February 2016 Maker of The Month - Rami Kareem

Rami Kareem is a Buisness Major and was awarded Maker of the Month in February 2016.

Tell us about your project.

“I thought it would be hilarious to build a trailer for a hoverboard and I figured it’d come in handy for tailgating season to move my cooler around.”

What materials were used? What software? Tell us about the process.

“Wood, screws, PVC, a gate latch and wheels. And obviously a hoverboard.”

What role did the LaunchPad Incubation MakerLab have in helping complete your project?

“It gave me the resources and opportunity to bring my ideas into a reality. I used the saws, power tools and belt sander.”

Tell us about your experience in Maker Society.

“I have been in Maker Society since day one. It has brought joy to my life and it makes me happy every day to see makers being created.”

How did you get started making things?

“Ever since I was little I take apart and put together absolutely everything I see. Including VCRs which I couldn’t put back together.”

How has this project helped you learn?

“Omnidirectional wheels make it difficult to go fast with a trailer.”


November 2015 Maker of The Month - Sean Murray

Sean Murray is an Electrical Engineering Major at the University of Toledo. He was awarded Maker of the Month in November 2015.

Tell us about your project.

"I have several projects going on right now. Most recently, I’ve been trying to 3D print a bottle with a working threaded cap, 3D printed tripods, and getting an LED array to sync with music using a microcontroller."

What materials were used? What software? Tell us about the process.

"For all 3D printed projects, I use SolidWorks for modeling and a Makerbot 5th Generation printer. I love using PLA for prints because of how easy it is to use and get beautiful prints. For electronics, I use a Texas Instruments Launchpad, programmed using C. I prefer it to an Arduino because it is a more capable professional platform. I’m not much of a programmer, but it helps a lot using electronics."

What role did the LaunchPad Incubation MakerLab have in helping complete your project?

"The MakerLab attendants and director were very helpful in educating me on how to use the equipment, specifically the Makerbots that I use for all of my printing. I use the software on the MakerLab computers to design everything I make."

Tell us about your experience in Maker Society.

"I love Maker Society because the people are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. I joined Maker Society last year, as soon as I heard about the makerspace, even before the MakerLab was officially open. I wanted to be the “electronics guy”. I like hanging out in the makerspace with everyone and helping with their projects."

How did you get started making things?

"When I was really little, the first thing I made were my own video games. I used ZZT, a video game that came with its own programming language."

How has this project helped you learn?

"I’ve greatly improved my 3D modeling skills, and programming for the Texas Instruments Launchpad controller. I’ve learned how screws work. I used to not like them because they’re not electronic but I’ve ended up using them for everything."


October 2015 Maker of The Month - Collin Folk

Collin Folk is a Freshman Computer Science and Engineering Major at the University of Toledo. He was awarded Maker of the Month in October 2015 for the Longboard he made.

Tell me about your project.

"It all started when I made a longboard this summer out of bamboo floor boards. The structure of the board made it far too bendy and any crack would end up running the whole length of the board ruining it. The fear of the board cracking and crashing made it impossible to ride. With laser cutter access, I decided to make another one."

What materials did you use? What software? Tell us about the process.

"Originally talking to Maker Society members, Inkscape was the recommended software for designing, however I knew AutoCad better so I decided to use that to design my parts. Hardwood plywood made up the center of the board. For the top and bottom inlays, 1/8” panels ranging from poplar, hickory, walnut, mahogany, and wenge. The very center of the board was made using scrap sheet metal to help ensure the board wouldn’t break. The layers were pressed together using wood glue and a lot of clamps. Originally I was going to weigh it down using dumbbells, however using protective pieces of wood with clamps proved to be more reliable. Some inlays were painted with acrylic, and the board was finished using four coats of polyurethane. Maybe I will explore other finishing options for future projects."

What role did the LaunchPad Incubation MakerLab have in helping complete your project?

"The laser cutter available in the space that was entirely new to me. Getting advice from other students helped me use it to complete this as my first project."

Tell us about your experience in Maker Society.

"I love the people in Maker Society. Other friends I’ve made over the years are great, but there aren’t many that share a common interest in making things. A lot of my friends binge on video games instead of doing creative projects and I like connecting with people who read similar articles, follow the same YouTubers, and overall like making projects."

How did you get started making things?

"Probably with my dad. At home we have a 2-car garage workshop with band saws, table saws, and a lot of other woodworking equipment. I’ve never done much sewing, baking, or metalworking because most tools I had available were wood-oriented. Using the internet to access how-to’s about electronics and woodworking expanded my skills."

How has this project helped you learn?

"This project allowed me to get familiar with using the laser cutter. The experience would be notable as a skill when looking for jobs, knowing that a lot of companies look for experience using CNC equipment."

About Us

The University of Toledo Maker Society is a Student Organization that was founded September 18, 2014. The goal behind the birth of the organization was to start a makerspace for students to have the resources to create their own projects, and build a community of diversely skilled, creative individuals. The organization is open to students from any field of study, and currently has about 30 involved members. They participate in meetings, group build nights, field trips to other makerspaces, and University-sponsored events.


Description

The University of Toledo Maker Society will serve as a “community workshop” or “makerspace”. The organization will share construction, fabrication, and crafting resources within the group, as well as with all UT students and any member of the public who wishes to use them.


Location

We are located in 1025 in The Business Incubation Building at the UT College of Engineering. It is south of Nitschke Hall through the Brady Center.

Objective

To grow a collaborative community of diversely talented, creative students through exposure to ‘maker culture’ and innovative digital fabrication technologies.


Mission

The University of Toledo Maker Society will establish and foster a spirit of creativity, innovation, and community amongst its members.


Vision

The University of Toledo Maker Society will transform the University and the community of Toledo by giving inspiration to people to Make.

Executive Board

President - Adam Fasnacht
Vice President - Tyler Golias
Secretary - Paige Wesolowski
Treasurer - Jason Ness
Event Coordinator - Spencer Howell

Seated Board

Skills Network Chair - Collin Folk
Website Chair - Tyler Golias
Social Media Chair - Cameron Downs
Community Involvement Chair - Matthew Schutz
Corporate Sponsorship - Rami Kareem
Alumni Relations - Alex Adkins
Education Coordinator - Troy Arbogast

Contact Us

If you have question or comments feel free to contact us at UTMakerSociety@gmail.com.


Location

We are located in 1025 in The Business Incubation Building at the UT College of Engineering. It is south of Nitschke Hall through the Brady Center.

Join UT Maker Society

In order to join UT Maker Society you must be a student at the University of Toledo.

Privileges of active members are:

  • Access to the makerspace and makerspace equipment during operating hours
  • Voting privileges for Officer elections
  • Access to a network of other UT Maker Society members with diverse skill sets
  • The opportunity to participate in the organization's events and activities

To be considered an active member of the orginization, members are expected to attend 60% of general meetings and pay membership dues.

If you are interesting in joining UT Maker Society, contact us at UTMakerSociety@gmail.com.

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Welcome to UT Maker Society

The University of Toledo Maker Society is a Student Organization composed of students from any field of study who love making things.


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