Model Monday

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Every Monday Milwaukee Makerspace will be hosting Model Monday, a night dedicated to drawing in Fusion 360.  If you are unfamiliar with the program it is made but Autodesk for designing with CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) and Creating with CAM (Computer Aided Machining).  The parts designed in this software can then be taken to one of our many CNC machines like our Amazing Tormach, the 4×8 router table, or our soon to be completed Plasma cutting table.  Fusion 360 is a free program so the price is right and it is fully capable of helping you make just about anything.

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Each week Carl Stevens walks members from drawing a part to generating a tool path so you can start making chips.  Participants are encouraged to come with a part they need help drawing with or a project idea.  In the last few classes the class has drawn a roller skate plate for Kayla and a Speed Wrench for Larry.  Stop by Monday’s at 6pm with your laptop or use a computer at the space to get started modeling.

 

Mask Making

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Last Saturday Kathryn Hughett ran a class on faux leather mask making that attracted ~12 people.  It was a lot of fun. Kathy provided some templates and her know how. We especially liked learning how to work craft foam to make it look like leather – that will be great for costumes, etc. And we learned some new painting skills.
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Flying Halloween Skull – Update!

Last year, I put together a skull to fly around my yard (some Halloween folks will recognize this system as an “Axworthy Flying Ghost“). The system was comprised of two Adafruit Neopixel rings for eyes, attached to a styrofoam skull, which had been hollowed out. Inside it, was an Arduino Uno, Adafruit AudioFX board, a 314mhz receiver, a 3-watt Class-D amplifier, a custom-made interface board which tied all the previously-listed components together, and a LIPO battery.  The idea was that I could remotely trigger the skull to play one of four sound effects. However, all those parts sure weighed a lot, which when combined with the span between my pulleys, really made the skull sag down low.

This year, I decided to KISS.  I ripped out all the guts, except for the Neopixel eyes. I decided that this year, I’m not going to have sound in the skull. Instead of the Uno, I went with an Adafruit Trinket, and used a UBEC (Universal Battery Eliminator Circuit) to drop the LIPO voltage from 7.4V -> 5V that the Trinket and Neopixels run at. Shown below is how everything is connected together, prices, and sources if you’d like to make your own! And here’s a video of what the eyes look like (sorry about the VVS!!)!

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