evilKAT (wily) wrote,

Power shears...

I can cut 18ga. steel with my hands.

Holy crap.

Link and picture.

They're a bit finicky to get used to, although I've found starting the cut slow and increasing speed once they grab seems to work pretty well. In a little under an hour I turned a 3x1.5 sheet of steel into plates.

There's a set of leather/steel bracers I've been working on for a while, but never had a way to do the detail work. Under the suggestion of the guy who works at Atlas a scroll saw is a decent machine for doing detailed steel cutting - in lieu of a band saw. I think this is a requirement to get the detail I'm looking for in order to finish the bracers. Unfortunately I need a workshop (rather than a bedroom) to cut in so I don't leave steel filings all over the place.

In other news:

I went to the Hacklab Toronto incorporation party on Friday night with A------ (name withheld until the trademark clears). Drank a bit, had some awesome cookies, and heard a great many geeky conversations. I think the most impressive thing was the DefCon badge from this year with the built in (reprogrammable) chip, an IR transceiver, RFID doohickey, and it probably sings and dances too. Six of my cooworkers showed up as well, which was odd, but welcome.

Nuit Blanche is tonight in Toronto. It's a "all night contemporary art thing" which is expecting roughly 1,000,000 people. I was out .. two years ago now?.. and it seemed to be a lot of walking around and remembering why I left OCAD. -- I'm extremely hard to impress, especially when it comes to "art".
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