Battle Bots competition, full-color 3D printing, and a visit to Fairless Middle School

Hello everyone,

Winter Break blew in and out of Wayne College quicker than the blistery weather outside!  During the holiday break, lab staff were busying fixing equipment, preparing new services, and enjoying the break between semesters.  Near the end of the semester, the 3D Lab was packed each day with students and community members, many crafting custom-made gifts with the laser engraver and 3D printers.

The Spring semester started with a bang a few days ago.  Already the lab is frequented by many return students (and some new ones) and community members working on a variety of projects.  We are thrilled that one of our new students, Joe, has taken interested in our CNC wood mill provided by the Wayne County Community Foundation.  In just two days, he figured out the machine on his own and is milling away!  We are excited to see what projects he will make this semester.

Best of all, thanks to the hard work of lab staff Ashton, our multi-color 3D printer is fully operational!  Ashton assembled a Multi Material Upgrade unit to our existing Prusa printer, allowing it to manipulate five spools of filament during a single print job.  Not only are multi-color prints possible, but dissolvable supports can be used for complicated prints.  In the photo below, supports are printed in regular plastic in the first object (difficult to remove), the middle object as dissolvable filament for all supports, while the third photo uses dissolvable filament only in the areas touching the object, saving costly dissolvable filament.

Visit the 3D Lab to try multi-color printing!  You can find ready-made object on Thingiverse here.

 

Before the holiday break, our engineering students held their annual, (in)famous Battle Bots tournament.  Students from our Tools for Engineering course, led by instructor Scott Gold, built these instruments of destruction using LEGO Mindstorms.  Mindstorms are kits consisting of a large “brain” brick, with gears, wheels, and regular LEGO parts attached to it.  Some students even 3D printed custom parts, such as this plow and claw:

Two robots are placed in an arena, the goal to push one out of boundaries in any way possible.  This means pushing, smacking, plowing, and mutilating the opponent’s robot.  The competition was great fun; even a number of community members and their families came to watch the mayhem.

 

We received a new arrival yesterday, a full-color 3D printer!  Made possible through a generous donation from the Romich Foundation, this printer uses CMY (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow) ink droplets absorbed by special color-absorbing filament to create millions of colors for 3D models.  It’s the marriage of traditional inkjet printing with 3D technology.

Thanks to community support, the Wayne College 3D Lab has come a long way with providing useful resources to students and the community since its inception five years ago.  Look here for our complete list of equipment that is available for your creative and inventive needs; most are completely free to use.

 

Before the holidays, Fairless Middle School offers Career Day where community members offer a “show and tell” to talk about their careers to students.  Staff members Erika Stafford, Josh Baker, and I discussed 3D printing and careers in engineering during this event.  We presented to six classes sessions of students which made for a long but exciting day.  Our sessions were so popular that teachers normally on break spent the time in our classroom instead!

Many thanks to the Romich Foundation for our portable 3D printer which has been shown to many schools, organizations, and businesses.  It printed like a champ all day!  We had many excited kids, many of whom asked countless questions.

If you know of any organizations, schools, or business who would like to experience 3D printing and how Wayne College can help them, please let me know.  We are always willing to make road trips if there is interest and the food is good.  🙂

 

Until next week,

Tom

 

Speaking of robots, check-out the Ohio based National Robotics Challenge:
https://www.sparkfun.com/news/2835

Would you eat a 3D printed steak?
https://www.dezeen.com/2018/11/30/novameat-3d-printed-meat-free-steak

 

Like robots?  Like boats?  Build a robotic boat!
https://www.instructables.com/id/Waterbot-Arduino-Robot-Boat

Or if robotic spiders are more your thing:
https://makezine.com/2018/02/19/this-3d-printed-arduino-based-hexapod-robot-is-hysterical

 

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 very limited at this huge community event.

 

Don’t miss the next Maker Monday on January 21st.  The theme is “Repair Café”.  Bring your projects from past Schantz workshops for repair and helpful advice!  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,

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.

 

2018 has been a great year for Maker Faire with 200 faires in many countries all over the world!  Some Maker Faires were mind bogglingly large, such as the Bay Area event featuring 1,100 makers and attracting 150,000 visitors.  Another flagship event took place in New York City with 700 Makers and 95,000 attendees. 30+ larger-scale “featured” Maker Faires took place in cities such as Rome, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo, Barcelona, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Seoul, Cairo, Kuwait, Detroit, Kansas City, Milwaukee, and San Diego.  Click here for a number of fun videos from 2018 faires all around the world and here for a showcase of featured faires.

Check-out this great video of Maker Faire Lillie 2018:

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.

