#madeatMIDAS: Gordon Cleland

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The team at MIDAS is so proud of the variety of #madeatMIDAS ideas that are brought to reality everyday here at the Fab Lab!

In the past, the process of prototyping an invention or innovation could be cost and time prohibitive, not to mention the challenges of simply finding a manufacturer, often oversees, that might be capable of bringing your idea to life.  Today, a maker space like MIDAS cracks the entire prototyping model wide open allowing for fast and cost effective production onsite, with access to almost half a million dollars in state-of-the-art equipment, in days or weeks rather than the months, perhaps even years, that it used to take.

Several #madeatMIDAS projects have been created by engineers, with a very specific product and result they’re interested in achieving.  However, while we encourage and love our corporate members, we want everyone to know that the MIDAS Fab Lab is open to just about anyone who comes with an idea, the vision and the desire to learn in order to bring it to life.

#madeatMIDAS celebrates the range of creativity and innovation as well as the incredible projects that have been created through the Fab Lab and promotes the maker space as an accessible facility ready to take on just about any kind of project.

A great example is Gordon Cleland, a builder, inventor and artist at heart, who has brought two separate visions to life utilizing all that MIDAS has to offer.

A big do-it-yourselfer, wood, metal and clay were his go-to materials in developing his ideas.  Often, though, he found that the hand-tools he was used to working with were too limited to bring his ideas fully to fruition.  The 3D design and 3D printing training provided at MIDAS were game-changers! Access to this level of new manufacturing technology, and to have it conveniently located nearby in Trail was a huge plus.

When Gordon read one of the early articles about MIDAS, the opportunity to get education and access to new technologies was one he had to take advantage of.  In fact, he made a point of attending the grand opening to learn more!   A member since the opening of MIDAS, he’s taken courses on nearly every machine available at the Fab Lab.  He’s created vinyl signs and wood projects using the CNC router table;  3D scanned and 3D printed prototypes; and, most recently, CNC machined aluminum.

Gordon has enjoyed the accessible membership and training fees as well as the easy access to the amazing talent making up the core of the MIDAS shop. People like MIDAS Lab Director, Brad Pommen, Jason Taylor of Selkirk College, and Chris Kent of Left-of-Center Design provided the skills, knowledge and expertise instrumental to bring Gordon’s visions to reality.

“I also received acceptance for my design into the Venture Acceleration Program, a complimentary group that assisted with market research, legal and engineering.”

It wasn’t long after he began his journey with MIDAS that he made the investment in his own 3D printer, in which he produced a working prototype of his latest project. This allowed him to refine his design before taking the leap, investing in machining a full aluminum version.

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He looked to the CNC Machining Center at MIDAS to produce the aluminum parts in the finished product.

“By utilizing the machining center at MIDAS I was able to work with designer and machinist Chris Kent as each part was made, helping to ensure our final product worked as intended. It also allowed for a quick turn-around from prototype to finished product at just under 2 weeks.”

His new design adds functionality to an existing piece of equipment used to cut steel pipe. It allows precise adjustment of cut angle, extremely useful when steel pipe is driven into the ground as support pilings. Pipe pilings are used in place of concrete pilings or footings and used extensively in the oil and gas and other industries around the world.

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Using Gordon’s product reduces the time it takes to cut, level and weld pilings on a job site. As a welder for over 25 years, it’s a product he’d known was in need: a simple and accurate way to cut pilings accurately.

“Now I’ve built one and I’m eager to get it into the hands of tradespeople that can use it.”

Gordon is well aware what would have had to be invested to see this innovation brought to reality without a facility like MIDAS:

“Without the training from MIDAS my only local option to explore the design would have been hire a designer or mechanical engineer to do it for me, and those costs would have been beyond my means. MIDAS and VAP made it possible for me to pursue my idea to a market ready stage economically.”

Have an idea or innovation you’re looking to bring to reality? It can be #madeatMIDAS!

Looking to learn valuable skills?  MIDAS can help!  So many great courses and training to give you the preparation you need to take full advantage of all MIDAS has to offer!

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Tormach Metal CNC Mill Course: Hands-on Learning for Machinists, Inventors, Makers!

Not only did we have a makin’ good time at our last course offering, but a great turnout as well!

