It’s a Wrap! Wayne County Mini Maker Faire 2019

It’s a Wrap! Wayne County Mini Maker Faire 2019

Hello everyone,

After a rainy Friday night and early Saturday morning, the clouds parted and warm, sunny weather prevailed when the doors opened at 10:00 a.m.  What a perfect day for the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire!  A great day was had by all.  Over 1,100 attendees, makers, and volunteers came together at this year’s event.  The building and grounds were packed with techies and non-techies alike into the world of being creators.

This year’s Maker Faire was a gleeful public displays of innovation and do-it-yourself inventiveness, a celebration of “making” in our culture.  Maker Faire creates opportunities for conversations with makers. Tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and entrepreneurs all come together to show their projects and to talk about what they have learned. It is a community-based event that inspires everyone to become a maker and connect with people and projects in their local community.

Village Catering Company provided wonderful meals for attendees and makers alike.  Hartzler Dairy brought their famous ice cream which was a hit, and Wayne College student organizations provided concessions.

Kids had a blast with the Ventrac Kid Zone.  Lots of little tikes (and some adults) walked around with beautiful face painting, balloon animal hats, caricatures, and wore themselves out with the Fun Fitness Obstacle Course. 

A special thanks to our 70+ volunteers who helped at this year’s event.  There is no way we could have done this without you!  A big “thank you” to Chris Dreher for organizing our volunteers.  Also thanks to our “maker presenters” who gave interesting talks at the Presentation Tent. 

Schantz Makerspace played an important part of the event with their contribution to the ever-popular Kid Zone, Belt Sander Drag Race, the beloved band organ, and inviting their makerspace members to participate as makers.  Many thanks for their continued support.

Most especially, thanks to all of our makers who took the time to prepare a booth and interact with hundreds of people all day long.  Without the efforts and generosity of our makers, the Maker Faire would not be possible!  We are proud to host a diverse community of creative, inventive, yet beyond all, friendly people.

Note, if you took photos of the event, please consider sharing them for our community blog!  Please email your photos to tjh1@uakron.edu

Thanks again for a truly incredible event! 

Tom

Meet a Maker! And a Call for Help!

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 1,300 people flocked to the second 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.

We need volunteers to help at the Learn To Solder booth at the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire.  Sponsored by RBB Systems, this is a popular booth for kids and adults alike.  Attendees solder components onto a robot “badges” with glowing eyes that they can take home with them.

Currently, we do not have enough volunteers to run this booth and can certainly use your help!  Clicking this link: Volunteer Sign-up will enable you to sign up. Please mark your first and last name and email address in the yellow highlighted areas only.  We need a lot of help to make this work.  Thanks for considering to help!

Once you have completed the sign-up sheet, click on the link at the bottom of the sign-up sheet for contact information and T-shirt size (when you click this link you may see a small box appear with another link that you will have to click to get to the form—just the way Google links work).

We are proud to showcase Ohio makers participating in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire.  One of these people is Rob Gregory.  He owns and maintains an old fashioned band organ on a trailer.  Also known as fairground organs, these are designed for use in a commercial public fairground setting to provide loud music to accompany fairground rides and attractions, mostly used on merry-go-rounds. Unlike organs intended for indoor use, band organs produce a large volume of sound to be heard over and above the noise of crowds of people and fairground machinery.

The precursor to the band organ is a calliope, a musical instrument that produces sound by sending a gas, originally steam or more recently compressed air, through large whistles—originally locomotive whistles.  A calliope is typically very loud. Even some small calliopes are audible for miles. There is no way to vary tone or loudness. Musically, the only expression possible is the pitch, rhythm, and duration of the notes.  Rob’s band organ is always at hit at the Wayne County Mini Maker faire and we are happy that he is returning again this year!

