I'm starting this thread so we can post things that we have so we can share resources.
During the course of my adventure I have acquired some stuff that I probably don't need. I would donate them, but I might need the stuff later, and this is starting to accumulate quite an expense.
Most of the stuff I have is nuts and bolts, and some odd tools. I need to get them all in one place. I do also have some electronics, motors and things.
One thing that might be of use is a USB Microscope that magnifies 100 percent. It would be good for inspecting things for flaws.
What I am looking for is a magnifying glass/light (maybe we can pitch in and buy one). I'm looking for small metal plates about 1/8" thick that are pre-cut to 1/4" wide by about 3" long. I'm trying to invent a stringed musical instrument, so I could always use extra guitar parts, and hardwood.
When I'm done with my project I might donate some stuff I don't need.
Just an afterthought but it might be a good idea to post wish lists of tools that Shapeways should consider purchasing under the various categories. So this list would be for private individuals that have things, or to communicate a trade list.
I'll throw in my $.02
I have an enameling kiln that quite honestly I have no idea how to use.
I do a lot of copper work and I got excited when I ran into a neighbor that was having a garage sale. I got this little kiln (8" x 8" x 4.5") with the idea I could add all sort of precious elements to my work. Bought a few supplies from Thompson Enamel, but have yet to fire it up.
If anyone knows enameling, or has interest in figuring it out, Let me know. Id be happy to provide this resource to the community in exchange for some knowledge on how to use it.
I don't know what enameling is much less how to use it. I'll look it up. Sounds interesting.
Enameling is pretty easy. Basically you are just using a fine mesh sifter to evenly apply powdered glass on the clean metal. You then gently heat it until the glass fuses.
For small pieces (say 1" coins), you can do enameling with just a blowtorch (acetylene or propane). For larger pieces it is hard to keep copper at the right temperature and you have to heat it from below or you risk blowing off the enameling powder. It has been awhile, but I could probably remember enough to show you how to do it.
With a kiln you have a lot better control over the temperature. With practice you can even get hit that sweet spot where the glass will melt but not your soldered joints. (If I recall correctly, there are special high-temp solders to make this easier.)
You can also get a special liquid that makes the powder stick better, but I forgot what it was called.
Ray Street Annex offers a class on the 21st of April. http://raystreetannex.com/workshops.html