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- Updates -

Dec 15 2013

CNC Machining + Electronics + Programming

Modules with Machined Heatsinks

Our ideal projects involves a bit of CNC machining, a bit of electronics, and some programming. Sometimes not by choice, and sometimes we fail miserably.

Aug 09 2013

ULS PLS4.75 Assembled

The new laser engraver is up and running.

Aug 01 2013

ULS PLS4.75 65W CO2 Laser Engraver

Various CO2 laser engravers were evaluated.  Ultimately . . . show more

Various CO2 laser engravers were evaluated.  Ultimately we feel the ULS system offers the best value, has the best local support, and is made in USA.


Universal Laser System
Platform: PLS4.75
Work Area: 24" x 18"
Laser: 60W CO2
Options: Cutting Table
  Air Assist
Made In USA

May 04 2012

Haas SR-100 Vacuum Table

A two way solenoid valve was installed to enable the control, through CNC Controller M-Code, of opening and closing the pneumatic 5C collect chuck.  A roller lever switch, wired in parallel, was also added to the boot padel, to enable manual control.

Mar 30 2012

TIG Cart

A cart for Miller Diversion 180 TIG welder was designed with FreeCAD and welded using a Miller SP175+ MIG Welder.

Nov 12 2011

Miller Diversion180 Tig Welder

The Miller Diversion 180, an entry level (230V/120) budget TIG welder arrived today.  A TIG welding car is being drawn using OpenSCAD.

Jul 06 2011

Haas VF-2SS Chip Tray

A simple chip try was needed to catch the metal swarf and reduce coolant tank contamination.   The chip was was designed with OpenSCAD and acrylic panels were laser cut with the ULS M300 35W laser engraver.  The laser cut  acrylic panels are glued together with acrylic solvant.

Jul 06 2011

Sewing Machine Stand

A Tippman Aerostich (Made in USA) pnematically operated sewing machine was recently acquired and was in need of a stand.  A quick sketch was rendered using OpenSCAD, the square tubing frame was welded with a Lincoln SP170-T MIG welder, and the table top was routed using the Haas SR-100 CNC router.  

Jun 20 2011

Haas SR-100 Vacuum Table

A 3 zone vacuum table was routed from MDF, sealed with multiple coats of polyacrylic, and plumbed to an Italian made Travaini TRVM40-200 oil ring vacuum pump, via 2" pvc piping.

Jun 13 2011

ULS M300 Laser Cartridge Replacement

After 8 years of use, the power output on the 35Watt CO2 laser cartridge on the ULS M300 laser engraver (Made in USA) started to fade within a couple minutes of vector cutting.    ULS has a laser cartridge exchange program and the installation is a quick toolless 5 minute process.