Giving back to the Community

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 elaineluther@chicagogiftedcommunity.org!

 

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Public meeting notes – 2/14/2013

Last night was a great turnout for the Public Meeting at Workshop 88. Over a dozen makers came out to work on various projects and learn new things at the space.

Our friend Tom M from the Fox Valley ASME chapter came out and had a small part for his project printed on the 3D printer:

2013-02-14 19.52.16Looks pretty sharp! We’ll be waiting to see the finished product.

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Proper prepping for 3D printing

We’ve been doing a lot of 3D printing recently at Workshop 88.  Many times we just download models from Thingiverse, but more and more we are designing our own models.

Using Sketchup is one way that models can be created, but sometimes when you print a complicated model as designed in Sketchup, there are pieces of the model which are missing.

Enter: CADspan.

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:

Screen Shot 2013-02-14 at 1.14.30 PM

The red faces are the ones that needed to be corrected. A few right-clicks later and the model was fixed:Screen Shot 2013-02-14 at 1.14.42 PMWe’d love to know your tips and tricks for getting better prints from your own designs. Let us know!

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Lego Mindstorms Workshop 88 Class Followup

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.

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