Meet a Maker! Wayne County Mini Maker Faire

Hello everyone,

The Wayne County Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness and a celebration of the Maker Movement.  It’s a place where people show what they are making and share what they are learning.  Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

The Daily Record said it best: “Dubbed the ‘Greatest Show and Tell on Earth’; over 1,200 people flocked to the third annual faire at the University of Akron Wayne College last May.  It was a fresh experience with favorite makers from last year coming back along with new makers and new things to see and do.

Maker Faire Bay Area 2019 was also in May, the largest Maker Faire in the world!  Thousands of attendees experienced hundreds of hands-on and interactive exhibits, eight stages brimming with presentations, performances and how-to’s across science, art, craft and engineering.  Adam Savage inspired maker with his “Sunday Sermon”.  Folks tried their hands at circuitry, lace making, and light saber training, while others honed their drone operator chops with the Museum of Future Sports.  There was mobile architecture in the Tiny Home Zone, feats of flex and power on the Dance Battle stage, even the SFBazaar to shop for handmade and hard-to-find crafts.  Big art! Droids! Robots! Racecars! Drones! Fire!  Glimpse the future and get inspired at Maker Faire!

Checkout these photo recaps from Saturday & Sunday!

We are proud to showcase Ohio makers participating in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire.  One of these people is Dan Kaufman of EthosPossibility Learning Center.  Dan is involved with cutting edge sustainability and green energy initiatives such as endothermic ceramic coatings, advance phase change heat batteries, radiant barrier insulation, soap-less cold water laundry system, MHD Magnetic field generators, HHO dry cell generators.  Dan is an Ohio farm boy at-heart, never ending grad. student, researcher, and developer.

Another group that participated in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire is Zips Electric Racing.  An all-electric race car is built each year by University of Akron students using Formula SAE rules (open-wheel style, mini-F1).  Their project includes Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and extensive manufacturing and testing.

Formula SAE/Formula Student encompasses students to engage themselves into a work environment similar to the engineering industry. These students are challenged to incorporate their classroom knowledge into effective designs related to the automotive industry. In the end, the experience and opportunity young students gain from such an engineering project produces engineers not found in classrooms alone.

Rounding out our participating makers is Gregory Peterson of Arcanaclast: Dungeoncraft and Miniatures.  Gregory uses a number of techniques and mediums, including 3D printing, sculpture and painting, to create fantasy tabletop miniatures for games and displays.

Experimenting with a multitude of media, Gregory Peterson has been crafting / sculpting / painting / building all kinds of nerdy things over the past year. Professionally a graphic designer, he uses his artistic talents outside the office for his passion of fantasy and role-playing games. He is always excited to expand his knowledge of non-traditional media and platforms.

If you would like to know more about Dan’s sustainability and green energy initiatives, Zips Electric Racing’s cool electric race car, or Gregory’s fantasy tabletop miniatures, please reply to this email!

Until next week,


Camera sliders, custom shot glass serving boards, and a visit by Hiland High School

Hello everyone,

With Maker Faire 2019 behind us, summer sessions begin at Wayne College next week.  During this time, the 3D Lab goes through cleaning and repair over the summer months.  One of our broken Taz printers will be (hopefully) repaired, issues with the full-color 3D printer will be resolved, and the Prusa printers will receive hardware upgrades to make their unique multi-filament feature more reliable. 

The 3D Lab is open to the public during our summer hours here.  If you would like to use our 3D printers, laser engraver, poster maker, vinyl cutter, and other equipment, feel free to stop by!  The Romich Makerspace in Creston is also open for community use; please reply to this email you wish to visit that facility.  The makerspace supports laser engraving projects, CNC woodcarving, and plethora of wood and metalworking tools for almost anything. 

Projects continue in the 3D Lab even over the summer.  Tristan, one of our students, embarked on a sophisticated camera slider project for one of his engineering classes.  A slider is a unique tool in a cinematographer’s kit that has many uses.  A slide is simply when a camera moves laterally through three-dimensional space. In layman’s terms, the camera moves side to side.

Tristan’s slider design used various equipment in the 3D Lab to build it.  Electronics were assembled at our Electronics Station using stepper motors and an Arduino microcontroller.  Pulleys were custom designed in CAD then 3D printed from ABS plastic and also laser-cut from acrylic. The enclosure was laser-cut from MDF board. 

The result is impressive, a motorized slide that moves a camera at predefined speeds, complete with sensors to detect movement and endstops.  We look forward to Tristan revealing the finished product for a demonstration.

Earlier this Spring, a group of students from Hiland High School in Berlin visited the 3D Lab for a morning of learning about 3D printing.  This has become a yearly field trip to the college and we certainly welcome them! 

We taught students how to download 3D objects and operate the various 3D printers in the lab, as well as make items with the laser engraver and vinyl cutter.  These students also have access to a 3D printer at their own school for building derby cars and model rockets.  It seems that most schools are supplementing traditional wood and metal shops with digital fabrication rooms like the Wayne College 3D Lab, creating interest in minds of all ages with careers in engineering, creativity, and simply “making” for personal enjoyment.  Thanks to lab staff Ashton and Thomas for assisting the group during their visit.

Also in the Spring, a community member that I met at the Wayne County Home & Garden Show owns a woodworking business and expressed interest in laser engraving his products.  He creates handsome “layered wood” shot glass serving boards among other things.  Corel DRAW was used to import and cleanup a restaurant logo, converting a low resolution graphic into smooth, high-detail vector art.  As you can see, the lasered result looks beautiful!

In the second photo, the blue painter’s tape on the board prevents heated, charred wood particles from settling and binding to the wood during the lasering process.  A jig was made to ensure that each non-square serving board was accurately placed for consistent results. 

Again, the 3D Lab is open over the summer, so feel free to stop in!  Our hours of operation are posted here.

Stay tuned next week as we introduce interesting folks who participated in this year’s Maker Faire!

Until then,


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Thanks for another incredible Maker Faire 2019!  You can find information about past participants here.

Don’t miss the next Maker Monday on Monday, June 17th  at 7:00 p.m. at the Schantz Makerspace in Wooster.  Find out more at

We offer a free “listserv” that allows to you ask questions to members in the makerspace. It’s great for sharing ideas, forming friendships, and helping & advising each other. To join, send an email to with “SUBSCRIBE MAKERSPACE-GROUP” in the subject line.