So I am taking a class at the University of Mary Washington, for fun, called “Tinkering, Hacking, and Making”. It is a new class being offered this semester based off of a freshman seminar that has been, and still is, offered. In this class we are going to go through the process of becoming a maker and learning how to use certain tools in order to make whatever our heart’s desire, within reason. After the first week of this class I realized that I had previous knowledge about making that I didn’t know I had. I took two shop classes in middle school and learned how to work with wood, rockets, robots, and the soldering iron. I also took “Computer Systems and Architecture” two semesters ago in which I wired circuits on breadboards with my amazing partner, Kris Hooks. I have linked Kris’ review of our class here.
It was in the second week of class that I got my first experience with 3D printing. I learned that the 3D printer feeds melted filament through the head and moves the head along the directions that are given in the .g3drem file that is given to the Dremel 3D printer. You can also choose what color filament you want your 3D object to be printed in. I found an Iron Man arc reactor on Thingiverse that I can make as a project. I would 3D print the 4 pieces and wire some LEDs in it and code them in arduino to light up in a specific pattern. However, before I can get started on this project I have to learn how to 3D print, wire LEDs, solder them together, and code in arduino. It will be a while until I can start this project but until then I can learn and attempt to master the skills that I will need for it. Also a girl can dream, right? So to begin my process of learning the skills I need for the Iron Man arc reactor, I must first learn how to 3D print. I will be posting my first experience with 3D printing when I have completed it.