December Maker Monday

As 2017 comes to a close, the creative minds of inventors and tinkerers start thinking about 2018 projects. We’re here to help! Schantz MakerSpace is already designing classes for the 2018 season and our committee is always looking for new ideas from the community. The best way to find out about these classes or to submit your own idea is to join us for Maker Monday.

The next roundtable discussion is scheduled for December 18th, from 7-9pm here at the Schantz MakerSpace.

We have a number of things on the agenda for this meeting.

One of the first classes we are looking to add at the beginning of 2018 is an Arduino controlled custom light display. Tom Hammond and the build committee will be reporting about their progress and demonstrating more examples of ways to create things using the xLights software. We need to get an idea of who all wants to be a part of this class, so if you are interested, please plan to attend!

Also, if you are signed up for the January 3-D Printer Build Class, this meeting will be useful to see the two completed machines we have on hand. We also expect to have your kits by the 18th, so you can get an early look at the parts breakdown for your machine.

Finally, Barry Romich will be making a presentation to the group about Hall Sensors, what they are and how they work. We will have mock-ups of two Schantz pipe organ keyboards. One will show the old electro-mechanical way of making electrical contact when a key is depressed. The other will show how this is done with printed circuit boards using Hall sensors.  We will have one of our technicians on hand to answer questions. This is a really unique experience where you will get an inside look at Schantz Organ Company’s manufacturing practices. In addition, some of our future MakerSpace classes will involve the use of Hall sensors, making this presentation very informative. Don’t miss it!

As always, don’t forget the second half of Maker Mondays are a chance to tap the brains and experience of our volunteers with questions about your machines. Having an issue with your CNC Router or 3-D Printer? Bring your machine to Maker Monday and let us help you troubleshoot the problems.

See everyone on the 18th!

 

Schantz MakerSpace announces Kids Christmas Crafts Day!

 

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DON’T FORGET! MAKER MONDAY IS TONIGHT!

We hope you will join us at the Schantz MakerSpace from 7-9pm for another exciting Maker Monday.

First on the agenda:

*Schantz MakerSpace is excited to announce we will be hosting our first ever Kids’ Christmas Crafts Day! This year’s event, titled “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” will feature several kid-centric craft projects utilizing supplies made from 3-D Printers, CNC Routers and Laser Engravers. We hope you’ll join us as we show kids the fun possibilities with manufacturing while sharing in the holiday spirit.

Maker Monday – What else to expect:

* We’re excited to have Maker Committee Member Barry Romich bringing his Chevrolet Bolt for a demonstration. The Bolt is an all-electric vehicle with a range of up to 238 miles per charge. While the automobile is a perfect example of manufacturing by makers, the all-electric design of this vehicle captures the forward thinking mindset of the maker movement.

*We wrapped up our first Drone Flight Training class on October 7th. We will review the experience and the challenges of flying our Blade Inductrix models. It was a lot of fun and gave us a good idea of the learning curve involved in flying drones. Special thanks to our teacher, Chris Ryan, for his help introducing us to the possibilities of this fun hobby.

* We will also be discussing our upcoming Fusion Software training class, currently scheduled for Wednesday, October 25th at 6:30pm here at the Schantz MakerSpace. This is a free event. If you have taken part in our CNC or 3-D Printer Build Classes, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the software and how to troubleshoot issues. If you plan to take part in the class and are part of our listserv discussion group, please send us your questions in advance of this date. Our committee members will work on the problems and try to have answers ready for the October 25th meeting. If you aren’t part of our listserv group, but plan to attend the meeting, send us your questions at makerspace@schantzorgan.com.

*Finally, our January 3-D Printer class is now full! We encourage those that have signed up to take part in the Maker Mondays to see what improvements we have made and get a feel for what is involved in your build class. These are great learning opportunities and can help you get a leg-up when the time comes to start building your kit.

NEED HELP WITH YOUR MACHINE?

* The MakerSpace is a place for continued learning and a big part of that is the troubleshooting session at the end of Maker Mondays. If you have built a machine at our makerspace and have run into an issue with coding, construction, stability, etc., please feel free to bring your machine and ask for help. Once we have completed our itinerary, the rest of the evening is dedicated to hands-on collaboration. Don’t feel like you are alone in diagnosing issues. We are here to help!

 

See you tonight!

 

October Maker Monday

 

The leaves and the temperature are starting to fall outside, but inside the Schantz MakerSpace we’re building up some pretty cool machines and events. In fact, we’ve got some big news to get you ready for the holiday season. We’ll share that with you here, but we hope you will join us at next week’s Maker Monday (October 16th, 7-9pm) to find out more details.

First, our big news:

Schantz MakerSpace is happy to announce we will be hosting our first ever Kids’ Christmas Crafts Day! This year’s event, titled “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” will feature several kid-centric craft projects utilizing supplies made from 3-D Printers, CNC Routers and Laser Engravers. We hope you’ll join us as we show kids the fun possibilities with manufacturing while sharing in the holiday spirit. We’ll provide more details on this event at Maker Monday.

Maker Monday – What to expect:

* We’re excited to have Maker Committee Member Barry Romich bringing his Chevrolet Bolt for a demonstration. The Bolt is an all-electric vehicle with a range of up to 238 miles per charge. While the automobile is a perfect example of manufacturing by makers, the all-electric design of this vehicle captures the forward thinking mindset of the maker movement.

*We wrapped up our first Drone Flight Training class on October 7th. We will review the experience and the challenges of flying our Blade Inductrix models. It was a lot of fun and gave us a good idea of the learning curve involved in flying drones. Special thanks to our teacher, Chris Ryan, for his help introducing us to the possibilities of this fun hobby.

* We will also be discussing our upcoming Fusion Software training class, currently scheduled for Wednesday, October 25th at 6:30pm here at the Schantz MakerSpace. This is a free event. If you have taken part in our CNC or 3-D Printer Build Classes, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the software and how to troubleshoot issues. If you plan to take part in the class and are part of our listserv discussion group, please send us your questions in advance of this date. Our committee members will work on the problems and try to have answers ready for the October 25th meeting. If you aren’t part of our listserv group, but plan to attend the meeting, send us your questions at makerspace@schantzorgan.com.

* The MakerSpace is a place for continued learning and a big part of that is the troubleshooting session at the end of Maker Mondays. If you have built a machine at our makerspace and have run into an issue with coding, construction, stability, etc., please feel free to bring your machine and ask for help. Once we have completed our itinerary, the rest of the evening is dedicated to hands-on collaboration. Don’t feel like you are alone in diagnosing issues. We are here to help!

*Finally, if you have already signed up for our January 3-D Printer class, we encourage you to take part in the Maker Mondays to see what improvements we have made and get a feel for what is involved in your build class. These are great learning opportunities and can help you get a leg-up when the time comes to start building your kit.

Looking forward to seeing you all next Monday!

DRONES ARE HERE!!!

Check it out! The drones for our Flight Training Course have arrived! Interested in drones? This class covers two Saturday afternoons of hands-on flight training. For $120 you get your very own Inductrix Blade drone and access to the classes here at Schantz MakerSpace. First session is this Saturday from 1-4pm. The class will conclude next Saturday (October 7th), also 1-4pm. Want to join? We have limited space available. Contact us at 330-682-6065 (ask for Vic or John) or e-mail us at makerspace@schantzorgan.com to reserve your spot.

Let’s get flying!

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!