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A Tip From Westport Mini Maker Faire

A few colleagues and I had a truly great time up in Westport, Connecticut last weekend, where we were part of that state’s first ever Maker Faire event. This Mini Maker Faire was held on the giant lawn outside the Westport Public Library. The only downside there was that a bunch of the guests and makers at Saturday’s event probably didn’t get a chance to go inside that gorgeous facility.

Anyway, I just wanted to thank everyone for stopping by to see us. I learned a lot from all the visitors to our table. For example, Dr. Raimund Herzog stopped by to discuss some challenges he was facing with his Thing-O-Matic extruder. He didn’t realize it, but he was giving me an education in the history of extruders.

Ray also shared a really helpful tip that I think bears re-mentioning on the blog: when assembling your TOM, it’s always a good idea to have a magnetic wand on hand, such as the one he received along with his Weller soldering station.

If you’re about to embark on an assembly adventure, get one of these. I assembled a Replicator the other day and found myself wishing I had one on hand. The guys and girls in the Bot Cave use them a lot, in case you’re wondering about the tools of the trade.

Here’s a shot of Ray showing us how useful this tool was in putting together his Filament Spindle Box, and another shot below it from our Support pages showing another angle.

Thanks, Ray!

 

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  • Mark M
    May 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm
     

    My strategy: If you have any buckyballs or really any magnets lying around you can attach one to an allen wrench. It should give you enough magnetic force to hold nuts or fish out lost nuts from hard to reach places in the machine. Presto DIY magnet wand

     
  • Matt
    Matt
    May 3, 2012 at 12:49 pm
     

    Heh, I have been introducing folks to the 3mm magnets to pin nuts when building MakerBots for a couple of years. That wand looks like an even more exciting option.

     
 

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