Schantz MakerSpace announces New CNC Router Build Class

We are excited to announce our second round of CNC Router Build Classes is coming this fall! Learn how to build your very own desktop router at a fraction of retail price. The course spans four Saturday Build Sessions (September 16th, 23rd, 30th and October 7th). Cost for the course, including kit (router not included in kit) is $1,100. This is one of our most popular courses among the maker community, so spots will go quickly. If you wish to join, please contact us via e-mail at makerspace@schantzorgan.com or call us at 330-682-6065.

Maker Monday – June Recap

A special thanks to all who made it out to Maker Monday on June 19th. We had over 50 people attend! Our largest group to date! It’s wonderful to see our community expanding. We were very pleased and honored to have Mayor Dave Handwerk and Wayne County Commissioner Ron Amstutz in attendance, as well as representatives from the Akron and Canton MakerSpaces. This is proof of the Maker Movement growth we are seeing across the country taking place right in our backyard.


The evening included a discussion with Jim Caliguri from AutoDesk. Jim is partnering with the Schantz MakerSpace to provide training sessions for Fusion 360 software. We had nearly 40 people sign up for the training sessions and will have more details on the dates of those classes in the coming weeks. I want to personally thank Jim for taking the time to speak to our group and working to make all of this possible. We are very excited.

In addition to the talk with Jim, attendees were able to see the progress of our June 3-D Printer Build Class and talk to some of the students about their experiences. Rob Baumgartner, our resident engineer, designed a base for the Tarantula 3-D Printers that was showcased along with the machine.


Lastly, we had some upcoming classes and scheduling to go over. The August 3-D Printer class is full and we will be ordering the kits for that round soon. Meanwhile, we’ve determined the dates for our next CNC Router Build Class. We held this class earlier this year and have had many requests to do it again. The classes will take place on the following four Saturdays: September 16th, 23rd, 30th and October 7th. The class fee is $1,100. Important Note: The class fee covers your kit and the four Saturday build sessions. However, you will need to purchase your own router.

We currently have 12 spots filled and are able to squeeze in a few more. If you want to take advantage of this class, contact us ASAP to reserve your spot!

Schantz MakerSpace is busier than it has ever been and we feel very blessed to work with such an enthusiastic community of makers. We’re currently working on more ideas for future classes and your input is greatly appreciated. If there is a project you would like to see us do in the future, let us know. Come to Maker Monday or e-mail us at makerspace@schantzorgan.com. Our classes are based on feedback from our makers, so let’s work together to come up with our next fun project!

Our next Maker Monday is scheduled for July 17th, 7:00-9:00pm at Schantz Organ Company. We hope you will join us and see all of the exciting things happening at the Schantz MakerSpace.

 

Vic Schantz
President
Schantz MakerSpace
330-682-6065

Creativity is intelligence having fun.

-Albert Einstein


Maker Monday Tonight!

Hello Fellow Makers! Don’t forget that tonight is Maker Monday! Join us at Schantz Organ Company from 7-9 pm to see and hear about some of the cool stuff happening within the Schantz MakerSpace community! We have news about our upcoming 3-D Printer Build Class, plans for training classes in Fusion Software, the development of the Schantz Maker Mart and we are gearing up for the Mini Maker Faire coming this Saturday, May 20th.

Our Build Committee got together this past Saturday and made a lot of great progress. We have finished the assembly of the Tevo Tarantula 3-d printer.  JD, Rolf, Don, Jeff and I made several test prints. With each print we learn more about machine adjustments and software tweaks. By the time we were done, we were thrilled with the quality of the prints. In preparation for the 3-D group build class that starts June 10, this committee work to build the Tarantula kit has been invaluable, and will make the classes productive and fun.

Jeff Snure brought a new arduino project. It is fun to see the way cool light displays can be made from our arduino kits.

Not to mention, we rewired the Robot Arm….. and it works !!!!  This was an early arduino project and it has been a challenge but we’ve stayed at it and learned a lot.

Taking center stage at tonight’s meeting will be Lewis Saunier’s completed 4-wheel bike design. Lewis has been working on this project with help from the MakerSpace and is ready to show it off.

Don’t miss out on all of this excitement. Join us tonight to learn more about the maker movement and all of the fun happening within the Schantz MakerSpace!

Vic Schantz
President
Schantz MakerSpace
330-682-6065

 

3-D Printer Build Committee at work

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3-D Print Build Class – Reserve Your Spot!

