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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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Stop by Arch Reactor on Sunday, February 12, to make "Magic Wands"     You may make one or more for yourself or donate your creations to an upcoming Arch Reactor Fundraiser.

Please note that this style of wand-making involves hot-glue.   Children are welcome but must be Closely Supervised by their parent/guardian.

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There was excitement, competition and mass destruction. The football game was also pretty good. Two hours of destruction created a huge amount hackable material. In the end many teams competed but only one could win.  Here are the winning entries:
 
 
 
 
 
1st Place: James His robot scored well in creativity, functionality, and hack factor categories. Prize $100 gift card to Microcenter Computer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2nd Place: Derek Sigler and Family. This walking robot embodied all of Derek’s enthusiasm, and scored well in creativity, functionality and extra points for making a walker. Prize nVidia Jetson development board.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3rd Prize: Nathan Shrenk and Family. This robot scored points for use of LEDs and hacking it out of a gaming controller. Prize Second Robotics robot controller board.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4th Prize: Jordan Mann and Family. Brand new to the Space, this team learned soldering, hacking, and what Arch Reactor is all about. Scored points for creativity, passionate hacking, and making the eyes light up. Prize Arduino Starter Pack.
 
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I have recently finished a new and improved version of the Pixybots. Presenting Pixybots v2.3. The original program has been fine tuned to be more responsive. The robot also has may other features including a upgraded laser cut chassis, deans power connectors, pan/tilt head, and IR cliff detection in the front. If you have not seen the Pixy robots before there is alot of information on the orginal version in the projects page. 

Here is a short clip of them in action enjoy!

https://youtu.be/mZfjZUbJNQ8

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