Custom CB radio enclosure, a burning model house, and the Rittman Historical Society

Hello everyone,

The spring semester is well underway at Wayne College.  Now into our fifth week of classes, engineering students are buried in writing papers, taking exams, and building robots.  Already students built ball slinging robots and others that automatically navigate to predetermined check points on the floor.  But just as interesting, other students of other disciplines are building interesting projects of their own.  One student is learning how to create succulent vase with textured surfaces and converting an air pump to an aquarium water pump.   There is always something unexpected happening in the 3D Lab!

Community member brought a new project for us, wanting a custom enclosure for a CB radio.  The radio would be mounted on the dashboard in its own casing.  Norm Sohar, one of our helpful community members, has excellent CAD skills, particularly with Fusion 360.  Ken provided the radio dimensions the desired enclosure shape to Norm, who set to work.

The gauge pod was printed on our Prusa MK3 printer using ABS plastic.  ABS can withstand the intense heat of a car’s cabin, which was perfect for this job.  Prusa 3D printers are consistently rated the best consumer 3D printers in the industry, according to this review.

UA student Tim continues to amaze us with his 2D design work in Adobe Illustrator, creating 3D structures on the laser cutter as a result.  His latest project involved a walled village of houses for use in board gaming.  The houses are modular, meaning that the roofs, stories, and other elements are swappable to create a unique style to match the story at-hand.

Tim also designed multiple roof styles, indicating different stages of being burned in a fictional fire, perfect for role playing games.  Cool stuff!

Earlier this year, the 3D lab made a road trip to the Rittman Historical Society, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that exists to preserve and share the history and heritage of Rittman Ohio and the surrounding area.  William Doyle first settled the Rittman area in 1815, through a presidential land grant. Land for the cemetery had been donated by Doyle, and a school and non-denominational church were built nearby.  Knupp’s Old Church (named because the road to it ran across Jacob Knupp’s farm) was recently restored and stands today as a stately reminder of the area’s history; it is maintained by the Rittman Historical Society.

We demonstrated our portable 3D printer at this historic church, talked about area makerspaces (such as the 3D Lab and the Schantz Makerspace), and the importance of supporting “makers” in our community.  The church was restored to excellent condition and could be improved further with period-correct metal door hardware fabricated with 3D modeling and laser sintering, for example.  It was a well received visit and attendees were fascinated with the 3D printed whistle being made that evening.

The 3D Lab is open this Fall for students, faculty, staff, and community members alike.  Feel free to stop-in!  We have student staff who are happy help you learn how to 3D print, fix broken items, or create something new.  Our hours of operation are posted here.

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

Injured Tortoise Who Lost Shell In Fire Receives World’s First 3D Printed Shell
https://www.buzznick.com/3-d-printed-tortoise-shell


Father and Son Take 3D Printed Lamborghini Out for a Test Ride
https://all3dp.com/4/father-and-son-take-3d-printed-lamborghini-out-for-a-test-ride

Like robots?  Try this 3D printed “Boris the Biped” https://www.instructables.com/id/BORIS-the-Biped-for-Beginners-and-Beyond/

Remember Spirograph back in the day?  3D print your own kit!
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:905849

Wayne County Mini Maker Faire 2020 is coming!  Mark your calendar on May 16th for this unforgettable event.  We need makers like you!  Participate for free by signing up hereSpace is limited, so please sign-up soon.

Don’t miss the next Maker Monday on Monday, October 21st 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. 

Apple Creek Historical Society makerspace, custom t-shirts, and 3D printed rockets

Hello everyone,

The rain has (mostly) subsided since the start of summer last week.  The sunny heat almost hits like a wall when leaving the building.  For a cool place to work on your projects (pun intended), come visit the 3D Lab!  We’ve had a steady stream of visitors each day since the end of semester, so we’re happy to help make your ideas possible, too.

We are particularly pleased with a recent visit by members of the Apple Creek Historical Society.  Their intention is to create a makerspace for the community to use, along with providing a variety of programs on projects that can be made.  They are collecting a variety of woodworking equipment and tools as donations, both financial and/or equipment, become available.  Just recently their vision has expanded to include a laser cutter, CNC router, and providing instruction on how to make a 3D printer.

ACHS hopes to get the program put together and on its feet by Fall.  If you wish to know more, please contact Gary Rogers, 330-201-1745 (call or text). 

The vinyl cutter in the 3D Lab is a popular machine by many.  It is a 2D machine, meaning that designs are flat, created with simple text and graphics.  Both are converted to “vector” format, which are curves and lines that a blade follows to cut your design in vinyl.  Vinyl cutters are great for decals and custom stickers, but even more useful for clothing!  Heat transfer vinyl can be pressed into cloth using a heat press, which the 3D Lab also has.

