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

 

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

 

 

 

Name the 3D Lab, learning the Photo Printer, a handheld 3D printing pen, and the Holmes County Fair

Hello everyone,

Next week begins the Fall semester at the University of Akron Wayne College.  We’ll see the return of familiar faces (and new ones) roaming the halls and make new friends who hang-out in the 3D Lab.  And we’ll have plenty of new stories to tell!

 

Since the 3D Lab opened its doors in 2014, it went through several name changes, starting with Wayne C3, UAWC3, and recently, the “3D Lab”.  We are looking to rebrand the lab with a fresh name and image.  Something that defines who we are and where we are going.  Ideas like “Maker Zone”, “Wayne Makerz”, “Imagination Station”, etc.

We’d like your help in choosing a new name for the 3D Lab!  Please submit name ideas to tjh1@uakron.edu by Wednesday, August 30th.  Help make the 3D Lab yours and what it means to you.  We are open to all ideas!

 

We are happy to announce a new addition to the 3D Lab, a high-quality photo printer (Epson Stylus Pro 4880) that was donated by William Miller and 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 there.  Come visit the lab and invite friends and family; we’ll be happy to show you around and help with your projects!

Recently, 3D Lab staff Anthony Howell created this excellent how-to video for learning the ins-and-outs of the photo printer.  It’s definitely worth watching if you intend to use this printer for your projects:

 

3D printers work by melting plastic through an extruder, building layers of molten plastic like a pyramid.  The extruder moves left/right and up/down with motors, but that isn’t the only way to control movement.  Our new addition to the 3D Lab is a 3D printing pen, basically a handheld extruder!  It’s a whole new way to be creative; you can draw three dimensional objects with plastic.

Feel free to stop-by the 3D Lab to give then pen a try!  You’ll have so much fun with it.  The pen is located in the front of the room, by the whiteboard.

 

Earlier this month, the 3D Lab made a road trip to the Holmes County Fair.  Using the portable 3D printer donated by the Romich Foundation, folks from all ages were amazed by the technology and that Wayne College hosts an open-to-the-public makerspace.

 

The amazing thing about these trips are the kids and young adults who hang around the table, sometimes for an hour or longer.  These are budding engineers, asking all sorts of questions about 3D printing, how it works, and how it’s used in the real world.  Our table was easily a hit with fair goers, circling back later to get a place near the crowded table to see the printer in-action.

 

If you’re free this Thursday the 23rd, stop-in the 3D Lab during Welcome To Wayne Day from 1:00-4:00!  We’ll teach you how to laser engrave your own aluminum water bottle or coffee mug, courtesy of P.Graham Dunn.  Here are directions to our lab.

 

Stay tuned next week as we start another fun semester in the 3D Lab!

 

See how E. Coli bacteria are used to power 3D printed micromotors:

https://3dprintingindustry.com/news/powering-3d-printed-micromotors-e-coli-bacteria-118620

 

How about 3D printing a concrete house in just two days:

https://3dprintingindustry.com/news/new-house-2-days-contour-crafting-begins-manufacture-3d-printer-construction-116124

 

Build this cool, Internet enabled Weather Station with sensors for temperature, dew point, humidity, pressure, altitude, light index, and rain index using an Arduino microcontroller:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Esay-IoT-Weather-Station-With-Multiple-Sensors

 

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 seeing 3D printers built from scratch?  Come to the Schantz Organ Company tonight on Wednesday, August 23rd at 6:30 p.m.  Their 3D Printer Build Class now has two sessions under their belt and will be finishing up tonight and this Saturday morning.  Stop in!

Until next week,

Tom

 

Maker Monday – Eyes in the Sky

Interested in building a drone? Come join us for Maker Monday on August 21st, 7-9pm at Schantz Organ Company (626 S Walnut Street, Orrville, OH 44667). Our build committee has done a lot of research on potential kits and we will be talking about our findings. We want your input as we develop this exciting new class. Tell your friends and come share in the discussion. Maker Mondays are free and open to the public!

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 this motivational speech made by Adam Savage from Mythbusters.  Adam gives his annual Sunday “sermon” to the attendees of Bay Area Maker Faire and fields questions from the audience! This year, Adam rides in on a beautiful kinetic sculpture by the artists at La Machine.

 

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 Jonathan Rowe from the Midwest R2 Builders Club.  Midwest is a branch from the main group.  They are all members of the R2 Builders Club, a non-profit organization of Star Wars fans who enjoy building robots.  They cover Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio.

Jonathan started building his R2-D2 droid (Star Wars) last year in July. His droid is not 100% complete as it’s an expensive hobby.  His droid is the combination of wood frame and legs, an aluminum Lazy Susan, and a dome.  He 3D printed eye pieces and made the utility arms and skirt from resin.  Jonathan’s R2 was a huge hit, easily the faire’s “mascot” this year!

