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Fred Bartels

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Seuss 3 is officially complete. The last spoke placed this morning. What a bear this thing turned out to be. A bit of a bridge too far. You can compare these photos to the SketchUp model shared back a bit in the stream. The large shapes are cool and I've got a number of ideas about how to use them in future projects. For now, I'm just happy to call it a wrap on this project. Oh yeah, and we get our dining room table back. Now, where to put the darn thing?
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Alex Anderson

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Hi there everybody!

I am looking for some direction here. I want to start a makerspace, but I am having issues knowing where to start. Could you share any advice you might have on how to get a space started? Funding, space, follower related or anything else you would like to share
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I would start with the typical starting a small business stuff (business plan, legal advise, commercial Realtor, insurance agent).  

I was talking with, Maclean Smith during an open house for the Houston Makerspace, the best thing she did was talk to other Makerspace operators for insight and direction.  Check out www.houstonmakerspace.com  and perhaps you can reach out to her and others with Makerspaces operations.  If my memory serves, I believe Maclean said she particpated in a project to help organize other Makerspaces.  Good Luck!
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Eric Renn

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Pics from Seattle Mini Maker Faire
 
Pics from today's Maker Faire #makerfairesea
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Fred Bartels

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First cut at placing the support hubs. Their actual placement will vary a fair bit but this gives me a model to work from. Kind of like making an outline before writing the paper.
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Fred Bartels

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A couple of shots of the micro light sculptures installed on their  #TinToy  support structure. Used hot glue to attach the lights to the bases, which worked well. Definitely eye candy. :)
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Fred Bartels

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I've been playing around with AdaFruit NeoPixel strips. http://www.adafruit.com/products/1376 I struggled a bit with getting the strip to follow a curve. The key proved to be putting little "pleats" in the strip, which is fairly easy to do. Next is making micro sculptures to sit over each NeoPixel. The supporting structure is made of 3 socket Tin Toy hubs http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:166730 which I modded slightly for this project. The cool thing is you can make these 10-15+ feet long. For my next project I'll be making one about four feet long.
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Fred Bartels

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A second Seussian Structure. Lots of planning and careful implementation with this one. Each shape has 2 programmable RGB LEDs. The Arduino is in the base. SketchUp and Artisan for the shape design. MakerBot for the shapes and the hub printing. Lots of possibilities for projects using these elements.
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Fred Bartels

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Added a few new parts to the TIN TOY open-source building toy project on Thingverse. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:166730

Five and seven sided hubs, and a couple of 1-1 connectors.
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Fred Bartels

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Using SketchUp to explore possibilities for the next Suessian structure. Incredibly useful tool for visualizing ideas.

Hub files are available here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:166730
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Fred Bartels

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I was tempted to call this Cardboard Origami but that's only because the first shape I made with it reminded me of origami. Instead I'm calling it the AD & HOC building toy. (All Dowels & Hinges On Cardboard) It is a very simple, inexpensive and environmentally friendly building toy system. The shape files are available on Thingverse here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:301989 Enjoy!
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Fred Bartels

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5 days left to submit a design for this contest. 
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Fred Bartels

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The SketchUp and MakerFaire folks are conducting a fun challenge to design a small kiosk for the next west coast faire. Details are available here: http://makezine.com/2014/03/18/design-a-maker-faire-info-kiosk-win-a-trip-to-the-bay-area/ It's a good-sized well-designed project that can get you thinking about what it's possible to make with plywood cut on a CNC machine. Here are some concepts that might help get you thinking.
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Fred Bartels

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A Voiding the Hub

We've been living with Monster for a while now. As I've been thinking about new directions to explore with light sculptures (primarily making use of TIN TOY hubs http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:166730) something was nagging at me whenever I looked at Monster. This morning I got it. Lose the hub! It's not needed. If you look at the attached pictures you will see that the structure is built without hubs, just spokes and faces.

What occurred to me this morning is that all that is needed for a building toy system that can be used to produce almost any shape imaginable is cardboard, hinge pieces, some glue and wood dowels. It's inexpensive, sustainable, and versatile; and all made possible by a voiding the hub. The hinge pieces can be easily 3D printed, the faces can be hand cut or precision cut with a laser printer or CNC machine. 

Soon after having this little epiphany the following tweet popped up in my twitter stream. A nice nugget supporting my confirmation bias that I'm onto something here. :)

@RainerLuedtke
Yes, it is important to see clearly what is there. But it is also important to see clearly what isn't there.
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Fred Bartels

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Working in #SketchUp  on the design of my next Seussian Structure light sculpture. The wireframe box represents the MakerBot Rep 2 build area.
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Fred Bartels

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This has me thinking of a lot of potential group projects.
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That is cool.  I just took a class about the Hummingbird which is like a junior version of the arduino, so I've learned a lot about servos.  I'm hoping to get enough for my students to work in groups, but DEFINITELY plan on using servos (etc) in projects with the kids.  We are about to start a programming project with scratch and create informative cartoons about the Great Depression.  I'm loving programming with the kids, and am starting to find content in which to actually use it appropriately.  Thanks for sharing. 
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Well this could have some interesting implications.
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Fred Bartels

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Feeling a strange need for completeness I added hubs with 4 and 3 sockets to TIN Toy. That's a complete set of hubs up through 7 sockets. 

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:166730
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Fred Bartels

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Another project idea. Lots of elements. Arduino, 3D printed parts, programmable LEDs and some simple woodworking. 
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