Teaching some members how to design parts in various CAD software and then how to render & print those parts
We have our Delta Design and Development Group who have been working to make some new delta printers!
Another group is working on better scanning objects using a Kinect Sensor
The club met this last Sunday and introduced the members to printing with the clubs various printers. Each officer took a station and went over the printing process for those who might have been unfamiliar. Be sure to check out our presentation below for the awesome details of our welcome meetings. As a new initiative of the officer team, the officers will be holding weekly office hours!
Today we continued working on projects. NOTE: next weekend we will be holding officer elections for ALL positions (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and webmaster). To run you must be a dues paying member, please SHOW UP TO VOTE. So as far as projects today, we had a new member learn how to use maker bot software (bottom left), and also had some people working on personal projects (bottom right).
We also decided to finish the quad-copter electronics. Below there are two pictures of the rigged controller (we had no batteries), and Lach finishing up the soldering. The bottom thing is a video of the motors running, really neat!
Today is the first day of Spring! I should say “Spring” because it snowed today. At this weeks meeting we introduced that we are going to be creating two new secondary officer positions: events coordinator, and sponsorship relations coordinator manager (why the long name? because we can). If you would like to be either of those please send a short paragraph on why we should pick you (like honestly we are not reading more than a page) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Today, though we did some working on sapphire, as well as yellow (below) and we also did some more printing for these printers (super below left) and some soldering iron repair on other parts that needed fixing (super below right)
Welcome back friends! Hope you all had a great break! today we had five members show up (non-officer) and so it was another slow week. We started to transform the back of the room to be more of our space (left) and did some work on another personal printer (right)
Of course we also did some printing….
While all of this was happening we also projected “The Dark Side of the Rainbow” which is just the Wizard of Oz with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album playing over it from the beginning, and it lines up really well, its crazy.
Since the weekend of the 21st was such a low show week, I combined it with the 14th as well. We also did the same stuff both weeks, which was working on a few projects. Dan worked on teaching some people how to print(left). On Valentines day, I decided that we were not organized enough near the printers, so I made everything super organized back in the corner(right).
We are really starting to get annoyed with ruby, because she has been giving us some problems with jamming lately, so we are close to fixing her back up to 100% (left). we also FINALLY have the parts for the quadcopter project and we are working on the assembly now. If you were wondering what happened with the valentines design competition, nobody submitted a design, so nobody won anything.
So I went to update this on Tuesday and it appears as if it never saved, so here is the recap for the 31st. Pretty much the only thing we did during this meeting was talk about design constraints and how to design for 3D printing, and introduced/worked on our first design competition of this semester. For this design competition, you must make it under a 4 inch square, (4X4X4 is the max size) it must be related to Valentines Day (the 14th is coming up!), and lastly it must be finished/submitted by the Wednesday before Valentines Day so that we can print them out on Valentines Day and vote on the winner. The winner(s) will get a trophy with a heart on it. Below I’ve put a few pictures of some of you working on your designs.
It’s the new semester! Today was out first official meeting of the semester (excluding the info session we had last week.) Since today was our first meeting, we had to re-elect a treasurer because Matt’s busy schedule and graduation in the fall does not allow him to continue on his duties. This being said, we had an election and Chris (below right) is now once again on the executive board after studying abroad in Singapore! In addition to the election of our Treasurer, we made some changes to our constitution(below left)e, nothing too big, but if you missed the meeting and would like to know specifics just ask one of the officers and we would be glad to show you.
After all of these administrative things, Jivtesh gave a quick presentation on what 3D printing is and then we just hung out and started to teach some of our members about our printers(below).
Lastly, on our way out we figured we would test the strength of the little 3D printed octopus with our 100% infill hammer, “Thwack.” Though the slow motion did not quite work, you can clearly see the pieces flying off of it. Also Valentines day is coming up, and that sounds like good means for a design competition, so start brainstorming!
Last meeting of Fall 2015!! We had a pizza party today for all of our wonderful members! Below you can see our great president Daniel excitedly eating some of it.
As we all enjoyed some pizza, chips, and soda, we also had a nice little show to go along with it as two groups gave their capstone project presentations to us on 3D printing with clay, and 3D printing PCB boards with conductive materials.
Today was the last day for our holiday themed design competition. Below is our winner next to his design! Congrats. We also figured out how we can use tablets to 3D print on our printers, which will be very useful, especially when we are on the road presenting to different people in places other than 312 Hammond.
Lastly we say goodbye to Karen, who has been an active member of 3D printing club for awhile now and is going on to bigger and better things as she graduates from PSU. We know that you’re sad to leave us (See? She is all upset holding that 3D christmas tree, and it was not staged at all) but we all wish you the best Karen!
Today as well as last week we did not have many members show up thanks to the large amount of exams that we are bombarded with towards break, BUT we still had meetings. Two weeks ago was super low day, so everyone just kinda hung out. This week however, we started a new design competition, you can work on this whenever you would like to, but just note that we will be voting on a winner December 6th (our last meeting of the year!) Winner will be getting a trophy with a snow man on it (see to the lower right Dan making the snow man.) Specs for the design are to the bottom right, just to clarify it can be any winter theme/ winter holiday themed, but must be something that a 3d printer is required for (lower left.)
