Tuesday, April 10, 2018

3D Printing with Mindess

Almost every week at the Ashland Innovation Center, high school students serve as "Makerspace Mentors" and help Middle School and Mindess (grades 3-5) students learn about STEM. The most recent session of the AIC Mindess program was 3D Printing. It's been really fun and a great experience for everyone involved.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Soldering Iron: What is it and how does it work?

All About the Soldering Iron

              A soldering iron is a hand tool used in soldering. It supplies heat to melt solder so that it can flow into the joint between two work pieces. A soldering iron is composed of a heated metal tip and an insulated handle. The soldering iron here at the MakerSpace is typically used for fusing wires together with solder, and can really come in handy with circuitry.

Vinyl Cutter: Advanced Tips and Tricks

Vinyl Cutter: Advanced Tips and Tricks

Ben Pepper

Tip #1: Welding

     In the top left hand corner of the screen in Graphtec Studio, there is a button called "Weld selected shapes into one shape." This button can be very useful in making complex shapes.To use it, two or more shapes must be highlighted by dragging the mouse over them. When this happens, the button will turn from a light gray to a dark gray, informing the user that the selected shapes can be grouped together. Once this button is pressed, the selected shapes will combine into one shape. This can be very useful in making complex shapes out of simple shapes. For example, the Mickey Mouse logo can be made easily by grouping one big circle and two smaller circles on top of it. The weld button will combine all of these shapes and make the sticker look just like the logo. Knowing about this button allows people to make exactly what they desire to make by the use of complex shapes.

Tip #2: Roll-1 Front Edge

Using the Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a miniature computer that is able to run and conduct code. It is able to perform many functions that a PC computer can, like playing games, browsing the internet, and other things like that. To use it, you plug it into your computer, and control it using a mouse. It is also a teaching tool, and teaches many people how to code. It also teaches them more about computers and how they work.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Working with Arduino

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          Arduinos is a single board micro-controller that functions as a miniature computer. They can be used for many things, including turning on and off lights in a precise manner, as well as working with sensors. In this post, I will give a brief introduction to Arduinos and how to use them.
Image result for arduino wire         Arduinos need to be plugged into a computer to receive code, however they can run the code on their own if connected to a power source. They should be connected to the computer through a standard USB wire attached to the Arduino by the black box in the lower left corner of the image to the right.