As part of the Arts and Ideas Festival we asked a number our members to demonstrate the work they are doing on projects. Here are three of those makers summarizing their projects in under a minute and a half.
Elisa Shares Her Laser Cutter Work
Elisa talks about her work to use the laser to cut intricate paper designs and create a fold-able wood book cover.
So I finished my first bowl. In truth the past few months have been mostly waiting for the wood to dry and stabilize. One has to do that by slowly opening a bigger and bigger aperture in the plastic bag the bowl is stored in. At first it literally sweats and then slows down over time. Near the end of drying I had to mitigate some splitting with butterfly keys (a.k.a. bow ties or dutchmen) and then do some filling with cyanoacrylate glue (crazy glue or zap-a-gap) mixed with sawdust.
MakeHaven has been recognized as the first FabLab in Connecticut. This designation will help to propel MakeHaven as a technical prototyping platform for innovation, invention and entrepreneurship. Being recognized as a FabLab means connecting to a global community of fabricators, artists, scientists, engineers, educators, students, amateurs, professionals, of all ages located in more than 78 countries.
You can use Electroluminescent (EL) wire to make a faux-neon sign for your wall or window.
MakeHaven has sensors and Arduinos with them you can take senor data (sound, light, vibration, radio, etc) and turn it into light. How about a skate board that lights brighter the faster you go, or earrings that light up when you shake your head, or a scarf that tells you the temperature.
We bought a bunch of these led lights (neo pixils) for the make-a-thon, register now and start inventing!
We have a Shapeoko CNC will which can many designs into wood and other materials. A great place to start is thinking about makeing a name plaque or even inlaying a design in wood.
MakeHaven has three lasercutters and a 3d scanner. You can create a model or scan an object which you slice in Autodesk’s 123D Make software. This generates a pattern you can use to make fantastic cardboard sculptures.
You can even capture the 3d model by doing a 3d scan.
For our upcoming make-a-thon we are rounding up some ideas of what you can make at the event. Idea number one is to sew and light some clothing.
MakeHaven has sewing machines and there are various fabrics available next door at the creative reuse center. We have lots of LEDs, soldering irons, batteries, arduinos, neopixles, sensors and other supplies electrify your worn creations.