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Weekly Newsletter 09.05.19

2019-09-05 5:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


Welcome to the September 5 issue of the Cruces Creatives weekly newsletter. This is a place where you can keep up-to-date with big news at the makerspace, and learn about cool projects that your community members make.

The newsletter is published each Thursday. If you have makerspace news or announcements that you’d like to submit for the weekly newsletter, please email Pat DeSimio (p.desimio@crucescreatives.org) by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday.


Art Ramble/MESA Art Show this Friday!

This month’s first Friday Art Ramble is a big one! Thanks to partnerships with the MESA Project, the University Art Museum at New Mexico State University, and Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, as well as generous funding from ArtPlace AmericaCruces Creatives is hosting a multifaceted, interactive, themed art show on the intersections between agriculture and the environment. The evening features:

  • Exhibits from multiple local artists and the Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks visiting artist Deborah Burian;
  • A paint-by-numbers mural in the break room that attendees can help paint;
  • Free tapas, including vegetarian and vegan options, from Chala’s Wood Fired Grill;
  • For those of legal drinking age, beer and wine provided by a licensed server;
  • An all-original open mic from 6:45-8:00 p.m., with environmental themes especially encouraged; and
  • Live music from award-winning local roots duo, Old-Time Pharmaceuticals, 6:00-6:45 p.m. and 8:00-9:00 p.m.

Wood Shop Power Automation Coming September 6

To help keep people safe in the wood shop, Cruces Creatives uses a lock-out system on tools that should only be operated by people with appropriate training. Until this Friday, you would have noticed padlocks on the power cords to tools like the table saw, which the back monitors unlock only for people with appropriate safety training. On many tools, the padlocks are going away—but the safety isn’t.

As part of a transition to a more efficient card-swipe system—in which people with safety training on a tool can swipe their Cruces Creatives RFID card to unlock that tool—IT Officer Jeff Moore has created an electronic system that back monitors can use to control power to several wood shop tools. Instead of going to a computer, checking the safety training status of people wanting to use a tool, finding the appropriate key, and then unlocking a tool padlock, back monitors can now use a tablet or a specially configured phone to confirm the safety trainings of everyone in the wood shop and electronically lock or unlock tools. After this new system for electronically controlling tool access is successfully piloted, we can move toward a card-swipe system, in which safety training is confirmed electronically and the safety locking/unlocking system for tools is automated.



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