Today we also worked more on getting a filament recycler so we can cut back on waste and costs (bottom right.) We also printed out some arms for Kyle for a personal project to feel like what it is like to be a T-rex (bottom left). Finally, observe a yellow print of the trophy that was designed from our last competition (below bottom.) Please excuse the bad spacing today, I took some of the pictures forgetting that they needed a certain orientation.
So we have had many design competitions in the past, and we never really had much of an award for the winners. Today is the day we decided to change that. Below is two of the groups working on their design.
We had a competition that lasted the entire club period to come up with a design for a trophy of sorts that all winners of future competitions would win. The specifications were that it had to be no larger than a 4 inch cube, and that it had to be customizable for the different types of competitions. Here are all of the designs.
…and the winners! (below) Their design is based that you can put a design in the middle for customizability.
Today we had our co-advisor Dr. Meisel give us a presentation on the design process and designing for manufacturing with additive manufacturing. See the first part here (https://youtu.be/xSYNq3xKIE8) After this we did a design competition to hold some nug’ dippin’ sauce. Part two can be seen here (https://youtu.be/HRp3CiqsQwU) This all took up most of our time today (as you can see.) We also now have an email that you can email the .stl file, your name, the color you want, and any other special instructions to email@example.com. Sorry no exciting pictures today but you can still watch the videos above!
Today Jivtesh and Daniel were not present at the club because they were representing us at the Makerfaire in NYC. Our adviser, Dr. Simpson gave us a presentation on different 3D printing things here at PSU. This can be viewed here ( https://youtu.be/2WSQoZ7nKEE ). During the rest of our meeting we simply continued with our projects from previous weeks like learning to print (below left), continuing Sapphire (below right), etc…
Meeting number four down. Today the meeting started with a little competition to see who could come up with the best idea for a use for empty filament spools (below left). The idea that won was using it as a chip and salsa holder! Congratulations to team Salsa Swagah.
Another competition was introduced, this one from Thingiverse.com. Here is a link to it. The group of people making the guitar for Paul McCartney is progressing well (above right).
We also continued constructing Sapphire (above left), working on the quad copter project (above right), and taught more members to print (below).
Today was our third meeting of the semester, due to technical issues, the first meeting and second meeting were not recorded on the website, but fear not the happenings are back! First thing we did was hold an election for our secretary, and by a close vote, our new secretary is (bottom right) Lach Peeke.
Ongoing projects for this semester include building Sapphire (bottom), teaching and certifying people to print (top left), quadcopter design and building, and a few more small projects on the side!
Last meeting of the semester!
Today we held the mandatory yearly elections for our new officers/ returning officers! We also had a pizza party out by the duck pond because of the beautiful day!
Daniel is now our new secretary (left) and Jivtesh is our new Vice President! congratulations guys!
We decided to take a group picture because it was our last meeting. It’s been a great semester and we hope to see most of you back in the Fall! Chris will be studying abroad in the Fall so we will be excited to have him back in Spring 2016.
Lastly, Valerie is very sad that she has to leave us for the real world. We wish her the best as we say goodbye to the last of the founding officers!
Today Daniel was ecstatic that he made some really good progress on his new printer (left). John was also making some improvements to his new printer and other members were helping him out in his efforts (right).
We decided to mess around to mess around with a members 3D pen as to decide if it is something we would like to invest in for the future (left). Valerie attempted to download Repetier Host to the one computer, but no success (right).
Lastly, we continued to progress in the construction of Sapphire. We had to print this part in a slightly different material though because it is part of the extruder that needs to withstand a higher temperature. ABS can withstand more than PLA.
Today was a very nice day, and due to this only a few members showed up. We acetone bathed both a lion shrine, and a club members personal left shark print (left). John and Lach worked on assembling things to Johns new printer (right).
Ross works on creating his Napier Deltic engine in SolidWorks for a class project (left). Today we archived what needs printed yet for Sapphire and got working on that.
Valerie did a little bit of clean up around the printers, so now its nice and tidy! (left) Lastly, we ran into some issues with Doodle 1 when the spool holder collapsed into the printer, so there was a lot of tampering with the position of the motors and lots of pulling the power cord when we heard the machine hitting itself. Jivtesh took care of it and its back up and working again (right)
Today we worked on pricing for our fundraiser (left) and worked on preparing some of our prints as well (right and below)
Kyle Chiavetta designed a joystick for his broken game cube controller (below).
Lastly, we John fixed up sunday while DJ Chris played us some tunes while printing out more pieces for the fundraiser.
In addition to the egg fundraiser, we have started making small bunny containers that can be opened and closed.
Ruby is finishing the print of the stretchy bouncy ball made with NinjaFlex filament. The ball was the prize for the price is right game we played just before spring break. Look at last weeks entry for the exclusive interview with the winner!
Today we held elections for a new treasurer because our current treasurer, Valerie Miller (left) is graduating this May. Our new treasurer, Matt Disanto (right), will be trained for the remaining of the semester until he takes over in the Fall.
Today we printed a space invader with our new NinjaFlex flexible PLA filament. It can be bent any way and always comes right back to the original shape!
This is our current fundraiser! It is a hollow print with a starburst in it that needs to be broken open for the prize!
This week we had a competition to determine who got to print out with new NinjaFlex flexible PLA filament. We played a version of “The Price is Right” and guessed prices off of amazon. Clip this link to view an exclusive interview with the winner and see what he chose to print!