Los Alamos Entrepreneurs’ Network Elects Officers

Los Alamos Entrepreneurs’ Network News:

Newly elected board of the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs' Network from left Vice President Richard Sayres, President Andy Andrews and Secretary Bill Sellers at the Hive in White Rock Thursday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The first election of officers for the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs’ Network (LAEN) concluded this evening with the following results:

  • President – Andy Andrews
  • Vice President – Richard Sayre
  • Secretary – Bill Sellers

LAEN adopted its by-laws Feb. 23 and appointed a nomination committee including David Jones and Jung Hong to facilitate the election of officers.

LAEN members meet again at 11:30 a.m. at the Hive, 134 N.M. 4, for a brown-bag lunch next Thursday starting at 11:30 followed by its by-monthly formal meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday Feb. 22.

From left, Jung Hong and Dave Jones count ballots during Thursday's LAEN Board election. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dave Jones serves as the Hive steward. The Hive offers user packages by the day or month, without setup fees nor long-term commitments. It provides a range of facilities, tools, and services at a fraction of the cost of setting up a dedicated facility. It is designed to accommodate use by both individuals and small teams.

The Hive offers the amenities of a traditional workplace with the convenience and sociability of a neighborhood cafe. The Hive offers everything from desks and meeting rooms to social areas, high speed Internet access and office equipment.

The Hive can also link users to virtual incubator services delivered by Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation and other entities.

LAEN members gather in a conference room at the Hive in White Rock to vote for its first board of directors. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The Hive is a live experiment aimed at discovering whether an underutilized building can be repurposed to support a cowork community of freelancers, entrepreneurs, independent inventors & innovators, startups, small businesses, big company telecommuters, field workers, and other laptop nomads who are tired of working alone at home or in crowded and noisy coffee shops.

It is an experiment to test the possibility of developing a facility supporting a community of workers who socialize and, more importantly, collaborate.

Newly elected LAEN President Andy Andrews congratulates new board Secretary Bill Sellers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

They can bounce ideas off each other, share expertise, join forces on projects, refer business to one another and even join to create new companies.

The Hive is for freelancers, entrepreneurs, independent inventors & innovators, startups, small businesses, big company telecommuters, field workers, and other laptop nomads. At the Hive you can share a workspace with other creative, talented individuals. Why experience the go-it-alone feeling when you can connect with be supported by peers who are experts in their fields. The Hive helps you create opportunities to connect with other professionals and share ideas and resources with other Hive users.

LAEN member Ralph Chapman congratulates new President Andy Andrews. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

You’ll also be able to connect with educational workshops and social networking events. In addition, the Hive has “hot desk”, “quiet office”, and conference space for times when you need more privacy or complete privacy. Equipped shop and lab spaces are available for private, short-term use so you can concentrate on and accomplish experiments, proof of concept, and prototyping work. Flexible project space can be adpted to a wide variety of uses.

LAEN members discuss projects. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.comThe Hive provides a range of facilities, tools, and services at a fraction of the cost of setting up a dedicated facility. It is designed to accommodate use by both individuals and small teams. The Hive offers everything from desks and meeting rooms to social areas, labs, workshops, project spaces, wifi Internet access, and equipment.

The Hive is a live experiment aimed at discovering whether an underutilized building can be repurposed to support development of a cowork community of freelancers, entrepreneurs, independent inventors & innovators, startups, small businesses, big company telecommuters, field workers, and other laptop nomads who are tired of working alone at home or in crowded and noisy coffee shops.

Can a facility support a community of workers who socialize and, more importantly, collaborate? Will they bounce ideas off each other, share expertise, join forces on projects, refer business to one another and even join to create new companies?

LAEN election in progress Thursday at the Hive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Hive users who purchase a service plan are also connected to other regional and worldwide resources. Premium Plan users are entitled to use of an “international co-work visa.”

This benefit provides for free use of hundreds of co-work facilities throughout the USA and world. The Hive premium plan gives you a free, collaborative working space in hundreds of locations worldwide.

Learn more at www.hive505.com

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LANB is Hosting Two More Retirement Seminars

Los Alamos National Bank is hosting two very timely retirement seminars over the lunch hour from noon to 1 p.m. Friday March 9 and noon to 1 p.m. Friday March 16.

