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builttagontough:Getting started a little early on this year’s…

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 |

Getting started a little early on this year’s All Hallows’ Read at my Barnes & Noble with dreamslessordinary. On our endcap: The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury Unnatural Creatures edited by Neil Gaiman The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman Frankenstein by Mary Shelley The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Stories for the Nighttime and Some for the Day by Ben Loory Locke & Key by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue Deconnick, Emma Rios, & Jordie Bellaire Not all scary, but we figure they fit a theme. Adding Zelazny’s Night in the Lonesome October when it arrives.
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Blogging Tips

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 | 0 comments

For the Makerbots and Mashups FSEM, you have 3 choices for a platform for your blog.

  1. Tumblr
  2. UMW Blogs
  3. Domain of One’s Own

All three options are free to you as students at UMW.  Tumblr is the easiest, and we recommend it for those of you who are not familiar with creating and maintaining web content.  Once you’ve signed up for a Tumblr account, you can post whatever you want to your site.  You can also customize your site to suit your individual preferences.  You should follow the Thinklab’s Tumblr blog.

UMW Blogs is a web publishing platform managed by UMW’s Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies.  UMW Blogs uses Word Press, which is an easy way to create and post content to the web.  As a student at UMW, you can have a blog at no charge.

Domain of One’s Own is the most complicated of the three options.  Again, it is free as long as you are a student at UMW.  DOOO gives you a the opportunity to register your own Internet domain, which you can use to create a portfolio of all your work while at UMW.  The domain will remain yours after you graduate, provided you decide to start paying for it.

Blogging regularly is one of the expectations of students in this course.  The best way to approach your blog is to post as you go.  Use your camera to capture pictures of your work as you go along.  Document your successes — and your failures!  Talk about what worked and what didn’t work.  Share your ideas for things you’d really like to make.


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Shelly the Drawbot

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 |

Having never worked on any project where I build something from scratch before, I was a bit anxious with the idea of making any sort of robot. Hearing ‘Okay, now go make your drawbots,’ left me unsure of where to start. Luckily my partner help me get a start when he started grabbing random things and playing around. We started to imagine a design which moved using a wheel and tried different materials for a chassis and ended up using a Styrofoam cup. After we attached and threaded the wires properly from the battery to the switch, we taped on a marker and started trying it out.   IMG_20140902_151737 We noticed that the plastic wheel had a lot of trouble pushing against the table surface, so we wrapped trap around it to give it more traction. IMG_20140902_155755 Once we got everything just right, Shelly was able to draw circles just fine! Read More

To be honest, when I started this project I had no idea where to begin. Not only am I not good with…

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 |

To be honest, when I started this project I had no idea where to begin. Not only am I not good with electronics, I had never made anything like this before. Also, I missed the first class because I added it to my schedule a little late. I figured a good place to start would be on the internet, so I spent much of my time looking up drawbot videos on YouTube, and trying to figure out how they worked. I knew the materials that were available for me to use, but I had trouble figuring out how to use a motor and make all of these parts move, let alone draw. I found a few videos that had the same type of shape consistently, so I decided to model my drawbot after those specific prototypes. I obtained the Styrofoam cup, three markers, some tape, a motor, and a battery. I cut the bottom of the cup off so that it would be shorter than the height of the three markers. Next, I taped the markers onto the sides of the cup in sort of a tripod shape, so that the bot would be able to move, but still be unstable enough to draw. Originally, I had thought of the idea to put the battery inside the cup, so I cut the bottom of the cup out, but I eventually figured out that tape would not hold it in place. So, instead of getting a completely new cup and wasting the old one, I taped duct tape to the bottom of the cup, and then taped the battery to that to hold it in place. Since I am not really a physics person, and I really did not know how motors works, I had absolutely no clue how to attach the motor and make the bot move. Professor Meadows knew I was a little bit lost, so he advised me to just tape the motor onto the Styrofoam cup with tape. This way, the rotations from the motor would transfer onto the cup, allowing it to move when attached to the battery. When I set this up at first, the cup would barely move at all, and the bot was not drawing anything.Professor Meadows informed me that in order to make the bot as unstable as it needs to be to move, a piece of tape, or as I call it, a tape flag, needed to be added to the top of the motor. This way, the entire bot would move and therefore draw. When I attached the flag to the motor, the bot moved! If I had to redo this project, I would try to time manage better. The first day, I had no idea what i was doing so I gave up a little bit. If I had started earlier, I may have had a better quality robot. I also would have done more extensive research in order to figure out the best way to utilize my resources and create a more high tech robot. I might also try to make the bot more presentable by adding LEDs to it. I was so focused on the bot being able to move that I did not really pay attention to its appearance. Overall, this project was something I had never come across before, but I enjoyed creating it. It is good to know that I learned things about circuits and electronics that I had no idea about before. Read More

First time when I got this assignment, I had no idea how to…

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 |

This is what my drawbot drew. After checking the drawbot is actually working, I put the LED so it looks like a robot. ^^ First time when I got this assignment, I had no idea how to start it. The first idea that I had was that I wanted to put two wheels on the cup so it moves with drawing circle. So I putted it with using glue gun, but it stuck on the cup and did not move; therefore I had to start over. I got an idea from professor that it can move by vibration of the motor and put the makers shorter so it’s not stable. Also put tape flag on the motor so it makes more unstable. After checking the drawbot is actually working, I put the LED so it looks like a robot. ^^ Read More