We’ve been talking forever about getting a CNC router somewhere in the outer lobby area. So, it would be good to get on with this project, and pave the way for some other machine tools. On Saturday, @Picus mentioned that he and @RichardC were considering 3D printing some parts, buying the rest, and making 1 as a project.
Today, I bumped into @tom and Neil Briggs (I think Neil’s not currently a member/ user of the forum - I’ll email this to him), and found out Neil’s professionally built machine is still available for hosting somewhere like BR. So, how about getting all the relevant people together for a meeting? I suggest that @Martin attends to identify exactly where it would go (without blocking fire exits), @Giles to discuss making room regarding disposing of unwanted kit on the nearby shelving, along with @Picus, @RichardC, @tom, and Neil. I can’t make this Wed evening myself, but if that works for everyone else, how about Wed sometime between 7 & 9pm?
Assuming we can get something up and running with Neil’s machine, should we also be kitting the space out with a bench drill, bench saw, and anything else that would broaden the group’s appeal? We should be able to get a Calder Ward forum grant for £500, if that’s the funding route we choose. There’s a Ward Forum meeting tomorrow that I’m going to - as an observer, so I’ll check timings (I think there are quarterly rounds). I wouldn’t know personally what to specify regarding this kit, and likely costings. So, if anyone has particular knowledge/ views, please post in this thread.