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Maker Mondays - May schedule

Apr 30, 2019

Are you interested in learning more about 3D printing, laser cutting and electronics? Why not sign up to one of the “Maker Monday” sessions? 

Start the week with a bit of light learning and find out how to make things with our laser cutters and 3D printers. The Maker Space is an open-access workspace available to all colleagues and students across the University, regardless of School or Department, providing training and support on a range of digital fabrication techniques.The Maker Space is now open in its new location in the Newton Building.

 

Have a look at what's in store this month for Maker Space Mondays:

 Wednesday 8 May 2-3pm

Tech Intro – Waterjet Cutting

Get up close and personal with the Maker Space's new 5-axis waterjet cutter and learn more about how this incredible technology works.

This machine cuts through tough materials with a narrow jet of extremely high-pressure water (up to 45,000 PSI) with a small amount of abrasive grit mixed in. Using it you can cut a variety of materials, inch thick steel, aluminium sheet, fibreglass, that would otherwise be unsuitable for cutting with a laser cutter, or would be tedious to cut by hand or with traditional machining processes.

Sign up on Eventbrite for either Monday morning or Wednesday afternoon for a brief introduction to waterjet cutting.

Monday 13 May 10-11am / Wednesday 15 May 2-3pm

Tech Intro – Laser scanning

Next week’s workshops at the Maker Space are offering the opportunity to get acquainted with the Laser Scanning Arm in the Morson Engine Room. Capable of digitising objects using both a touch probe and a non-contact laser scanner this equipment is perfect for getting smooth, organic shapes into the computer for further work, inspecting machined parts or transferring fragile and delicate workpieces into the digital realm at high resolution. From there you can work your data more in CAD, or send to a 3D printer.

Sign up on Eventbrite for either Monday morning or Wednesday afternoon for a brief introduction to this highly capable process.


 

Monday 20 May 10-11am / Wednesday 22 May

Intro to Arduino: 01:  Getting Started

Are you interested in making your own electronic devices, but don't know where to start? Want to make something move? Light up some LEDs? Add a bit of interactivity to an exhibit?

In this hour-long introductory session, we start with the very basics. You will learn how to program an Arduino microcontroller development board, learn some basic electronics, control some LED lights and get well on the way to being a dab hand at Making.

Both staff and students are encouraged to come along and learn something new. The Maker Space will be open for further experimentation afterwards, so you can stick around if you want.

Sign up on Eventbrite for either Monday morning or Wednesday afternoon for Intro to Arduino: 0.1 - Getting Started

 

Monday 27 May 10 – 11am / Wednesday 29 May 2-3pm

Intro to Arduino: 02: Heat, Humidity & Light

In this hour-long introductory session you will use an Arduino to learn how to sense light, measure ambient temperature and humidity and control the brightness of LEDs in response.

Both staff and students from the University are encouraged to come along and learn something new. The Maker Space will be open for further experimentation afterwards, so you can stick around if you want.

It is recommended that you have at least some prior experience using an Arduino, you can upload a program and know how to hook up an external LED for example. If this scares you, perhaps take our Arduino 01: Getting Started session beforehand.

Sign up on Eventbrite for either Monday morning or Wednesday afternoon for Intro to Arduino: 0.1 - Getting Started

 

If there’s something specific you want to learn more about get in touch with us – makerspace@salford.ac.uk – otherwise you can sign up on Eventbrite with further workshops added regularly.