There is no charge for the conferences.

Seating is limited in the second floor conference room of the bank at 1200 Trinity Dr., so RSVP to 661-2278.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events for March and Beyond…

Environmental Remediation at LANL:

Wednesday, March 7 @ 7 p.m., Open Meeting of the Sierra Club, Upstairs Meeting Rooms, Mesa Public Library 

What is the current status of Solid Waste Management Units (SWMUs), the cleanup status of Technical Area 21, and the groundwater monitoring network)? Edwin Worth will update us on those issues, while Lee Bishop will focus on the Transuranic Waste Campaign and LANL’s efforts to accommodate Governor Susana Martinez’s priorities.

Los Alamos Winter Market:

Thurs., March 8 @ Fuller Lodge: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This week at market!

EREMITA’S-JAMS-PICKLED BEETS-WEAVINGS…KENS-UNGRADED EGGS…MARY-POTATOES, DAVE’S-COFFEE CAKES-BUNS-PIZZAS-COOKIES-BREADS-STICKY BUNS…BARBARA’S-UNGRADED EGGS-FEATHER CRAFTS-GREENS-PLANTS…PATTY-COOKBOOK- CHILE POWDER-CORN DECORATIONS …TOM’S-FRESH CHICKEN-TURKEY-PATE`-STOCK-UNGRADED EGGS…JOY’S-YAK-KNITTINGS-YAK MEAT AND PRODUCTS-PELTS…SIERRA’S-UNGRADED EGGS-DRIED HERBS-BASKETS…TRUJILLO’S-TAMALES-SOUP & BEAN MIXES & DIPS…PINON FUDGE-PASALITOS…GADIEL & MARTHA’S-HONEY- PRODUCE-DECORATIONS…AMY- HAND TOSSED BREADS…MARKET BASKETS & APRONS ARE ALL FOR SALE. For more information, visit http://lamainstreet.com/farmers-market.htm or call 575-581-4651 or 505-929-6579.

Sustainable Los Alamos … YOUR Sustainable Home:

Wednesday, March 14 @ 7 p.m. at PEEC, 3540 Orange St.

You’ve heard from the experts about how to make your home more sustainable. Now we want to hear from you! Join us for a fun, world-cafe style evening of learning and sharing ideas/actions we do to live more sustainably. Bring your favorite tips, tools, and ideas to help us gather fun and easy things we can all do today to create a sustainable future. Come to share your ideas or pick up some great tips from your neighbors! This FREE event is brought to you by PEEC and the Los Alamos Co-op. Free. No registration required. Door prizes.

Starlab Planetarium Show:

Friday, March 23 @ 7–7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 25 @ 2-2:30 p.m. at PEEC 3540 Orange St.

Avoid the outdoor cold and view the stars inside a warm planetarium dome. In addition to pointing prominent constellations and stars, Pajarito Astronomers President Steve Becker will demonstrate how the sky looks at the north pole, equator and near the south pole. Get ready for the 2012 Los Alamos Dark Nights by learning major constellations. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Specially priced at $5 for individuals and $15 for families.    

Earth Day 2012 Festival:

Saturday, April 21 @ 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at PEEC,  3540 Orange St.

The theme this year is The Ever-Changing Land of Enchantment. The PEEC logo connects us to the land we live in and its changes over the past 100 years of New Mexico’s Centennial. But it also reminds us we must live gently on this beautiful and vulnerable land. The Earth Day Festival will feature displays by community groups of their earth-friendly products and practices and their information about our environment on the Pajarito Plateau. Renaissance entertainment group Clan Tynker will perform (back by popular request.) To volunteer or for more info, contact Chair Terry Foxx, 672-9056, storyteler@comcast.net

Annual ‘Party for PEEC’ benefit dinner to support the Nature Center”

Sunday, April 22 @  5-7 p.m. at the Hilltop House Hotel

Great gourmet meal with foods from the era of the early New Mexico settlers, in celebration of the New Mexico Centennial.  Music by “the Craig Martin Experience” from 5-6 p.m. Silent Auction from 5-6 p.m. A great opportunity to bid on items from local merchants, services from PEEC experts, or a week’s vacation. Tickets $50 ($25 tax deductible)

May 13-17, World Renewable Energy Forum (WREF) in Denver

About ASES: Established in 1954, the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is the nation’s leading association of solar professionals & advocates. Our mission is to inspire an era of energy innovation and speed the transition to a sustainable energy economy. We advance education, research and policy. http://ases.org/

WREF 2012: International – Are you Ready?

