June Build Night Banner 2013

If you haven’t checked it out already, you can see the list of projects from May’s Build Night on the Maker’s Local wiki page for the event!

This month’s Build Night is coming up! The theme for June is 3D Modeling and Printing, and Instructables is offering us $150 in credit on Shapeways for creating some really neat 3D-printed objects! This month works a little differently: Build Night will be spent mostly designing and modeling 3D items in various CAD software packages. We’ll then post all of our 3D models to a gallery on Instructables and share them with the community! We will then pick a few models to send off to Shapeways to get printed for us, and write at least two Instructables that use these printed objects or the models themselves.

Build Night will be on Saturday, June 8th from 1PM to 11PM. More info on the event can be found on the ML256 Wiki Page or on the Instructables blog post here.

May Build Night Banner 2013

Instructables is sponsoring their first monthly “Build Night” at makerspaces and hackerspaces around the country, and Makers Local 256 has been selected to participate! They’re hooking us up with materials and pizza – in exchange we will post new Instructables based on work done during the Build Night. The theme for May is conductive paint from Bare Conductive, so bring your ideas and create something awesome! Your idea does not necessarily need to involve the conductive paint; all types of projects are welcome! Build Night will be on Saturday, May 18th from 1PM to 10PM, with pizza at 6PM. For more details, please check out the Build Night wiki pages.

Vinyl Cutter ML256 Logo

Some of the members of Makers Local 256 pitched in to the buy the shop a brand new vinyl cutter! The new USCutter MH-871 Vinyl Cutter can be used to cut stickers, decals, logos, signs, banners, stencils, card stock, and much more. A group order was also made to stock up on rolls of vinyl, as well as some extra blades and other tools. The cutter is a welcome addition to our growing collection of computer-controlled tools!

The cutter can support up to 34″ rolls of vinyl, and can cut objects up to 30″ wide by 8′ long. A dedicated computer has been set up next to the cutter in order to send designs to be printed. It’s incredibly simple to use, and it’s a lot of fun! Come in and check it out!

3D Scan Example

Extra bonus going-ons at the Makers Local public night this week (Tuesday, Nov 6th)!

Photographs are so passé. Videos still lack depth. We live in a three-dimensional world, so why should we represent it in just two dimensions? This week, during the normal Makers Local public night, we will have a setup that will allow you to be digitized and archived as a three-dimensional computer model!

Using the power of the Microsoft Kinect and a desktop computer, we will be making models of whoever wishes to be scanned. These models can then be imported into video games, used in animations, printed on 3D printers, and more! We can do headshots, and will hopefully be able to get some full-body model files as well.

Scanning will probably start around 7:00PM. We’ll have some snacks and sodas, and probably some extra Halloween candy, and feel free to bring your own food and treats!