Webcam mounts, airplane parts, and an elephant!

Hello everyone,

Summer isn’t slowing down the activity at the Wayne College Makerspace.  All three of our printers are being put to good use.  Thanks to the Romich Foundation, we also recently purchased finishing equipment such as a Dremel tool for cutting/shaping/polishing, some table clamps, and a lighted magnifier.  Although 3D printing is dainty when it comes to plastic consumption, we print so much that we need to buy more spools sooner than we thought.

A student who works for The Wilburt Company wanted to mount a webcam inside a piece of large equipment, so he designed the mount in CAD and brought it to Wayne for printing.  The webcam mount came-out perfectly and is now being used as intended.  Good job on the design, Andrew!  The webcam mount is the white object below:

webcam mount

Dusty is hard at-work with the RC car that will be totally 3D printed.  He is currently working on the suspension system.  The yellow parts are printed with PLA plastic (more rigid) while the red parts are printed in ABS which allows some flexing.  It will be exciting to see the car as it is being built:

suspension beginnings2

Our own Chris from Technical Support Services is learning CAD and 3D printing.  His current project is designing an RC airplane from foam board.  He designed the engine mount and rudder actuators in CAD then printed them on the 3D printer.  The plane flies beautifully (until Chris crashed it into the Wayne soccer goal cage).

rc airplane

Dean Deckler’s coffee mug cap is coming along well.  Dusty designed a perfectly fitting replacement in CAD.  He printed the cap with ABS plastic so that it can withstand the heat of hot coffee.  However, 3D printing is a rough process, allowing for bacteria to form.  This makes 3D printed objects not safe for food use.  Dusty smoothed the cap with acetone vapor, solving some of this problem.  However, the process shrunk the cap slightly, so a larger version needs printed:

coffee mug cap2

And last but not least, we printed an elephant!  Not a large one, but this little guy that printed laying down, but the legs are jointed and start working as soon as its removed from the printer.  Our elephant can walk!

elephant

3d-printing-newsRead this heart warming story about a boy born without fingers on one hand, a mechanical hand invented by a South African carpenter, and a 17-year old who 3D printed this hand from Thingiverse.com:

http://americanprofile.com/articles/give-him-a-hand

 

 

 

Until our next installment…

Tom

RC Car struts and a coffee mug cap

Hello everyone,

Things are slowing down at the Wayne College MakerSpace, being the start of summer.  Engineering students enjoyed their second model rocket launch day during Finals Week.  Although I wasn’t present to witness the event, Jonny’s unique design (the “opening flower pedal” technique) allowed the rocket to descend gently without a parachute.  Congratulations for such an inventive solution!

The new MakerBot has been repaired thanks to Dusty who installed a replacement extruder.  We now have a printer that handles PLA plastic allowing for larger, more reliable, and more complicated prints.

extruder

Even though it’s summer and not many students are frequenting the MakerSpace, we are certainly busy.  Josh (one of our students) designed a yo-yo from scratch.  We have yet to attach string to see how well it works:

yo yo

Chris recently designed a 3D printed engine mount for an RC airplane that he is building (from scratch).  Dusty is building his own RC controlled model car, so he designed this strut system with Creo and printed it using our newest 3D printer:

suspension beginnings

Our latest challenge will be designing and printing a replacement coffee mug cap for our Dean!  This will be a difficult project that involves a sliding/locking opening for dispensing the liquid.  We will also research the possibility of printing with food-grade plastics, as ABS is not rated for this use.  Here is the part that we will reproduce:

coffee mug cap

Another exciting announcement is that we are on Service Request (the yellow smiley face icon on your desktop)!  You can now request objects to be 3D printed by submitting them on the “3D printer” tab.  We can print objects from www.thingiverse.com, objects that you bring in that need reproduced, or via photos.  Just fill-out the form and submit your request.

There is the possibility of offering basic CAD design and 3D printing lessons over the summer.  Stay tuned for more information!

3d-printing-newsHave you ever been to a Maker Faire or know what they are?  San Mateo California hosted this event, full of creative inventions and interesting people.  How would you like a “beer battle” controlled by brainwaves?  Here is a taste of the event:

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/05/gallery-pouring-soda-with-your-brain-and-more-maker-faire-2014-wonders/

 

Stay tuned for exciting happenings at the Wayne College Makerspace!

Tom

 

Flow regulator and cool rocket designs

Hello everyone,

Students are having all sorts of fun and discovery with the CAD software and 3D printers in A-120.  There is never a dull moment (nor a moment of peace for yours truly), but that is a good thing.

In the engineering department, our student Jonny is designing a new way for his model rocket to land.  Instead of deploying a parachute, his system will open the rocket body like flower petals, then the rocket will (hopefully) slowly descend to the ground.  His CAD skills and design are amazing!

jonny rocket eject

jonny rocket eject2

jonny rocket eject3

In the Chemistry department, our very own Dusty Ball solved a problem with the sinks splashing water.  These faucets have aerators installed to prevent algae from growing in its bent neck.  These aerators introduce air into the water, resulting in serious splashing:

sink spray

Dusty designed a sleeve that is inserted into the vinyl tubing that attaches to the spigot.  This sleeve creates a vortex flow as the water passes through, disrupting the water from ejecting  all in one direction:

flow redirector

When the sleeve is inserted and the water turned on full-tilt, it now flows gently into the sink, but still with full volume:

flow redirector2

This device improves the water flow in 10 of our Chemistry Room sinks now!

Another new development is the arrival of our third 3D printer!  Thanks to the Romich Foundation for the grant that paid for this.  Welcome to our new MakerBot, the latest generation from the company:

makerbot 5th gen

This printer supports network and wireless printing, a built-in camera for monitoring prints from afar, a no-service-necessary gantry, and prints with PLA plastic.  This allows very fine parts to be printed (and the prints smell like maple syrup, too!).  We are all excited about this addition to our printer family.

3d-printing-news

In 3D printing news, see how 3D printing of stem cells combat complications of osteoarthritis:

http://www.gizmag.com/3d-printing-stem-cells-cartilage/31827

 

 

 

 

Stop-by A-120 to experience the excitement!

Tom