Blue Tip Festival, a house for our 3D printer, and laser cut elephants

Hello everyone,

It’s amazing that we are three weeks into the Fall 2017 semester at Wayne College.  New students are floating into the 3D Lab, new faces and bright minds.  And many are quite young and very much interested in 3D printing, laser engraving, and creative projects using the lab’s equipment.  The Tools for Engineering class is quite large this semester, so the lab will be a bustling place for most of the semester.  This class will build and battle LEGO Mindstorms robots, designing and 3D printing flashlights, and much more.  It will be an exciting semester!

 

Recently, the 3D Lab made a road trip to the Blue Tip Festival, a five-day celebration of the Wadsworth, Ohio community.  It starts with a world-class parade and the lighting of a giant, twenty-foot blue tip match which lights downtown Wadsworth during the festival’s duration.  The festival then offers attendants their choice of amusement rides, festival foods, midway games, contests, and other entertainment.

Faculty, staff, and myself talked about degrees and services at Wayne College, the 3D Lab, engineering classes, the upcoming Wayne County Mini Maker Faire, and demonstrated 3D printing.  Younger fair attendees were fascinated with the technology, staying at our table for over an hour!  3D printers continually amaze people, even though the technology has been publicly available for a number of years now.  We printed items, some of which went home to fair attendees.  If you haven’t been to the Blue Tip Festival, please visit here to plan for next year’s event!

 

3D printing is a heat sensitive process.  Not only does melted plastic have to be at a proper temperature for melting and laying down layers, but the surrounding air must be warm to prevent rapid cooling, shrinking, and cracking of larger 3D printed parts.  Our large Taz 5 3D printers can print parts almost a foot tall!

To keep the air warm around the printer, 3D Lab staff Nathan designed and built a see-through enclosure using donated acrylic from Wooster Glass Company and side panels from a special resin-like material from The Schantz Organ Company.  Nathan used Solidworks to design corner braces, door handles, and door seals, then printed them with plastic and rubber on the Taz 3D printer.  And the enclosure is a success!  We can print large items with nary a crack nor shrinkage.

 

Earlier in the year, a student wanted to raise awareness and start a fundraiser for elephant tusk poaching in Africa.  She made a hand drawing of an elephant of which we scanned and imported into Corel DRAW.  We converted her hand drawing into vector art, which is a mathematical way of representing a picture.  The laser engraver follows these mathematical lines with a cutting beam.  The result turned out beautifully!  The elephant replicas were cut from 1/8” plywood.  Good job and for a good cause!

 

Stay tuned next week as we report on engineering students starting to build their LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots!

Tom

 

 

The first full-color 3D printers are ready to hit the market!

https://3dprintingindustry.com/news/xyzprinting-combines-inkjet-fdm-da-vinci-color-3d-printer-pricing-technical-specifications-120704

and

https://hackaday.com/2016/08/18/full-color-3d-printer-upgrade-leaves-competition-in-the-dust/

 

Want to get started with learning Arduino, an inexpensive and easy-to-learn microcontroller?  Here are 20 interesting projects to get you started:

http://www.instructables.com/id/20-Inventive-Arduino-Projects

 

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!

 

Interested in learning Fusion 360, a free CAD program by AutoDesk?  Stop by Schantz Organ Company at 6:30 p.m. on October 25th with your laptop.  You learn tips from experts and hopefully answer some of your questions, too.  Also, call 330-682-6065 if interested in workshops in flying drones on September 30th or building a 3D printer in January!

 

 

Until next week,

Tom

 

September Maker Monday is Next Week!

Hello Makers!

Just a reminder that Maker Monday is coming up on September 18th! Please join us from 7-9pm at the Schantz MakerSpace (626 S Walnut St, Orrville, OH 44667) as we talk about upcoming classes and offer some help to returning students from our CNC and 3-D Printer classes.

The highlight this week is our Drone Flight Class! We are offering a Flight Training class that covers two Saturday afternoons (September 30th and October 7th, 1-4pm). Cost for the course is $120. You receive a fully built, small drone with remote control. Students will be able to practice with flight simulators, as well as, maneuver their drones through some practice obstacles. If you want to take part in this course, please be in attendance and bring your payment (check made out to Schantz Organ Company). You can also call us during the day at 330-682-6065 to make a credit card payment and reserve your spot. Hurry, because these spots will go fast!

We are also encouraging our 3-D Printer build teams to bring their machines and discuss what they have made/ask questions about issues they’ve encountered. The more our community grows, the more experience we can offer. Maker Mondays are a great opportunity to get insight from our volunteers and fellow class members who may have experienced similar problems or offer tips on how to improve your machine.

