A few weeks ago a group of second graders from the Allendale Columbia School came on a field trip to the makerspace. We demonstrated the 3D printers, CNC router, telepresence robot, 3D scanner, a Van der Graaf Generator and some of our other tools. Afterwards, all the kids could choose something to make and take home, such a CNC cut name plate, an LED throwie, or a bookmark made using our Cricut. They could also play with Legos provided by the Rochester Lego Users Group and “Squishy Circuits.” One of the kids said it was the “best field trip ever.”
Many makerspace members and volunteers helped and everyone seemed to have fun. Here are some of the people we want to thank: Jeff Faust, Paul Flavin, Jennifer Ghidiu, Leif Hardison, Janet Lipp, Leslie Macpherson, Albert Mazzeo, Jason Peppers, Jay Perez, Pat Rap, Steve Verzulli and Bob Walton. Many teachers, parents and volunteers from Allendale Columbia also helped.
We are going to be hosting more field trips and other school programs and we need volunteers who can help on weekdays. Please let us know if you can demonstrate a tool, lead an activity, or help kids make something.
There is going to be another Rochester Maker Faire! It will be held on Saturday, November 21st at the Rochester Convention Center again. Take a look at these photo galleries if you missed the first one.
There’s another nearby Maker Faire you can visit or exhibit at. The Buffalo Maker Faire will held be on Saturday, June 6th. Registration for makers is already open. There is no charge for exhibitors unless you want to sell something.
A member has loaned us an older Cricut, which is a machine that can cut letters and shapes out of vinyl and paper. They are often used for scrapbooking, card and sign making, crafts, schools projects and many other uses. The Cricut is not hard to use but we’d like you to be 18 or older and to carefully read the instruction manual before using it.
A native Rochestarian, Karin R. Staples, is the Rochester Makerspace’s December “Artist in Residence”. A self proclaimed “hobby artist” she has had shows at the CWC Gallery and the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery. Her favorite medium is acrylic paints and she often does landscapes of the Finger Lakes in a monochromatic style.
Her scholastic art training was throughout grade school and into college. Her favorite instructor is the incomparable Mr. Thomas O’Brien. Then there was period when she focused on work and everyday life. But in the past five years she has renewed her passion for painting and multimedia art. She just started an art blog which you can find at KarinSmiling.wordpress.com and she does commissioned work by request.
We now have two Solidoodle 3D printers thanks to the generosity of Rick Aseltine. He has loaned us a like-new 2nd generation Solidoodle that he bought a year ago and never really used. His machine has a bigger 8×8-inch bed but it is otherwise identical to the one we have.
Rick’s printer did not work very well when he took it out of the box and we experienced the same problem. Ours didn’t make really good objects until Kevin, Wyatt and Peter made a series of tweaks and modification to it. We expect to make the same modifications to Rick’s machine.
By the way, I’ve been told that the Rostock 3D printer we built at the Makerspace will be fully operation in time for us to demonstrate it at the Maker Faire on November 22nd. Afterward it will be back at the space and and we’ll have three 3D printers for everyone to use. Kevin’s employer and new bride has been keeping him away from the makerspace so he took it home so he could get it working perfectly.
By the way, we started the Rochester 3D Printing Meetup Group to find people in the area who are interested in 3D printing and to organize events where they can meet and learn from each other.
We’re inviting anyone who knows how to work with stained glass or who would like to learn to come to the Makerspace on Thursday nights from 6:30 to 9 PM. This is part of our weekly Community night and it’s free, although we wouldn’t mind if you put a few dollars in the donation can to help pay for grinding wheels and other consumables. You can stop in anytime and stay as long as you’d like up until 9:30.
Because of the generosity of Chris Manos, Patty Utarro and others we have enough tools and grinders for at least 8 to 10 people, and enough supplies so that beginners can get started without having to buy anything.
Mary Roll has been teaching beginners. She recently learned from Chris and is not very experienced, but she’s been getting lots of compliments about her teaching abilities and her students have been going home with completed projects, sometimes on the first night. Of course, everybody helps others when they can. We would like to find some more instructors to make certain we have someone every week in case Mary can’t make it and to teach advanced skills.
This stained glass group is part of effort to get more art and craft activities going in the Makerspace. We have lots of space and you’re welcome to bring in art or craft projects to work on. You can also use sewing machines, Cricut, our easel and all the other tools we have except for the woodworking and machine shops.
Did you know that Mathworks very generously donated about $10,000 worth of Matlab and Simulink software licenses to us? The software is currently only installed on the PC near the electronics bench. It will also be installed on the PCs that RIT donated to us. Those computer are not quite ready to use because we need to install Windows 7 on them and improve our computer network.
The following free webinars are taught by Mathworks:
Wednesday, November 12, 9:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. U.S. EST
Explore the basic concepts of geodesy and examine the assumptions inherent in specifying position. If you currently work with position data, learn how MATLAB and Mapping Toolbox simplify geographic calculations with precision and robustness.
Thursday, November 13, 9:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. U.S. EST
Face recognition is the process of identifying people in images or videos by comparing the appearance of faces in captured imagery to a database. Discover how to use computer vision and machine learning techniques to recognize faces in images and video.
Tuesday, November 18, 9:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. U.S. EST
Thermal sensing is a rapidly growing area of imaging technology. Combining FLIR infrared and other cameras with MATLAB provides you with a flexible environment to explore algorithms for multi-sensor systems.
Wednesday, November 19
9:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. U.S. EST
Displays are experiencing explosive growth in functionality and complexity across industries. To stay competitive, you need to develop and deploy designs with increasingly short timelines. Learn how you can apply Model-Based Design for developing, testing and deploying displays software.