Update from the Shop #4

Here’s another brief “photo essay” of our progress at the shop. While our away team was busy solving problems and closing loops down in Las Vegas at EDC, the rest of us were working away at Xylophage. The Foundry Floozies, as our casting crew likes to be known, fired up the crucible and cast some nice aluminum shapes for Xylophage.

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The anticipation, juuuuust before the molten aluminum is poured into the sand mold.

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Sooz and Corey look on with approval.

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Filling the mold…

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Once the mold is full of aluminum, the extra is poured out into a muffin tin.

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Then, once the metal is cooled, Sooz digs the shapes out of the sand.

 

Meanwhile, up in the darkness of the geek suite…

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MCT and Sam play with different color swatches to make the light look best with our color schemes.

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Wooooooooo pretty.

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Powered by BBQ, we are charging full steam ahead towards Xylophage’s completion!

It only gets more hectic from here on out, but with one eye on the calendar, we’re right on task to bring it all together in our typical flurry of activity and acceleration of productivity. If there’s one time we shine as a group, it’s crunch time!

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(happy)

 

…and yay for that.  Because this next several weeks is one of the uniquely rewarding times to be a Flaming Lotus Girl!

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(happy)

 

EDC Soma fireworks explosion

EDC Soma fireworks explosion

Soma’s dendrites reach up towards the fireworks diplay, and the supermoon!

Shop progress this week… Update #3

Here’s a brief “photo essay” on our progress at the shop in the last week… This is our proto bark, one of many many more pieces which will cover the exterior of Big Stumpy. If you saw us at Maker Faire, this bark was there. Now it’s time to make a lot more of them.Image

Here’s the Big Stumpy model, nestled into the frame of actual Big Stumpy.Image

Meanwhile, up in the geek suite, actual geeks are shuffling numbers into a spreadsheet, to figure out the bill of materials for our relay boards.Image

…while other geeks play with a 3D model of a mushroom cap. Image

Here’s the physical mock-up of what they’re looking at on the screen.Image

Fun times at the shop! Progress on all fronts!

FLG in Rolling Stone!

FLG in Rolling Stone!

Our EDC crew’s hard efforts are showcased in this lovely image, featured in Rolling Stone’s photo article on the scene at EDC!