Hello Fellow Makers!

We have been hard at work developing the next exciting Build Class at the Schantz MakerSpace. Our committee recently purchased a TEVO tarantula 3-D printer kit and we have been working evenings to put it together.

 

We are impressed with the kit. There are some small improvements we have made, and those additional parts will be included in the build kits. The work we have done on this kit allows us to estimate two 4-hour Saturday morning sessions will be needed to build, and a third 4-hour Saturday morning session will be needed to tweak, learn and make a test print.

We are planning the sessions for the following Saturdays: June 10, June 17, and June 24. We estimate the price of each kit will be $260. Our committee and volunteers are prepared for a class of 14 build teams. Because there has been such demand for this project, we have already filled 12 of the spots for the June classes.

If you want to be part of this class, you must let us know now! Spots will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you are unable to secure a spot in this build session, don’t be bummed out. We will offer this class again in August. We are currently targeting August 12th, 19th, and 26th for that class. Three of the 14 spots have already been claimed for this class. Again, if you want to secure your spot, let us know!

We have had a lot of fun building the first one.  We learned a lot. We think you will also have a great time if you can commit to these dates. It is summer. We know there are going to be scheduling issues. But we are doing what we can to get this launched asap.

There will be a Maker Monday meeting on May 15th, 2017,  7-9 pm. We will be able to share more information then.

 

Vic Schantz
President
Schantz MakerSpace
330-682-6065

April Maker Monday Recap

Hello Fellow Makers!

We had another great turnout for Maker Monday on April 17th, 2017.  We welcomed some new blood, both young and young at heart, and we made some important decisions about future classes.

The group has decided that our next group build will be to make 3-D
printers from kits.  We made 14 tabletop CNC routers in this same way. Now it will be 3-d printers. A few of our makers have purchased their own 3-D printer kits and are building table top machines. Three of these machines were on display at Maker Monday.  We had a lot of discussion on the pros and cons of each design.

We are working on a specification for an affordable, well equipped 3-D printer kit. We’ve purchased a prototype that we will be building as a committee. We think this prototype, which is a Prusa i-3 clone, has what we want.  Any needed enhancements are going to be available on Thingiverse, and therefore will be easy to add.

So we will be creating the kit’s parts list and getting things organized . If you have interest in being included in this project, we need to hear from you now. At the meeting, 16 people signed up to be part of this next class. We believe the kits will cost $200-$250, there will probably be a small facility fee, and you’ll likely to have to throw in a little for donuts……….

But this is an exciting project you won’t want to miss out on.

If you were part of the CNC build class you know how much fun we had, and how much we learned. We think the 3-D printer can be assembled in 2 class sessions.  We will try to have sessions on Saturday mornings and/or weeknights to try and accommodate people’s schedules.

In addition to the 3-D Print Build Class, we have 7 people signed up for a repeat of the Arduino training classes that Greg Barbu taught. We have 10 people who have signed up for a class about Fusion 360 software and how to use it to do more intricate carving work on our CNC routers. We are starting a committee to design this class, and we will let you know as that plan comes together. In the meantime, if either of these are classes you want to be involved with, let us know!

The next Maker Monday is May 15th, 2017, from 7 – 9. We will have a lot more information for you at that meeting so please plan to attend.

Also, don’t forget the Maker Faire is on Saturday May 20th, 2017 from 10 am till 5pm at Wayne College. There are over 70 exhibitors, and several of them are members of our maker group. We hope you will plan to be there and support what is happening as the effort grows.

 

Other News:

We are sad to announce Art Oswald passed away last week. I had the privilege of getting to know him during the CNC build class. Many of you know of his long career as an industrial arts teacher, and the positive impact he has had on countless young people. He was a craftsman. We will miss him. Please keep him in your thoughts.

Rob Baumgartner’s table saw jig that accurately cuts angles is for sale. Several of you have expressed interest in this. By making the jig on our CNC machine, you gain accuracy and as a result you can make very intricate pieces. The jig is $165. If you want to buy one, let us know.

We will be working on the Robot arm in the Schantz MakerSpace this coming Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 starting at 8 :30 am. There are still a few things to get worked out, and anyone who is interested in this is welcome to join us. Be sure to bring donuts….

 

Vic Schantz
President
Schantz MakerSpace
330-682-6065