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Join us for our basic metal working workshops. There will be instruction and collaboration for new people. Bring your metal projects and beverages to drink afterwards. This will be a free form event the second Friday of every month.

BECAUSE OF PROXIMITY TO THE HOLIDAYS, THE DECEMBER MEETING IS CANCELLED!!!

Exciting News!!! Starting in January we are going to channeling our inner hacker. We will be using things as they were never intended. Focus will be on salvaging, up-cycling, and reusing donated materials into new and usable objects. Ideas for starting projects will be pedestal stands for our plethora of grinders and wall art (donated wood and metal to make pictures and frames from scratch). Expect some planning in January and at the beginning of some meetings as projects require.

We use multiple online events. Do not worry if you are the only one signed up. People will be there.

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[field_thumbnail]It is time once again to host the Show Me Showoff. This is a show and tell event at our space that our friends and families can attend. This event is set for November 10th at 6pm till whenever but the food will be set out until 10pm. This is an all ages welcome event. Please come and show off your stuff. We welcome you to come to show your work off from this year or previous years. Please send Tom Blevins an email pr@archreactor.org if you are planning on showing some stuff. So we can make sure there is enough space set up for you. Arch Reactor is providing food probably pizza and drinks probably soda. If you have any special requests please tell Tom. Read more...
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It's the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter universe and to celebrate Arch Reactor is hosting a series of Wand Making Parties in August!   

Arch Reactor is making wands for an upcoming fundraising event and is Sharing the Fun!      Stop by AR on August 12, 14, 19, 21, and 25 (see calendar for times) to make Wands!   

This class is free and all basic supplies will be available.   Please make several wands if you have time, choose your favorite to keep and give the rest to our fundraiser!    (One wand per person, please, regardless of how many times you attend)

Children are welcome but will require parental supervision.   Parents are warned that we will be using hot glue guns so caution and attention is required!   Acrylic paint is also involved so please dress accordingly.

We are a little short of glue guns this year, so please bring along a glue gun that takes "mini" glue sticks if you have one.

Wand Party
Wand Party

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It was a busy night at Arch Reactor Sunday. Some members were programming in java and laser etching in the clean lab. Mean while in the dirty shop. One member was forging a bearded hatchet, another was overhauling our south bend lathe, and a final member was using the Bridgeport to build parts for his battle bot. It was a cool cross section of the knowledge and capabilities at Arch Reactor.

 

 

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Hey! We are in Kansas City today. We have lock picking, pysanky eggs, robots, terrarium, slime, and weaving. I will post links to the projects here when they are finished. For Pysanky Eggs: http://www.archreactor.org/project/pysanky-eggs For RC Sumo http://www.archreactor.org/project/rc-sumo-bots

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Fred taught a wonderful full class with 20+ in attendance. This was an overview class stay tuned for more focused classes coming in the near future. Fred is planning on having Raspberry Pi classes every 3 months.

Raspberry Pi Class

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Arch Reactor has new, larger laser!

 

AR's New Laser
AR's New Laser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In many ways the new laser is much like the original.   The materials it will cut are the same, the laser software is the same, and preparing images is the same.   The main differences are the "on switches", the size, and the focus.   

The Laser Guide has been updated with some of the new information.    Check it out here:   https://archreactor.org/project/laser-cutter-guide

 

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On April 24th we had a nice class on 3D Printing. The class was over the kinds of printers, how the printers work, and 3D modeling programs. We also learned about the Cura slicing program. Scott R. led the class of about 10 people.

3D Printing Class
3D Printing Class

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Fire and Ice was a successful event. Thanks to all of you who helped us pull off such a great evening.

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We had over 32 people attending in the space and out at the fire pit. Hard Drives were destroyed. Large Piles of recycleables got reduced to usable parts. Lots of Food was eaten. Lots of soda and beer was consumed. Eagles fans had a great night. 

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