3D Printing and Prosthetics Special Interest Group

Wednesday 5:30pm-7:00pm

3D Printing is a fantastic technology that lets you create parts at low cost form 3d-design files. Maui Makers has several 3D Printers in house (our own and on loan from members).

The group has a couple of focuses:

  1. Introducing all skill levels to the power of 3D Printing.
  2. Printing e-Nable hands for those in need on Maui. These low cost prosthetics are a great way to understand the power of 3D printing. Come on down to the makerspace and help out!
  3. Learning Fusion 360 so we can customize designs for the hands (and personal projects). Fusion 360 has a rather steep learning curve, but is very powerful. Learning in a group eases the frustration.

Free to paid members, $10.00 for non-members. First time is Free.

This “week” in Maui Makers 12-7-2015

Lots of exciting happenings at the Makerspace in the last month.

We are trying out a new look to the website. Let us know what you think. If you like the old one, you can find it here.

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As part of our Crafty Makers series, Rob Bartlett led an awesome 3-part introductory class on the Zen of Quilling. It’s a great way to make very complex and wonderful objects using very simple techniques.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_20140523_181938_698Arduino Build Night continued. John D. continued to make progress on his zombie apocalypse props.

3D Printing Special Interest Group completed some more of the prosthetic hands, and started an Intro to Fusion 360 self-paced study group.

 

 

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We kicked off our Menehune Makers program for younger kids (K-12). Some of the kids are calling it the Robot Class. We haven’t built any robots yet, but will soon.

We continue to have awesome and interesting people drop into the space, and it’s the people who make the Makerspace.

 

 

 

In December, we’ll be focusing on CNC Machines.

Island Hobbies made a generous loan of a 3-axis CNC machine. The terms of the loan were that we take care of the machine and teach folks how to use the machine. We’ll need your help with getting this set up and running. It’s a nice machine that can mill wood, brass, aluminum and steel.

Other activities will continue as usual:

Arduino Build Nights

3D Printing

Menehune Makers

Crafty Makers

3D Printing and Prosthetics Special Interest Group

First and Third Wednesday 4:30pm-6:30pm

3D Printing is a fantastic technology that lets you create parts at low cost form 3d-design files. Maui Makers has several 3D Printers in house (our own and on loan from members).
We are currently printing e-Nable hands for youth on Maui. These low cost prosthetics are a great way to understand the power of 3D printing. Come on down to the makerspace and help out!

This “Week” in Maui Makers October 18, 2015

Halloween is almost here

Are you ready for it? We’re having a lot of fun with Halloween-themed events at the MakerSpace! Come join us.

We’re tweaking our communications to see how best to get the word out about our events. What’s your preference? Google Calendar, MeetUp, Facebook, our website, email, something else? Let us know in the comments section.

Note that some events are discounted (or free) to paid members. All funds collected go to getting a bigger, better place to play, more toys to play with and keeping the lights on. Mahalo for your support and donations.

Arduino

The ever popular Arduino continues on Thursday from 6 to 9 PM. All skill levels are welcome. We will continue the self-paced introductory class, as well as a special Halloween-themed treat this week. Bring your own spooky project, or buy one of our handy skull eyes kits, and we’ll help you get it assembled and working.

To RSVP, click here:

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3D Printing

We  have the Hulk Hand (it’s all green) printed and assembled, and parts for another couple of hands. St Anthony is working on getting us the measurements for Sam. Join us on Wednesday from 4:30 to 6 PM if you want to help out, or learn more about 3D printing. We had a newbie go from zero to one-of-a-kind Christmas presents in less than 10 minutes! He was stoked.

We’ve been playing with our 3D pens and making masks with them. We have a limited stock on hand at great prices, and they are a fun and low-cost way to explore 3D printing–same nozzle and filament, it’s just that you are the motor. You can RSVP here:

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Halloween Fun for Artisans and Crafters

And speaking of Halloween, join our Artisans and Crafters Group every Sat at 10 AM for some..ahem…”witch craftery” with a special Halloween theme. And if that isn’t enough Halloween for you, we’ll have the space ready to help you “bling out” your costume during open hours on Saturday, October 24. If you really like to procrastinate, we do have open hours on Halloween.

RSVP required for mask making:

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To RSVP for Bling Out Your Halloween costume:

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Beading for All Ages

This is an open activity to introduce persons to the craft of beading. It is open to Menehunes above the age of 5 providing they can stay focused and behave. Menehunes below the age of 15 must be accompanied by a guardian over the age of 18.

The activity will be led by Margaret an independent Jewelry maker and there will be the same kits available that MMI sold at the fundraiser. There will be other beading kits and accessories for sale to participants.

There will be a nominal activity fee of $10 of which $7.00 will be given back as a kit credit. for purchases during the activity. This can be shared between the Menehune and guardian.

