Recapping the Week: July 19-25

What do you have planned this weekend? We’re getting ready for NI Week, when half our team will be down in Austin for a time of educational fun. We’re also extremely excited about our Robotics Open Hardware Initiative!

Making a (Turbo!) Cookie Cutter in Tinkercad

We’ve been doing a lot with 3D printing around the office lately. Kaitlyn has been using Tinkercad primarily for making robot parts for the Digilent MRK and SRK, but she obviously didn’t start with a project on that level. To begin, she decided to make something simpler to get used to Tinkercad’s basic functionality. A cookie cutter seemed like a good place to start, so Turbo (our MakerSpace mascot) lent his likeness to it.

3D Printing, Kids, and CAD

The first day we got to Maker Faire was a special preview day for all the makers and vendors, and special interest groups. At the end of the day, I wandered around and ended up at a booth that was called, “3D printing, kids, and CAD”.

Making Dreams a Reality with 3D Printing

For a seven year-old girl who lost her hand when she was just nine months old, having a prosthetic hand wasn’t feasible for a long time. However, with the help of 3D printing, she was able to get her new, light-weight hand for around $50 (in her favorite colors)!

3D-Printable Turbo!

As you all know, we got a new mascot for the Digilent MakerSpace. He is a happy, little barrel-shaped robot named Turbo. So far, Turbo has only been a 2-dimensional mascot.

3D Printing the Impossible: A Penrose Triangle

An impossible object is a two-dimensional figure that, at first glance, looks like a real 3D object. However, further inspection will lead to the conclusion that the object can’t actually exist in 3D. One famous example of this is the Penrose triangle. The concept was used in M.C. Escher’s famous Waterfall, and you might also recognize it as Digilent’s logo.

3D Printing Makerspace Class

Now that another week has passed, it is time for a more recent MakerSpace update! A few weeks ago, James wrote a blog post about one of the 3D printers that we were entrusted with. In addition to the 3D Touch, we were also charged with a MakerBot Replicator 2. Having two printers on loan, Larissa decided that it was about time for a training session on the basic use and care of the 3D printer. Two Fridays ago, we had an introductory class on the new 3D printers, and last Friday was a class on basic 3D design.