The Tormach Metal CNC Mill course held last week saw machinists and makers of all backgrounds and interests, as our courses always do.

Tormach products are designed to make machining easier, while still providing real manufacturing capabilities.  Ours, the ultimate in 3-axis metal CNC technology – designed for aluminum, light metals and composite plastics – provided not only valuable additional machining experience for our attendees, but also a good jolt of inspiration.   What can I make next??

Next up:  Trotec 120Watt Laser Cutter – February 23.  Etch and cut wood, plastic, acrylic, fabrics and more! Click HERE for more information OR go ahead and BOOK YOUR SEAT before it’s gone!

Meantime, here’s a little peek into how things went down:






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MIDAS infographic Sept 30-17 Results

MIDAS Regional Impact Results : Year 3 Quarter 2

So proud of the range of fantastic work being done here at MIDAS!  Take a look at the impressive results that continue to evolve through this, year 3.  So very proud of the range of fantastic work being done. Check out these results!

MIDAS infographic Sept 30-17 Results

 

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MIDAS Regional Impact Results : Year 3 Quarter 1

So proud of the range of fantastic work being done here at MIDAS!  Take a look at the impressive results that continue into year 3.  So very proud of the range of fantastic work being done. Check out these results!

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MIDAS Lab User Survey Results

Look at what Lab users are saying about the possibilities at MIDAS!  So very proud of the range of fantastic work being done. Take a look at the survey results.

#madeAtMIDAS Cory Hein

#madeatMIDAS: Domestic Storage System by Cory Hein

#madeAtMIDAS Cory Hein

MIDAS makes recent advances in manufacturing technology, which includes 3D Printing, accessible to West Kootenay companies, entrepreneurs and students.

This is #madeatMIDAS where we showcase the variety of incredible applications possible with products created here at the MIDAS fabrication lab.

MIDAS supports the expansion and development of local small and medium-sized companies’ strengths in collaborating, adopting technology, and creating new and marketable products while promoting skills training opportunities in digital fabrication and metallurgical technology for entrepreneurs, company personnel and students.

Fernie’s Cory Hein, formerly an Engineer with Teck, has created a novel storage system for homes and condos through the MIDAS Fab Lab.  He’s holding his idea and his prototype close to the vest, but had this to say about his experience with MIDAS.

“My experience at MIDAS was awesome! Brad was extremely helpful with running equipment and training. Having all of the materials there was a huge bonus since I had to travel from Fernie. It was really cool to see that the Tech club was integrated so kids in the area are learning.

It opens up a lot of possibilities for designing my different ideas.”

Bring your idea, big or small, and let MIDAS help you make it come to life!

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#madeatMIDAS: Stereo Speakers by John Lake

MIDAS makes recent advances in manufacturing technology, which includes 3D Printing, accessible to West Kootenay companies, entrepreneurs and students.

This is #madeatMIDAS where we showcase the variety of incredible applications possible with products created here at the MIDAS fabrication lab.

MIDAS supports the expansion and development of local small and medium-sized companies’ strengths in collaborating, adopting technology, and creating new and marketable products while promoting skills training opportunities in digital fabrication and metallurgical technology for entrepreneurs, company personnel and students.

Music enthusiast and maker, John Lake, developed and prototyped his custom speakers – he also builds incredible turntables – through the MIDAS Fab Lab.  A beautiful combination of form, function and exceptional sound quality.

“I’ve been involved with Midas since its inception both as a volunteer and participant.

As a volunteer, I am happy to pass on whatever skills and knowledge I’ve amassed
over my working career but I’m equally pleased to be able to use the Midas equipment
to make my own projects happen.
It’s brilliant to be able to go to a local shop where all types of machines
and tech equipment is available to help a person complete projects that may otherwise be difficult
if not impossible for the average person. Midas has a very important place in our community.”
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#MadeAtMIDAS weaver Karen Grieves' yarn winder

#madeatMIDAS: Karen Grieves Yarn Winder

#MadeAtMIDAS weaver Karen Grieves' yarn winder

MIDAS makes recent advances in manufacturing technology, which includes 3D Printing, accessible to West Kootenay companies, entrepreneurs and students.

This is #madeatMIDAS where we showcase the variety of incredible applications possible with products created here at the MIDAS fabrication lab.

