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?




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



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,


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,


June Maker Monday

Don’t forget that Maker Monday is coming up next week on June 19th! You can see the progress our 3-D Printer build teams have made and hear about their experiences.

John Caliguri from AutoDesk will also be on hand to talk about the upcoming Fusion 360 Software training classes. We’ve already heard from 20 members that are excited to take part in this class.

On that note, we will be planning the Fall CNC Router Build Class at this meeting. If you are interested in either of these classes, it is imperative that you be here on the 19th to help us with scheduling.

And as always, don’t miss your chance to share your project or learn about other future class opportunities. Everything we do at the Schantz MakerSpace comes from the minds of our maker community. If you have an idea for a class you’d like to see us do, the only way to make it happen is to join us and share. Maker Mondays are free to the public and we encourage friends and family to attend.

We’ll see you then!

Vic Schantz
Schantz MakerSpace

~Creativity is intelligence having fun~
Albert Einstein

3-D Printers Under Construction!

We kicked off our first 3-D Printer Build Class this past Saturday, June 10th at the Schantz MakerSpace. We introduced 15 build teams to their TEVO Tarantula Prusa i3 kits and helped them get started on building their very own 3-D Printers!

These classes are the heart and soul of our MakerSpace community. It’s an opportunity to learn and solve problems in a joint effort, building our collective knowledge and creativity. We’re especially thrilled to see the classes have caught the attention of makers of all ages.

This group will meet two more times (June 17th & 24th), where we will help them complete their kits and teach them how to start printing!

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 tjh1@uakron.edu 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 v.schantz@schantzorgan.com 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,



Happenings at the Schantz Makerspace, a new printer, Maker Faire Kickoff party recap, and an unbreakable mailbox

Hello everyone,

It’s hard to believe that the 3D Lab began its life at Wayne College three years ago.  If you peruse our blog, you will find well over a hundred posts of our growth, student projects, community outreaches, and the formation of a “maker” community, notably the Shantz Makerspace.  We’ve come a long way and have much more growing yet to do!  The 3D Lab is not about the varied equipment and machines (most all of which are provided by community), but about empowering people to be creative and making ideas possible.  It’s about connecting people and resources together, coming back to this nation’s inventive roots.  Don’t believe me?  Check-out this directory of makerspaces all over the world.

We are proud to be involved with the Schantz Makerspace.  Their group meets every third Monday at the Schantz Organ Company here in Orrville at 7:00 p.m.  Just finishing their highly successful CNC machine project (14 machines built by community members), the group is now involved with Arduino microcontroller workshops and perhaps building robotic arms that members can eventually take home.

The group is exploring other workshop ideas, such as building toy cars that are 3D printed and play tunes as they are pulled along the floor.  Members Norm and Rolf designed a bellow for moving air through the musical pipes using our 3D Lab rubber printer!  It’s wonderful to see our makerspaces working together.


We are happy announce a new addition to the 3D Lab, a high-quality photo printer (Epson Stylus Pro 4880) that was donated by former Dean Neil Sapienza.  This machine uses an eight-ink system for beautiful color reproduction onto 17” wide paper, canvas, and other mediums.  This printer is free-to-use for patrons of the lab, as are 3D printers and most other machines in the lab.  Come visit the lab and invite friends and family; we’ll be happy to show you around and help with your projects!  We are thankful to Neil as students can now create high-quality prints of their creative works.


Late last year, Wayne College hosted a kick-off party to promote the upcoming Wayne County Mini Maker Faire in May.  It was a wonderful turnout with many community members supporting the event.  Many thanks to Lynette Boggs of the Wayne County Schools Career Center, Vic and John Schantz from The Schantz Organ Company, Samatha Chada from the Wayne County Public Library, Daphne Silchuck Ashcraft from the Orrville Public Library, Greg Barbu, Steve Nichols, and others who spoke at the event.  Also thanks to Ellen Pill, reporter for the Wooster Weekly News, who wrote a wonderful recap of the event.

We are quite excited about the Faire in May!  It will be an unforgettable experience, the first of its kind in Wayne County.  It is also a large undertaking and we can use your help in the areas of volunteering, finding “makers” to participate, event planning, sponsorships, day-of-event operations, and simply spreading the word.  Please let us know if you can help in any of these areas.

We hosted a number of “makers” during the kick-off party to get into the inventive, creative, and “festival” theme of a maker faire.  Check out these wonderful participants, many of whom are coming back in May!

Mark your calendar for May 20th.  For more information about participating and being  a “maker” at the faire, please visit waynecounty.makerfaire.com and fill-out an application today!


Last but not least, we love it when our students embark on crazy maker projects of their own.  See how Tristan builds the world’s strongest mailbox in the video below.  Note that the welding gloves he wears are not for safety; they just make him look cool.  🙂


Speaking of our new photo printer, see how 2D paintings are transformed into 3D printed masterpieces:



Think that 3D printed objects are limited to one or two colors?  Check-out this multi-color and multi-material demonstrated at a recent maker faire:



Until next week,