All New Classes for March!

After a cold and blustery winter, we’re bringing some new classes your way!

Both new classes are being held on Saturday 3/16 – join us for one or both to learn something new!

Blender for 3D Printing: Saturday 3/16 10:30 am – 12:00 noon

This workshop will introduce you to modeling 3D objects in the power open source tool Blender.

While learning the basics of modeling using this tool, we will look at tips and tricks that help you use Blender for 3D printing designs. We will be using the latest cutting edge version – Blender 2.8 beta. This new version of Blender overhauls the user interface, making it easier for beginners and more efficient for exports.

Please bring a laptop with Blender 2.8 Beta installed before coming to the class. (Available at https://www.blender.org/2-8/)

This class is $30. Attendees must be 15+, and under 18 must have a parent / guardian attending the class as well.

Tickets are nonrefundable and must be purchased in advance via the Eventbrite link. We cannot accept walk ins without a prepaid ticket as space is reserved.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blender-for-3d-printing-tickets-57555315498

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Join us for Arduino Day!

Intro to Arduino for Non Programmers: Saturday 3/16 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Non-programmers that would like to learn Arduino, rejoice!  Join OSMM instructors Heidi and Mandy for an introduction to Arduino programming!

In this beginner course you’ll learn to program an Arduino using Block language (mBlock), a visual style of programming.  We’ll be programming the Arduino to simulate a “traffic light” with LEDs.  This can be a great jumping off point for future programming learning, art projects, and educational opportunities.

This class is $63, and includes an Arduino Uno with everything you need to complete the traffic light project to take home, as well as instruction time.  Use the Arduino later to keep practicing and invent your own projects!

Attendees must be 15+, and under 18 must have a parent / guardian attending the class as well.  Please bring a  laptop, which is required to program the Arduino and get the most out of the program.

If you’d like to take this class, please do not delay in purchasing a ticket – ticket sales end on 3/9 to allow for time to order supplies.  Tickets are nonrefundable and must be purchased in advance as kits and space are reserved.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-arduino-programming-for-non-programmers-tickets-57252704380

Hope to see you there!

It’s Time for Hack Fridays at OSMM

Why stand in line and fight the Black Friday crowds, when you can shop local and get crafty at OSMM’s third annual Black Friday?

We’ll have a mix of our tried and true favorites as well as brand new items – even more than we’ve pictured here! We’re using a wide variety of our tools from our elf workshop to get the job done – including CNCs, vinyl cutters, laser cutters, craft cutters, 3d printers and more…  Some of our offerings even get you involved in the making.

Shopping and making kicks off at 7pm Friday, and we’ll keep the festivities rolling until 10pm. Come take a selfie with Maurice, the life-size CNC cut Napland reindeer.

Hope to see you there! Ocean State Maker Mill is located at 80 Fountain Street in Pawtucket, RI. The entrance to our workshop is in the back of the building, at the far loading dock in the parking lot off of Middle and Blackstone. We’ll have our lighted sign out.

Hackaday World Create Day

Join us for Hackaday World Create Day on Saturday, March 17th!  We’ll kick the day off at 11:00 AM.  Members will be working on a project for an upcoming event, and everyone is invited to come in to tour our workshop, learn more about making and hackerspaces, and ask any questions you may have!

We’re located at 80 Fountain Street in Pawtucket, RI – our door is on the back of the building, just off the parking lot at the corner of Middle and Blackstone.

Hope to see you there!

Robot Club Special Event: Peter Haas from Brown University Humanities Centered Robotics Initiative

Join us tonight at 7:00 pm for an OSMM Robot Club special event!

Peter Haas from the Humanities Centered Robotics Initiative at Brown University will be talking to us about ROS or “Robot Operating System” – a Linux distribution instead of tools that makes it easy to get complicated, full-featured robots up and running fast.

Robot Operating System doesn’t require high-end computers to run, it can be used with single-board Linux computers like Raspberry Pi, Beagle Bone and others.

As with anything, ROS comes with its own tricks and hassles. Peter is going to help us learn how to get started easily.