Another group participating in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire is the Wayne County Public Library.  Their mission: to provide an environment that enriches lives and fosters a strong community by offering lifelong learning opportunities.  WCPL will bring a knitting machine is made by their IT Department using the original open source design Circular Knitic.  3D printing, laser cutting, yarn, and Arduino combine to make a machine that creates a knitted tube perfect for scarves.  Attendees can enter to win a scarf created using the knitting machine!

In addition to the knitting machine, Sphero BOLT robots will be on-hand to take for a spin in their custom maze.

Rounding out our participating makers is Ben Westover.  He loves all things technology, especially retro stuff.  Ben is really smart, especially in math (he’s in 9th grade Math as a 7th grader).  Ben plays trumpet and baritone in band and likes science, math, and history.

At this year’s Maker Faire, Ben I will have Raspberry Pi’s running emulators of retro computers and video game consoles and will have some of the real hardware too.  He’ll have video games, consoles, and computers from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s.  Ben will bring multiple consoles and computers and about two or three games or programs each.

If you would like to know more about Rob’s band organ, the Wayne Public Library’s knitting machine, or Ben’s retro games and computers, please reply to this email!

Mark your calendar for May 18, 2019 for the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire!  It’s our third year and we have an exciting variety of makers.  It’s an indoor/outdoor event with a festival theme.  There is something for everyone!  Click here for a list of makers from past years and some coming to this year’s faire, too.  It’s a truly unforgettable experience.

Until next week, Tom

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 1,300 people flocked to the second 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.

Since 2013 or so, the Midwest RepRap Festival, or MRRF, has been a quickly growing gathering of 3D printing enthusiasts from all over the world.  This year, it has grown to encompass three large buildings in Goshen, Indiana and housed an incredible 3D printers, both new and old.

This event offers not only a chance to see printers in action, but also to experience new experiments, cool custom projects, get your printer repaired, and best of all you can meet people.

Joel from 3D Printing Nerd put out a pretty good summary of some of the projects you might see at the event.

This tour from Thomas Sanlanderer shows off just how huge and chaotic the event has become, and he’s filming during a slow period!

We are proud to showcase Ohio makers participating in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire.  One of these people is Eliot Aretskin-Hariton.  He invented Obelisk, a cooperative board game that was originally prototyped using free-to-access laser cutter resources at the Cleveland Public Library.  At the faire this May, he will have on-display the process he traveled through over the last two years from initial inception through industrial scale production.  Come talk with Eliot and his group if you want to understand what it takes to make your own board game.

Don’t miss their crowd sale from April 12-19th!  The more people that purchase the game during the crowd sale, the less everyone pays for the game.  As a tiny board game company, they need your help getting the word out.  Our greatest advantage is their passionate supporters! 

Another group participating in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire this year are the Pirates of the Rusty Cutlass.  They are pirate entertainers that educate people about nautical and pirate history.

Sailin’ aboard th’ Inferno, we be th’ Pirates o’ th’ Rusty Cutlass – th’ grandest crew o’ skallywags yew’ll eva cross paths wit’. Prop up yer peg, grab yerself some refreshyments, an’ join in on arr adventures!  Fer more information, http://apirateslifefor.us/hireus.php

Rounding out our participating makers is Gavin Maibach.  A number of students are makers and want to show some of their work.  One featured project was the construction of a popsicle stick house with time lapse video documentation.  The house was later enhanced with the addition of LED lights and a power door operator, requiring learning to solder.

Gavin is a seventh grade student.  He enjoys making things and also learning about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  One thing he does to learn is to take things apart.  Gavin built a 3D printer at the Schantz Makerspace.  He operates a laser engraver at the Romich Foundation Makerspace, too.

If you would like to know more about Eliot’s Obelisk board game, the Pirates of the Rusty Cutlass, or Gavin’s popsicle stick house, please reply to this email.

Mark your calendar for May 18, 2019 for the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire!  It’s our third year and we have an exciting variety of makers.  It’s an indoor/outdoor event with a festival theme.  There is something for everyone!  Click here for a list of makers from past years and some coming to this year’s faire, too.  It’s a truly unforgettable experience.

