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!


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!

September Maker Monday!

September is here and that means we’re kicking off more classes at the Schantz MakerSpace!

**ALERT** We have openings in our CNC Router Build Class!

In fact, we ordered 12 kits and currently have 11 people signed up for the class. If you want in on this class, we have a kit with your name on it! We can also fill more spots if people let us know right away so we can get the kits ordered. Cost for the class is $1,100.00 (router not included). Make checks out to Schantz Organ Company (PO Box 156, Orrville, OH 44667) or call us at 330-682-6065 to make a credit card payment over the phone. We must receive your payment in order to confirm your spot in the class. Again, what you get with this class is a complete CNC kit and access to four build sessions (September 16th, 23rd, 30th and October 7th) where volunteers walk you through the build process and show you how to use the software. Classes will be from 8:30am-12noon. Don’t miss out on one of our premier classes.


Maker Monday is scheduled for September 18th, from 7-9pm here at Schantz MakerSpace. We hope you will join us for a discussion on our upcoming Drone Flight Class, a Fusion 360 troubleshoot meeting, and our plans for the next 3-D Printer Build class. There’s a lot going on here over the next few months and we want to get the word out so people can plan accordingly.

We are offering a Drone Flight Class where our local expert, Chris Ryan, will be taking you through a flight tutorial. The class will cover two Saturdays (September 30th and October 7th) and will be held in the afternoon from 1-4pm. Cost for this class is $120. Each student will get a fully built, small drone and learn the skills needed to fly it without crashing consistently. We will have flight simulator stations as well as live flying sessions during each class. This has been a very popular listing, and spots are already starting to disappear. If you want to take part in this class, let us know ASAP and send in your payment (either by mail or credit card telephone payment).

The success of our 3-D Printer Build Class has been terrific, so we are offering it again in January! Covering three Saturdays (January 6th, 13th and 20th), you can build your very own 3-D Printer and receive instruction on how to draw, code and print! Cost for the course is $300. Contact us to let us know if you want to join. Again, the only way to guarantee your spot in our classes is to send in your payment. We have to order kits and the 3-D Printers especially take time to get here. Sending in your payment helps us get the kits here and verified in time for the class.

We hope you will join us on September 18th to hear more about these classes and everything else happening at the Schantz MakerSpace. We’ll see you then and have a great fall!

August Maker Monday Review

Another great turnout last night at Maker Monday! Thirty people in attendance as Galen Moomaw showcased his electric bike and Wendell Hostetler talked about using CT scans to build Stradivarius violins on the CNC router.
We talked about plans for an upcoming Drone Flight Tutorial. If you are interested in taking part in the class (you keep the drone!) let us know! Lots of interest in this class from the makers in attendance, so spots will go quickly.
We also had one of our 3-D Printers on display, building parts for our upcoming CNC Router build.
Next Maker Monday will be September 19th. Come and learn with us!

Fusion 360 Software Training held at Wayne College

This week we were lucky enough to have Jim and Josh Caliguri, from Design&Software International, INC, lead our makers through an in-depth training course on Fusion 360 Software. Understanding Fusion 360 is critical for those that joined us in our CNC and 3-D Printer Build classes. We held two classes (July 25th and 26th) where members of our Maker Community dug in for an 8-hour session, coming away with a lot of great resources and information to help them with their machines. A big thanks to the University of Akron’s Wayne College for hosting the training sessions!

Thanks again to Jim and Josh Caliguri for making these classes possible. Also, a special thanks to fellow maker Jeff Martin (center) who was a tremendous help in planning the classes.