More than 200 sessions will discuss everything scientific, renewable, efficient, environmental or financial at the World Renewable Energy Forum (WREF), May 13-17, 2012, in Denver, Colorado. Registration is open. Sign up now for access to world’s top renewable energy experts. If your focus is what’s going on in other countries, here are just some of […]

Visit  http://ases.org/category/wref/  for detailed schedule and more information.

Los Alamos Sustainable Energy Network (LASE Network):

Los Alamos Sustainable Energy Network (LASE Network) is the Los Alamos Chapter of  the New Mexico Solar Energy Association (NMSEA),  an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to promoting solar energy and related sustainable practices. NMSEA was one of the first organizations in the country, founded in 1972, to seek methods and ideas on how to use renewable energy, how small villages could live sustainably, and how to empower people through education about these issues. We are currently an all-volunteer organization. Our membership includes a diverse group of citizens including interested advocates of solar energy, architects, building contractors, engineers, educators, and planners specializing in renewable energy and sustainability.

Our Vision: We envision a thriving, biodiverse earth, with civilization powered by clean, renewable and sustainable energy from the sun.

Our Mission: We promote clean, renewable energy and sustainability in New Mexico through education, empowerment, collaboration and advocacy.

Looking for a solar installer, a passive solar designer, a sustainable product or service? See NMSEA’s Solar and Sustainable Directory (Last updated 7/26/2011), Printable version

Looking for information about financial incentives? See CCAE’s “How to Go Solar in New Mexico” Guidebook.

Blue Window Bistro Brings Italy to Los Alamos

Wine Review By Tom Hill

All that was missing Sunday was Luciano Pavarotti’s music in the background, a bocce game out in the parking lot with lots of grappa going down, and Mount Chicoma spewing lava off to the North.

The Blue Window Bistro brought sunny Italy to a sunny Los Alamos by hosting a tasting of Italian wines paired with Italian appetizers and desserts.

The wines were selected by National Distributing’s Ben Niedelman. Melissa Paternoster’s competent kitchen staff kept up a steady flow of food to feed nearly 60 patrons that evening.

The wines selected were:

  • Capasaldo Prosecco
  • Campo Al Mare Vermentino
  • Bollini Pinot Grigio
  • Capasaldo Moscato
  • Bolla Bardolino
  • Bolla Valpolicella
  • Banfi Chianti Superiore
  • Banfi Chianti Classico
  • Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva
  • Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva
  • Ca’Bertoldi Amarone della Valpolicella
  • Chiarlo Nivole Moscato
  • House Jam Lambrusco

Of the white wines, I was particularly taken by the Pinot Grigio and the Vermentino. Pinot Grigio, as made in Italy, tends to be a rather light, bland sort of wine…dullsville.

This Bollini version, from Italy’s northern Trentino region, was actually quite rich and lively…a very pretty wine. Vermintino is one of my favorite varieties, though not well known in this country. Originally from Spain, it made its home in Corsica and Liguria, eventually migrating to Tuscany where it’s found a new home.

This Campo Al Mare from the Bolgheri region displayed the zippy, vibrant stony minerality that makes this variety so appealing.

Of the reds, I was rather taken by the two Bolla wines. Years ago, the Bolla wines were rather harsh, lean, and rough…characteristic of many Italian wines of that time. Five years ago, Banfi Imports became part owners of Bolla and has done a remarkable turn-around of the winemaking.

These two wines, from Italy’s Veneto region, were bright, light, fruit-forward, and easy to drink. Best of all, they are quite reasonably priced.

The Chiantis were an interesting contrast. They probably were the best matched to Melissa’s take on Italian cusine. The Banfi’s are sleek modern-style expressions of Tuscany’s Chianti, with the bright
cherry fruit of the Sangiovese showing through with a laser sharpness.

The Nozzole Riserva was a much more serious, old world expression of Chianti; more earthy tones and a tannic backbone that suggests it greatest glories are yet to come.