Individual Kit prices start at $1 and go up from there. Basic kits include plastic bead bracelets, necklaces, and key fobs.

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New Time: Menehune Makers (our kid’s program) every other Wednesday from 5 PM to 6:30 PM. Our first class will build Hovercraft!

Suitable for anyone over 3 that can remain focused and engaged. Note that this is not a drop off program. We encourage parents to learn and enjoy fun activities with their kids.

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Barnes and Noble sponsoring a Maker Faire at their store Nov 6-8

Speaking of Maker Faires…Barnes and Noble showed up to chat about the nationwide Maker Faire they’ll be sponsoring in November. It looks like they plan to start carrying some cool toys that might appeal to some of the younger makers. Well, actually the adults did have fun playing with the toys, too.

Out and About in the Community

The UHMC STEAM Maker Camp was a success. Jerry Isdale, Buck Joiner and Cole Santos taught an EdVenture Class on Arduino, TinkerCAD, 3D printing and rockets. Fun was had by all.

The high school students working on the Internet of Things continue to make good progress.

One of our UHMC interns has made tremendous progress on getting the Gocupi drawing robot running like a champ. Here is a picture of Tim in action.

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3D Printing–Part 1–The Basics

Maui Makers seems to be getting a lot of interest lately in 3D printing, so I’m going to post a few short blogs to answer some of the most common questions.

If you’re interested in learning more, come by the Makerspace for a 3D-printing Special Interest Group meeting (to be announced shortly).

What is 3D printing?

Like most technical terms, there is common usage as well as formal standards. The ASTM has defined it as:

3D printing: the fabrication of objects through the deposition of a material using a print head, nozzle, or another printer technology.

DISCUSSION—Term often used synonymously with additive manufacturing; in particular associated with machines that are low end in price and/or overall capability.

ASTM also defines:

material extrusion: an additive manufacturing process in which material is selectively dispensed through a nozzle or orifice.

While there are other ways of 3D printing, the machines we have at the Makerspace use Material Extrusion, this is the kind of 3D printing I’ll be talking about?

How does it work?

I like to describe it as a piece of string on a spool. The string goes into a nozzle, which melts the string. The melted string is kind of like hot glue–it will stick to some things, but the thing it really likes to stick to is itself. 2 motors move the nozzle around lay the string down to form a layer of the object, then another motor moves the nozzle up a layer and repeats, until you have the entire object. This process can be very mesmerizing to watch, and I’ve seen kids and adults entranced by the motion

How does the printer know what to make?

The easiest way to get started is to acquaint yourself with Thingiverse (www.thingiverse.com), which is where people share things they’ve made. It contains a number of fun and useful objects and is a nice way to get an understanding of what you can do with a 3D printer. The only thing you need to watch out for is that Thingiverse also contains files that are intended for laser cutters. With a little experience, you can figure out the difference.

The next step would be to  draw the object on your computer. This sort of design used to be pretty much limited to Engineers (and there are still some high end programs out there for this audience), but with the advent of low cost, do-it-yourself manufacturing technologies, many computer programs are available for free or at low cost. A few examples in the no/low-cost category are: OpenSCAD, TinkerCAD, FreeCAD, SketchUp and Fusion 360. Fusion 360 is interesting at the moment, since it’s a relatively high-end package being offered under a free 1-year startup license for “hobbyists, enthusiasts, makers, and emerging businesses that make less than $100,000 per year”, with the paid version $300/year. Compared with other high-end suites, this is a bargain.

Upcoming 3D Printing Events

In September, Maui Makers will be setting up a Special Interest Group and printing some very low cost e-Nable (enablingthefuture.org/) prosthetic hands (like the one shown above) for kids on Maui.

In October, Maui Makers and MEDB will be hosting Fusion 360 training. (Update: Per Autodesk request, Fusion 360 training has been postponed till spring when they will have more people available.  We may do some local group learn-together events.)

Drop a line to info@mauimakers.com if you want info either event.

 

Science Carnival a Success!

Maui Makers participated in the Science Carnival this Saturday to benefit the Maui Science Center. There was great turn-out of all ages, not just at the overall event, but even at our corner of one of the tents. There was a constant flow, never a slow moment! The Gravity Well was a huge draw for the kids; the marbles never stopped rolling. There was immense interest in the 3-D printing and the various samples. The 3-D pens were a hit. It was wonderful to watch the surprised and delighted smiles on the faces of kids and adults alike as they experienced the mysteries of the magnets with our latest interactive displays. We had a lot of sign-ups for general info as well as classes.  We got great exposure (even the mayor was interested in our work)! Because of this event, we surely will see some new faces at Maui Makers!

Maui Makers at Honolulu Maker Faire

Maui Makers manned a booth at the Honolulu Mini Maker Faire–over 1025 people in attendance. The action was non-stop and our booth was a great hit.

