My name is Michael Payne, I usually go by Mike (and to avoid confusion I am trying to go by the nickname "Circuit"). I am a maker from the Longwood/Wekiva area currently studying electronic engineering. For as long as I can remember now I have been tinkering around with electronics and gadgets of all varieties.
My first time hearing about Familab goes back two years ago to my first Mini Maker Faire experience. I am not entirely sure if there was a booth or if I spoke with a member about ideas for a circuit board mill, but I was immediately interested in the lab. I have been following different makerspaces on YouTube for quite some time, most noticeably TheGeekGroup and their massive space in Grand Rapids Michigan. It wasn't until this past June that I realized how much I was missing out on by not having access to the tools and brainpower behind one of these organizations. After first hearing about Familab (two years ago), I made my way to the open house and found some very interesting people sporting RFID implants and Google Glass tech. Fast forward to today, I am now trying to get my tail into the lab to become a full time member. A few of you on here may have met me already as I have now been to the lab 4 or 5 times for open houses or to try and help out.
As far as my maker status goes, I spend most of my time working on 3D printers. All of my work is centered around the RepRap open source project. I have personally made 3 variations of printers so far, using one to print out parts for the other and then scrapping the previous model for electronics and linear motion elements. I have made some money selling and designing parts for 3D printers online and for friends/classmates. I am currently in the process of designing my newest printer, using everything I have learned from previous attempts to make my most solid and reliable machine to date. With access to the lab I am very excited to get to work on CNC routing and machining. I have attempted to make my own CNC router, but had to stop work on the project because of a lack of proper tools to effectively cut material for the build. My interests extend across the board, from learning how to weld, use a lathe and mill, improving my coding, biohacking, and all things related.
In joining the lab and becoming a member, I hope to offer as much of my personal knowledge on 3D printing and electronics design as possible. I am always more than happy to lend a hand for just about anything, given that I wont lose the hand in the process. I have spent many years working with wood and the tools used to shape and cut it. My safety practices when working with machines and certain materials and chemicals are fairly refined, but I will always research things I am unsure of as well as ask for assistance when I cannot find the answers I am looking for.
Given the opportunity, I look forward to spending a lot of my free time at the lab making and helping out. This week (July 7th+, 2015) I have stopped by the lab twice, and have already been given access to a small Zen circuit board mill. As I am typing this I am working on outfitting it with new stepper drivers and an Arduino based control system using the Uno and GRBL firmware. For now, this seems like a good stopping point, but please feel free to ask any questions about myself or what I do. I am excited to apply for membership and hope to meet all of you sooner or later at the lab!