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Fred Bartels

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I have a few laser cutter questions that I hope some of you kind folks might be able to answer.

1. Is it true they cut thin (1/8" or less thick) plexiglass well?
2. If answer to 1 is yes, is there plexiglass that is translucent but not clear?
3. Again, if answer to 1 is yes, what are some good options for laser cutters that would cut this material.

Thanks,

Fred
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Thanks Colin. Great resource!
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Trent Hamm

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I am looking for professional development or a conference to go to this year for MakerSpace. Does anyone know where a good one in Canada or US is before Christmas?
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It isn't before Christmas but NSTA STEM conference is usually great with lots of options for Makers, and then I follow Gever Tulley's tinkering school closely because sometimes he does things for adults. What do you want to know? I integrate maker space ideas into my fifth grade and am working on a badge system to make it a little more independent and self-directed. 
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Lorri Batsie

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Hi! Looking for Makerspace lessons in Geometry, History, Govt. or Economics.

Thanks!
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Ray Pena

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So I went looking for some new equipment...and I found THE MEGA TOY STORE for tools and equipment video https://youtu.be/jME97U-MjwU?list=PLjb5twhxLLcJDGCrweHBQJdIj_BFMjEUm
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Fred Bartels

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An impressive and important IoT open-source hardware move by Arduino. Help make it so.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/iot-invention-kit/eslov-iot-invention-kit
A modular system that lets you create connected devices in minutes, no technical experience required. Hackable with Arduino IDE.
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Ray Pena

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just finished building a hydraulic square tube bending machine...works great! https://youtu.be/BIABRP8aqKA?list=PLjb5twhxLLcJDGCrweHBQJdIj_BFMjEUm
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Lisa Conrad

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My school has just started to make a Makerspace for our students. We would really like it ready for the 2016-2017 school year. So far, we have purchased several different robots, lego kits, and contraption kits. We also have iPads and computers for our students to use. What are other essentials we should have in our Makerspace?
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Hello +Lisa Conrad

You can have access to all the basic tools and essentials for your makerspace by downloading the Makerspace Playbook on Google.

That book will be handy all through your learning curve.

Hearty Cheers,
Fash.
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Fred Bartels

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Looking for a challenging project that shows of the capabilities of a large format #CNC machine? Build a plywood dome. https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/social/model.html?id=65002467-a069-45bf-a5c8-6e89baa670d9
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Cool!
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Ray Pena

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no access to a "maker space" but i have my own little workshop.  a few ideas for those who are just starting out, especially for small spaces!
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Fred Bartels

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Micro Spinner. A simple and easy to make wind sculpture. On #Thingiverse  here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1619050
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Ray Pena

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wouldn't it be awesome to have one of these big printers in a makerspace?
the most impressive of the 3d printers at the 2016 world maker faire https://youtu.be/-yu4evgtU1g
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Ray Pena

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when i got started in making, getting my tools together was a big hurdle, that's why, i'm giving away a vintage sander on my channel for reaching 3000 subscribers! if you are interested , here is the video https://youtu.be/eJ45oGn4A6g
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Casey Echelmeier

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Looking for any and all ideas you would be willing to share on how you began the Makerspace "process" in your building. We are looking to develop a Makerspace in our Middle School and are looking for ideas for initial setup, surveys, etc..

Thanks!
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Any recommendations for laser cutter?
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Fred Bartels

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It was so big a few years ago; now even Makerbot is throwing in the home 3D printed towel.
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I see a lot of people just take the easy path when it comes to many things in life. Learning how to design objects for 3D printing is a job in itself, and most people already have enough on their plate. So, I can understand that most people are entertained by the idea, but will most likely never engage in creating designs for 3D printing.
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Ray Pena

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Michael Rosario

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Hi. I have helped start an educational maker space in our area in Macon, GA. I'm looking for a community to discuss ways to sustain our efforts and grow impact. Do you have any recommendations on forums to connect with other maker space operators? Is this an appropriate topic for this forum?
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+Michael Rosario you can also send an email to contact@makerspace.com the guys will have a lot of recommendations and forums you can connect with..

Hearty cheers,
Fash.
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Rob Perhamus

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Jason Clark

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Hey all, we're about to open a new maker space in the st louis metro area and have put together a door access system that uses members cell phones, a raspberry pi , wifi and slack. What is everyone else using for door access at their space? We have a good POC running that is working for our current membership, but if something better is out there we don't want to develop this further and reinvent the wheel.
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We ended up creating a system that uses a raspberry pi to control the door locks using python and a node app that talks to members phones via a members only wifi network. Identification is handled by the pi talking to the wireless access point in the space and auth is handled by a combination of wifi auth and application auth/device registration.
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Rob Perhamus

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Anyone near Claremont or Upland, looking for makerspace?
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Fred Bartels

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Some wind sculpture ideas that might make for fun summer projects. This one is on Thingiverse here. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1615046
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If graphene was used for the rotors a strong and super light turbine would work at almost any wind speed
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