[EMS Discuss] New welder for the shop

Mon Jun 11 12:49:49 PDT 2012


The idea to hold a welding class is a really good one.  I'd love to see
that happen.  We've already started doing classes with the Makerbot class
that I've held twice now.  I know James has been talking about putting on
various classes as well.  I believe he also has welding experience and
maybe he would be interested in putting on a welding class too, but I might
be wrong on that.

If you have enough experience working with the type of welder we have at
the shop, then please do feel free to host a class.  We can start out with
members only as a practice run and then maybe open it up to the public as a
way to raise funds and get new potential members into the shop.

Let me know if this is something you are definitely interested in doing,
and we can work together to get it on the EMS calendar and publish it on
our Blog/Facebook/etc.  I really want to see more community learning at EMS
(that was one of our core goals from the beginning) and this would be a
great way to push in that direction.


On Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 12:14 PM, Weston Turner <EMAIL HIDDEN>wrote:

> I'll chip in $40 to help pay for such an awesome tool. Thanks for
> aquireing a welder for the shop Rick!
> We should think about putting together a welding class to teach members
> how to use the mig welder, and if any members have oxy-acetylene, TIG, or
> stick welders, they could bring them down (if sized for easy
> transportation) and we could have multiple welding stations to train on. I
> have taken two years of metalworking classes, so I'd be happy to volunteer
> as an instructor or assistant. We could even open the class up to the
> community, provided we could manage the legal risks.
> Thoughts?
> Weston
> Sent from my iPad
> On Jun 12, 2012, at 12:11 AM, Rick Osgood <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:
> Hey Everyone,
> Ellery and I have been working on a project that requires some welding.
>  James graciously brought his welder down to the shop and we had planned on
> using that one but unfortunately it has reached an untimely demise.  I
> ended up going down to Harbor Freight and purchasing their 170Amp MIG/Flux
> wire welder so we can finish the project.  I intend to leave it at the shop
> so everyone can use it when needed but I thought I would see if anyone was
> willing to chip in for the purchase and we can just say it is a shop owned
> tool.  Here is a link to the welder I purchased:
> http://www.harborfreight.com/welding/mig-flux-welders/170-amp-migflux-wire-welder-68885.html
> I got a 20% off discount and purchased a 1 year warranty for $20, so the
> total price after the warranty came to $180.  If anyone wants to chip in
> for the purchase, let me know and we can work it out.
> Thanks,
> Rick
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