Well Coronavirus continues to ravage the world. With gatherings over 100 people banned, it looks like Cooroy Fusion Festival, where I was going to be doing a VR demo, is cancelled.
So I join the ranks of artists who’ve lost a gig, thanks to this most current of plagues. How’s that for being “relevant to the times”?
In other news, I’ve been getting quotes for sheet steel, and I think I’ve cracked the solution – a supplier, who’ll hopefully provide a sheet that’s thick enough to weld easily, but thin enough to not be 5x the price of the framing steel.
I’ve started constructing all the equipment I bought in the last few weeks – first the welding bench – an IKEA-directions product it was not.
Purchases have started as I gear up for getting back into welding. On Friday, I ordered a new welder – an AC/DC TIG system, with integrated Plasma Cutter, as well as a pair of welding curtains on roller-screens.
The avalanche has begun, and now I can only go forward to the end.
A lot of time spent in CAD, refining the design of my studio-in-a-box. The door has been a real conundrum – originally it was supposed to be a single full-width swing door, then I looked at roll-a-door (but they’re hyper-expensive), and sliding door options. Eventually, the trifold idea solved all the outstanding problems.
Originally I’d hoped to build the frame out of Stainless steel box-section, however at $220/6m length, vs. $24/6m of mild steel, I think the mild steel version is the way to go.
A week of research, finding out yet more information about my planned welding setup.
Friday I was in Brisbane, visiting machinery shops, and looking at industrial equipment. So far, I’ve checked out a “silent” air compressor, which isn’t any louder than an air conditioner’s outdoor component, and a metal-cutting bandsaw, which likewise is very quiet. Both of them are quiet enough to talk over, as opposed to normal compressors, or metal cold saws / abrasive saws, which require hearing protection to avoid permanent damage.
All in all, good ideas for equipment intended to be used in a residential area.
Most of the week has been spent trying to design a carport cupboard to keep my welding gear in.
We also had a session at the library Makerspace where we looked at the development of Noosa Mnemonic, and things are progressing. We have a definite path to produce a WebGL version of the project, which can be viewed in any modern browser.
It’s not a VR client, but it’ll do to demonstrate the concept, and perhaps attract notice, and funding, to flesh out a full VR client version.
In other things – here’s an example of why I bought the helmet-cam: