Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hand construction has begun!

The parts for all four hands are printed out and we have started to build them in the medical advisory.  They are coming out great.  The Raptor hand is very easy to put together, the parts all snap together and the action is nice.  I'm really curious how they will work once the "tendon" cords are put on.






Thursday, October 16, 2014

First 3D printed hand ready to build



This is all of the parts to build our first Raptor hand.  Everything looks great, we will start the build in Advisory next Wednesday.  The second hand is printing as I write this, the third and fourth hands need a little more work in the CAD program Rhino.  We are excited to start the build!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Communal Printer Build at Maker Faire

Here is yours truly helping with the Communal Printer Build of a Printrbot hosted by Create, Make, Learn at the Champlain Valley Mini Maker Faire this weekend.  I see from the photo album that our Robotics team spent a fair bit of time there as well.  Thanks to Lucie deLaBruere and Craig Lyndes for their vision around this interesting project and for taking this picture.  The printer powered up successfully at the end of the day on Sunday, woo-hoo!  Click here for a video of the build.

Making

It's been all about Maker in our community this weekend and I attended many interesting events.  Last Thursday, it was Neri Oxman's talk at UVM about nature inspired design and engineering.  On Friday, Champlain College had the grand opening for their new Maker Space and the Champlain Valley Mini Maker Faire was Sat and Sun at Shelburne Farms.  There are so many wonderful things going on with making and creativity in Chittenden County, I think it's only natural that the STEM Academy at Essex High School should reflect that.  We have several maker spaces in our school and I plan on utilizing them to the fullest for projects in our advisories and for our capstone projects as well.  This is also a natural connection to our Academy of Visual and Performing Arts here at EHS.  Right now, the possibilities seem endless!