The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn

Start-to-finish, fun projects for makers of all types, ages, and skill levels!

This easy-to-follow guide features dozens of DIY, low-cost projects that will arm you with the skills necessary to dream up and build your own creations. The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn offers practical tips for beginners and open-ended challenges for advanced makers. Each project features non-technical, step-by-step instructions with photos and illustrations to ensure success and expand your imagination. You will learn recyclables hacks, smartphone tweaks, paper circuits, e-textiles, musical instruments, coding and programming, 3-D printing, and much, much more!

Discover how to create:

• Brushbot warriors, scribble machines, and balloon hovercrafts
• Smartphone illusions, holograms, and projections
• Paper circuits, origami, greeting cards, and pop-ups
• Dodgeball, mazes, and other interesting Scratch games
• Organs, guitars, and percussion instruments
• Sewed LED bracelets, art cuffs, and Arduino stuffie
• Makey Makey and littleBits gadgets
• Programs for plug-and-play and Bluetooth-enabled robots
• 3D design and printing projects and enhancements

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Polymaker Polysher, 3D Prints Polisher, Work with PolySmooth 3D Printer Filament to Create the Layer-Free Print Surface

Specifications

Technology Micro-Droplet Polishing

Compatible Material: PolySmoothTM

Polishing Liquid: Isopropanol or ethanol, 70% or above [90% or higher recommended]

Polishing Time: 20-40 min typical [varies based on part size, alcohol concentration and ambient temp]

Product Dimensions: 230 x 300 x 360 mm [9.1 x 11.8 x 14.2 in]

Shipping Box Dimensions: 350 x 400 x 450 [13.8 x 15.7 x 18.1 in]

Product Weight: 4 Kg [8.81 lbs]

Shipping Weight: 6.8 Kg [15 lbs]

Maximum Part Size: Up to a 150 mm (diameter) x 180 mm (height) cylinder [5.9 in (diameter) x 7.1 in (height)]

Operating Temperature:15-32 °C [59-90 °F]

Storage Temperature: 0-38 °C [32-100 °F]

Power Requirements:Power Supply: INPUT, AC 100-240V, 50/60Hz, 0.4A. OUTPUT: 5V 2000 mA. PolysherTM INPUT: DC 5V, 2000 mA

FQAs:

1. Is the Polysher a new 3D printer?
Answer 1: No – the Polysher is NOT a 3D printer. You still need an extrusion-based, FDM/FFF printer in order to use our new products. Specifically, PolySmooth is a new filament that you can print with your 3D printer, just like how you print with your PLA. Once the printing is done, you can post-process your printed objects in the Polysher to obtain the amazing surface finish. You can watch our campaign video or read the project description for more details.
2. Can I use PLA or ABS parts in the Polysher?
Answer 2: The Polysher is designed to only work with PolySmooth and alcohol; in addition PLA and ABS are not polishable with alcohol. We do not recommend other liquids/solvents other than isopropanol or ethanol.

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  • Post-Processing Machine : Polymaker Polysher is a post-processing machine designed for polishing the extrusion-based FDM/FFF 3D printed parts with PolySmooth to achieve a shining, layer-free surface finish.
  • Safe & Easy To Use: No heating is involved – The nebulizer technology requires only a very small reservoir – It is a liquid-phase polishing rather than vapor-phase polishing process. All electronic components are properly sealed, and no spark can be generated inside the chamber. Placing it on your desk, simply twisting the dial to set the time, the post-process will start and end automatically.
  • Low Costs: The Polysher is not only affordable but its running cost is incredibly low too. Isopropyl alcohol (also known as isopropanol) or Ethanol are both suitable. You can choose whatever is more easily available for you.
  • NOT A 3D Printer: the Polysher is NOT a 3D printer. You still need a extrusion-based, FDM/FFF 3D printer in order to use our new products. Specifically, PolySmooth is a new filament that you can print with your 3D printer, just like how you print with your PLA. Once the printing is done, you can post-process your printed objects in the Polysher to obtain the amazing surface finish. You can watch our Polysher video on YouTube.

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Shapeways Shows You How to Create Your Best Self in 3D Print

download-28While the 3D printed selfie is still a novelty for most, we’ve seen it emerging in many forms lately from that of candy to superheroes to selfie action footage—just to name a few. Now, Shapeways takes the selfie right down to the user level with ease and affordability.  Brigitte and Astrid from Shapeways explain how to produce the perfect selfie in 3D, following recent information explaining how to fine-tune your scans with the Skanect Structure Sensor. Now you can bring it all together in tangible form.

The first thing you’ll need to do is export those Skanect scans you created, converting them into .obj files, which provide the actual mesh.

