Update: Button at the bottom is fixed, now
It’s about time we get started on the power wheels racers for this year. We’re starting a fund raising campaign.
We’re aiming for $1500 and we already have $610 raised, so only $890 to go! Thanks to everyone who has chipped in so far!
$1500 sounds like a lot, but includes two battery packs, motors, motor controllers, hydraulic brakes (which are amazing, btw), and tools for the pit like battery chargers. Any money that doesn’t get used this year will be ear-marked for the next. To donate money, click the “Donate” button in this post.
We’ll update this post periodically with our progress. Check the omgftw mailing list for more info.
On Saturday, we modified the main workbench and added some much needed pegboard space, exposing outlets for use, and anchoring the bench to the wall.
Thanks goes out to everyone who helped.
If you haven’t heard via the mailing list and meetings, OMG has moved! Our new address is 8410 K St. #5.
Come check it out!
The date has been set for the OMG open house and cookout — Saturday, June 25th. Things will run 11:00 am to 4:00pm (or how ever late people feel like staying). Food will be served at noon. RSVP to here
The acrylic heater is nearing completion (design shameless copied from a hack-a-day post).
I still need to make a few more tweaks to it before it’s ready for use. There’s a minute amount of water leaking around the barbs, but that’s easily fixed with some clamps. I’d also like to find something better than a gladware container for the reservoir. Then there’s the brightness… I don’t think the control I’m using was made to dim something with 0.1 ohms of resistance.
Halogen bulb on low
Yes, the overhead lights are on in this picture. Yes, the controls are set to their lowest possible setting. Yes, it’s that bright through the smoked acrylic. I actually grabbed a welding helmet a few seconds after this shot.
I’ll post more details and possibly a tutorial video when I get this thing ready.