My favorite of the reds was the Amarone. Made from grapes that are dried in the attics of the winery on straw mats (that’s the romantic depiction of the process … modern procedures are much more prosaic) for several months to concentrate the sugar; it clocked in at 16 percent alcohol.

It was a big, robust, powerful red with loads of fruit and modest tannins; ideal with the tomato-sauced dishes.

Of the two dessert wines, the Nivole Moscato was everything you want from a Muscat…slightly sweet, bright acidity, and a gushing Moscato floral fruit that matched the two desserts well.

The Blue Window Bistro did a knock-out job on this event; the kitchen was well up to the task, and the organization ran very smoothly.

I look forward to more such events right here at home.

Co-op’s Birthday Bash Deemed Smashing Success!

Aviv Stein shows off his juggling skills while the Hill Stompers perform musical numbers outside the Co-op Saturday. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market threw an enormous community-wide party Saturday to celebrate its first anniversary in business.

Lively music, cake, food samples, baby goats, children’s activities and even a couple kissing in the aisles of the natural, healthy and locally-grown food store punctuated the festive atmosphere.

The day marked near record-setting sales following a year that exceeded expectations.

More than 1,500 people gathered throughout the day to participate in Saturday’s celebration – enforcing the Co-op’s reputation as “the heart of the community at the edge of town.”

Co-op Outreach Coordinator Sandra West with General Manager Steve Watts. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Michael and Kelly Dolejsi with daughter Amelia. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Members of the Hill Stompers entertain the crowd inside the Co-op. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Musician and photographer TK Thompson, sporting overalls, mugs for the camera with a few of his Hill Stomper friends. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Co-op Board Member Cecile Hemez serves birthday cake with Produce Manager Phil Kearney. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Co-op Meat Manager Trini Vigil enjoys birthday cake with his wife Jasmine. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Former Co-op Board President Nancy Savoia holds one of the baby goats celebrating Saturday at the big party. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

County Councilor David Izraelevitz and his wife Terry share a celebratory kiss in the pancake aisle during Saturday's festive celebration at the Co-op. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Co-op employees Megan Beach and Tim Morrison greet customers during the store's first year anniversary party Saturday. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

LANB’s Bill Enloe Featured in New Mexico Business Weekly

Chairman and CEO Bill Enloe

Los Alamos National Bank Chairman and CEO Bill Enloe is featured in an article in last week’s New Mexico Business Weekly written by Dennis Domrzalsk.

The article, “Top CEO: Bill Enloe’s banking career turned on the draft” details Enloe’s career, (appointed president in 1978 before he was 30 years old), and LANB’s strong, steady growth over the next nearly four decades to become the largest locally-owned community bank in New Mexico.

LANB was established in June 1963 by a group of local investors who saw the need for a convenient, full-service community bank.

The bank had $15 million in assets, one location and 12 employees when Enloe went to work there in 1971.

Today, the bank has $1.6 billion in assets, six locations and 330 employees.

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt congratulated Enloe on the New Mexico Business Weekly article saying, “Congrats on the article in the NM Magazine. I look forward to reading about your great leadership. Our community is so proud of you.”

Read the full article at http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/print-edition/2012/02/24/top-ceo-bill-enloes-banking-career.html

Sunday Business Spotlight: Mandy Marksteiner Makes a Business of Getting Businesses Noticed

By Bonnie Gordon

Mandy Marksteiner. Photo by Carol A Clark/ladailypost.com

Looking to promote your business, service or organization? Mandy Marksteiner can help.

Marksteiner and her partner, graphic artist Katharine Hansen, can produce any sort of marketing product from flyers to websites. But that’s not all. Marksteiner can write your white paper, case study, promotional article or ad copy.

In addition, Marksteiner specializes in marketing and can help you get noticed by potential customers.

“I know the media landscape,” Marksteiner said. “I’m a multi-channel marketer. I try to use as many resources as possible at the lowest cost. I want people to get results right away.”

Marksteiner gives her customers a place to start in promoting their business.

“I spend a lot of time getting to know the business,” she said. “I start with their goals. Sometimes, the starting point is an ad. Sometimes, it’s an article and sometimes it’s a website.”

Marksteiner plans strategies to reach both current and potential customers.

“It’s important to reach out to the people who already like you,” Marksteiner said.

She suggests using e-newsletters, social media such as Facebook and website content directed to current customers.

