Test Print from MAKE Magazine

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Students during the STEMulate Learning workshop this weekend asked me to test our self-built and modified MendelMax2 RepRap 3D Printer using the stylized Rook print from MAKE Magazine’s annual printer “Shoot Out” Test, with very good results. Continue reading

Plumbing the Depths

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I asked the STEMulate Learning workshop participants to create a pressure vessel for our ROV cameras as inexpensively as possible. The current design overall should be less than the per-ROV cost for our Sea Perch designs. Continue reading

3D Printer Assessments

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Accidental damage to the 3D printers for the AggieSTEM summer camps required time to diagnose the damage, giving us time to set up two Raspberry Pi single-board computers for OctoPrint remote web-based 3D printer control and monitoring using OctoPi. Continue reading

February 2014 STEM Workshops

Electronics for a 3DR RepRap printer

February was a busy time with progress made on ROV designs and camera modules, 3DR RepRap 3D printers, and preparations for Workshops and Summer Camps including the Texas A&M University AggieSTEM program! Continue reading

3DR RepRap 3D Printers

3DR assembly of the base 3D printed components

The last workshop of 2013 focused on wrapping up projects and starting to build new tools like Richard Horne’s 3DR RepRap printers for use during the upcoming year’s SOLID Learning workshops and in makerspaces developing in schools and libraries! Continue reading

Delta 3D Printers

3D Print of the 3DR corner in a STEMulate Learning workshop

After discussing the options available, SOLID Learning workshop participants have selected the Delta format 3DR RepRap for the 3D Printer platform we will build for their schools. Continue reading

Filling In The Holes

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After dropping a small tool into the electronics under the MakerBot, I 3D printed four compound-mitered grills to cover the holes and protect the electronics in the base of the printer. The hexagonal-grid grills were fabricated directly with space for the printer’s wiring and all edges aligned to fit a 3-D box corner perfectly. Another great self-fabricated improvement for the MakerBot 3D printer. Continue reading

MakerBot Replicator Prepares For Work

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SOLID Learning received the MakerBot Replicator provided by our sponsor, Bre Pettis, and took care of a minor issue with one extruder nozzle with hte help of the excellent MakerBot customer support staff. We will soon be developing and testing our educational robots! Continue reading