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3D Printing Talk

On April 8 2014 I (Jerry Isdale) gave an introductory talk on 3D Printing to the Society for Women Engineers (Hawaiian Island Chapter) at the Malcom Center in Kihei. We had about 20 people attending. This (and other Maui Makers presentations) are available on our public google drive. Look for the ones named “ie 3D Printing” – its there as ... Read More »

U. Hawaii Makery and Makery Cloud

Dr Neil Scott of UH Curriculum Research & Development Group

U.Hawai'i Makery seeks to put desktop fabrication centers into middle schools, providing teachers with training and materials to ignite kids imaginations and interest in STEAM. The Maker Cloud provides a network of classroom makeries with a Central Makery and external partners sharing resources, etc. Read More »

Makerbot Video from NYC Maker Faire 2010

The Makerbot folks were out in force at the Maker Faire NYC with their new Thing-O-Matic printer, frostruders, unicorn plotter and regular Cupcake bots (total around 20 bots!) all printing out and giving away sample printed objects (and snacks!).  Check out the video (about 5 min), and more at the Makerbot Blog. Read More »

Lilypad successes, Makers and Education, DARPA Program

LIlypad Embroidery, a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike (2.0) image from bekathwia's photostream

This post is an amalgam of several news items I read recently. First off an article on the LilyPad’s success in bringing women into electronics projects. From a post in BoingBoing: “MIT’s Leah Buechley and Benjamin Mako Hill recently published a paper called LilyPad in the Wild: How Hardwareʼs Long Tail is Supporting New Engineering and Design Communities, about the success ... Read More »

Paper Fabrication with Silhouette and ModelMaker

Silhouette SD paper and vinyl cutter

I recently stumbled upon a great web site for teaching with paper crafting – DigitalFabrication.org is from the Curry Center for Technology and Teacher Education at U. Virginia. The site is mostly about using a Silhouette (aka Craft Robo), a desktop paper/vinyl cutting machine about the size of a small inkjet printer. I have one of these machines and it ... Read More »

Desktop 3D Printing – Makerbot, RepRap et al

GoldBot and friends, (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times / February 23, 2010)

One tech of the Fab Lab/Hackerspace is the 3D printer, where an object is created by adding successive layers of material. There are a wide range of materials used – from frosting and clay, to various plastics, ceramics and even metals. Professional 3D printers started back in late ’80s with 3D Systems Stereo Lithography, which uses a laser to harden ... Read More »

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