New Maker webpage

We’ve recently updated the main Fountaindale website with a new webpage focused on our Maker Lab inside Studio 300 and related activities. Check it out here. Get information about our machines, upcoming STEAM and Maker events, resources, and even show off what you made. Our new Maker Lab page is ready for you right now.

 

 

DIY Felt Succulent

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During April’s Adult Makers DIY program, our patrons made felt succulents. By popular demand, here are the project’s instructions.

Required Supplies

  • Felt Squares (6” x 6” pieces work great)
  • Hot Glue Gun with Glue
  • Pastel Chalks (Optional)
  • Template

Step 1. Using the template (Download Succulent Template here) cut out the pieces of felt. When you print the template make sure you choose actual size instead of fit for print or your pieces will be very large. You should have 3 sizes of petals. Note: If you wish to use chalk pastels color the felt before gluing.

Step 2. Take one of the smallest petals and place a bead of hot glue near the bottom. Pinch it together until the glue cools. Use a low temp glue gun for the best results (and safety!). Starting with the smallest petals build up your succulent and keep petals evenly spaced. When you run out of the smallest petals go to the medium petals. Continue building up your succulent. Finally use the larger petals and finish the last layers.

Your finished design can be used in many different ways. For example, we finished our project by gluing them into mini clay pots.

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What’s going on?

If you’ve been to Studio 300 lately you might have noticed a small change outside our A/B/C video rooms. You may ask: What is this? Site preparation for a new art installation? Well, the first part of that sentence is correct (not so much the second).

We’ve relocated our book collection to the third floor with all the other adult nonfiction technology books and moved our display case to a different area inside Studio 300. In the blank space, we’re addressing power and computing needs for a minor expansion.

As part of our initiative to fully integrate our maker resources into Studio 300, we’re preparing to construct new counters, cabinets, and storage to better support our desktop fabrication machines.

Keep watching this space to see our plans take shape. Once completed you’ll be able to access all of the maker technology anytime Studio 300 is open. Meanwhile, pardon our dust …

 

Maker Lab NOW OPEN at Studio 300

The new Maker Lab at Studio 300 is open and ready for your DIY project!  Equipment in the space includes the following technology:

  • Brother SE-400 Combination Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine
  • KNK Zing Computerized Cutter
  • Carvey CNC Router
  • Hic Top CR-10 3D Printer
  • PowerPress Industrial-Quality Digital Sublimation T-Shirt Heat Press

Stop by and check it out.  Studio 300 staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you with your project during open shop hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 2-4 p.m.

 

Making at Studio 300

Studio 300 has added new equipment for our patrons to explore the makerspace world and a club to build projects together.

Adult Makers Club

This club is for our adult patrons to get together and geek out with Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, coding, and other electronics. Our first project (June 28) will be setting up a “Simon” emulation game. You can also experiment with other kits and projects. Join us for the club and let’s discover together. The Adult Makers Club meets June 28th, July 26th, and August 31. Sign-up here.

New Equipment

The SparkFun Inventors Kit

  • A basic Arduino kit that comes with a variety of sensors, LEDs, and motors. There’s even an instruction guide with 16 different projects to get you started with basic wiring and coding.12060-01

The SainSmart Ultimate Arduino Starter Kit

  • Includes a larger variety of sensors and input devices along with 20 different projects to try out. The coding can be more challenging than the SparkFun projects.

Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3

  • These tiny computers run Linux and plug right into a monitor and use a keyboard and mouse. Includes some basic software so you can get started experimenting on this platform.

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