In addition, we will be looking to schedule a work/discussion day regarding Fusion 360 software. We’re all in the same boat with learning about this software and how it is incorporated into our machines. The purpose of this discussion is to work through some of the issues people are experiencing. Many of you requested this and we want to make it happen. Please come and help us discuss potential dates.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

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?  Be sure to attend the largest Maker Faire in the world, the World Maker Faire New York on September 23-24.  Over 120,000 people attend this annual event with over 750 maker exhibits, now in its eighth year!  A wide variety of projects will be exhibited such as microelectronics, 3D printing, drones, and robotics. Also featured will be topics such as arts and crafts, kinetic art, engineering, science, health, virtual reality, fire art, music, and more.  Please click here for more information.

 

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, and projects,” according to its website.

We are proud to showcase Ohio makers who participated in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire.  One such person is Dianna Stahl.  She hosted the Learn To Solder booth sponsored by Moog Flo-Tork.  This was one of the most popular booths at the faire!  People of all ages learned to solder robot shaped badges with flashing LED eyes.

Dianna has many years of soldering experience.  She worked in a quality assurance department, inspected circuit boards, and is certified in military soldering specifications.  She is also the president of Ethos Possibility Center, a learning center for advanced technologies and exploration.

Rounding out our makers who participated are students from Lincoln Elementary School.  Their 4th graders created a showcase of design challenges that they shared with the Maker Faire community. The students’ goal is to inspire families and schools to provide design challenge opportunities to even more children.

The project is a collection of over 20 design challenges that their fourth graders have engaged in throughout the school year. Almost every Friday, science teacher Joe Shalala gives his students a design challenge and then lets their incredible creativity loose! Their project is a showcase of the engineering that student have engaged in that will hopefully inspire other families and teachers to provide similar opportunities for their children.

Lincoln students (and a teacher) were at the table to answer questions and describe their thinking as they worked using the design process during construction. They included a hands-on activity (drinking straw rockets) at the booth that participants at the Maker Faire made and took home!

If you would like to know more about the Dianna’s Learn to Solder booth or Joe Shalala’s Lincoln Elementary science projects, 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 and participation is free.  Thanks and we look forward to you joining us in 2018!

Until next week,

Tom

 

 

 

September Maker Monday!

September is here and that means we’re kicking off more classes at the Schantz MakerSpace!

**ALERT** We have openings in our CNC Router Build Class!

In fact, we ordered 12 kits and currently have 11 people signed up for the class. If you want in on this class, we have a kit with your name on it! We can also fill more spots if people let us know right away so we can get the kits ordered. Cost for the class is $1,100.00 (router not included). Make checks out to Schantz Organ Company (PO Box 156, Orrville, OH 44667) or call us at 330-682-6065 to make a credit card payment over the phone. We must receive your payment in order to confirm your spot in the class. Again, what you get with this class is a complete CNC kit and access to four build sessions (September 16th, 23rd, 30th and October 7th) where volunteers walk you through the build process and show you how to use the software. Classes will be from 8:30am-12noon. Don’t miss out on one of our premier classes.

 

Maker Monday is scheduled for September 18th, from 7-9pm here at Schantz MakerSpace. We hope you will join us for a discussion on our upcoming Drone Flight Class, a Fusion 360 troubleshoot meeting, and our plans for the next 3-D Printer Build class. There’s a lot going on here over the next few months and we want to get the word out so people can plan accordingly.

We are offering a Drone Flight Class where our local expert, Chris Ryan, will be taking you through a flight tutorial. The class will cover two Saturdays (September 30th and October 7th) and will be held in the afternoon from 1-4pm. Cost for this class is $120. Each student will get a fully built, small drone and learn the skills needed to fly it without crashing consistently. We will have flight simulator stations as well as live flying sessions during each class. This has been a very popular listing, and spots are already starting to disappear. If you want to take part in this class, let us know ASAP and send in your payment (either by mail or credit card telephone payment).

The success of our 3-D Printer Build Class has been terrific, so we are offering it again in January! Covering three Saturdays (January 6th, 13th and 20th), you can build your very own 3-D Printer and receive instruction on how to draw, code and print! Cost for the course is $300. Contact us to let us know if you want to join. Again, the only way to guarantee your spot in our classes is to send in your payment. We have to order kits and the 3-D Printers especially take time to get here. Sending in your payment helps us get the kits here and verified in time for the class.

We hope you will join us on September 18th to hear more about these classes and everything else happening at the Schantz MakerSpace. We’ll see you then and have a great fall!