This event is free and open to the public! We’ll kick things off at 7pm at Ocean State Maker Mill. We’re located at 80 Fountain Street, and our entrance is at the loading dock in the back of the building. Feel free to park in the lot.

Learn with OSMM: Needlefelted Snowmen!

Get into the Holiday spirit by needlefelting your very own snowman!

Needlefelting is the process of using a barbed needle to interlock wool fibers, allowing creation of either 2 or 3D shapes. In this class, you’ll learn to needlefelt a snowman and some fun accessories.

Ages 10 to adult are welcome for the class. The needles are very sharp – younger participants must have an adult present, and patience and an awareness of tool safety is important.

Tickets are $10 per person in advance through Eventbrite, or $12 at the door.

Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learn-with-osmm-needlefelted-snowmen-tickets-41156017757

2nd Annual Hack Friday is Back!

Skip the lines and the madness and join Ocean State Maker Mill for our Second Annual Hack Friday!  We’ll be offering an assortment of  holiday gifts with ideas borne from Rhode Island makers, some of which you’ll be able to participate in the making!

This year, we’ve boosted our offerings even more:

  • Not *just* Black Friday, *every Friday* between November 24th and December 22nd
  • We’ll be using our laser cutters, CNC machines, 3d printers and crafty prowess for some cool holiday gift fun
  • Watch the making in action, or get hands-on depending on the project
  • Some projects are customizable

Hack Friday hours:

  • Friday, November 24th: 2pm – 10pm
  • Friday, December 1st: 8pm – 10pm
  • Friday, December 8th: 8pm – 10pm
  • Friday, December 15th: 8pm – 10pm
  • Friday, December 22nd: 8pm – 10pm

Gift / project prices will range from $5 to $25.

We hope you’ll join us for some gift making fun!

Make: Magazine Annual 3D Printer / Fabrication Shootout

 

Everyone’s been wondering why we’re closed all weekend… but now we get to let you in on the secret!

Make: Magazine is reviewing 3D fabrication machines for their annual issue at Ocean State Maker Mill in Pawtucket this weekend. Come visit on Sunday evening for an overview and to meet the testing team and Make: editors.

We’ll have our open house on Sunday, 7/9 from 6pm to 8pm at the OSMM workshops!
80 Fountain Street, #113
Entrance is at the loading docks in back of the building, off the parking lot. (Parking lot is just off of Blackstone Ave.) We’ll have a sign out so you know where to go. Hope to see you there!

Robot Block Party Wrapup, What’s Next?

Robot Block Party was a success!  Up top, we’re in setup mode at the event, but if you’d like to see more, check out our newly-founded Instagram feed!

We got some additional press from the Warwick Beacon as well, you can see us in action here:

http://warwickonline.com/stories/block-party-brings-out-robots-and-their-creators,123961?

So what’s up next for Ocean State Maker Mill?  Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, June 3rd!  More info here, we hope to see you there!

 

Robot Block Party

It’s Robot Block Party time!  Our members have been super busy – from helping to support the Robot Block Party segment on The Rhode Show this week, to extended hours in the workshop making team tshirts, designing wobble bots, building robot race boards, creating info fliers, and building amazing surprises for the Robot Block Party event!

Check out the segment we helped with on The Rhode Show this week:

It’s a robot block party!

We’re busy bees!

We hope to see you at the Robot Block Party on Sunday, April 30th from 11 – 4.

For more information: http://risfnet.weebly.com/robot-block-party.html

Moat Boat Paddle Battle at OSMM

We’re bringing the Moat Boat Paddle Battle local!

If you haven’t been able to join us at any of the Maker Faires we’ve been to, this is your chance to show your design skills by building the fastest boat in the moat – locally!  Join us on Wednesday, February 8th 2017 for the 3DPPVD meetup at OSMM at 7pm and race your boat!

Make sure to follow the rules – they can be found here: Open class rules.

Anyone looking to race must register with us ahead of time. To register, please fill out the link below.

REGISTER HERE

 

Need some inspiration to get started?  Sample boats can be downloaded here.

We’ll hold the races at Ocean State Maker Mill, 80 Fountain Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860.

No physical prizes for this local race, just racing for fame, glory, and camaraderie!