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.
We taught a sold-out soldering class today. Three of the students were young women from one of the Penfield School District’s FIRST Robotic teams. The girls seemed to have fun and they did great. Their parents and the adults in the class also thought we did a good job teaching it.
They assembled an electronics kit that came with a nice soldering iron, a set of wire cutters, and some other supplies that they could keep. The kit we used also them some basic electronics.
We will be offering this soldering class again and we may offer one just for kids
Albert Mazzeo, who is a very skilled and experienced machinist, has been working almost daily on the CNC (computer controlled) router that we’ve been slowly building for a long time. As a result it may be operational soon. When finished, it will be able to cut intricate shapes out of wood or plastic, and do intricate 3D carving in the same materials.
Although the end of the project is clearly in sight there is still a lot of work to do. Albert will soon get us to the next phase which will require hooking up the stepper motor controller to a PC, installing Mach3 and other software on the PC, configuring the software, calibrating the motors, and installing limit switches and some other components. We could really use your help if you are someone with strong troubleshooting and computer skills, the ability to follow detailed instructions, and a willingness to show others how to use and maintain the machine. [We also need someone with a truck to help us get some more lumber to build a workbench for it.]
We also want to thank Bob Wagner for his help with this project. Bob also worked very hard on this project and many other around the makerspace. There has also been many others who have helped.
The start of a basket making class at the Rochester Makerspace
Deborah taught a free basket making class at the makerspace on Saturday, March 22. She’s very talented and a great teacher. She has organized many events for the Rochester Artists & Crafters Meetup Group and now she’s volunteered to teach classes at the Rochester Makerspace and to help us find more instructors.