What do you want to make?
Release you inner maker during our Open Hack time in the UMW ThinkLab, most Monday nights from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.! Explore 3D design and printing! Tinker with e-textiles! Sew! Craft! Create!
Bring your own projects, or come help some one else out. Share what you know, and learn from each other.
The ThinkLab at the University of Mary Washington was featured alongside a host of other campuses for innovating with 3D printing in higher education in this year’s Higher Education Horizon Report. The Horizon Report attempts to gauge emergent technologies and the time periods that they will become mainstream, as well as campuses that are currently using them. A full copy of the report can be found on <a href=”http://www.nmc.org/publications/2013-horizon-report-higher-ed”>the NMC website</a> for download.
On Friday, November 16th at 5pm we will kick off our first 24-hour Hackathon in the ThinkLab. If you’ve got a pet project you’ve wanted to work on and didn’t have the tools or knowledge to make it happen make plans to stop by and spend some time at the event. We will have some larger projects going on including building a new 3D printer and a CNC Mill. There will be free pizza and drinks (and maybe pancakes in the morning). We often get asked how students can use the space if they’re not a part of a class that is making use of it. This is your chance! If students want to start a club to meet regularly in the space and get access anytime the library is open this is the perfect opportunity to organize that. If this event is successful we’ll do it again in the Spring. So put it on your calendar and make plans to come!
As I was looking through Thingiverse to find my very first print I stumbled upon a Coca-Cola vintage bottle and settled for it. This is what my attempt should be…
Luckily when I went to print that is precisely what I got, perhaps a little less detail due to smaller size, but still what I was expecting!
Hey there, so how many of you have ever heard of 3D printing?
Well I certainly had no clue what it was until about a week ago. I’m this course called “Makerbots & Mashups”, and when I signed up I couldn’t tell what it had to do with until I walked into class and saw these large complex looking machines called, well, makerbots. These things let you print in 3-dimensional objects out of plastic.
Interested? Not fully understanding what kind of course I’m in?
Either way, check out my progress in the course here at my new subdomain! Cool stuff is on the way people! I’ll keep you posted!
Last week our students began the first of many projects in Makerbots and Mashups, a freshman seminar course at the University of Mary Washington on “making things” using 3D printers, electronics, robotics, and more. We wanted to students to begin the process of exploring how to conceptualize gears and moving parts without worrying about being perfect or using electronics. This project is called Cardboard Automata.