 

We are proud to showcase Ohio makers who participated in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire this year.  Some of these are J.D. Plybon and his friends from Schantz Makerspace.  They built a huge belt sander drag strip, a long wooden track for two high-speed belt sanders.  Faire attendees activated the sanders by applying power, with hay bales at the end of the track to stop them.  The race track was a huge hit with hundreds of onlookers.  J.D. and his friends did a great job emceeing the event, too.

 

Another person who participated in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire is Aaron Holmes.  Aaron has been designing and building things since he was a young boy.  He grew up and became an engineer and continues to design and make things in his workshop with his two young children, likely future makers themselves.

With a passion for cycling and woodworking, Aaron designed and built a wooden frame bicycle. The bike is hand made from black walnut and is fully functional. The design and build process were exciting and the first ride was purely satisfying!  DIY speaker building is another fun way to combine design, engineering, making, and of course enjoyment of music.  There are many details to consider from driver selection to crossover designs. On display are several custom built, one of a kind speakers.  We are thankful that Aaron brought his wooden bicycle in 2017 and his custom speakers earlier this year.

 

Rounding out our makers who participated is Daphne Silchuk-Ashcraft from Orrville Public Library.  OPL has been a strong supporter of the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire since the beginning.  They host their own “maker faire” type event called “How To Day” each April, so be sure not to miss it!

In 2016, Daphne brought an interactive Laser Maze Game that is great for kids learning.  At the recent faire, she introduced the cute Ozobot.  These are little programmable robots that will follow colored lines on paper.  By creating different color combinations of these lines, the robots do fun tricks. This hands-on activity provides an opportunity to explore coding for all ages.

 

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!

 

Until next week,

Tom

 

Laser engraved circuit boards, custom board games, and a visit to Lincoln Township Elementary School

Hello everyone,

 

The end of semester is almost upon us.  Engineering students are building battle robots, stair climbing robots, math students are 3D printing rocket models for simulations, a plethora of students building all sorts of personal items, and there is a daily stream of community members and families visiting the lab for tours and creative projects.  What a busy semester it has been!  The 3D Lab has been a great place for students and community members to hang-out.  Even though the semester ends in two weeks, the lab will continue to be a busy place well into the Christmas season.

If you want to attend the Battle Bots tournament, come to the 3D Lab at 2:00 on December 10th.  The stair climbing robot competition is on December 5th at 3:00 p.m.

 

Speaking of Christmas, what better way to give a personal gift with something that is created by you!  If you like making truly unique items, there are great, low-cost ideas that you can make with a laser engraver here.  We also have a number of donated items from P. Graham Dunn that you can personalize into gifts as well.  Our staff will show you how to use the laser engraver, then you can let your creativity run wild!  Check-out these beautiful snowflake ornaments or personalized cutting boards that you can make here in the 3D Lab:

If you haven’t been to the 3D Lab in a while, stop-by to enjoy the energy and camaraderie there, especially over the holiday winter break.

 

The week before last, Wayne College student Tristan arrived with an interesting laser engraving project.  He is building a large, seven-segment display to show the number of “likes” that he receives over time on his YouTube channel.  Tristan is building the display from scratch, including a custom circuit board!  He literally drew up the design with Microsoft Paint.

Tristan bought some copper plates, then sprayed them with Rustoleum Specialty High Temperature paint typically used for hot outdoor appliances like grills.  These painted plates were placed in the engraver, which removed the paint when etching his circuit design, like this:

This creates a negative image of the circuit.  Next, the board is soaked in ferric chloride (43% strength) which interacts with the visible copper.  The last step is removing the paint which exposes the copper traces underneath the paint.  The final step hasn’t been performed on the picture below, but it gives you an idea of the display that Tristan is building.  More progress coming soon!

 

Community member Olivia and her husband enjoy playing Settlers of Catan, a popular board game.  Visiting a local wood store, they acquired some finished wood pieces sold as scraps, then decided to make custom game pieces themselves to enhance the game!

Olivia created the custom designs with CorelDRAW, then used the vector mode of the laser engraver to cut them into interlocking puzzle pieces, just like the Settlers board game pieces.

They had good results with painted wood, as the laser engraver burned off the paint, leaving behind a nice contrast of the design.  Adjusting the speed of the laser improved the contrast, burning the wood darker.  She also created game pieces with natural hickory wood. We have a number of board gamers in the 3D Lab group, including Tim Winkler who creates impressing 2D and 3D printed game pieces.

 

Earlier this year, the 3D Lab made a trip to Lincoln Township Elementary in Wooster to talk about digital fabrication, 3D printing, and careers in engineering.  The kids were fascinated with what a 3D printer could do and asked lots of questions!  They were most interested in how 3D printers can be used to fix things, such as leaking sinks, broken exercise machine stands, chair sliders, and other projects that our students worked on at Wayne College over the years.  The portable 3D printer is always a hit!

