Recapping the Week: July 5-11

What have you been up to this week? As we mentioned in a post this week, we have a major website redesign coming up, so things have been quite busy here. That also means there will be some changes to the look and functionality of the Digilent Blog that we’re very excited about! Have a great weekend, and keep enjoying the summer.

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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.

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Happy Father’s Day!

This Father’s Day, we would like to take a moment to appreciate all of the dads out there who inspire us to do our best. Whether new or experienced, our fathers are there to support us as we learn and grow. So what can we do for them to show our appreciation?

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Microcontroller Dice Roller — Made in the MakerSpace

If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you’ve probably seen something about us setting up our very own MakerSpace here at Digilent. We’ve come a long way from a few cluttered cubicles to getting our MakerSpace up and running. We have just about everything you can think of to make any project imaginable: a 3D printer, a soldering station, breadboards, buttons, copious amounts of LEDs, and more! I thought up a just-for-fun project and wanted to test drive the MakerSpace to see what I could build.

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Check Out This chipKIT Shield Separator!

Have you ever had trouble separating your shields and boards? So did we, but not anymore! Use this shield separator tool to pry between your chipKIT or Arduino board and a shield to easily separate the two and avoid bending the pins on your shield. It also has a hole so you can keep it on your key ring and have it wherever you go. I designed the tool in Autodesk Inventor and printed it with our Makerbot Replicator, and it turned out great!

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3D Modeling with Blender

We have made a few posts showing off our 3D printers and some of the classes on 3D printing that we have done here at Digilent. Garrett Mace from macetech.com showed us some of the basics on how to use various 3D modeling software like AutoDesk Inventor, Autodesk 123D Design, OpenSCAD, MeshMixer, and SketchUp. Today, I’m going to introduce some of the basic modeling tools available in the free but robust Blender.

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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.

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3D Printing

Recently, Digilent was entrusted with a Bits From Bytes 3D printer to use as we wish, with the stipulation that we take good care of it. A number of people here are versed in proper operation and maintenance of 3D printers, so the offer was gladly accepted.

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