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

 

 

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

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:

http://newatlas.com/stratasys-j750-3d-printer/42611

By the creator of the Prusa 3D printer:

http://hackaday.com/2017/05/23/josef-prusa-multi-material-extruders-for-amazing-color-prints/

 

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

http://www.instructables.com/id/Pov-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!

 

Until next week,

Tom

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
President
Schantz MakerSpace
330-682-6065

~Creativity is intelligence having fun~
Albert Einstein