 

Stayed tuned next week as we highlight makers from last year’s Wayne County Mini Maker Faire and show photos from recent Wayne College engineering student robot competitions.  Fun times ahead!

 

Until next week,

Tom

 

Breakthrough 3D Bio-printer Puts Artificial Tissue on the Table:

https://newatlas.com/3d-printer-biological-tissues/54720

3D Printing Brings Robotics Closer to Real Life with Synthetic Muscle:
https://3dprintingindustry.com/news/3d-printing-robotics-real-life-synthetic-muscle-121497

 

How to Make 3D Model From a 2D Image:

https://www.instructables.com/id/3D-CNC-Relief-Sculpture-Fusion-360

Build This 8-bit Synthesizer Made Out of Paper and Copper Foil: https://www.instructables.com/id/PaperSynth-an-8-bit-Synthesizer-Made-Out-of-Paper-

 

Don’t miss the next Maker Monday on December 17th.  It is a brainstorming session to discover projects for future workshops!  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,

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.

 

The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2018 celebrated its 13th annual faire with more than 800 exhibitors, makers, presenters and speakers.  World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown exponentially in the last nine years. Forty large-scale Maker Faires occur in cities  around the world—Berlin, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, and Shenzhen to name a few—and over 170 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced in the United States and in 44 other countries around the world!

 

We are proud to showcase Ohio makers who participated in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire this year.  Two such makers are Ryan Douglas and Jacob Garry.  Ryan is currently a second year Computer Engineering student at the University of Akron. He is a retro gaming enthusiast and spends his free time restoring vintage game consoles.  His favorite game is Sonic 3 & Knuckles on the SEGA Genesis.  Jacob Garry is currently a Junior at Ashland University, majoring in Cyber-security.  He’s been a gamer for as long as he remembers, and his current passion is Overwatch.  He loves the teamwork and competitive nature of the game!

At the Maker Faire earlier this year, Ryan and Jacob enabled others to experience the history of gaming hands on. They brought a variety of vintage games for visitors to play and learn about.  From Atari to Nintendo to Sega, faire attendees played some of gaming’s greatest classics, along with one of its oddities-the Virtual Boy!

 

Another group of makers who participated in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire is Hale Farm & Village.  Faire attendee joined the Spinners and Weavers from Hale Farm as they created rich dye colors from materials found in field, forest, garden and far away.  Visitors learned how to make dye for protein fibers such as wool, and took their fiber creativity to the next level!

 

Rounding out our makers who participated is Dawn Meehan.  Dawn has been with Akron-Summit County Public Library for 25 years. For the last dozen years, she has been a Technology Trainer in the Electronic Services department. She teaches classes about any and all computer/technology concepts and works in TechZone@Main.

TechZone@Main is Akron-Summit County Public Library’s makerspace. They have equipment like 3D printers, laser engraver, vinyl printer, button makers, and Silhouette Curio for little to no cost.  Come visit to learn more and make something!

 

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!

Until next week,

Tom

Multi-color 3D printing, stop-motion LEGO movies, and a visit by kids from LifeCare Hospice

Hello everyone,

Today was first morning of snow this year, a reminder that the holidays are soon approaching.  The 3D Lab is the perfect place to make personalized, one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones!  Check-out these project ideas that are made with the laser engraver and 3D printed holiday decorations here.

The 3D Lab is also a popular place for students and community members alike.  Yesterday, we hosted a number of young adults from the CommQuest in Canton, making items on the various machines (the laser engraver was a huge hit!).  Students are busy with personal and class projects, staff members make gifts for friends & family, guitars and ukuleles float-in almost every day.  On the academic side of things, engineering students are busy building LEGO Mindstorms robots for climbing stairs and the famous Battle Bots tournament in a just a few weeks!  If you haven’t been to the 3D Lab in a while, stop-by to enjoy the energy and camaraderie there.

 

Earlier this year, we ordered two Prusa i3 MK3 printers from the Czech Republic.  These are easily the best printers in our lab, producing highly detailed and accurate prints.  Ashton, one of our lab staff, and I began upgrading these printers to support multicolor printing, using up to five filament colors in a single object.

Instead of five print heads, this upgrade uses a rotating filament selector that removes and feeds the multiple colors though the original print head.  It’s a simpler design with clever ways to reduce filament waste/purging during color changes.  We still have some bugs to work out, but the initial tests are encouraging!  The upgrade will also support water-soluble supports, so we’re excited about that, too.

