Student made 3D printer, our new milling machine, and a trip to Orrville Elementary School

Hello everyone,

This is our bi-weekly blog of the happenings at the Wayne College 3D Lab.  This makerspace is a collection of tools, services, people, and educational opportunities that encourage a community of invention and design. The lab is open to the public, allowing community members, students, and businesses to create and collaborate using high-tech equipment.

We offer a number of services to the community including walk-in, free use of the equipment, on-site presentations & demonstrations, individual & group tutoring sessions, lessons, workshops, and informal classes on CAD design and 3D printing, think-tank services, prototype fabrication, and collaborative projects between schools and community organizations.  Feel free to contact us at to learn more.


With the highly successful Wayne County Mini Maker Faire almost two weeks behind us, we are back into the routine of reporting exciting things happening in the 3D Lab.  First is the announcement of a new arrival, a CNC Mill courtesy of the Wayne County Community Foundation!  This machine replaces drill presses, turning machines, and conventional milling machines. A distinct advantage over other equipment is its ability to move its cutting head (in this case, a drill bit) in multiple directions. This allows the machine to cut or engrave complex shapes.

The addition of the CNC Mill opens all sorts of possibilities for patrons in the lab.  It can carve patterns into flat pieces of wood, create three dimensional shapes with its built-in rotary tool, and carve certain types of metal and plastics.  Students are quite excited about the mill and it will be fully available by the end of summer (we are still learning it).


One of our students, Ashton, has been working steadily toward building a homemade 3D printer.  Many of its parts have been 3D printed on our own printers, using online designs from the open-source Taz 3D printers.  And some parts Ashton designed himself.  It’s an exciting project and Ashton has the drive and determination to see it to completion.


Currently, Ashton has the stepper motors responding to commands and has begun work on the 3D printer frame.  He finds most of build information on the Internet, but also collaborates with members of the Schantz Makerspace here in Orrville.  We’re excited to see it working soon!


Speaking of 3D printers, the Schantz Makerspace is offering workshops to build your own 3D printer in June and August.  The June workshop is full, but there may yet be openings in the August workshop.  If you have been interested in owning a 3D printer, now is the perfect time.  Not only can you build a printer from parts, there is a community of people to support you through the process.  It’s a great way to make new friends, too.  Please contact Vic Schantz at to learn more.


Last but not least, the 3D Lab made a road trip with the portable 3D printer, this time to Orrville Elementary School.  There, students in Heidi Caskey’s science classes invented fidget spinners, so popular with kids (and adults) these days.  It was wonderful to see all of the creative designs!

Nathan and I talked about 3D printing, how it works, it’s impact in society, and careers in engineering and other fields.  The kids were fascinated with how the printer formed a fidget spinner and a Minecraft character as we talked.  Many thanks to Mrs. Caskey for having us there.


We are pleased to announce that Wayne College will host the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire in 2018!  More information forthcoming.  For now, follow us on Facebook.


See how 3D printers can now make human skin:


Learn how to build a weather forecasting lamp that simulates real weather conditions:


Until next week,



Maker Monday Tonight!

Hello Fellow Makers! Don’t forget that tonight is Maker Monday! Join us at Schantz Organ Company from 7-9 pm to see and hear about some of the cool stuff happening within the Schantz MakerSpace community! We have news about our upcoming 3-D Printer Build Class, plans for training classes in Fusion Software, the development of the Schantz Maker Mart and we are gearing up for the Mini Maker Faire coming this Saturday, May 20th.

Our Build Committee got together this past Saturday and made a lot of great progress. We have finished the assembly of the Tevo Tarantula 3-d printer.  JD, Rolf, Don, Jeff and I made several test prints. With each print we learn more about machine adjustments and software tweaks. By the time we were done, we were thrilled with the quality of the prints. In preparation for the 3-D group build class that starts June 10, this committee work to build the Tarantula kit has been invaluable, and will make the classes productive and fun.

Jeff Snure brought a new arduino project. It is fun to see the way cool light displays can be made from our arduino kits.

Not to mention, we rewired the Robot Arm….. and it works !!!!  This was an early arduino project and it has been a challenge but we’ve stayed at it and learned a lot.

Taking center stage at tonight’s meeting will be Lewis Saunier’s completed 4-wheel bike design. Lewis has been working on this project with help from the MakerSpace and is ready to show it off.

Don’t miss out on all of this excitement. Join us tonight to learn more about the maker movement and all of the fun happening within the Schantz MakerSpace!

Vic Schantz
Schantz MakerSpace


3-D Printer Build Committee at work

Watch the video here!

3-D Print Build Class – Reserve Your Spot!

Hello Fellow Makers!

We have been hard at work developing the next exciting Build Class at the Schantz MakerSpace. Our committee recently purchased a TEVO tarantula 3-D printer kit and we have been working evenings to put it together.


We are impressed with the kit. There are some small improvements we have made, and those additional parts will be included in the build kits. The work we have done on this kit allows us to estimate two 4-hour Saturday morning sessions will be needed to build, and a third 4-hour Saturday morning session will be needed to tweak, learn and make a test print.

We are planning the sessions for the following Saturdays: June 10, June 17, and June 24. We estimate the price of each kit will be $260. Our committee and volunteers are prepared for a class of 14 build teams. Because there has been such demand for this project, we have already filled 12 of the spots for the June classes.

If you want to be part of this class, you must let us know now! Spots will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you are unable to secure a spot in this build session, don’t be bummed out. We will offer this class again in August. We are currently targeting August 12th, 19th, and 26th for that class. Three of the 14 spots have already been claimed for this class. Again, if you want to secure your spot, let us know!

We have had a lot of fun building the first one.  We learned a lot. We think you will also have a great time if you can commit to these dates. It is summer. We know there are going to be scheduling issues. But we are doing what we can to get this launched asap.

There will be a Maker Monday meeting on May 15th, 2017,  7-9 pm. We will be able to share more information then.


Vic Schantz
Schantz MakerSpace