 

As usual we overachieved:

  • Practical 3D printing to make useful parts, as well as just for fun…
  • Magnetic braking
  • Resin Jewelery
  • Fun with LEDs
  • Wearables
  • Fun with Magentism and Motors

And the stars of the show:

  • Letting kids draw with the 3Doodler pen; and
  • Gocupi–the open source robot that draws on windows and whiteboards

Look for the videos on Maui Makers youtube channel:

Schedule Change- April 18 2015 rocketry postponed

Schedule update for Saturday 18 April.

Rocketry 2.0 on saturday 18 april is postponed.

3D printing is still scheduled for 12 to 5 pm.

Alternate activities being developed for 9 to 12 time slot to replace rocketry.

We regret to inform everyone that our rockets appear to have been lost in shipping. Although we worked out a promise to deliver the replacements quickly, the order appears to have been delayed.

At this time we do not have an estimate on when the order will be received.

Sincere apologies about getting your hopes up.

Meanwhile, you can console yourself by knowing that we aren’t the only ones having issues with our of rockets:

We will have alternate activities at the space during the scheduled rocketry time–you are still welcome to join us.

April Events (Special Guest, Forge, and Rockets 2.0, and more!)

Arduino Classes continue on Thursdays, with a the exception of April 2 and 9.

The space will be open for making or visiting every  Sat and Sun from 12 to 5.

All events are at the Makerspace–200 Waiehu Beach Road, unless otherwise noted.

Special events

April 2,  Open Public meeting (Free and Open to the Public)–6 to 9 PM

Meet other makers, talk story, brag on your projects, get and share advice and check out the space.

April 9,  Special Guest Speaker–6 to 9 PM

Design a Raspberry Pi HAT using KiCAD running on the Raspberry Pi 2

A step-by-step guide to creating a Raspberry Pi HAT using the KiCAD suite of EDA tools running on the Raspberry Pi 2 itself.

The KiCAD project is an open source suite of EDA tools. KiCAD runs on Linux and the new Raspberry Pi 2 now has enough processing power to run KiCAD. KiCAD includes tools for schematic capture, netlist creation, printed circuit board (PCB) layout and a gerber viewer.

This presentation will cover:
– What is a HAT?
– Requirements for a HAT to be called a Raspberry Pi HAT
– Installing KiCAD on the Pi
– Drawing a schematic in KiCAD
– PCB layout in KiCAD
– Creating gerbers files
– Get your HAT PCB built

This is a great opportunity to preview a talk that will be given at the Bay Area Maker Faire.

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Eric Thompson is an Electrical Engineer and the founder of Low Voltage Labs

Low Voltage Labs designs and sells Open Source Hardware for Arduino, Raspberry Pi and easy to solder kits.

April 11, Fire up the Forge–noon to 2 PM

During this class we will fire up our forge and melt some aluminum cans. Learn about forge construction, operations, and safety. This class is a precursor to a metal fabrication working group. (Free for members, must be a paid member at at least the friend level, see our Membership page).

April 18, Maui-makers Rocketry–9 AM to 2 PM

This month the Maui-makers rocketry group is offering an advanced rocketry class. This includes the activities of our Basic class, but adds larger motors Starts with straw rockets, followed by building and launching an Estes Rocket with various motor sizes. The final project the working group will assemble a loadstar rocket and hack a key-chain camera to take video of the flight. (Open to the Public, Class fee is $80 per family, members get a $10 discount)

Loadstar Rocket

Previous Rocket Class

 

April 18, 3D printing day–noon to 5 PM

Drop in and see the 3d-printer in action, learn how to find pre-made designs, and use the 3Doodlers –a 3D printer that you hold in your hand to draw in 3D!

3Doodler creation by Brian Isdale

3Doodler creation by Brian Isdale

 

April 25, Tinkering for kids–10 AM to noon

Introduce children to electronics and electricity in a fun and simple way. Activities are based on curriculum from the Exploratorium, and is great for all ages.

The instructor (Laura Ulibarri) has a Certificate in Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning.

Maui Makers is Open for Business

Eat your heart out Ikea. Table folds down for painting and other “messy” work. Folds up and out of the way the rest of the time.

Got workbenches installed in the electronics shop. Thanks Pete and Cole!

 

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The space is shaping up nicely. Watch for the Grand Opening soon.

In the meantime, we are open every Sat and Sun from noon to 5 PM. Drop on by.

We have Basic Arduino every Wednesday from 6 to 9 PM.

We’ll have activities every Thursday. We’ll continue to work on the Forge, build Gameboys from Raspberry Pi, print using the 3D printer, experiment with electrolysis, build robots, and just plain Have Fun Making Stuff in Paradise!

And don’t forget Pi Day: March-14. We’ll be having a special celebration. In honor of Pi, we will open the space at 9:27 AM, and will feature contests and events around all things Pi.

If you like the idea of a Makerspace in Paradise, please support us by becoming a member or donating at the links on the website.