MIDAS supports the expansion and development of local small and medium-sized companies’ strengths in collaborating, adopting technology, and creating new and marketable products while promoting skills training opportunities in digital fabrication and metallurgical technology for entrepreneurs, company personnel and students.

Weaver, Karen Grieves, was looking for a more efficient way to prepare her yarns for her textile projects.  An avid do-it-yourselfer, Karen was intrigued with the possibilities that MIDAS presented in bringing an idea she’d been tossing around to reality.  With the help of  MIDAS Lab Director, Brad Pommen, she became familiar with new technologies and after much experimentation, Karen found success in her working prototype.

“The meeting was great. Love the interest in my product.  I will be onto the next proto type soon”

Bring your idea and let MIDAS help you make it come to life!

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Wobbler Conveyor Prototype

#madeatMIDAS: I/O Designs Wobbler Conveyor Prototype

#MadeAtMIDAS-IO Designs Wobbler Conveyor Prototype
MIDAS makes recent advances in manufacturing technology, which includes 3D Printing, accessible to West Kootenay companies, entrepreneurs and students.

This is #madeatMIDAS where we showcase the variety of incredible applications possible with products created here at the MIDAS fabrication lab.

MIDAS supports the expansion and development of local small and medium-sized companies’ strengths in collaborating, adopting technology, and creating new and marketable products while promoting skills training opportunities in digital fabrication and metallurgical technology for entrepreneurs, company personnel and students.

I/O Design was presented with a challenging materials handling problem by one of our industrial clients. A flow of process material required lumps to be separated from the dust that forms the majority of the process stream. The existing equipment used was not capable of consistently removing the lumps which would become caught in the screening equipment causing it to block, leading to both process problems and fugitive dust emissions. Any replacement equipment needs to be located in a restricted design envelope between existing equipment and connect to existing screw conveyors and chutework.

After a brainstorming session to identify alternative methods to separate the process stream, I/O Design settled on a wobbler conveyor as a likely candidate for reliable separating the lumps from the dust. To prove the feasibility to our client we utilized the Midas facility to build a full size model from wood. The critical equipment provided by Midas was the Shopbot CNC Router which allowed us to utilize DXF files created during our 3D design process to cut irregular shapes from 4’x8’ sheets of MDF. This allowed a prototype to be built, tested and refined for approximately 10% of the cost of building the actual equipment from steel.

I/O Design was able to build, test and refine the design prior to conducting a live demonstration of the wobbler conveyor to our client. The demonstration and explanation of how the actual equipment will operate provided the client the reassurance required to proceed with the building of the actual equipment.

Bring your idea and let MIDAS help you make it come to life!

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#madeatMIDAS Let Grow Urns

#madeatMIDAS: Let Grow Urns

#madeatMIDAS Let Grow Urns
MIDAS makes recent advances in manufacturing technology, which includes 3D Printing, accessible to West Kootenay companies, entrepreneurs and students.

This is #madeatMIDAS where we showcase the variety of incredible applications possible with products created here at the MIDAS fabrication lab.

MIDAS supports the expansion and development of local small and medium-sized companies’ strengths in collaborating, adopting technology, and creating new and marketable products while promoting skills training opportunities in digital fabrication and metallurgical technology for entrepreneurs, company personnel and students.

Let Grow Urns materialized in November 2016 out of a hardship that all pet owners eventually encounter. After many years of companionship, the Cleland’s were burdened with the loss of their beloved family pet Ginger. Already faced with the vet bills, they now had to deal with the task of finding a suitable urn and awaiting its arrival.

Inspired with a great idea and through valuable assistance at the MIDAS lab, Gordon could create something as unique and special as Ginger was, in honor of her. He quickly got to work designing a custom made urn, and during this process he had a eureka moment. Printing with biodegradable PLA plastic, Gordon was able to include something very special. He added wildflower seeds to the urn, so that when the time came, Ginger’s urn could be buried, returning her to the earth where something as beautiful could then grow.  And thus, Let Grow Urns was born.

“Being a member of MIDAS has allows me to bring my many ideas to life, truly amazing leadership and staff. If you’re a hacker/inventor this is the place to be a part of.  My experience with MIDAS has been life changing, it’s given me the education and guidance to bring my many ideas to life.
Thank you MIDAS!”
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