The CNC Club is a weekly meeting of Chicago area people passionate about learning, building and using digital fabrication equipment. It is held at the Pumping Station One Hackerspace. It is open to non members. We also have a Google Group called CNC Build Club. Here we are on a Google Map.
The meeting typically starts with a round robin introduction, sometimes a talk followed by a tour of the space.
This week we have a presentation from Jarvis Schultz on using the Microsoft Kinect motion sensor input device and other related devices. He is going to give an overview on how they work, what kind of data they can produce, what software is needed to interact with them, and what you can do with the data once you have it. He will include some live demos of what the data looks like, and what you can do with it.
Jarvis is a fourth-year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering working on robotics at Northwestern University. He is part of the Neuroscience and Robotics Laboratory, and he has been working with the Kinect since it was first available, and it has become an integral part of his PhD research. Further information is on his research webpage in case you are interested http://nxr.northwestern.edu/people/jarvis-schultz.
We are also going to try to finish the CNC Router we have been building. Last week we started with this pile of parts.
We had 12 people work on it and ended with it fully wired.
This week we are going to hook it up to the machine, do some basic testing, then setup a Mach3 configuration for it. After we get it running we will add the limit switches. The goal is to create an easy to use work center that we will do some projects on. The plan is to sell the machine at a discount to someone in the group when we are finished. If you don't know anything about CNC, don't worry, you can still help. The goal is to teach, learn and use.
Please RSVP, but don't be fooled by the attendee count. Most PS1 members don't RSVP. We typically have between 12-30 people.