“By exporting your scans as .obj files, you will get both a texture file AND a mesh file, as well as a file containing all data,” states the Shapeway team. “This will help you better edit specific parts of your scan’s shape and appearance.”

Skanect then also generates both .mtl (containing data) and .png (providing texture) files for you too.

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Next, you can begin editing the textures.

“Just like any form of photography we may need to do some image manipulation to make the colors look the best possible,” say Brigitte and Astrid.

While the Shapeways team favors Lightroom for this process, you can also use Photoshop. For Lightroom, they use the following settings:

  • exposure +1.4
  • contrast +40
  • highlights +20
  • shadows +10

Once you’ve finished with that, it’s time to move on to editing mesh and texture.

“When you scan with a hand scanner (like the Structure Sensor from Occipital that we use), you sometimes end up with a file that is not as sharp, complete, or accurate as you would like,” states the Shapeways team. “You might have holes in the model that shouldn’t be there, or the texture might have flaws that need to be edited.”

Shapeways offers a good list of tutorial suggestions on mesh and texture editing at the end of the blog post.

5base-712x405If this is your first 3D printed selfie, you might be wondering how it will stand up dependably; usually, this is achieved with a small platform.

“We generally remove the original base from the scan (which is either the ground, the floor, or a temporary platform the person was on) and replace it with a nice, freshly modeled platform because it will look much cleaner and stand upright.”

Export the edited file as a .vrml file, and then you can begin to create a platform using your favorite 3D modeling software. For this project, Brigitte and Astrid used SOLIDWORKS, and then exported their work as an .stl file. They then recommend merging the two files together using Netfabb. There, you can scale your model to preference.

“Place the platform underneath the model file (be sure they overlap, because if they don’t the finished file will end up as two separate parts and won’t merge during printing),” advise Brigitte and Astrid.

Merge the files together and then export the one file in .vrml form. Your last step is to make a zip file for the .png and .vrml files—and then upload to Shapeways for 3D printing.

Shapeways, headquartered in New York, was founded in 2007, and as they point out themselves, they’ve been busy defining the 3D industry since then. While many may profess to have been doing the same, Shapeways is undeniably the real thing.

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Today, the selfie is redefining the quick snapshot. Just as 3D printing allows us the latitude in doing so much on our own without having to wait for the help of a middleman or permission from somebody else, the selfie means we can capture an image of ourselves in time without having to catch someone else’s attention and ask them to walk over and take a picture. Although the selfie also takes plenty of heat today in some circles, the simple truth is that it allows for fun, photojournalism, and plenty of sharing—which companies like Shapeways allow you to take one step further.

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3Doodler Create 3D Pen – The Latest Edition of the World’s First 3D Printing Pen – Ultimate Art Tool & Crafts Pen Kit – With 50 Plastic Strands, No Mess, Non-Toxic (Shocking Pink)

The 3Doodler Create pen set. Welcome to the World’s First and Most Popular 3D Printing Pen. Designed for you to create anything: build, craft, decorate, fix, or make. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

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  • WORLD’S FIRST AND NO. 1 BEST SELLING 3D PEN: 3Doodler Create is the newest model from the maker of the world’s first 3D printing pen. The slimmest, lightest, strongest 3Doodler yet. Enhanced design, easy to manage, and improved drive system for quieter and smoother operation, and endless creation. Latest features also include simplified and intuitive controls, and a new ambient light bar.
  • DOODLE IN 3D: Draw vertically. Draw horizontally. Lift your imagination off the page! The 3Doodler Create extrudes heated plastic, which instantly hardens, allowing you to literally draw in 3D, freehand or on paper. Change colors quickly and easily. The possibilities are endless.
  • 3D ART MADE EASY FOR ALL ADULTS: From hobbyists to crafters, artists and professionals, 3D creation has never been easier. It’s the perfect gift for all men and women. Precision crafting and art is easier than ever with the ultimate 3D craft pen.
  • MOST VERSATILE 3D PEN: 3Doodler offers the widest range of plastics, no mess, safe and non-toxic. It’s the only 3D Art tool with changeable nozzles and unique accessories. Plus, you’ll find hundreds of FREE 3Doodler stencils available online for family friendly inspiration. Draw in 3D for hours!
  • NO RISK PURCHASE, COMPLETE 3D SET: 360 days FREE replacement policy and unrivaled 24-hour global customer service. THE BOX INCLUDES: 3Doodler Create 3D Pen, 50 FREE Plastic Strands in a selection of multiple colors and materials, Power Adapter, Quick Start Guide, Tools & a ton of creative potential!

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