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

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,

Tom

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,

Tom

Israeli Researchers 3D Print Tiny Heart with Blood Vessels and Chambers
https://all3dp.com/4/israeli-researchers-3d-print-tiny-heart-blood-vessels-chambers

World First 3D Printed Bionic Pancreas Could One Day Treat Diabetes
https://all3dp.com/4/world-first-3d-printed-bionic-pancreas-one-day-treat-diabetes

Like gardening?  Build this robot to do the work for you! https://www.facebook.com/tominohio1/posts/832329476901424

How to make a “Floating Faucet Fountain” for your garden
https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Magic-Faucet-Fountain

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 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. 

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