Earlier this spring, students and teachers made custom t-shirts using a vinyl cutter with amazing success.  Karen Sieffert made her own tie-dye shirts for a church summer camp, then heat pressed vinyl lettering and graphics in white vinyl on top.  The result is quite beautiful.  Karen made a lot of these shirts and is an expert vinyl cutter now.

This past Spring semester, engineering students in the Dynamics class built and flew model rockets, many of which were 3D printed in our lab.  Mark Schworm designed a complex rocket that had wings embedded in the rocket, popping out to allow the rocket to “float” back down to Earth!  The first launch of Mark’s rocket didn’t go so well, but the second attempt was stellar!  His design worked perfectly.

Other students built rockets with custom fins and nosecones, each going through mathematical studies to determine proper center-of-pressure, center-of-gravity, and wind tunnel measurements.  All of the rockets flew well this semester because of this preplanning. 

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!

Baldness breakthrough uses 3D-printed “hair farms” to grow new hair follicles
https://newatlas.com/3d-printed-hair-follicles-restoration-surgery/60299

Michelin and GM Unveil 3D Printed Puncture Proof Tire Prototype Called Uptis
https://all3dp.com/4/michelin-and-gm-unveil-3d-printed-puncture-proof-tire-prototype-called-uptis

Summer is perfect for a bicycle bubble machine! https://all3dp.com/1/project-bicycle-bubble-machine

Or make 3D printed custom bubble wands
https://www.instructables.com/id/Custom-Bubble-Wand

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

Don’t miss the next Maker Monday on Monday, July 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,

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 Tokyo showcases the amazing work of all kinds and ages of makers – anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.  As commented by Dale Daugherty, founder of the “maker movement”, “Maker Faire Tokyo was, as always, special.  The question I ask everyone there is why there is so much original, creative work in Tokyo, so many side projects done just for fun.  The Faire had about 300 makers (somewhat smaller due to venue constraints) but had about 24,000 people over the weekend.”  Check-out the below video and series of video shorts that Dale created to share his experience with others.

Want to learn more about featured Maker Faires in other countriesClick here for a full list of featured Maker Faires that are work traveling for.

We are proud to showcase Ohio makers participating in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire.  Two of these people are Rolf and Linda Nelson.  At the Maker Faire this past May, Rolf displayed 3D printed Civil War toy soldiers with examples of 3D prints and information on how they were designed.  Linda brought examples of decoupaged ornaments made from a variety of base materials suitable for various holidays with instructional handouts available.  

Rolf is a retired Tech Ed. teacher and military miniature collector active in the Schantz Maker Space.  His wife is a retired university accountant and life-long crafter who specializes in ornaments primarily for Christmas.

Another person who participated in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire is Christina of Duck Tape Creations.  We all know of duck tape.  We use it to fix everything, right?  Well what else can you do with it?  At the Maker Faire last year, Christina show attendees what can be created with this sticky tape that can be used from everything from fashion to practical purposes.  Anything is possible!

Christina is a student at Wooster High School.  She loves to learn and discover everything there is to create. Nothing is more satisfying to her than bringing ideas to life!

Rounding out our participating makers are students from Chippewa High School.  The Chippewa Robotics team brought a lot of cool technology to the faire, including LEGO & Vex robots and drones.  Faire attendees got to fly handheld drones with virtual reality headsets, drive wheeled robots around the packed Maker Faire hallways, and other fun activities.

Chippewa High School is a public high school in Doylestown, Ohio. It is the only high school in the Chippewa Local Schools district. Their nickname is the Chipps!

If you would like to know more about Rolf & Linda’s 3D printed & holiday hobbies, Christina’s amazing duck tape creations, or the Chippewa High School’s Robotics team, please reply to this email!

The Call For Makers is now open for the 4th 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 4 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!  

Wayne College Makers Club, spectrophotometers, and WCSCC Robotics Summer Camp

Hello everyone,

The first week of the Fall semester has ended and what a week it was!  Energy was felt throughout Wayne College as crowds of students flooded the halls.  Students are already hanging out in the 3D Lab and trying out the equipment.  Professor Gold is teaching the Tools for Engineering class to a large number of students this semester, which means competitions with LEGO Mindstorms robots and other challenging projects, some involving 3D printing.  This will be a fun semester, no doubt about it.

Over the summer, Nathan and I were busy repairing equipment in the 3D Lab, notably upgrading our multi-color Prusa 3D printers to the “MK3S” model with improved reliability and multi-color printing improvements.  Rahul also got the DaVinci Color Mini printer working well (courtesy of the Romich Foundation), which uses inkjet technology to create full-color printed objects.  And I repaired our Taz printer that was accidentally broken by yours truly.  The 3D Lab is fully operational and ready for this semester’s use by students and community members alike.

