Beginner Arduino Class

Arduino UNO

For the last two semesters I taught college students how to use Arduinos to make art, which was a lot of fun. The class was 2.5 hours long, twice a week for 15 weeks. I wanted to compress much of the basics into a Beginner Arduino Class for the space, and we (mostly) did it.

The class ran for 4 hours, and covered about a dozen examples using various components to get through the concepts of digital input, digital output, analog input, analog output, and covered the Arduino software a bit and the Arduino world, including some example projects for inspiration.

Arduino UNO

I did limit the class to six students, and I supplied all needed parts. All the student had to bring was a computer with the software installed and a free USB port. I wanted everyone to have all the same parts so we could avoid things not working due to different components, which I’ve faced in the past. Overall, I was pleased with the outcome, though we did run out of time. I may have to alter things next time, or just put time limits on certain parts of the class.

I’ll aim for the next class to happen in February, and once enough people get through the Beginner Class I’ll work on an Intermediate Class. If you’re interested in taking the class, add your name to the “Interested Members” list at the bottom of the wiki page.

Nation of Makers

It’s really happening! For years Makerspaces, Hackerspaces, and crazy shop collectives have been springing up all across the globe. Headless community organizations of people that like to create. Now thanks to the initiatives began by the Obama administration we have an organization decided to bringing us all together as one power maker force.

This year saw the first Maker Faire at the White House and Governors Maker Challenge. Our humble makerspace also participated in the Nation of Makers Meeting this summer. 170 maker spaces were invited to the White House for a meeting put on by the Office’s of Science and Technology Policy. This was the beginning of what would become the Nation of Makers.

On their website you can read all about the mission and how you can be an advocate and help spread the maker spirit.

Nation of Makers

CNC Water Drop

A few weeks ago while teaching Model Monday’s Fusion 360 class I stumbled on how to make a water drop form.  I have been working on a couch in my countless spare time and thought it would be a great time to try cutting it on the 4×8.  700,000 lines of G-Code and 10 hours of machine time later here it is.  Im not sure you could call it a cup holder, more of a cup suggestion.  The rest of the couch will fallow.

Masquerade Mask

When Emily told me she needed a mask for a masquerade themed company holiday party I jumped at the opportunity.  It was a good excuse to play with lasers and try working with leather for the first time.  Below is the first draft of the design.  From there I made several iterations on the asymmetric mask inspired by Emily’s dress.

After getting the design down it was on to YouTube to learn how to work with leather.  I was surprised that all it took was soaking the leather overnight in water and then letting it dry pressed around a form.  Leather holds its shape but is not completely stiff after this process.  I am sure there will be more leather working posts in the future as I perfect my craft.