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Four Groundbreaking Innovations In 3D Printing This 2014

As one of the recent innovations in the tech industry, 3D printing hopes to transform designers’ ideas into tangible objects. This technology enables designers to create a three dimensional computer file, which can be sent to a machine which prints the 3D object out of the plastic and layer-by-layer. However, just like any new technology, 3D printing started off as an industrial luxury item that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, as pointed out by Silicon Valley product designer…

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Added by Kyle H. Albert on June 11, 2014 at 6:53pm — No Comments


Makers in Residence 2013
Gaming Suitcase Group Post

In our project we made a suitcase hold a gaming system, screen and makes sure you don't forget your controllers, headphones and other related things. We ran into some problems, but over all it worked out pretty well. We did this project because we interviewed Ian and this is what we thought would help him. In our group Anna worked mostly on the gogo board tags for sensing if there is an object in the containers on the door. I did a lot with getting the screen to work with the Xbox because…

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Added by Craig on June 14, 2013 at 1:53pm — No Comments


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     Before Ian, Vasthy or I could begin to make our project we first needed a purpose so we needed a user. Naijah in this case was the user for us. Her problem was simple, she just wanted to be safe…

     Before Ian, Vasthy or I could begin to make our project we first needed a purpose so we needed a user. Naijah in this case was the user for us. Her problem was simple, she just wanted to be safe. Safe in what way exactly? Well when you are walking alone at nigh or walking in the park, it would be nice to know if someone or any weird object is approaching you from behind. This is also why the project's name ''I Got Your Back''.  

           From there we had an idea, so we…

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Added by Melissa on June 14, 2013 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Our Final Pillow

     As a group, Me, Erik, and NaiJah made a Plush Pillow Alarm Clock.  Our user will use our project to wake them up from their sleep.  But this is not a normal sleep.  Our product is designed to give the user a deeper and longer, more relaxing sleep, so they can can through to the next day.  This was made to buzz a person awake after an eight hour sleep.  

     We made this particular project, for a student who did not have a great sleep pattern.  This is what we needed to fix.  We…

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Added by Skyler on June 14, 2013 at 1:13pm — No Comments

Our Pillow Picures

http://www.flickr.com/photos/95950295@N08/

Added by Skyler on June 14, 2013 at 11:29am — No Comments


Makers in Residence 2013
Instructable

How to use a sensor with Arduino

Adding variables

1. Run the Arduino program

2. Set the board; under the Tools menu

3. Set the Serial Port; under the Tools menu

4. Set the pin to the sensor it conected to (ex. const int sensorPin = A0;)

5. Set the sensor value (ex. sensorValue = 0)

6. Once you have finished seting all the variables you should move on to write fuctions

 

Writing fuctions

1.…

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Added by Isaac on June 14, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Almighty Plush Alarm

The PILLOW ALARM! The only pillow on the market that will wake you up when the user (you) decide! It works by using several World-Class Vibrating Buzzers that delivers a gentle, calm wake up, instead of waking up to a traditional loud, irritating alarm that wakes you up suddenly and with a frightening start.

The PILLOW ALARM is the only pillow that has special pockets than contain soothing scents, to help you fall into a deeper, longer sleep. Don’t like the scent? NO problem! Just…

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Added by Skyler on June 13, 2013 at 1:14pm — 2 Comments


Makers in Residence 2013
suit case final project

My final project, I worked with Craig we made a gaming suit case. the suit case has a screen so you can play whenever you want when you are out traveling. We made it by using a suit case, and a gogo board. we  used the suit case to put all the objects in for example, we put the xbox and screen . we also made boxes to place things. we programmed the sensors with the gogo board so it can sense whats being put and if its put in the right position. it also remembers what you have put there. when…

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Added by Ana on June 12, 2013 at 1:31pm — No Comments


Makers in Residence 2013
Technology

The laser cutter is the king of this lab. It is the foundation on which almost every project in this lab is grounded. It provides the resources necessary for neat designs without making anything too complicated.