 

The son of one of our staff members spent the day in the 3D Lab to print Star Wars models that he designed from scratch using Tinkercad.  He is also into stop-motion photography with LEGO figures, making movies with an application on his Chromebook called Clap Motion.  It is stop-motion software that allows you to create your own animation by simply clapping your hands.  ClapMotion is an ideal tool for the classroom and home, developing project based thinking, artistic, creative and teamwork skills.

Check-out these great videos that our young visitor made with LEGOs and Clap Motion:

On the same subject, at the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire earlier this year, Susan Corl of Story Cultivator Studios created a hands on activity with stop motion photography.  Her booth was immensely popular with lots of kids making their first-ever movies right there!

 

A couple of months ago, a group of children from LifeCare Hospice in Wooster visited the 3D Lab.  The organization provides a comprehensive program of compassionate care for all individuals experiencing the impact of serious illness and loss.  LifeCare Hospice embodies the spirit of neighbors caring for neighbors with a commitment to relieve suffering, ease fears, and provide companionship along life’s last journey.

During their stay, we taught these kids how to make memorial plaques and 3D printed mementos for lost loved ones. It was an awesome time and the kids thoroughly enjoyed their time with us.

Memorial plaques were created on the laser engraver donated by the Romich Foundation and the plaques themselves were donated by P. Graham Dunn.  We are thankful that the community comes together to support activities like this!

 

Stayed tuned next week as we highlight makers from last year’s Wayne County Mini Maker Faire and show photos from recent Wayne College engineering student robot competitions.  Fun times ahead!

 

Until next week,

Tom

 

 

One Man’s Journey To Build Portable Concrete 3D Printer Produces His First Tiny House:

https://hackaday.com/2016/06/28/one-mans-journey-to-build-portable-concrete-3d-printer-produces-its-first-tiny-house

Low-cost 3D-printed shelter being built from clay and straw:
https://newatlas.com/wasp-clay-straw-home/44856

 

 

 

Like paper airplanes?  Check-out this excellent collection of paper airplanes with easy to follow folding instructions:

https://www.foldnfly.com/#/1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-2

This Awesome Looking 3D Printed RC Plane Is Full Of Design Considerations
https://hackaday.com/2018/09/11/awesome-looking-3d-printed-rc-plane-is-full-of-design-considerations

 

Don’t miss the next Maker Monday on November 19th.  Bring your inventions, creations, artwork, etc.; it is a community Show & Tell event!  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.

 

Apply to participate in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire today!  Deadline is April 1, 2019.

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.

 

The Cleveland Mini Maker Faire is this Saturday (tomorrow)!  It runs from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Cleveland Public Library (main library on Superior Avenue).  Be sure not to miss this incredible event.

2018 marks Cleveland Mini Maker Faire’s 6th year!  Are you ready?  This celebration of Cleveland’s spirit of ingenuity, exploration, invention and just plain fun has something for everyone with an emphasis on hands-on action: touch, try, test and tweak, build, break, bust and bedazzle, launch, lift, light and learn, scout, sculpt, seek and show, explore, elaborate, engage and, most of all, enjoy!

Get your hands on cutting edge technology and cool projects.  Enjoy workshops led by expert Makers.  And, get ready to have your mind blown over and over again!

 

We are proud to showcase Ohio makers who participated in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire this year.  One such maker is Ben Ault.  He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University in mechanical and aerospace engineering.  At Case, Ben was involved in the Rocket Team as vice president and lab manager where he developed his interest in high powered rocketry.  Rocketry allows him to combine his enjoyment for manufacturing and fabrication with his interest in engineering.

At the past two Maker Faires, Ben brought huge model rockets and demonstrated how they work.  Model rocketry is for every age and experience level, from design to launch.  Faire attendees came to see what model rocketry is all about.

 

Rounding out our makers who participated is Dick Radosevik.  He is a retired Electrical Engineer with a BS from the University of Cincinnati, College of Engineering.  Other than co-op experience, Dick worked at one location in Akron for Goodyear Aerospace, Lorel Defense Systems, and Lockheed Martin. He worked in the defense industry on simulation systems, large scale parallel processors, and underwater systems.  Dick has been a Volunteer for Green Energy Ohio (GEO) coordinating the local GEO Annual Solar Tours for seven years and was the GEO Volunteer of the Year for 2014.

Dick’s major interest is renewable energy and sustainability.  For the past two maker faires, Dick brought and demonstrated solar panels and an electric car.  The sun is the largest energy source in the solar system. In fact, more energy from the sun hits the earth in one hour than the entire world uses in one year!  Solar energy technology harnesses the power of the sun for human use, but we’ve only just begun to tap its full potential.

 

If you would like to know more about Ben’s model rockets or Dick’s solar power experiences, 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!

 

Until next week,

Tom