Rubber band cars, airplane parts, and the Wayne County Fair

Hello everyone,

Summer is the perfect time for a makerspace!  School is out; kids have free time to get creative and have fun.  Here at the Wayne College 3D Lab, there is plenty of free-to-use equipment such as 3D printers, laser engravers, electronics pieces  & parts, vinyl cutters, and most importantly, friendly staff to help make your ideas possible.  The Wayne College 3D Lab is truly a place where imagination is made.


Looking for some fun, family friendly projects to build this summer?  How about a ridable hovercraft, air-blowing vortex cannons, stomp rockets, or a shaving cream mountain?  Check out this cool webpage (courtesy of Make: magazine) for more information!


Heartland Point offered a variety of fun workshops earlier this year to keep young minds active. Kids from 11-14 years old came to the Wayne College 3D Lab to design and print rubber band cars using vector art software, 3D printing, laser cutters and so much more.

3D Lab staff Josh Baker created the initial design using a free vector drawing program called InkScape.  The car parts were laser-cut using colored acrylic donated by the Romich Foundation.  Kids learned how to use the vector drawing program, how to operate the laser cutter, and tried their hand at assembling the car with hot-melt glue guns.  Needless to say, they had a blast!


Many thanks to Josh, Anthony, and the staff at Heartland Point who made this three-day workshop a success!  Please click here to see the many community activities going on at Heartland Point each week.


We have a working relationship with the MAPS Air Museum since the inception of the 3D Lab three years ago.  A couple of years ago, Wayne College students attempted to replace a Saber jet’s damaged nose cone using a 3D scanner.  This time, museum staff had a damaged window brace from one of their planes and asked if we could produce a new one.

Josh from our 3D Lab designed the window brace using Solidworks, a professional CAD design program.  Nathan 3D printed the replica using the large-format Taz 3D printer donated by the Wayne County Community Foundation.  And Matt, one of our students, assisted with the cleanup of the printed brace.  The resulting brace turned out beautifully and is almost an exact replica!


It’s that time of year; county fairs are upon us!  Get ready for demolition derbies, live country music, stinky goats, and carnival-style food.  The Holmes County Fair starts this Monday; be sure to check-out the Wayne College table during Kids’s Day on Wednesday the 9th from noon-4:00.  We’ll have a 3D printer there creating all sorts of interesting things!

The 3D Lab had a table representing Wayne College at the Wayne County Fair last year.  Josh Baker and myself were present to explain how 3D printers work, talk about the 3D Lab as a free community resource, and promote careers in engineering.  Folks crowded around our table all day, fascinated with the technology and Wayne College’s involvement with it.


Stay tuned next week as we reveal some of the exciting summer projects going on in the 3D Lab!


See how Barberton High School students lend helping hands with 3D printing:


See how a 16 year old invents a 3D printed eye test for preventing blindness in diabetics:


  Think fidget spinners are cool?  Build a persistence-of-vision spinner that displays messages & shapes in spinning lights:


  Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 19, 2018 for the 2nd Annual Wayne County Mini Maker Faire!  The event is free to attend and participate.  To be a maker at the faire, be sure to signup here.  We’d love to have you there!


  Mark your calendar for the next Maker Monday meeting at Schantz Organ Company on Monday, August 21st at 7:00 p.m.  They will talk about workshops for building 3D printers, CNC milling machines, and possibly drones.


Until next week,