Announcements

Over the last couple years the priorities in my life have changed. Had Matrix Garage grown big enough to hire enough employees and leave them to running it while I pursued other things I would have happily taken that route but it has generally stayed just big enough to keep me working overtime. 
I have decided to start focusing my carreer and passions elsewhere and that means that supporting the AW, AE, 4A and related communities has had to be moved much lower on the priority list. I have decided to keep the store up to provide parts that only we offer, or other things that are hard to come by elsewhere. You will notice many big name, readily available products have been taken down and we will continue to do so. It's just not worth our time trying to compete with the big corporations selling at cutthroat prices and it just takes up more of my time. 
I will try to keep providing those parts that we make or that we have developed and sell as a service to the community but understand that now this is something I do in my spare time because I don't want to leave people hanging. 
I try to make shipments and process orders at least twice a week. If you want Amazon next day shipping buy from Amazon. I will do my best to keep order time and customer service at a reasonable level but have some understanding. I am not making money on this and it takes away from my other work and other issues that are very important to me right now. 
I have always wanted to make our designs and other information open source and available to the community but to do so properly would take a lot of time making sure that models and drawings were complete, accurate, or properly described. To go through everything and make sure it was something that I felt comfortable releasing to the community. I would love to find someone who was willing to help me do this. Someone in engineering school or passionate about this to help go through 3D scans, CAD designs, and information to prepare it. If you are interested feel free to email me. 


 

 


 

Jobs

Intern/Apprentice

Matrix Garage is looking for an intern/apprentice.

This is an unpaid position but may have potential to turn into a long term paying position.

The main project right now will be building a small CNC machine from the ground up, installing wiring, motors, controls and so on, installing software and learning to program the machine while getting it dialed in working out kinks.

The machine it's self will be made off my own design.

 

The first step of the job will involve assembly and fabrication including grinding, drilling tapping and the like with potential to do some welding if interested.

We will need to install the hardware including ball screws and linear motion rails.

The next step will be installing the electronics, drives and wiring the machine. This will require good mechanical and electrical knowledge or at least an eagerness to learn with good reading comprehension.

This is the kit that will run the machine.

http://www.automationtechnologiesinc.com/products-page/stepper-nema23-4-...

 

Next step will be installing software to run the machine and try to get the machine to do what we want it to.

The software we will be using will be linuxcnc.

http://www.linuxcnc.org/

 

 

 

After that we will be working on getting models from 3D cad programmed into the machine and making 2D and 3D parts made out of plastic, metal and other materials.

 

If the project is successful as I hope this may move on to revising the design and making plans and machines to sell. Another possibility may be finding schools or educational programs where we can teach/help build machines that they would keep for their use or various other potential projects like that.

 

This project and others that are likely to come up would be perfect for anyone interested in learning knowledge and skills that would start moving them towards an education and or career in mechanical or electircial engineering, mechanical design, custom fabrication, CNC programming, machining, R&D, Industrial design and fabrication and things like that.
 

Most important requirements are a good attitude, high standards of quality and good work ethic. Next would either be knowledge and familiarity with all of the above or much more likely just an eagerness to learn.

 

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