Until next week,

Tom

Stair climbing robots, laser etched circuit boards, and a visit by home school families

Hello everyone,

Spring Break is just about over at Wayne College; students and instructors begin the final weeks of Spring semester on Monday.  A steady stream of community members and students visited the 3D Lab throughout the week, keeping our lab staff busy in addition to their usual duties.  Dynamics class students worked on model rockets for the upcoming launch in May, another person brought a broken lamp retainer to design a 3D printed replacement, and Tristan helped a friend build a mug drying “spinner” using MDF wood cut on the laser engraver.  There is always something interesting happening in the 3D Lab!

If you haven’t signed up to participate in the Wayne County Mini Maker, do so quickly!  The deadline is the end of this weekend, by Monday, April 1st at the latest.  If you have any kind of hobby, invention, or creative/crafting talents, the Maker Faire is the perfect place to show your creations.  You can signup here.  Participation and attendance is free!

Are you a girl aged 11-18 and like to code?  Introducing Code Hopper Challenge 2019 at the Akron Art Museum, part of the UA Urban STEM initiative.  Bring a friend and code a challenge! Code in Scratch, Javascript, Pencilcode, or whatever you’re comfortable using.  For more information, see the attached flyer.

Tim, one of our students, enjoys board and role playing games.  Over the past several years, he used the 3D printers and laser engraver in the 3D Lab to create custom props, such as cardboard barricades from (literally) pizza boxes using 2D design software Adobe Illustrator

Tim also makes amazing three dimensional props in the form of modular buildings made from MDF board and the laser engraver/cutter.  He designs even these buildings in Illustrator complete with connecting tabs for the walls, ceilings, & floors with connectors for the rooms themselves.  The result?  All of the rooms below can be connected in different ways to make custom shaped buildings for any purpose.  It’s amazing!

Tristan, another one of our students, continues to do amazing work with custom etched circuit boards using the laser engraver.  For a robotics project, he’s been working on a camera slider for fancy YouTube recordings that the human hand couldn’t possibly recreate.  With his project, smooth cinematic shots will be possible due to the bot’s three stepper motors along with multiple sensors which will be implemented to make it user friendly.  But how could all of the components fit in one small little box?  Well a PCB (printed circuit board), of course!

Around 1950, PCBs were being manufactured for commercial use.  But the expense of having them produced detoured many electronics enthusiasts away from them.  So hobbyists did what they do best, they made their own!  While a handful of websites today allow you to purchase a PCB for low-cost, many hands on people found it satisfying to make their own.  All it requires is copper plated fiber board, Rustoleum high heat spray paint, diluted ferric chloride (etching solution), and a high wattage laser. 

The concept involves etching away copper with the ferric chloride solution.  An image is carefully drawn on a computer (Tristan used Microsoft Paint) where the copper needs to be etched away from.  Once that’s done, the laser engraver is used to “retrace” the image onto the board.  By laser engraving the image onto the board, paint is removed and copper is exposed.  The PCB is stuck into a ferric chloride solution until the visible copper is dissolved.  Lastly, steel wool is used to clean-off the remaining paint and holes are drilled.  An old school PCB with new tech!

Last month, a group of home school community members visited the 3D Lab to learn how to use 3D printers and let their imaginations run wild.  3D Lab staff Ashton and Thomas showed these young adults how the machines work and helped them print objects and make designs with the laser engraver.  Many of them had never seen a 3D printer before; it was an exciting experience for them.  Many thanks to Ashton and Thomas for giving them a wonderful experience!

