General Exploration/Maker 8 is a course that has been designed to introduce students to hands on using a variety of software, tools and equipment. Students will use 3D printers, a laser engraver, make a small electronic circuit board, use a vinyl sign cutter and design and build a small woodwork project using a variety of machines.
The following machines will be covered in a tradition demo/safety test manor to ensure the safe and proper use of the machine. Students will not be able to use a machine until the safety test/demo is complete.
The following tutorials are to help you get started using Adobe Illustrator and then outputting the file to the Laser Engraver. You are to create a small sign/name tag that will be 5″ long by 2″. You can Laser it onto either plastic or wood.
Use the following tutorials to learn how to draw and then cut material on the Vinyl Sign Cutter to create a 2 colour sticker or a t-shirt. A t-shirt and the material cost extra.
Students will design and build a gumball machine. This project will allow them to be introduced to the different machines in the room.
Students will design a small lantern and then cut it out on the Laser Engraver. Once completed a small electronic circuit that fades different colours will be made and placed inside.
Drawing and Laser Cutting the Lantern
Getting Started in Illustrator
Tracing an Image
Transforming Objects (Move, Scale, etc)
Material cut settings
Focusing and Cutting
Making the Electronic Circuit Board
Making the Circuit Board
Circuit Board Holder using Autodesk Inventor
Intro to Inventor (youtube)
Making the holder – Part 1
Making the holder – Part 2
Making the holder – Part 3
Making the holder – Part 4
Making the holder – Part 5
Finally Assembly of Project