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On Saturday January the 13th at 1pm Arch Reactor held a Chainmaile class. About 12 people were in attendance. AR brought in an outside instructor named Larry Brown from Inventor Forge.

We covered the basics of making 4-on-1 chainmaille.  Larry showed: How to Wrap Wire to make something that looks like a spring, cutting the spring into ringlets, and connecting the ringlets to make a chainmaille key-chain, then belt and the basic design to turn your chainmaille key-chain or belt into a chainmaille shirt (Hauberk).

Nathan S made this from the instruction he received at class.

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Thank you to everyone who came out to our Blacksmithing Class last night. It was good to see so many old and new faces.

Special thanks goes to Myles, our Sergeant At Arms, who volunteered to teach the class and made the forge for us to use.

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On December 9th, 2017

20 People came to Arch Reactor to learn how to get started with microcontroller programing and electronic circuits using Arduino. Chris W. taught the class and other members were on hand to assist in the learning. 

This was the first in a series, if you already know some basics keep an eye out for the next class.

At the end of this 2 hour workshop 20 more people now know what an arduino is, what it isn't, what it can and can't be used for. They also learned some electronics basics like how to read schematics, what resistors and capacitors actually do and when to use them.

 

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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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