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

Until then,

Tom

See how this 3D bioprinter patches up wounds using a patient’s own skin cells:
https://newatlas.com/skin-bioprinter-prints-onto-wounds/58688
Taking too many pills?  3D printed pills deliver exactly the dosage and types that you need:
https://all3dp.com/2/3d-printing-drugs-the-latest-advancements-around-the-world

Just in-time for Easter!  Print this cute, windup bunny:
https://www.instructables.com/id/Windup-Bunny-2

Speaking of Tim’s board game props, 3D print your own Dungeons & Dragons pieces:
https://all3dp.com/2/d-d-3d-print-your-own-dungeons-dragons-pieces

The Wayne County Mini Maker Faire is coming soon!  May 18, 2019 from 10:00-3:00.  Sign-up soon to participate as space is limited at this huge community event.  Deadline is April 1st.

Don’t miss the next Maker Monday on Monday, April 15th  at 7:00 p.m. at the Schantz Makerspace in Wooster.  Find out more at www.schantzmakerspace.com

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 listserv@lists.uakron.edu with “SUBSCRIBE MAKERSPACE-GROUP” in the subject line. 

Meet a Maker! Wayne County Mini Maker Faire

Hello everyone,

Want to bring your hobby, invention, school project, or product to the Wayne County Mini Maker faire?  We’d love to have you!  Act fast; the application deadline is April 1st!  You can signup here.

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 1,300 people flocked to the second 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 Faires are incredible at any size.  In its simplest form, Maker Faire creates opportunities for conversations with Makers.  Tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and entrepreneurs all come together to show their projects and to talk about what they have learned. It is a community based learning event that inspires everyone to become a maker, and connect with people and projects in their local community.  Yet, Maker Faire is a “fair” — fun, engaging, and exciting.

While most Maker Faires are offered in parks, community centers, and at other outdoor/indoor venues, schools can also participate in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire because they are a perfect combination of part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new.  School Maker Faire exhibitors, or “makers,” are primarily students—either as individuals, clubs, classes or groups. And Maker Faire exhibits can be from any discipline — from science to art to gardening to engineering to craft.

The Wayne County Mini Maker Faire is perfect for your school to showcase the making already taking place, replace a more limited science fair model, connect with larger creativity, innovation, STEM, or art initiatives, cultivate awareness of the Maker Movement, and build school community. 

We are proud to showcase Ohio makers who participated in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire last year.  One of these groups is the Orrville Public Library.  At this year’s faire, they will reveal their new Memory Lab!  The Lab is a space for the community to learn how to access, digitize, and share old videos, audio recordings, photographs, and slides.

You can freely use equipment in the Memory Lab to convert vinyl record, 8mm/Super 8, VHS/DVD, floppy disk, and audio cassette to digital format.  There is also a slides/35mm scanner, document scanner, and photo scanner.  Feel free to stop-by the library for a tour!

Another group that participated in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire is Schantz Makerspace, Inc.  It is a community of builders, tinkerers, and inventors working together to offer training opportunities, group build classes, and a chance to get to know other makers.

At this year’s faire, Schantz Makerspace will demonstrate tabletop CNC machines and 3-D printers.  They also offer training classes in Arduino, group-build classes, and software training.  Join a group of makers who meet, learn, collaborate, and make things.  Find-out more at www.schantzmakerspace.com.

Rounding out our makers who participated is the Ventrac Robot Club.  The club exposes children of employees at Ventrac ages 6-14 to robotics & programming.  Last year, faire attendees saw the kits they used including LEGO robotics, Arduino circuits, and coding in Minecraft on a Raspberry Pi.

Ventrac Robot Club is open to kids of employees at Venture Product Inc.  They meet every Monday night from January to March. This is their third year as a club and has 28 total kids.

If you would like to know more about the Orrville Public Library’s Memory Lab, the Schantz Makerspace, or the Ventrac Robot Club, please reply to this email.

The Call For Makers is now open for the 3rd annual Wayne County Mini Maker Faire!  Participation is free; You can apply with our online application here.  You can also apply via postal mail and telephone.  Number 3 is going to be bigger than ever for us as makers return to the Wayne College to fill the Student Life Building and landscape with incredible innovation and creativity. Remember, space is limited so you have to apply as soon as possible to ensure that you get your spot at the greatest show (& tell) on earth!  The deadline is April 1st!