Of course businesses also need to attract new customers.

“I use stories in marketing to new customers — people who may not know they need your product or service.” Marksteiner said. “A story will make new customers aware of the problem that your company solves. I can write a story for you that a newspaper will publish.”

Once people are aware of your business, it might be time for ads, flyers and brochures. Marksteiner’s partnership with Hansen makes it possible for her to offer graphic design services in addition to her skills as a writer and marketer.

Marksteiner concentrates on her strengths – writing and marketing, while Hansen makes sure the product will look great and get noticed.

Marksteiner has been writing since childhood. After earning her BA in English and music, she worked in New York as a proofreader and wrote poetry and stories.

Marksteiner wanted to make a living as a writer, and she discovered American Writers and Artists, Inc., which offers many classes in various kinds of writing.

“They offer the best direct response copywriting course in the country,” Marksteiner said.

She went on to take classes in financial copywriting, fundraising copy, grant writing, business to business writing and travel writing among others.

Marksteiner juggles her career with caring for her two children, Calvin, 4, and Gloria, 15-months. She also publishes Art on the Hill, a newsletter about the Los Alamos arts scene.

Marksteiner has a strong interest in the arts and enjoys working with musicians, music teachers and artists to promote their services. She is a musician herself and plays trumpet with the Los Alamos Community Winds.

Her interest in music has led Marksteiner to branch out in a new direction. In addition to marketing, Marksteiner can act as a liaison between venues and musicians and help organize gigs.

Marksteiner has a number of satisfied customers, including Michele Stump, owner of The Harp of the Spirit.

“Mandy is an outstanding publicist,” Stump wrote in a testimonial published on Marksteiner’s website. “She is expert at getting a business recognized in both electronic and print format. If you want your business to be recognized and bring in more revenue, then Mandy Marksteiner is for you!”

Marksteiner is dedicated to serving the needs of her customers.

“I will bend over backwards to make sure what I produce will work,” she said. “If someone has a goal, I want to reach it.”

Check out Marksteiner’s website at www.mandymarksteiner.com to learn more about her services. She also publishes an interesting blog on the site. Marksteiner can be reached at email@mandymarksteiner.com.

Community Forum Set for 6 p.m. Thursday

Chamber News

There will be an open community forum at 6 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge. Imagine if there were modern, affordable rental housing created in downtown Los Alamos aimed at artists, early career scientists and technologists (including post docs and students), educators and entrepreneurs.

Adjunct amenity possibilities could be things like multi-function meeting/performance space, extended stay housing units and retail shop spaces.

Minneapolis-based PLACE organizes financing for, builds and operates innovative housing developments.

They are looking for ideas from our community about what would be helpful and is needed if it could be brought into existence here.

PLACE is an ethical nonprofit that builds sustainable communities.

Its vision is that every community will be:

  • Powered by clean, renewable energy
  • Inspired by artists and imagination
  • Created in collaboration with thousands
  • Open and affordable to everyone
  • A transformational place where people can flourish

PLACE was founded in 2005.

The PLACE Team recently worked on sustainable communities in Ajo, Ariz., Philadelphia, PA and Ventura, Calif.

Visit www.placeonline.us/

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Building ‘The Sanctuary’ and Moving to Canyon Road

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service News

 

This week the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service put down earnest money on a piece of property overlooking the canyon adjacent to Canyon Road.

The  nonprofit organization is on its way to achieving a goal it has been working toward for a number of years.

The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service intends to build “The Sanctuary,” a small Hospice House where care can be provided for family respite, crisis management and end of life care.

The Sanctuary will provide additional services within the community and will partner with other local health care providers.

The facility will be available to those individuals with terminal diagnosis who are unable to remain at home, those whose families or caretakers are in need of respite care, or those who need additional end of life care.

“We feel very fortunate to be able to purchase this beautiful privately owned property,” said President John Hofmann of the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Board of Directors.

The project will provide a state of the art, esthetically pleasing facility with up to six bed units.

All policies and procedures will be developed following state and federal guidelines to ensure that the facility will be licensed and certified as an in-patient hospice unit with the ability to receive third party reimbursement.

The architectural plans include the administrative offices for both Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Home Care and Hospice programs.

This will allow the organization to consolidate clinical and administrative services at one site for cost containment.

