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2002-04-10 16:40:59+00 by Dan Lyke 7 comments

I mentioned talking with the guy who built the solar powered bed last year at Burning Man[Wiki]. At the time, along with recommending Innovation First motor controllers, he'd mentioned that the only arc welders he thought worth buying were from Miller. Yesterday Kiki forwarded her "favorite on-line porn": Miller's TIG welders, specifically the Syncrowave 250 DX, although in conjunction with a torch to pre-heat, the Millermatic 135 MIG setup looks like it might fit my needs, and might even (barely) run off my Honda EU2000 for portable pedal-powered vehicle fabrication.

[Edit 2004-08-11 per request from Miller to keep the links updated appropriately]

[ related topics: Burning Man Robotics Fabrication ]

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#Comment made: 2002-04-10 22:43:06+00 by: meuon [edit history]

So.. should the BM project be: I'll bring a welder, hacksaw and such, and we all bring some sacrificial bicycles and see what we can make? A People Powered Bus ala http://www.didik.com/people.htm (no pictures, real?)

After playing around, I am considering making my old Huffy into the seed parts of a recumbant bike. Mine is not a Miller, but its a very nice Campbell Hausfeld 105 Mig/Flux. I like it, but I need practice with Aluminum. I'd like to know someone that really uses stuff like: http://durafix.com for structural stuff like bicycles.

I have a really nice genset.. but it's far from portable :)

#Comment made: 2002-04-10 23:11:45+00 by: Dan Lyke

Old old bikes, of mild steel, are really easy to work with. If you have something with a derailleur hub, a kid's BMX bike, and another frame for steel, it's fairly easy to make a recumbent.

And hey, if we could borrow your generator and air conditioners for the week we could cool the whole damned camp...

#Comment made: 2002-04-11 00:42:23+00 by: meuon

Hmm.. Got an older Trek BMX bike.. and they are plentiful in this neighborhood as junk. I'll have to see what I can kludge up. I made a front bumper and grill for the Bronco, a fun bike can't be any worse.

#Comment made: 2002-04-11 02:16:03+00 by: ebradway

How 'bout a pedal-powered VW bus? Probably would be faster than the dead-dino engine that comes in it...

#Comment made: 2002-04-11 10:24:01+00 by: meuon

Does this mean you are.. without locomotive power for the Yogabus? Ooohhmmm..

#Comment made: 2002-04-11 17:16:26+00 by: Dan Lyke

Otmar turned his VW bus into a stretch. The web pages says he's also looking at turning it into a hybrid by driving the front wheels with electrics, he's driving the back wheels with an engine from a Jetta. He should be camping at Firetown (Where Todd and I are camping, and we're making space for Meuon) if you want to ask questions...

#Comment made: 2002-04-11 17:29:04+00 by: Dan Lyke

Oh yeah, to satisfy your Porsche jones, Otmar's also done an electric 914. Allegedly in one day (with a lot of help).