Until next week,

Tom

Stair climbing robots, cool CNC projects, and a visit with Future Farmers of America

Hello everyone,

Winter may have one final surprise for us this week as the cold weather returns and snowflakes are possible.  Spring reminds me of sunny weather and the great indoor/outdoor event that is the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire.  If you haven’t signed up to participate, do so quickly!  The deadline is April 1st.  If you have any kind of hobby, invention, or creative/crafting talents, the Maker Faire is the perfect place to show your creations.  You can signup here.  Participation and attendance is free!

As many of your know, the Wayne College 3D Lab is a free resource that is open to the public.  Come learn how to make things with 3D printers, laser engraving/cutting, CNC milling, vinyl cutting, and more.  Have an idea?  Our lab staff are happy to help turn yours ideas into reality.  The 3D Lab is made possible through donations from many people, organizations, and businesses.  We especially thank Tanya Cornelius, Orrville Branch Manager at Farmers National Bank for their recent donation.

Last semester, students from the Tools for Engineering class built robots from LEGO Mindstorms kits for various challenges.  One of the hardest tasks is a robot that can climb stairs.  It’s fun to see the crazy-but-functional ideas that students come-up with!  It’s rare that a robot can climb a flight of steps, but when it does, it’s a sight to behold.  Check-out some of these amazing contraptions.

If you like robots and how students are using them, give Jacob Melrose a call at Wooster High School.  His students are building VEX robot for challenge courses and competitions.  Cool stuff!

Alumni Ben Engle is well-known at the 3D Lab and Schantz Makerspace for building CNC machines from scratch.  Starting with wood carving machines, Ben graduated to metal milling machines and even water jets machining!  His inventiveness is practically limitless.  Check-out some of the items he milled using his own custom-built machines.  The guitar body is my favorite.

If you are interested in using a CNC machine, check-out the Roland MDX-40A in the Wayne College 3D Lab.  You can even build your own CNC machine based on one of Ben’s original designs!  Contact the Schantz Makerspace to inquire about the CNC building workshop.

Last month, the 3D Lab made another road trip, this time to Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster.  Student members of Future Farmers of America regularly hold meetings there.  F.F.A. is the premier youth organization preparing members for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.  Students are supervised by agricultural education teachers in cooperation with parents, employers, and other adults who assist individuals in the development and achievement of educational and career goals.

During the presentation, we discussed how 3D printers work and its application into agriculture.  Thingiverse.com has number of farming and farmer inspired inventions that can be printed and used to support all sorts of tasks and machinery.  The members were full of questions about the technology and interested in the 3D Lab that is open for use by the community.  FFA members also visit the Romich Makerspace in Creston to work on projects there. 

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

Until then,

Tom

3D printing can repair farm tools, including this electric drill:
https://hackaday.com/2018/01/29/3d-printed-battery-pack-keeps-old-drill-spinning

See how this 3D printed gearbox lifts an anvil with ease:
https://hackaday.com/2017/07/27/3d-printed-gearbox-lifts-an-anvil-with-ease

3D print an electric screwdriver from scratch:
https://hackaday.com/2019/03/05/3d-print-your-own-electric-screwdriver

Make your own digital level:
https://www.instructables.com/id/DigiLevel-a-Digital-Level-With-Two-Axes

The Wayne County Mini Maker Faire is coming soon!  May 18, 2019 from 10:00-3:00.  Sign-up soon to participate as space is limited at this huge community event.  Deadline is April 1st.

Don’t miss the next Maker Monday TONIGHT (March 18th) at 7:00 p.m.  Find out more at www.schantzmakerspace.com

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 listserv@lists.uakron.edu with “SUBSCRIBE MAKERSPACE-GROUP” in the subject line.