Demographically, Los Alamos and its surrounding area has the most rapidly aging population in the state.

Though not all patients choose in-patient hospice care, many do choose to stay at home.

Unfortunately, others have spent their final days in facilities outside of their communities.

Currently, there are few free standing Hospice in-patient facilities in the state, the closest being in Albuquerque.  The Sanctuary will allow these individuals to remain close to their homes and families.

The Sanctuary will be the only residential hospice setting currently available in Los Alamos, Santa Fe and the Espanola Valley area.

“We at the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service look forward to having a hospice facility to provide end of life care that is currently unavailable in our communities,” said Executive Director Sarah Rochester of Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service.

Formed in 1973 in response to the needs of a young but rapidly aging community, the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service is nearly 40 years old.

Originally serving Los Alamos County, the agency has become a vital and growing health care provider in northern New Mexico.

Organized as a non-profit agency (501(c)(3)), the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service has been federally certified since its inception, state licensed from the initiation of licensing requirements and an active participant in requiring coverage of Home Health Services by private insurance companies.

Originally, the agency provided only the services of skilled nursing and physical therapy; however, by 1978 the services of occupational therapy and speech/language pathology were added, allowing those individuals served to receive full rehabilitation coverage.

As Home Care grew, so did the Visiting Nurses, becoming a member agency of the Los Alamos Area United Way. It was certified by many private insurance providers, became actively involved in legislative efforts to reduce medical costs, and actively participated on committees that advised both federal and state regulators.

With the addition of Medical Social Services and Home Health Aide Services in 1990, the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service was able to offer a full range of services to the community it served.

In 1994, the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service became a state licensed and federally certified hospice, completing its goal of becoming a fully reimbursed Health Care Agency in northern New Mexico.

As the organization grew, it became aware of the need to expand services into the Española area, offering both Home Care and Hospice Services to those individuals within a 30-mile radius of Española. This included the areas west to Truchas, north to Abiquiu and as far south as Cuyamungue.

Not only did this increase the service area, but it greatly diversified the clients, who now include residents of several area Pueblos and the mountain villages of northern New Mexico. This became the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Los Rios Branch Office.

The area served by the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service and its branch office is now larger than the state of Massachusetts.

Donated Milling Machine is the Hive’s Newest Asset

This mill was donated to the Hive and is available for use. Courtesy Photo

By Mandy Marksteiner

Last week Chris Luchini donated a Sherline 5400 Milling Machine with Computer Numerical Control (CNC) to the Hive.

Over the weekend Richard Browning, Jung Pyo Hong and Sam Park have been working to restore the machine, which was probably made in the mid to late 80’s, so that members of the Hive can use it to create prototypes and models.

The machine has four axes; X, Y, and Z and a rotary table that you can clamp work to and rotate under computer control. According to the Sherline website, compared to a lathe, “Sherline milling machines can perform all of the tasks and operations that a large commercial machine can perform. Operations such as fly cutting, precision drilling, and boring are all routine tasks for the Sherline mill. Because the tool turns rather than the work, much larger parts can be worked on in a mill, and these parts need not be round.”

If someone used a CAD program to design a 3-D part, and then converted that design into a G-Code program, the Sherline 5400 can use the instructions in the G-Code program to create the part. In 1974, Sherline products became popular with the model community, because their mills and lathes made it possible to build tiny replicas of trains and other intricate machines. Other people use them to make working machines, like model airplanes that fly.

For programmers and inventors who know how to use it, the possibilities are endless. Browning is restoring the Sherline 500 so that it can be used with open hardware. The only flaw in the donated machine at this time is that the rotary table only moves in one direction.  This will be corrected.

Next step is to replace the aged interface electronics with open hardware and use open software such as Linux and EMC2.  Then, software programmers and electronics engineers would be attracted to the project.

“I see it as a learning tool,” said David Jones, the steward of the Hive. “People can use it to learn about machining and how AutoCAD can talk to machines.”

The Hive had it’s grand opening in December. It was once an underutilized space that has been converted into a co-work space for freelancers, inventors, entrepreneurs and other professionals. Rather than purchasing a traditional workplace, users can rent office space, conference rooms and even lab space to conduct experiments and create prototypes.

Visit http://hmi-la.org/hive.htm