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    3D Printing a Life-Sized R2D2

    August 29th, 2018  |  

    Some time ago, I’d decided that I wanted my own small R2D2 that I could create on a 3D printer.  While searching I stumbled upon Baddeley’s free full-sized 3D printed R2D2 designs on Thingiverse.  He'd broken down R2D2 into parts that would easily fit on a standard 3D printer and require no supports.  Also, his entire project was modeled in Fusion 360 which I’ve mentioned here...
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    Why I Love Do Space

    August 16th, 2018  |  

    In 2018 it’s fairly hard to avoid technology when you live in a first world country. Just by going on with our daily lives we cross paths with it. If you are reading this blog right now that is thanks to technology.   Being born into the age when technology is moving at such a fast pace is truly fascinating. Growing up, I was extremely fortunate to have had parents encouraging me to become...
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    Staff & Volunteer Share, Tech Tips

    What is DTG print technology?

    June 24th, 2018  |  

    The Do Space staff has a wealth of knowledge regarding technologies beyond those that we offer here at Do Space but still might be of interest to our members. Here Membership Clerk Eric Hartel introduces us to DTG printing. For individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit, direct-to-garment (DTG) printing can offer a world of business opportunities. These opportunities range from simple...
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    Adventures at the Bay Area Maker Faire

    June 15th, 2018  |  

    I was recently chosen to attend the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo, California just south of San Francisco by Do Space staff. Maker Faire is the greatest show (and tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. This Maker Faire is one of two flagship Maker Faires that began in 2006 to demonstrate the...
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    Do Space News, Staff & Volunteer Share

    Learn By Doing: Shamrocks from the Taz 5 3D Printer

    March 14th, 2018  |  

    3D printing has always been one of those things that people hear about and are interested in, but have no idea how to go about doing it. Many people come into Do Space every day asking our team, "I want to 3D print something. How do I do that?" Four months ago I would have been one of those people. But today, I can safely say I've successfully 3D printed items! And to be quite honest, it was...
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    Visiting the Big Muddy Mini Maker Faire

    March 12th, 2018  |  

    Recently my wife and I visited St. Joseph, Missouri to check out their Big Buddy Mini Maker Faire.  Approaching from the outside, we saw a giant hamster wheel where kids powered the crafting of their own frozen beverage.  There was also the familiar Missouri School of Blacksmithing.  We had the opportunity to see them last year at the Omaha Mini Maker Faire and also in Kansas City. Their...
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    Do Space News, Staff & Volunteer Share, Tech Tips

    Adventures in Laser Cutting: Rotary Tool

    November 3rd, 2017  |  

    I have been at Do Space for close to two years now so I figured it was about time to use the laser cutter rotary tool. The rotary tool is a conical-shaped accessory that goes inside the laser cutter in place of the bed. It allows the user to etch, engrave and mark on a cylindrical surface. Since stemless wine glasses are all the rage I thought it would be fun to try the tool out for holiday...
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    Meet Sean-bot

    July 18th, 2017  |  Robert McCown, Community Technologist

    Please meet "Sean-bot." The self balancing robot uses a similar, though much simpler setup, as our Double Robots.  The simplest explanation is that the robot is is programmed to see upright as the zero position and any tilt one way or the other (positive or negative tilt) makes the wheels move to catch up, similar to trying to balance a broom on your hand. The first version of the robot...
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    Attending the KC Maker Faire

    June 29th, 2017  |  Robert McCown, Community Technologist

    I was recently asked about what motivates me. My answer was somewhere along the lines of seeing people making something and sharing how they did it. I’ve seen some interesting, creative, and sometimes innovative projects that folks have thought up, designed or even created here at Do Space. I love hearing a member describe the project their working on, sharing their idea, and even sharing their...
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    Jailbreaking Tractors?!

    June 12th, 2017  |  Brie Alsbury, Community Technologist

    Tractors probably wouldn’t make the top five, or even top ten list of things that you might consider hackable, but farmers are increasingly finding themselves in the position of hacking the firmware on their tractors so that they can fix them. Most new tractors rely heavily on computers to control various aspects of how the tractor will run, similar to the average new car. Thanks to a software...
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