Due to the governor’s order to stay at home through the end of April, Workshop 88 will continue our suspension of public open house tours on Thursday nights.
We would still like to meet makers and connect with you! Please see our Meetup page for information on how you may interact with us including virtual tours and virtual open house visits on Thursday nights.
Some makers are inherently social creatures and some makers are more introverted – but all makers are susceptible to the COVID-19 virus, and so we will be suspending our weekly Open House for at least the next two weeks – through the end of March.
Please check back with us for updates on how to engage with us – including all the usual ways.
A painting pyramid is used to elevate a work piece off of your workbench after painting to allow the work to dry. These pyramids are stackable, for easy storage between use. Additionally, these are way cheaper to print than to buy in a store.
If you do painting or staining of your projects, you should try out these painting pyramids. Share your work with us – we love to see other people’s projects!
Recently one of our members shared that one of her 3d prints stuck a little too well to the bed and then the bed chipped when trying to pull the print off.
The filament used was PLA, and the bed was prepped with a bit of hairspray before printing. Other members here at Workshop 88 use isopropyl alcohol to prep their printer beds before printing with PLA.
The advantage of using glass is that the surface is extremely flat and smooth. Just let this be a cautionary tale that there is some risk of chipping the glass if the print adheres too much. But if you know how to cut glass yourself, you can always make a new one!
One of our members, Mark Frost, recently made up some custom awards for a group at his church. Here’s what he had to say about this project:
Every summer for 30+ years some guys from church have been doing a golf trip. I’ve been going for the last 15years or so and have recently taken over the “hardware” aspect. In previous years we would order engraves plaques, mugs, glasses, embroidered towels, etc. But this year I figured I’d take production “in-house”. I grabbed the church and resort logos, threw the text on top and engraved squares I cut from a 2’x2′ MDF board from HD
Mark Frost via slack.com
This is a really great example of the kinds of projects that our members are able to create quickly at Workshop 88! What could you make with a laser cutter/engraver?
One of the challenging aspects for getting visitors to Workshop 88 is that our location is not obvious for first-time attendees. We have long joked that if you made it to our door, you must be the type of person who belongs at a makerspace, because sometimes it can seem like you really have to want to find us in order to get to Workshop 88.
Of course, we want everybody to be able to find Workshop 88! One of our members, Gail, has taken the initiative to make some signs for various uses at Workshop 88.
One sign was made with a 3d printed logo and also has solar lights attached to it for illuminating the sign after the sun sets. The other sign was made with one of our vinyl cutters and is used to direct people in for classes.
If you’re in the downtown Glen Ellyn area on Thursday evenings, you are likely to see at least one of these signs welcoming you in to our open house hours. Please stop by!
This week we introduced a new tool to the Workshop 88 inventory – a heat press for making custom t-shirts, mugs, hats, plates, and anything else that you can put heat transfer material on.
As you can see from the brief video above, we also tried out some laserable heat transfer material. Probably more testing is needed, but after a bit of clean-up on the shirt, it was deemed a successful trial.
Here’s a video showing the features and how to use the heat press:
What would you make with Workshop 88’s heat press? Come to our open house and find out more about becoming a member of our community!