General Exploration/Maker 8 is a course that has been designed to introduce students to using their ‘head & hands’ to produce physical artifacts using a variety of software, tools and equipment. Students will use a laser cutter/engraver, learn to solder and make a small electronic circuit board
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.
Using Inkscape to Draw the Lantern’s Sides
Using the Laser to Cut the Lantern’s Sides
Making the Electronic Circuit Board
Making the Circuit Board
3D Printing the PCB Holder
Click the link to the right and follow the guide…Lantern Project 3D Printing Guide
Finally Assembly of Project
Fusion 360 is a ‘3D Modelling’ program that can generically be refered to as a ‘CAD’ program (Computer Assisted Design). It is professional level software, used by engineers, and designers every day. We will be exploring this software and learning how we can use it to draw object for making.
Setting Up an Account and Obtaining An Education License
You will need to setup an Autodesk account and apply for a Fusion 360 free education license. All Autodesk software is free to students if they verify their educational status. Follow the directions in class to…
Getting Started With Fusion 360
If your ‘student status’ has yet to be verified you can still use the software. You will have a 30 day free trial right away. You will need to complete the student verification process prior to this expiring.
Keep in mind the useful features built in to YouTube when working through tutorials (something you will be doing often).— Pause, rewind, slow down & speed up
Design/Make a Key Fob
Model a Lego Block