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.

July Maker Monday – Recap

Class Updates and Drones!!!

Thanks to all who came out to Maker Monday on July 17th! We had 35 people join us for some great discussion. First on the agenda was an update on our current classes.

FUSION 360 Software training is coming up next week (July 25th and 26th). We still have a few spots left, so please contact us now! The classes will take place at Wayne College in the Student Life Building (Room 205) from 8:00am-5:00pm. A light lunch will be provided.

FUSION 360 Software is the heart and soul of the CNC Routers and 3-D Printers we’ve built here at the Schantz MakerSpace. If you have built one of these machines or are planning to in our upcoming classes, understanding FUSION 360 Software is the best way to get the most out of your machines. Don’t miss out!

Our next Desktop CNC Router Build Class is scheduled for this fall (September 16th, 23rd, 30th and October 7th). The four build sessions will be from 8:00am-12noon here at the Schantz MakerSpace. We have about 4 spots left in this class. Cost is $1,100. We will be ordering the kits soon, so if you want to build a machine, you have to let us know now!

Our premier class, the Desktop CNC Router Build offers a hands-on experience with a skilled team of volunteers guiding you through the process. You not only walk away with a desktop machine at least half the cost of the ones coming off the shelf, but our volunteers guide you through the basic operation of the machine. When you take it home for the first time, it is ready to get to work.

The August 3-D Printer Build Class is full. We’ve already got a handful of people on our waiting list. If enough people show interest, we can offer this class again. So even though this class is full, if you want to build a 3-D Printer please let us know. You will be given first crack at signing up for our next class.

What’s next?

After we updated everyone on the current classes, we started conversation on what may come next at the Schantz MakerSpace. Rob Baumgartner brought his drone and gave us a show of its capabilities.

Rob’s remote controlled drone took that photo while touring our assembly room. We’ve had a few members mention drones as something they would like to look into. Now we’re starting to dig a little deeper. There are a lot of kits out there, and we want to pick what people are most interested in. If you are interested in a drone building class, please let us know.

A lot of exciting things happening. We need your input to keep this going. Next Maker Monday will be August 21st. We hope you’ll join us to find out more!


Dates announced for Fusion 360 Software Training!

Jim Caliguri at Autodesk has partnered with Schantz MakerSpace to offer an intensive training course on Fusion 360 Software, the software used in both the CNC Desktop Routers and 3-D Printers from our Build Classes. We have two, 8-hour class offerings:

Tuesday, July 25th
Wednesday, July 26th

Cost for the course is $128.00. Spots for these classes are filling up fast. If you want to take part of this terrific opportunity, please contact us at or 330-682-6065.

More information to come, including location and start time. But don’t hesitate. Contact us now or you may miss out!

Maker Monday is Coming/Fusion Software and CNC Router spots still available!

Hello Makers,
Summer is heating up and so is the MakerSpace! Maker Monday is right around the corner on July 17th from 7-9pm. We hope you will join us as Rob Baumgartner showcases his racing drone. The racing drone is something we are considering for an upcoming build class. Anyone interested should join us to provide input and discuss the best times for us to offer the class.
Maker Monday is about sharing ideas and interests. The classes we offer come from the minds of our members. We cater to your interests so don’t be afraid to speak up. Maker Mondays can be a great opportunity to learn about the world of making and what projects people have come up with. At the last Maker Monday, Norm Sohar introduced us to a project called GravityLight. The Gravity Light is a light fixture that uses a weighted bag to generate electricity. It doesn’t need batteries or sunlight and costs nothing to operate.
Class Updates:
Before the July 4th holiday, our 3-D Print Build Team completed their Tarantula 3-D Printers. The class was a great success and we’re gearing up to have the class again this August. The class is full, but the waiting list is growing. If you missed out on the first two sessions, let us know your interest in building a 3-D Printer. We can fit another class later on in the fall schedule if enough people sign up.
In the meantime, we have teamed up with Jim Caliguri at Autodesk and are preparing for a crash course in Fusion 360 Software. We are offering two 8-hour training sessions on Tuesday, July 25th and Wednesday, July 26th. Cost for the course is $128. We’re down to about 10 spots left overall. Please contact us and reserve your spot ASAP! Understanding this software is essential to operating the CNC Desktop Router and 3-D Printers we have helped our students build. Deadline for signing up is Wednesday, July 12th. Please don’t wait!
Speaking of the CNC Router, we still have a few spots left in our September/October build class. Cost for the course is $1,100. Reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis so get in now while we are still taking students.
Vic Schantz
Creativity is intelligence having fun.
-Albert Einstein