April Maker Monday

Hello Makers!

Please join us at Schantz MakerSpace next Monday, April 16th from 7:00-9:00pm for the next installment of Maker Monday!

This month’s theme:

A 3-D Printer Build Class Reunion!

Over the past year, we’ve had over 60 students join us for a Build Class and construct their own TEVO Tarantula 3-D Printer. But the fun doesn’t stop after the build class ends. We’re asking all of our past students to bring in their upgrades, add-ons and creations to showcase for other makers. Sharing ideas is part of what makes this community so great and what can inspire future makers.

Speaking of future makers, our first build class at Wooster High School kicks off this Saturday from 8am-12noon in the WHS Engineering Room. A total of 30 WHS student build teams will dive into their kits and become part of the community. If you were part of a previous build class and would be willing to volunteer as an instructor at any of the three upcoming classes, please contact us.

The deadline for signing up as a presenter for the Wayne County Maker Faire has been extended. Tom Hammond will be on hand to talk about what you can expect at this year’s Maker Faire and how you can sign up to participate. Schantz MakerSpace is also looking for volunteers to help put on the Kids Zone at this year’s Maker Faire. If you’re willing to help out for a few hours, please talk to John Schantz at Maker Monday or e-mail us to let us know your interest.

We’ll see you Monday!

February Maker Monday @ Wooster High School

It’s February and even though most of today has involved torrential rain, remember one important thing…it could be snow!

Since we won’t be snowed in, make sure to go out tonight and join us for Maker Monday! Tonight’s event will be from 7:00-9:00pm and is hosted by Wooster High School’s Engineering Department. This is a chance to see some of the programs Wooster has developed for their students and check out the Robotics Club and their competition machines. Fresh off of their VEX Qualifier Competition at Lorain on Saturday where 60 teams competed, Wooster’s squads will be on hand to demonstrate the skills involved and talk about the build process.

We also have a number of events creeping up on the schedule we will want to keep you informed on, so don’t miss out! Please park on the east side of the building by the tennis courts and enter through the door marked E3. Check out the parking map for detailed instructions.

We’ll see you tonight!

MakerSpace Arduino Lights Class – Sign-Up Now!

Maker Alert!!

We still have 2 spots left for our Arduino Lights Class led by Tom Hammond. This class kicks off next Saturday, February 10th, and meets for additional build sessions on February 17th and 24th. This is a terrific class to learn about the power of arduinos and coding. Sign up to get your own star light display and discover the possibilities of lighting effects. Cost for the course and kit is $135. Don’t miss out. E-mail us at makerspace@schantzorgan.com now to guarantee your spot!

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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Maker Monday is Tonight!

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!