It’s been quite a while since my last post. So many things are happening so quickly that I could post several times a day and not run out of topics, but I never seem to find the time to write something in the heat of battle.  I’m making a promise to myself to do better.  Perhaps the last thing I do before heading up to bed is to share a few of the amazing things happening every day during our buildout.

One of our goals is for the Foundery to be the place to go when you need a special tool or capability to accomplish a task.  A good example is our new spot welder/soldering station.

Our new combination spot welder/soldering station

Our new combination spot welder/soldering station

This machine makes it easy to weld tabs to batteries.  I used it to repair the lithium battery pack in one of our portable AEDs (defibrillator).  A new battery pack costs $150, but instead I just bought replacement cells for $15, cracked open the case, and used the spot welder to rebuild the pack.

Closeup of some tabs I spot welded onto new batteries.

Closeup of some tabs I spot welded onto new batteries.

 

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How to save $135 in 20 minutes

I would have loved to have this machine when I rebuilt about a dozen 18 volt cordless tool battery packs a few years back with a soldering iron and a roll of electrical tape.  It would be difficult to justify buying one just for my occasional use, but now every Foundery member will have access to it any time they want.  That really hits the spot!