CCHS is a community workshop run by an enthusiastic group of like-minded members, located in Hawthorn, Victoria. Visitors and new members of all skill levels are very welcome. The About the CCHS page has more details. CCHS is also known as the Melbourne HackerSpace or HackMelbourne and is one of many Australian HackerSpaces.

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Blog post: Exploring 3D prints and finishes

3D printing is amazing at creating details pieces, and the ability to finish a print with paint, waxes and surface detail can make your plastic peice look like it is made of completely different material.

Here is a 3D printing model of the medallion from the film “Raiders of the Lost Ark” finished to look like brass and weathered to put a few hundred years on the piece using paint and rub and buff metalic wax finish.


Blog post: Walk-thorough of the Connected Community Hackerspace

Gil has been posting videos about his Maker journey and last month created a walkthrough for the Connected Community Hackerspace.

Gil’s YouTube channel has a number of Maker projects and updates and can be found here: Gil’s YouTube

Blog post: Beginnings of a welding area at CCHS

We’re setting up a welding area at CCHS – recent visitors will have noticed the strange 250mm semi rigid ducting running across the ceiling.

Last night we added a welding table, located next to the vending machine. Its not as heavy as it looks, and can be pulled forward to enable easier welding access.

We’ll be soon putting up a frame that’ll make dropping down the welding curtains nice and easy, and hooking up the extractor fan.   Longer term, we hope to upgrade the welding table top to something with 16mm holes on 50mm pitch, for use with special quick setup welding clamp set.

The welding table also provides a home for the vac former, which is quite light and can be moved to an adjacent bench (the workbenches in that area are all the same height, at the moment…)