New this semester is the Wayne College Makers Club!  It is focused on creating opportunities to develop confidence, creativity, and interest in science, technology, engineering, art, and math through making.  Club activities may include team projects as well as the opportunity to work on individual projects.

Activities are designed to combine content areas in meaningful and inventive ways – inviting students to pick up a hand tool, putz around with loose parts, and learn to use equipment as they interact with a community of makers.  Available equipment includes 3D printers, laser engravers, CNC machines, electronics, and much more.

The Makers Club’s first meeting is Tuesday, September 10th in the 3D Lab!  Feel free to drop-by and help shape the club’s activities this semester.

Over the summer, Emeritus Professor Warren A. Dick from the Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources visited the 3D Lab with a student to fabricate a simple spectrophotometer used as teaching tool in an analytical chemistry class.  Spectroscopy is simply the measurement of light. It is used in laboratories, but can also be used in the field to measure things like water purity.  The 3D printed tool captures images of water samples using a smart phone camera. 

Images taken with the tool are cropped using the free ImageJ program which also creates a Plot Profile of the color spectrum.  The data is then imported to Microsoft Excel for analysis to calculate absorbance, concentration levels, and trend lines. 

Warren and his student printed several spectrophotometers on our Makerbot printer, the first machine that graced our 3D Lab!  If you made it to the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire in the past several years, you probably met Adam Smith who showcased a similar tool at his booth.

Also over the summer, Schantz Makerspace offered a robotics summer camp held at the Wayne County Schools Career Center.  It was attended by dozens of kids forming teams and building Vex robots, competing in skill contests at the end of each week.  It was exciting to see kids from all over Wayne, Holmes, and Ashland Counties come together for a terrific learning experience.

The Wayne College 3D Lab was proud to participate in this successful event at WCSCC!  Click here for the Daily Record’s write-up of the experience!

The 3D Lab is open this Fall semester for students, faculty, staff, and community members alike.  Feel free to stop-in!  We have student staff who are happy help you learn how to 3D print, fix broken items, or create something new.  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,

Tom

See how South African Surgeons use 3D Printing to Reverse Hearing Loss:
https://all3dp.com/4/south-african-surgeons-use-3d-printing-reverse-hearing-loss

Would you eat a 3D printed steak?
https://all3dp.com/2/3d-printed-steak-the-latest-advancements-in-2019

Like puzzles?  Try playing this 3D printed, 3D maze: https://www.instructables.com/id/Three-Dimensional-Maze

How to make a 3D model of your face:
https://all3dp.com/2/3d-face-model-how-to-make-a-3d-model-of-your-face

Wayne County Mini Maker Faire 2020 is coming!  Mark your calendar on May 16th for this unforgettable event.  We need makers like you!  Participate for free by signing up hereSpace is limited, so please sign-up soon.

Don’t miss the next Maker Monday on Monday, September 16th 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. 

Laser engraved wedding guest book, 3D printed illuminated lithopanes, and The Boy Scouts of America Trade Show

Hello everyone,

Summer is with us for another six weeks; the brutally hot days are more than enough reason to work on projects in the air conditioned 3D Lab.  Community members stop-by daily to use the laser engraver, 3D printers, and vinyl cutter.  Families who attended the Maker Faire earlier this year visit the lab over the summer, too.  It’s been a busy place!  We are busy upgrading both Prusa 3D printers for better reliability with multicolor printing, working out bugs with the full-color 3D printer, and generally preparing the lab for another busy fall semester.  Engineering students will use the lab for CAD design and building parts for their LEGO Mindstorms robots, too.

New this semester is the new Wayne College Makers Club!  It is a collaboration with students in similar clubs at local schools, building cool things together including robotics, 3D printing, and more.  Details coming soon!  If you want to join the club or simply want to know more, please reply to this email.

A couple of weeks ago, 3D Lab staff Nathan married the woman of his dreams.  To commemorate the wedding, they made a novel version of a wedding guest book, in the form of laser-cut puzzle pieces.  Nathan stained a 24×18” plywood board, then laser cut a jigsaw puzzle design.  As guests arrived, they signed their names on the pieces.  Nathan and Paige will assemble the puzzle and frame it, a perfect memento of the friends and family who attended this big event.  What a great idea!

