Nmap:Alex Au Log::18.9 X 18.8 X 18.7

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Reflection on Sep 2018, Aug 2018, July 2018


  • Wrote copy for "engineers who want to do hardware"
  • Wrote copy for a 1-day build website
  • Persuaded conventional Asian parents to financially support me to pay for immersion
  • Held 2 circles during immersion to increase understanding, hold space for emotions & tensions, and keep social fabric together
  • Added beginning of governance system based on holacracy
  • Created 6 layer documentation template & standard, which was used to document 3d printer
  • Researched CO2 laser w/o success
  • Created Talk proposal combining climate change and OSE
  • Began discussion to use Discourse for continuous improvement of documentation

Highlighted Pages

Record of Sep 2018, Aug 2018, July 2018

Sat Sep 29, 2018

  • 3 foot 3d printer build
  • Product idea: library demo, funding pitch, working on social infrastructure, vote to determine support priorities: 3/4 or 3/7 conversion rate for excitement, possibly 2/7 to donate monthly given right pitch + incentives; for example, invitation to facebook live / podcast event where you can ask questions and get them answered about anything
  • On Documentation: freeze unless its reflection after a build. use discourse to guide questions
  • Vocabulary list: carriage, idler, driver, RAMPS board, arduino, MOSFET, axis, heated bed, thermister, CURA, Linux, OSE Linux, grinder, angle grinder, dremel, ironworker, cnc, cnc circuit mill, lathe, bearings, gear pulley, stepper motor, frame, z-home, bed calibration, alan key, screw, bolt, belt, tension, tension screw, epoxy, microfactory, critical path,

Wed Sep 26, 2018

Tue Sep 25, 2018

Mon Sep 24, 2018

Sat Sep 22, 2018

Platform for Community + Documentation

Wed Sep 19, 2018

Ideas for Product 2018

Mon Sep 17, 2018

Fri Sep 14, 2018

Thu Sep 13, 2018

pre-workshop adjustments

  • INVENTORY: parts for 3 printers, plus 1-2 printers to use and print parts
  • print: cable chain end piece needs a hole for m16?
  • freeCAD and print: smaller extruder holder piece needs to have learger holes so you don't have to ream the holes , the 3 holes that hold the motor in (Ream the 3 holes using a power drill and a 4mm drill bit.
  • freeCAD and print: put a notch in the duct for the large fan bc the clip that is supposed to close it gets blocked by this little bump sticking out

Wed Sep 13, 2018

Mon Sep 10, 2018

freeCAD Adjustments
  • cable chain end piece needs a hole for m16?
  • end stops need a pad so that it can be glued instead of magnets
  • create an OSE magnet as a take home gift
  • adapter plate needs a pad
  • smaller extruder holder piece needs to have learger holes so you don't have to ream the holes , the 3 holes that hold the motor in (Ream the 3 holes using a power drill and a 4mm drill bit.)
  • put a notch in the duct for the large fan bc the clip that is supposed to close it gets blocked by this little bump sticking out
slides workflow

could switch to markdown with version control:

can switch things from google docs to markdown for publishing:

Wed Sep 7, 2018

Wed Sep 5, 2018

Immersion Calendar (OSE Legends) Great Russian Cartoon

13 Days:

  1. 1 & 2 day finish documentation - Need Marcin's time
  2. 3 & 4 day instructor manual, sourcing of materials - Need Marcin's time
  3. replicate build w/ manual
  4. day 5 * make your printer work.
  5. day 6 * do 1 builds to make a 3D printers ---- free time for Marcin
  6. day 7 do a public printer
  7. day 8 * print parts for 1 day (like grinder) - includes getting all the print files, how to print, where the files are, variations in cura
  8. day 9 day design parts - freeCAD work to print file
  9. day 11 & 12 day certification test , * prep marketing, * do workshop 1. Build 2. everything around running the workshop, finding venue, getting parts, production engineering
  10. day 13 day marketing -- do

Tue Sep 4, 2018

Handbook Editing Checklist:

  • Simple Enough?: writing makes sense
  • Naming conventions: ex: use numbers
  • Prior Knowledge: do ppl know what this is?
  • Official Parts Name:
  • Consistent tone: clear and accessible, trending towards informal, but specific
  • Consistent instruction: for assembly like pieces, even if they're different, use close-to-the-same instruction as possible.
  • Unique Step Naming: similar steps that are slightly different should be unique
  • Explaining Differences: when things change, explain why.
  • Pic + Text Cohesiveness: pic + text work together to explain how to do stuff.
  • Pictures named as Figures: for easy reference

Mon Sep 3, 2018

Wire Routing and Final Touching: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1vUwm1JZS3i5IyRm7b4wBucN_K1ba2rugQk3jyxwf8Pc/edit?usp=sharing

Control Panel 1: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1bGoJ7T7Y26oi9NQTS1o30Oaw3tvnPTD7jWdnfiWRA2Q/edit#slide=id.p

Control Panel 2: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1iQKjUccHetxacICyOPumA8Q-fRyK7kMl6DqspyTBixc/edit?usp=sharing

Extruder : https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/172KqbjetnginKONsxB2fh9P-IjfuogUx-CAq8Cvx_4Q/edit#slide=id.p

Heated Bed : https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1BJ1WMltjScTuQ7paGLvs0HMpxtESkitffxhm0d8K4Sc/edit?usp=sharing

Frame : https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1hyFU_mV8qGpV-hbHg9gOAYagN1vF-tqNdCh8p_B8hfc/edit#slide=id.p

Axis X, Y, Z: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1AKgYVq1v1WCgCvUxsRGYh2Awzl4s1mI75tHxGzxw0zg/edit?usp=sharing

Cable Chain + End Stops: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1gwybca08--vPJK7txn65uS88J1zeHRYDFC_BdHKE-Ak/edit?usp=sharing

Assembly: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1dQPuo0tHr3wnP7MAigtNTv425M69HgO5AlSDLuAxTpQ/edit?usp=sharing


6 Layer Documentation Template

Photo Thread for Day 1 of 3D Printer Build, Immersion Camp #1"

Tools needed for 3D print build: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1z-RoLI95bQQzUfuJCpoPG4tyTP5_T3tI6t6ZGzEVcg8/edit?usp=sharing

Sun Sep 2, 2018

Decision-making Process for Governance Based On Holacracy How STAR structures a Goverannce Meeting

Tue Aug 14, 2018

Read emails, synced w/ Sara on [Talk:Photogrammetry_101_with_Harman]

Sat Aug 11, 2018

Talk Proposal: Climate Change and Open Source Ecology

Thu Aug 9, 2018

Read offer letter carefully again and added to discussion. Talk:Conflict Resolution | Talk:Daily_Log_of_Tasks

Wed Aug 8, 2018

Notes on Mechanical Devices for the Electronics Experimenter#Overview of Chapters not-relevant to building lasers: 2-6

Tue Aug 7, 2018

Laser Definitions Vocabulary OSE Laser

Mon Aug 6, 2018

This Week's Goals:

  • Identify top 3 prior art CO2 lasers
  • Create initial design on paper
  • Begin mocking in CAD

Sun Aug 5, 2018

Design Laser Links

Fri Aug 3, 2018

List of Book Locations for CO2 Laser Research in Chicago | Curated Online Research for CO2 Laser Research | Notes on Mechanical Devices for the Electronics Experimenter

Thu Aug 2, 2018

Time spent Getting Support for OSE Immersion:

  • Curate Links -- 2 hours
  • Chats with Parents & Family -- 3 hours

Alex Au Intro to OSE for Parents | Alex Au Process for Persuading Parents to Support OSE Immersion | How to Create an OSE Linux USB using Mac Guide by Alex Au 2018

Wed Aug 1, 2018

Presentation Template


Tue July 31, 2018

Time spent on OSE developer test:

  • Installing Linux — 10-15 hours
  • Learning FreeCAD — 15-20 hours
  • Documenting Work — 5 hours

Self Grade: 95/100 | Mis-edited portion of video documentation near the beginning. Got cube together. Also ran into trouble with tubes being re-positioned when fastening bolts.

Links: Alex Au's Feedback on Developer Test | Link to FreeCAD file of cube | Video Documentation of Alex Au's OSE Developer Test


  • Alex Au - notes from interview conversations