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Snap Shot: A Peek at Sector67

A peek inside Sector67, Madison, WI

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This article appeared in Make: Vol. 40.

This article appeared in Make: Vol. 40.

Photography by Riley Wilkinson

Home of the three-time Power Racing Series champions, Sector67 is a well-organized hackerspace near the state capitol in Madison, Wisconsin. The nonprofit was bootstrapped by Chris Meyer, the sole founder and benevolent dictator who launched it after taking a $7,000 second prize in a business plan competition. That’s not a lot of money for tools, so Meyer and Sector67’s members began rebuilding and refurbishing well-used (and sometimes broken) equipment, from CNC mills and routers to injection equipment and sewing machines. The nine shots here show just a bit of what’s inside their 8,500-square-foot space.


 

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Cast iron, like this Valentine’s Day pour and Minecraft pickaxe, is a big facet of Sector67.

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Unsorted hardware is just junk in a box. These drawers hold lots of old-school electronics stock.

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A well-used third hand, handmade from a block of wood, screw, washer, steel wire, and alligator clips.

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Sector67’s Chris Meyer works their manual milling machine.

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Another cast-iron creation, this metal head was made from a 3D Kinect scan, sliced up into a lasercutter file in 123D Make.

6. A 1980s Melco embroidery machine that has been converted to USB using an Arduino to emulate the output of the original paper tape reader.

A 1980s Melco embroidery machine that has been converted to USB using an Arduino to emulate the output of the original paper tape reader.

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Milled injection molds for Sector67 poker chips.

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Cleverly crafted shelves use dowels rather than a solid platform to hold only plastic shoeboxes, helping keep Sector67’s materials organized.

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Meyer in the wood shop, where Sector67 keeps a Jet 12″ planer/joiner, a Grizzly drum/flap sander, a Stinger CNC router, and racks of lumber, boards and other build materials.

 


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