A lithophane is an etched or molded artwork in very thin translucent material that can only be seen clearly when backlit with a light source.  3D printers are unusually good at making embossed photos. The print results don’t show much at first, but shine some light through one and you’ll be amazed by the details. The way it works is that light passes through the thin parts while being blocked by the thick parts. In this way, the differences in light bring out the details of the image.  Check-out these lithophanes created by Rob from the Schantz Makerspace:

And then with light behind it:

“Cura”, a popular free program for 3D printing, supports lithophanes natively.   You can drag and drop pictures into Cura to create them.  Want to make them yourself?  Check-out these great online resources:

Earlier this year, the Buckeye Council, Inc. Boy Scouts of America hosted its annual Trade Show at the Dalton Middle and Grade School.  Held in conjunction with The Baden-Powell Institute, the event is a training symposium conducted for Scout leaders who cover the full array of Scouting, from Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts to High Adventure Venture Crews. Their interests lie in everything from crafts and patches to Camping, High Adventure Equipment and Venues.  Over 300 Scout leaders was in-attendance.

Scouts are naturally “makers” at heart.  See how this troop in Wilmington, Delaware banded together to print prosthetic hands send to Haitian children in need (click the photo):

The Wayne College 3D Lab was a popular attraction at the trade show.  A steady stream of Scouts, parents, Scout leaders, and community members were fascinated with the technology and how the 3D Lab can be involved with free lab tours, use of the equipment for projects, and more.

The 3D Lab is still open over the remaining summer weeks, 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,

Tom

See this 3D-printable synthetic muscle that is three times stronger than you:
https://newatlas.com/3d-printable-soft-synthetic-muscle/51434

See how scientists 3D print human skin and bone For future Mars astronauts:
https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/19/07/09/2245221/scientists-3d-print-human-skin-and-bone-for-mars-astronauts

Introducing Drawdio – make music with a pencil, or a kitchen sink, or a banana, or anything! https://drawdio.com

Like whistles?  How about a 3D printed “calliope” set of four whistles that play a tune?
https://www.instructables.com/id/Four-Whistles-Version-2

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

Don’t miss the next Maker Monday on Monday, August 19th 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,

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.

Fantasticon is a mid-size show in Toledo, Ohio, created for true comic book and pop culture collectors and fans. The fans that come to its shows are true collectors that are looking for those rare items for their personal collections. Most leave very satisfied as the event prides itself on having great dealers and artists at our shows. If you collect it, you will find it at a Fantasticon show.

If you’ve seen R2D2 of Star Wars fame rolling about the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire these past three years, you’ve seen the work of Kody Greene!  He is interested in building movie props from Star Wars and Marvel movies, robotic replicas, and 3D printing.  Kody was interviewed at Fantasticon on NBC 24.  Check-out this great interview! (Facebook required)

We are proud to showcase Ohio makers participating in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire.  One of these people is Sarah Mullins.  Sarah is a mother of two who enjoys sewing in her spare time. As a child, she was taught how to sew by her grandmothers.  In recent years, Sarah has started sewing for herself and her children.  

Sarah sews clothing and other items using a regular sewing machine and a serger.  At the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire, she demonstrated hand embroidery using burlap in a small embroidery hoop.  She also provided plastic needles with pre-cut yarn for young learners for young learners.

Another group that participated in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire is the Wooster Christian School Art Club.  Their booth had examples of art, math, recycling, pendulum painting with sand, 3D painting, recycling sculptures, and “make & take” projects for attendees to build themselves.  There was something for everyone!

Using recycled milk cartons, faire attendees created their own bird houses or other objects.  WCS also had 3-D glasses available so attendees properly viewed the artwork their students had on display. 

Rounding out our participating makers is Bradley Howell of “Gear Time”.  As a kid, he was always taking things apart to see why they didn’t work and if he could, repair them.  Bradley’s father-in-law gave him an antique mantel clock (100 years old) which needed repair and he was totally impressed with the technology that was required to make it.  Bradley started collecting and repairing them and never looked back. 

He is currently the Vice President of the North Coast Chapter 28 of the NAWCC, National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors.  Bradley has always been a history buff and have found that, part of the fun of clock repair is the research.  Researching an antique clock is actually a study in the history of manufacturing in America.  

The objective of “Gear Time” is to demonstrate basic tools and reveal age-old practices needed to fix wind-up gear-driven vintage timepieces.  At the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire, Bradley freely shared information on how best to explore this challenging early technology.  He talking about the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills that were required to design, build and repair early American brass clock movements. A working 19th Century clock with exposed movement was on display as well as an assortment of tools. There were examples of different types of clock movements available for “hands on” exploration, too.

If you would like to know more about Sarah’s sewed creations, the Wooster Christian School Art Club, or Bradley’s antique clocks, please reply to this email!

Until next week,

Tom