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Learn about the LVL 1 Makership program.
Open the door for local Louisville hackers

Equipment: Meet the Laser Cutter

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One of the most frequently used pieces of equipment at LVL1 is the laser cutter.

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The laser is capable of cutting through a variety of materials including wood, plastics (such as acrylic sheets) and even textiles such as felt.

Here’s a few sample projects you can try:

Frequently you’ll be instructed to create a vector file which is simply a set of geometric shapes the computer or laser cutter can understand and move the laser left, right, up, down at specific speeds. You may be asked to use Adobe Illustrator (part of Creative Suite) or LVL1 uses the freeware version called Inkscape which you can download and learn to use.

After designing your file you can then follow the direction on the equipment’s WIKI entry to load and operate the laser. Further directions.

So get your pattern, obtain your material and get cutting!

You can find our open ours through our Google Group or find more information on getting involved.

Hack on!

Donate to LVL1 by Shopping at Amazon

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Amazon.com has a program called Amazon Smile that 0.5% of the purchase will be donated to a charity of your choice. In this instance, we want you to select LVL1.

Linking an existing account is easy:

  • Visit http://smile.amazon.com
  • Sign in with your Amazon.com account
  • Search and select LVL1 as your charity
  • Complete your purchase and effortless donation to LVL1

For all future visits begin by going to http://smile.amazon.com and your account will be remember your donation to LVL1.

So far we’ve collected nearly $150 since being part of the program. The donation helps us purchase and maintain equipment for everyone’s use.

Of course you can always donate to LVL1 with cash (always appreciated and put to use) or used equipment.

We also maintain an Amazon wish list, just purchase and it will be shipped to.
Current items

  • Color duplexing networked printer
  • Various supplies for Raspberry Pis
  • Supplies for printing banners

Hack, shop & donate on.

Getting Started at LVL1

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We are often asked how to get involved and use the tools, space or just hang around makers. So how does one go about getting help? Or being involved? Or use a bandsaw or laser cutter? (hint visit the WIKI and look for the equipment page)

First, visit the space! We are an open community and offer access to anyone when members are present. LVL1’s calendar includes many recurring events such as our weekly open meeting Tuesdays at 8PM.

So what are you waiting for? Join us!

 

New Regular Meetup: Mend It Monday!

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FIX ALL THE THINGS!!!!

Winter is over and Spring is here! Why not get in the spirit of the season by helping improve your local hackerspace while learning new skills? That’s exactly what Mend It Monday is for!

Mend It Monday is a new biweekly meetup group focused on fixing and improving things around LVL1.

We’ve made great progress so far including:

  • Construction of  21 linear feet of new wood shop workbenches
  • Concrete removal using the air compressor and pneumatic hammer chisel
  • Construction of two new ESD safe electronics workbenches
  • Fixing the Lulzbot TAZ 3D printer
  • Installation of power drops in the wood shop

And we still have more to do!  Mend It Monday is a great opportunity to learn how to use the tools at LVL1 for your own benefit while also helping maintain the space. Ever wanted to learn how to use the 3D printers? Help us fix them from the inside out! Did you want to learn how to use the laser cutter? Give us 5 minutes to help clean the mirrors and we’ll show you! What about the vinyl cutter? Help us make some posters for the space!

Mend It Monday meets every other Monday opposite of SoundBuilders  (e.g 4/20/2015, 5/4/2015, etc…) starting at 7 PM. Head over to the LVL1 wiki and check the latest Meeting Minutes for the next Mend It Monday date and while you’re at it, check out the Mend It Monday wiki page for the latest task list.