Homemade 3D printers, a puzzle box, and a trip to St. Ambrose

Hello everyone,

It’s been a busy summer here at the Wayne College 3D Lab and other area makerspaces.  Community members visit the lab almost every day, using the 3D printers and creating interesting works on the laser engraver, vinyl cutter, poster printer, etc.

Speaking of engraving, we are thankful to Wooster Glass Company and Jay’s Glass Service in Orrville for donating acrylic pieces for student and community projects.  Students appreciate how easily their ideas can be laser-cut from acryllic, so it is a popular material in the 3D Lab!

The Schantz Makerspace here in Orrville has been growing by leaps & bounds.  They meet every third Monday at the Schantz Organ Company at 7:00 p.m. and draw 30-40 people at each meeting.  This past Saturday marked the final day of June’s 3D printer building workshop.  14 people purchased kits and assembled the printers as a group.  What an incredible experience!  We are so thankful to Vic Schantz who made this workshop possible.

If you are interested in a future 3D printer building workshop, please contact Vic Schantz at v.schantz@schantzorgan.com


Here are Wayne College, student Tim Winkler has a passion for puzzles and board games.  He uses the laser cutter on MDF wood to cut intricate pieces that he designs himself using Adobe Illustrator.  His latest inspiration is a puzzle box with moving pieces on its walls and mechanisms inside.  By moving the pieces in a particular order, the lid unlocks to reveal yet another locked box.  And the entire enclosure is locked with a special “puzzle key” as well!  It’s an incredible piece of work and too much challenge for my paltry mind to figure out.  🙂



The 3D Lab makes frequent road trips to schools and community organizations in our area.  We were honored to be invited to St. Ambrose Catholic Parish a short while ago, demonstrating 3D printing and discussing careers in engineering & art to excited middle school students during their “career day”.  It’s hard to believe that our portable 3D printer made over 60 trips since it was donated to us over two years ago!


Stayed tuned next week as we have more news to reveal about the 2018 Wayne County Mini Maker Faire!


See how these new 3D printers create full-color, multiple material prototypes using only one print head!

By StrataSys:


By the creator of the Prusa 3D printer:



Fidget spinners are all of the rage.  Make one that stands out by displaying text as you spin it!



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,