Fusion 360 Software Training held at Wayne College

This week we were lucky enough to have Jim and Josh Caliguri, from Design&Software International, INC, lead our makers through an in-depth training course on Fusion 360 Software. Understanding Fusion 360 is critical for those that joined us in our CNC and 3-D Printer Build classes. We held two classes (July 25th and 26th) where members of our Maker Community dug in for an 8-hour session, coming away with a lot of great resources and information to help them with their machines. A big thanks to the University of Akron’s Wayne College for hosting the training sessions!

Thanks again to Jim and Josh Caliguri for making these classes possible. Also, a special thanks to fellow maker Jeff Martin (center) who was a tremendous help in planning the classes.

Meet a Maker! Wayne County Mini Maker Faire

Hello everyone,

Plans are underway for the next Wayne County Mini Maker Faire on May 19th, 2018.  Be sure to mark your calendar to attend and especially to participate as a “maker”.  The Daily Record said it best: “Dubbed the ‘Greatest Show and Tell on Earth’, over 1,300 people flocked to the inaugural faire at the University of Akron Wayne College this past May where they were able to step back in time and see the future at the same time.

 

But you don’t have to wait until 2018 to enjoy the excitement and awe of Maker Faire.  These events are happening all over the country (and all over the world), over 220 of them each year!  Need inspired?  Check out these photos from Denver’s Mini Maker Faire. You’ll see battle bots, toys that play with people, and an augmented reality sandbox that uses a projector and an Xbox Kinect that transforms 200 pounds of white sand into a shape-shifting, topographical map where mountains, valleys, lakes, and rivers blink in and out of existence.

 

For those wondering, what, exactly, is a maker faire, it is ‘a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these ‘makers’ to show hobbies, experiments, projects,’ according to its website.”

 

We are proud to showcase Ohio makers who participated in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire!  One such group are woodworking students from Hiland High School, led by instructor Roche Harmon.  Students grade 9-12 have made everything from chess tables to dressers to gun racks.

During the Maker Faire last May, students will be displayed their woodworking projects they have made earlier this year. Some of the projects at the faire included coffee tables, display tables, dressers, chess tables, gun racks, tables, and storage boxes.  Roche Harmon is currently the Industrial Technology Teacher at Hiland High School, which is part of the East Holmes Local School District, where he teaches woodworking and computer aided design. He is currently completing his 33rd year of teaching.  He wants to make a difference in the lives of students in the area of woodworking.

 

Rounding out our makers who participated is RAMTEC – Wayne County Schools Career Center’s newest program. Focusing on the needs of local industry, they offer both High School and Adult Education classes in Robotics, Automation and CNC Machining.

RAMTEC is the new addition at the Career Center. Its focus is on Advanced Manufacturing, Robotics, Automation, and CNC machining.  They brought a small robot demo, a small Automation demo and a small CNC demo unit.  RAMTEC is a new program designed to fill the skills gap in Ohio for Advanced Manufacturing employment.

 

If you would like to know more about Hiland High School students’ woodworking projects or the Wayne County Schools Career Center’s RAMTEC, please reply to this email.

 

Plans are underway for the 2018 Wayne County Mini Maker Faire!  Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 19, 2018 for the 2nd Annual Wayne County Mini Maker Faire.  The event is free to attend and participate.  To be a maker at the faire, be sure to signup here.  We’d love to have you.  Thanks and we look forward to you joining us in 2018!

 

Until next week,

Tom

Homemade CNC machines, family laser engraving, and a trip to Hiland High School

Hello everyone,

Even though it’s the middle of summer, there is a regular flow of community members and students into the 3D Lab.  Yesterday, several kids and their parent 3D printed Star Wars ships & fidget spinners, and a father & son 3D printed a custom phone case & vinyl decals.  We never know who will stop by, but all are welcome.

The Wayne College 3D Lab makes road trips!  If your school, business, or community organization would like a free presentation on 3D printing, its application in the real world, and how it connects to careers in engineering and art, please let us know.  We’ll bring along a 3D printer for show-and-tell with lots of interesting stories to tell.

 

Last year, community members from the Schantz Makerspace got together over several weekends to build CNC machines based on a prototype by Wayne College student Ben Engle.  What an incredible time they had.  14 machines were built by talented makers that provided input, instruction, and experience on the overall assembly. This was a collaborative effort from all involved, which makes it a lot of fun.  If you want to be involved with building a CNC machine this September, please contact Vic Schantz ASAP at v.schantz@schantzorgan.com

Since that workshop, Ben has not been keeping idle.  He decided to start another project that will be a very strong gantry mill-type CNC machine. His goal is to mill aluminum and even metal on it.  Ben has access to a water jet where he works, leading to an all-metal design.  The CNC will be driven by large, beefy stepper motors and perhaps a ballscrew or rack & pinion for the linear actuators. We can’t wait to see Ben’s progress!

