As a maker space, we always love sharing knowledge! Recently a member of Workshop 88 started helping out a local group called the Hacker Scouts. The Hacker Scouts are a group of young kids who meet every two weeks to learn something new about science and technology. They reached out to Workshop 88 members to help teach. I wanted to share this article with you to help you get an idea of the amazing things they do. They are a great group of people with a great mission, and I encourage you to get involved! Simply send email the main organizer: Elaine Luther at firstname.lastname@example.org!
There is a tutorial available for this Sketchup plugin which allows you to find holes or reversed faces in your models. Recently, there was a model designed which failed to print correctly. When using the CADspan plugin, it was discovered that many of the faces were reversed:
The red faces are the ones that needed to be corrected. A few right-clicks later and the model was fixed:We’d love to know your tips and tricks for getting better prints from your own designs. Let us know!
The ShapeOko now has home and limit switches for both X and Y axes. (Z is a little different.) The linuxcnc config has been updated to handle the new switches, though a little tweaking is still needed. Here’s a picture of Y axis switches while the epoxy cured:
With the leads to its steppers extended, we’ve been able to get the Shapeoko to move in x, y, and z under manual jog control. Here’s a little clip. Next steps are calibration of all 3 axes and at least temporary mounting of the controller board.
On Saturday August 25th, Jay held a NXT-G class at Workshop 88. He spent several weeks teaching kids at the Inzone program at Harper College, but this time he was teaching adults which is a very different experience! He quickly covered the basics of how each block works and how to use wires to pass data values around the program. He then explained how the programming can be applied to a sumo robot, and walked through the logic and the programming part-by-part to show how the settings affected the actions. There was even some of the Arduino code which he use with my NXshield to show how each command would look in a text based language in comparison to a graphical one. He also talked a little bit about NXC code for comparisons as well. After talking about programming and robots, the class started to discuss starting a FLL team. We are now seeing if we can get a FLL team together, and It is happening quickly! Jay been in involved in varying capacities with FLL for 10 years now. You can see his involvement here in this spreadsheet.