Pictures and maps really don’t give you a full idea of the scope of geographic and architectural features. Such 2D tools can’t show height or depth well.
Now you can 3D print any place on earth to get a greater sense of the terrain. Plus, many important buildings and other man-made structures are now available to be downloaded and 3D printed.
I’ve never been to the Grand Tetons, so I used a free STL mapper to print it out:
i could have done my neighborhood or even Antarctica if I wanted.
I found Fallingwater- one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpieces- on a website and printed that out, too. The great thing about it is that it includes the terrain around the house. You can see how FLW located the house on the lot and how it fits into its surroundings. I had known that a stream ran through the building, but only with the 3D model was I able to actually figure out how.
Come in and we’ll be happy to show you how you can use this software and locate models to use in your class or as conversation pieces.
A recent trip to the beach on a blazing hot, end-of-September weekend turned up several relatively flat, smooth sandstone rocks. The only thing missing was a fossil, so Phil fired up the laser and with a few tweaks to the settings produced our own fossil. He has etched into granite and marble before, but this turned out even better. The bluish tint of the etching really adds to the effect.
Henry Locke, Maker extraordinaire and creator of Flex Vat 3D printer components, will be at SouthWorks to help us build the SLA printer he demoed earlier this summer.
SLA printing uses a vat of light sensitive resin cured by a video projector to create amazingly detailed forms- think Terminator with the alien rising out of the vat of goop! It is great for intricate designs for jewelry and other items.
Henry has updated his design and we’ll be building it on September 9th. Drop by for part of the day or the whole day. No tools or expertise required.
Thanks so much to Henry Locke for doing a presentation on 3D printing and the SLA printer that he built. (See brief video excerpt) It’s always a great treat when Henry stops by the MakerLab and we get to hear the vast knowledge and experiences of someone who has been a maker since well before the label was coined. He has built many machines found in our MakerLab in his home workshop! He’s created a business making and selling the resin vats for commercial brands of SLA printers, and counts research facilities, universities, dental labs, and tinkerers as clients who choose to replace their OEM vats with his designs. You can find out more info about SLA printers and other projects like GPS-controlled robots at his website at http://projectsinterestsandetcetera.com/ .
SLA printers use light to cure a vat of resin layer-by-layer until the 3D object is formed. Henry’s version uses a standard video projector as the light source, a Z-axis and stepper motor attached to about $30 of electronics to allow movement, and open source software to make the slices and control the process. The leading SLA printer brands, FormLabs and Carbon3D , are more expensive than the typical PLA filament printers that most makers have, Henry’s version can be made in a weekend for a couple hundred dollars.
We’ll be building one of Henry’s machines at SouthWorks later in the summer, and all are invited to participate.
We don’t have a lathe yet, but we’ve found a great resource for those of you who are interested in learning about and using lathes.
We were visited by a member of the Illiana Woodturners, a non-profit group in South Holland who provide workshops and equipment (5 lathes of various sizes) for individuals to do amazing woodturning projects from bowls to baseball bats.
Workshops provide the opportunity to create a bowl you can take home.
Monthly meetings are the 2nd Monday of the month, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Henry Locke, Maker extraordinaire and creator of Flex Vat 3D printer components, will be at SouthWorks to demo his SLA printers and talk about the technology and uses. SLA printing uses a vat of light sensitive resin cured by a video projector to create amazingly detailed forms- think Terminator with the alien rising out of the vat of goop!
Henry will share his vast Maker expertise and show us how to inexpensively build our own using an old video projector and other miscellaneous parts. At a later date, we’ll do just that in a group build of one for SouthWorks!
If you are a hobbyist or aspiring hobbyist, an artist or aspiring artist, an engineer or aspiring engineer or a person that just likes to design and work on real world projects, SouthWorks MakerLab provides you a place where you can bring your ideas and aspirations to reality.
The SouthWorks MakerLab is a “maker space” where you can learn about and work with some the of tools that are being used today in science, technology and the arts to create and enrich the world you live in. Use design programs on the MakerLab computers to give your ideas shape, then use a 3D printer, laser cutter or computer controlled router to give them substance then learn how to use inexpensive computer controllers to animate your projects with light, movement or sound.
Please stop by the SouthWorks MakerLab any time the space is open and bring your ideas with you.