 

A while ago, a family visited the 3D Lab, a parent and three children.  We always welcome visitors wanting to find out the wonderful possibilities in our Lab.  The parent used the laser engraver to cut numbers and lettering from wood to be affixed on her house, while lab staff showed the kids how to laser engrave words and pictures onto water bottles & notepads (courtesy of P. Graham Dunn), vinyl-cut decals (courtesy of the Orrville Area Boys and Girls Club), and 3D printed toys (courtesy of the Romich Foundation).  The family had a blast and took home what they made, making lasting memories.

 

Earlier this year, the 3D Lab made a road trip to Hiland High School to demonstrate 3D printing and discuss careers in engineering to Roche Harmon’s students.  They are involved in amazing woodworking and CAD designed projects, such as inlaid wood tables, CO2 racers, and other CAD designs.  The students were interested in how 3D printers work and we discussed how it can be integrated into their existing projects. It was a wonderful time of qusetions and answers with Roche’s class; Nathan and I were honored to be invited there!

 

3D printing isn’t just plastic and metal.  How about a cheese 3D printer and a pizza printer?

http://hackaday.com/2017/03/09/3d-printing-gets-cheesy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_uDm0yjnN8

 

Speaking of food, try building this instant cooler for soft drinks:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Instant-Drink-Cooler-Machine

 

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 19, 2018 for the 2nd Annual Wayne County Mini Maker Faire!  The event is free to attend and participate.  To be a maker at the faire, be sure to signup here.  We’d love to have you there!

 

Until next week,

Tom

July Maker Monday – Recap

Class Updates and Drones!!!

Thanks to all who came out to Maker Monday on July 17th! We had 35 people join us for some great discussion. First on the agenda was an update on our current classes.

FUSION 360 Software training is coming up next week (July 25th and 26th). We still have a few spots left, so please contact us now! The classes will take place at Wayne College in the Student Life Building (Room 205) from 8:00am-5:00pm. A light lunch will be provided.

FUSION 360 Software is the heart and soul of the CNC Routers and 3-D Printers we’ve built here at the Schantz MakerSpace. If you have built one of these machines or are planning to in our upcoming classes, understanding FUSION 360 Software is the best way to get the most out of your machines. Don’t miss out!

Our next Desktop CNC Router Build Class is scheduled for this fall (September 16th, 23rd, 30th and October 7th). The four build sessions will be from 8:00am-12noon here at the Schantz MakerSpace. We have about 4 spots left in this class. Cost is $1,100. We will be ordering the kits soon, so if you want to build a machine, you have to let us know now!

Our premier class, the Desktop CNC Router Build offers a hands-on experience with a skilled team of volunteers guiding you through the process. You not only walk away with a desktop machine at least half the cost of the ones coming off the shelf, but our volunteers guide you through the basic operation of the machine. When you take it home for the first time, it is ready to get to work.

The August 3-D Printer Build Class is full. We’ve already got a handful of people on our waiting list. If enough people show interest, we can offer this class again. So even though this class is full, if you want to build a 3-D Printer please let us know. You will be given first crack at signing up for our next class.

What’s next?

After we updated everyone on the current classes, we started conversation on what may come next at the Schantz MakerSpace. Rob Baumgartner brought his drone and gave us a show of its capabilities.

Rob’s remote controlled drone took that photo while touring our assembly room. We’ve had a few members mention drones as something they would like to look into. Now we’re starting to dig a little deeper. There are a lot of kits out there, and we want to pick what people are most interested in. If you are interested in a drone building class, please let us know.

A lot of exciting things happening. We need your input to keep this going. Next Maker Monday will be August 21st. We hope you’ll join us to find out more!

 

Dates announced for Fusion 360 Software Training!

Jim Caliguri at Autodesk has partnered with Schantz MakerSpace to offer an intensive training course on Fusion 360 Software, the software used in both the CNC Desktop Routers and 3-D Printers from our Build Classes. We have two, 8-hour class offerings:

Tuesday, July 25th
and
Wednesday, July 26th

Cost for the course is $128.00. Spots for these classes are filling up fast. If you want to take part of this terrific opportunity, please contact us at makerspace@schantzorgan.com or 330-682-6065.

More information to come, including location and start time. But don’t hesitate. Contact us now or you may miss out!