7/16/16 11am-1pm - 3D Printing 101: a course designed to help novices start 3Dprinting. Repetier-Host and Slic3r are the free printing and Gcode generating software that I will talk about. The class will also talk about how browsing Thingiverse.com can be a great way to find free designs that you want to print. TinkerCAD is the most user friendly design software and participants will get to design their own .stl file. Do you know the difference between a .stl file and a .Gcode file? If your answer is no then this class is right for you, if your answer is yes then you might rather come to the event around 12pm
7/16/16 3pm-5pm - Lasercutting and Inkscape: a class designed to get you started
using this precision cutting tool. Learn how to operate a machine that cuts wood, plexiglas or foam with a 90 Watt Full Spectrum Laser.
The class also covers making vector graphics in a free program called Inkscape. Operating the laser safely is easy. Operating the
laser safely and making sure that you don't do any damage to the machine or try to cut a material that will make a fire, poison gas
or both is a about as complicated as baking a cake. Can a novice, who knows nothing about cooking, learn to bake a cake in a two hour
class? I think so, but it requires actually baking a cake, which is what we will do. We will talk about laser cutting and then we will
go give everyone hands on experience with the laser cutter.
Precision cutting is really cool but it is only a tool if you know how to make your own vector files. So this class includes a section on inkscape design to get everyone off to the races, making their insane ideas a reality. I absolutely love the way that scaleable vector graphic files think about images. It is a fusion of emotion and math that laymen need to see to understand. There are plenty of things I used to make in photoshop (GIMP) that I now make in Inkscape with higher precision and less time.
Monoprice Dual Extruder
If you bought one, it would arrive ready to print for $649.99.
Printrbot Simple Maker
This model is obsolete. Check out the Printrbot Play $399 assembled or as a kit.
Comes ready to print for $349 but the proprietary software is not my favorite.
DIY kits cost $489.95 Assembly requires a ridiculous amount of soldering.
DIY kits cost $279.99
It might seem strange that a lone Biologist can master 3D printing but there is a wealth of people sharing free knowledge and tools on the internet. I am not mastering 3d printing alone, I have an army of mad scientists, mad engineers, mad lawyers, ect on my side. Okay, maybe they aren't on MY side but we are all allies in the battle against ignorance. What do you need to defeat ignorance? Maybe I could be an ally in your battle.