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JSig

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Hi FamiLab
« on: September 21, 2014, 11:03:23 PM »
Hello FamiLab!


My name is Justin. I first found out about you all when I moved to Florida several months ago and did a google search for makerspaces. I then saw a blurb about you in a recent issue of Make magazine and met a few of you at Orlando Makerfaire. FamiLab sounds like a fun place to join and work on projects so here I am applying for membership.


I guess I'll start with a little about myself. I'm currently 28 years old and work as a scientist at a local company. Growing up I was always taking things apart to see how they work which led to an interest in engineering. Around the age of 10 I bought myself a soldering iron to build my first robot, and I've been tinkering since. Last year I completed my Ph.D. in physics with a concentration in biophysics. I mostly studied the mechanical properties of biological systems such as cancer cells and blood clots. As a part of that, I did a lot of microscopy (AFM, confocal, SEM, fluorescence, etc.) and often would have to custom design and machine parts to make the microscopes do something they weren't originally intended to do. I wasn't in love with the bio part of the job (cell culture is so tedious and boring), but I really enjoyed the mechanical and optical aspects of the work. As such, I decided to leave the academic world and found a job doing fast prototyping at a company that builds sensors and IR cameras.


My workplace has a lot of tools that you find in a makerspace (CNCs, mills, lathes, plasma cutters, 3d printers, etc.), but I would like to work on hobby projects where there is a community of other makers. I also have an 8 month old son who I would love to start making with soon, and FamiLab seems like a great place to foster that. I'm also always interested in learning new skills.


The projects I'll probably work on will most likely involve steam engines and robotics. I've built a bit of both in the past but never combined the two. I think the dichotomy between the old and new technology will make an interesting project.


I have to travel a bit for work, but will hopefully find the time to attend some upcoming events. I look forward to meeting you all!

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Re: Hi FamiLab
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2014, 08:23:16 AM »
I hope to see you out some time soon! You sound pretty darn cool. Did you happen to hear that we're planning the build of a bio/chem space in the coming months? I'm sure you'd feel right at home, and your input as a Ph.D. would probably be pretty helpful to those planning the construction!

I mostly sit around and try to make pretty things. I love robits, but am terrible at programming for them, so I love to see people with more know-how tinkering with them.
I like colors.

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Re: Hi FamiLab
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2014, 09:29:39 AM »
Welcome!

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Re: Hi FamiLab
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2014, 05:44:37 PM »
Would love to see your steam powered robot!!


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Re: Hi FamiLab
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2014, 08:35:24 AM »
Thanks for the warm welcome. I'll try to attend the open house tonight. Is anyone willing to give the grand tour?

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Re: Hi FamiLab
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2014, 08:37:45 AM »
Most of us at open house are! :) Come grab someone, especially those who look like they know what they're doing or have a blue lanyard on.