Added by Xan on June 12, 2013 at 11:48am — No Comments


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GROUP FINAL POJECT

We learned that everything is possible, we at first struggle a little . It was hard for us to get the right programming we were going to give u,  but then we decided not to give up fast because we were already half way through finishing. We learned that everything has a solution, it might not be there right away but by not giving up and motivating yourself you will find it. we learned how to make and…

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Added by Ana on June 12, 2013 at 11:45am — No Comments


Makers in Residence 2013
Samanthas final blog

 The sewing machine is real cooooooool! I feel like im driving when stepping on the pedal. I enjoyed learning how to use it because its a useful skill. Its way easier and faster than sewing by hand, also in the end the final project ends up looking great. You will not regret learning and gaining this awesome skill. 

Though, sewing isn't as easy as it looks. This is actually really complicated, specially if you're doing this by hand. When using the sewing machine you have to check…

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Added by Samantha on June 12, 2013 at 10:52am — No Comments


Makers in Residence 2013
My workshop

If I had the opportunity to make my own lab or workshop I would do the following:

I would make sure that the kids and/or students in the lab have many options in what to do. I know from my experience that I would rather do something that interests me, that isn't slacking off, rather than be assigned a task. When I do work that interests me I put much more time and effort into what I am working on over something I was told to make or do. This way, students will get more out of the lab…

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Added by Andrew on June 12, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments


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cookies

I love Fab Lab so much

Added by Andrew on June 11, 2013 at 1:49pm — No Comments


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Individual Blog Post

Ten years ago, there was more controversy about the morality of abortion than about the merit of gun control. Now, gun control is a pressing issue. Does elimination or regulation of gun ownership do more harm than good or vice versa? Interminable debates on gun control fuel rising controversies about 3D printing. In America, 3D printers are gaining interest and criticism at similar rates. While proponents say that they allow for creativity and production, opponents wonder whether users of 3D…

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Added by Xan on June 11, 2013 at 1:47pm — No Comments


Makers in Residence 2013
documentation

Design is a very fun and important skill. If one is able to design things on a computer or a lab, they have many options in what they can build. Ever since I attended the fab lab, my love for creating different things grew. I was introduced to the laser cutter, a neat machine that could cut out a full design or pieces for design out of different materials. Then I learned how to use coral draw and how to design 2D figures and/or pieces. I also learned how to use 3D software such as 123D…

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Added by Andrew on June 11, 2013 at 1:29pm — No Comments


Makers in Residence 2013
Group Blog Post

LESSONS LEARNED: Isaac learned that working together in teams allows things to get done faster. Collaboration is key to success. Mavis learned that trial and error is sometimes necessary to ensure success. Things will not work out as planned, and it is important to be flexible and try all possible methods. Xan learned that perseverance will allow for success. A lot of the time, our group was not motivated to continue working. Sometimes, we…

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Added by Xan on June 11, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments


Makers in Residence 2013
Henry: final group report

We have now made a working prototype of our Walking Flashlight.  This prototype is a t-shirt with two Arduino LilyPads sewn onto it.  One LilyPad is used to turn on LEDs when it gets dark.  The other LilyPad helps the user keep track of time by vibrating every hour.  Both LilyPads are covered by patches of fabric except for small openings where batteries can be plugged in.

Here are some pictures:…

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Added by Henry on June 10, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments


Makers in Residence 2013
Slow going, but picking up.

  We started the day by melting our pillow with a short in our lilypad, but after we figured that out things started working again.

  After that we got out code debugged, got our circuit soldered, and the electronics are almost ready to be sewed into the pillow.

Added by Erik on June 10, 2013 at 1:25pm — 1 Comment

Slow Progress on the "Pillow Alarm Clock"

      In the morning, my whole group was so excited to get things started.  We have conductive thread, we have a sewing machine, and almost all necessary materials.  The problem is, is that our Lily Pad's battery had a voltage that was too high, and our sewing shorted out our circuit.  This definitely slowed down the progress that we have made so far.              Despite that, we are slowly but surely on our way to finishing successfully.  As of right now, we are soldering together wires to…

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Added by Skyler on June 10, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments


Makers in Residence 2013
Pillow Alarm Progress!

Hey Howdy Hey!

Despite our setbacks, we're now zooming ahead schedule. Why? Because we have attained a sewing machine! Its really great because we can now accomplish what would normally take 15-30 mins in 5-10! We can also make stitches with much more precision and with greater…

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Added by NaiJah on June 10, 2013 at 9:52am — No Comments

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