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: Paul Flavin, Jeff Faust, Jennifer Ghidiu, Leif Hardison, Janet Lipp, Leslie Macpherson, Albert Mazzeo, Jason Peppers, Jay Perez, Pat Rap, Steve Verzulli and Bob Wagner. 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.
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 makerspace owns enough glass grinders and hand tools for at least 5 to 8 people to work together on stained glass projects. Members can use the equipment whenever they want and non-members are welcome to use them during our weekly free community nights, on Thursdays from 6 to 9:30 PM.