 

Rounding out our makers who participated is Aaron Holmes from Wayne County.  With a passion for cycling and woodworking, he designed and built a wooden frame bicycle.  The bike is handmade from black walnut and is fully functional.  The bike is custom designed and fully rideable; he’s ridden about 350 miles on it last Fall. There are many interesting features and customizations throughout the bike.  The design and build process were exciting and the first ride was purely satisfying!

While the main purpose of the project was the experience of designing and building his own bike, it has also become an excellent platform to encourage others to be creative, design, and make something.  Aaron grew-up in his father’s woodworking shop. From a young age, he has always enjoyed designing and making things. He is an electrical engineer by profession and works with a group designing and building custom machines for automotive manufacturing.  Aaron enjoys sharing his passions for woodworking, cycling, and engineering.

 

If you would like to know more about Jonathan Rowe’s R2 robot or Aaron Holmes’ wooden bicycle, 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

Rubber band cars, airplane parts, and the Wayne County Fair

Hello everyone,

Summer is the perfect time for a makerspace!  School is out; kids have free time to get creative and have fun.  Here at the Wayne College 3D Lab, there is plenty of free-to-use equipment such as 3D printers, laser engravers, electronics pieces  & parts, vinyl cutters, and most importantly, friendly staff to help make your ideas possible.  The Wayne College 3D Lab is truly a place where imagination is made.

 

Looking for some fun, family friendly projects to build this summer?  How about a ridable hovercraft, air-blowing vortex cannons, stomp rockets, or a shaving cream mountain?  Check out this cool webpage (courtesy of Make: magazine) for more information!

 

Heartland Point offered a variety of fun workshops earlier this year to keep young minds active. Kids from 11-14 years old came to the Wayne College 3D Lab to design and print rubber band cars using vector art software, 3D printing, laser cutters and so much more.

3D Lab staff Josh Baker created the initial design using a free vector drawing program called InkScape.  The car parts were laser-cut using colored acrylic donated by the Romich Foundation.  Kids learned how to use the vector drawing program, how to operate the laser cutter, and tried their hand at assembling the car with hot-melt glue guns.  Needless to say, they had a blast!

 

Many thanks to Josh, Anthony, and the staff at Heartland Point who made this three-day workshop a success!  Please click here to see the many community activities going on at Heartland Point each week.

 

We have a working relationship with the MAPS Air Museum since the inception of the 3D Lab three years ago.  A couple of years ago, Wayne College students attempted to replace a Saber jet’s damaged nose cone using a 3D scanner.  This time, museum staff had a damaged window brace from one of their planes and asked if we could produce a new one.

Josh from our 3D Lab designed the window brace using Solidworks, a professional CAD design program.  Nathan 3D printed the replica using the large-format Taz 3D printer donated by the Wayne County Community Foundation.  And Matt, one of our students, assisted with the cleanup of the printed brace.  The resulting brace turned out beautifully and is almost an exact replica!

 

It’s that time of year; county fairs are upon us!  Get ready for demolition derbies, live country music, stinky goats, and carnival-style food.  The Holmes County Fair starts this Monday; be sure to check-out the Wayne College table during Kids’s Day on Wednesday the 9th from noon-4:00.  We’ll have a 3D printer there creating all sorts of interesting things!

The 3D Lab had a table representing Wayne College at the Wayne County Fair last year.  Josh Baker and myself were present to explain how 3D printers work, talk about the 3D Lab as a free community resource, and promote careers in engineering.  Folks crowded around our table all day, fascinated with the technology and Wayne College’s involvement with it.

 

Stay tuned next week as we reveal some of the exciting summer projects going on in the 3D Lab!

 

See how Barberton High School students lend helping hands with 3D printing:

 

https://www.ohio.com/akron/news/top-stories-news/barberton-high-school-students-lend-helping-hands-with-3-d-printing

 

See how a 16 year old invents a 3D printed eye test for preventing blindness in diabetics:

 

https://3dprintingindustry.com/news/16-year-old-invents-3d-printed-eye-test-preventing-blindness-diabetics-119763

 

   
  Think fidget spinners are cool?  Build a persistence-of-vision spinner that displays messages & shapes in spinning lights:

 

http://www.instructables.com/id/Programmable-POV-Fidget-Spinner

 

   
  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!

 

   
  Mark your calendar for the next Maker Monday meeting at Schantz Organ Company on Monday, August 21st at 7:00 p.m.  They will talk about workshops for building 3D printers, CNC milling machines, and possibly drones.

 

Until next week,

Tom