an Open House on Sunday, November 19 at 7:00pm, which would be a fine time for TechShop members to visit and learn more about Arch Reactor. The space is also opened at other times unscheduled. See "Space Status" on the right side of our home page to see whether the space is open at the current time.

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Show Me Show Off is coming on September 30! Our yearly party to show off who we are and all the cool stuff we make! Sign up today!

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/show-me-show-off-tickets-37551093331?aff=ampmlt

 

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Note:  Eclipse Glasses will be available at Arch Reactor at the following dates/times:

Tuesday, August 15, from 6:30pm - close

Saturday, August 19, from 12:30pm - 4:30PM

Suggested price is $1/pair

Eclipse Glasses are sold-out at most of the NASA-Approved Vendors, so this sight is all too common.

One of our AR Members purchased glasses last fall and still has many available.  

Please be safe watching the eclipse!    All glasses at AR are from NASA-Approved Vendors!

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We're going to Maker Faire Kansas City! Check the forums for more information!

 

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Arch Reactor's newest tool, a 16" swing South Bend metal lathe, has now been positioned and powered. With its addition Arch Reactor's metal shop is mostly complete. Between the lathe, mill, and welding equipment we now have all the machinery needed to repair and build upgrades for all of our equipment, as well as bring our projects to the next level. Between the machines we can now cut threads, gears, bushings, and precision pieces

Please do not use it if you have not been trained. This machine is dangerous... like remove your arm dangerous. If you have been trained on a metal lathe it is operational and available for use. Please note the chuck tool DOES NOT have a self-ejecting feature. My first project will be to lighten it and add a spring so it can't be left in the chuck, but for now if you use the machine, TRIPLE check you did not leave it there. Classes for its operation will begin soon; keep an eye on the calendar and meetup.com for them to be posted.

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AR Members and Guests created some beautiful Pysanky in 2017!

Full Gallery at:  https://archreactor.org/photos/pysanky-2017

Watch the AR Calendar for your chance to learn how to decorate amazing eggs!  

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Thanks go to Derek for the demonstration of spray paint space art

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Arch Reactor will be hosting several Pysanky (Ukrainian Egg) workshops in April.   Stop by and decorate your own beautiful egg.

April 2:  2pm - 9pm

April 4 - 7pm - 10pm (with break for the business meeting)

April 9 - 2pm - 9pm

April 11 - 7pm - 10pm

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Supplies will also be available for independent work between April 2 - 11 whenever the space is open

 

 

More information including a detailed powerpoint on the process at:  https://archreactor.org/project/pysanky-eggs

 

Please plan on a minimum of 3 hours to make an egg.  There's a lot of "waiting time" in this craft, thus it's easy to complete two eggs in nearly the same amount of time as making one.  

 

Not suitable for younger children.  

 

 

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