Moat Boat Paddle Battle is Back!

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The Moat Boat Paddle Battle is back for World Maker Faire 2016!  Join us for paddleboat fun on October 1 & 2nd at the NY Hall of Science in Queens.

Sunday will be our official race day (that’s Sunday, 10/2 only, no exceptions) – make your own boat ahead of time and enter to race!  We’ve updated the rules from last year – please take a good read through for the changes (most importantly: your paddle, propeller, etc. must be 3d printed this year): Moat Boat Paddle Battle Rules

Like last year, we’re sponsored by the amazing folks at SeeMeCNC – and the winner of Sunday’s race will go home with a SeeMeCNC 3D printer!

Race entry: https://goo.gl/forms/oeyZ4DSu35ojywXi2

 

We’re Having an Awesome (OSMM) August!

August has been good to the Ocean State Maker Mill crew, and we’ve been able to represent Rhode Island and Pawtucket in a big way over the past few weeks at a variety of events.  If we didn’t see you out and about, here’s what you missed!

Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire

Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire at the Pell-Chafee Performance Center in Providence saw us out in full force with our Augmented Reality Sandbox project, as well as some 3D printer demos.  The augmented reality sandbox allows anyone interacting with the sandbox to see real-time changes in the topographical map-style display on the sand, as well as creating landscapes for the fish (in the water) and bunnies (on the land) to reside.  We’re working on some cool mods to this project for the future, so stay tuned for when we’ll be bringing it back out to play!

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DotAir

We showed some 3d printing art action live at the DotAir festival, amidst projection art and music from a downtown Pawtucket parking garage.  We got to meet lots of new friends!

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SamFest

We had a “blast” at SamFest this year at the Slater Mill Historic Site in Pawtucket!  Although we brought our typical 3d printing action, we also built some vortex cannons to entertain the crowd – giving us the ability to blow smoke rings with huge gusts of air.

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The White House!

OSMM’s very own Matt Stultz was invited to the Makerspace Organizer’s Meeting in Washington DC at the White House to speak on making and makerspaces, and to collaborate with other makerspace movers and shakers around the country.  We can all learn so much when we work together, and building a community is a key part of OSMM’s mission.

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What’s Next?

So what’s next?  World Maker Faire in New York!  Stay tuned for updates – you may want to get involved…

Upcoming Events

The Ocean State Maker Mill crew will be at several events coming up soon!  If you’ve been curious about what we do, would like to meet the team, or know us already and would like to join in the fun – now is your chance!

We’ll see you at:

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Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire (Providence) – Saturday, August 13

More info at: http://makerfaireri.com/

 

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DOT AIR (Pawtucket) – Saturday, August 20

More info at: http://dotair.org/dot-air-2016.html

 

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SAMFest at Slater Mill (Pawtucket) – Saturday, August 27

More info at: http://www.slatermill.org/samfest/

 

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World Maker Faire (Queens, NYC) – Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2

More info at: http://makerfaire.com/new-york/

 

Hope to see you there!

New Workshops!

 

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New workshops just added, get your seats while there’s still time!

Introduction to Raspberry Pi – Saturday, April 23rd / 1:00pm – 5:00pm / $40 – $80

Go from “I’ve heard of a Raspberry Pi” to understanding how this pocket sized computer can be used to make your project come to life. Students will learn the basics of the Python programming language so they can access the Pi’s general purpose I/O pins. Everyone will also go home with a 3D printed case to keep their Pi safe.

2 Class Options:

$40 – Includes Project Hardware, 8 GB MicroSD, Power Cable, 3D Printed Case (Bring your Own Raspberry Pi Model A+, Model B, Model B+, Model 2B)

Students are required to bring their own Raspberry Pi ModelA+, Model B, Model B+ OR Model 2B, and a  display device with Wi-Fi. Can be a smartphone / tablet / iPhone / iPad / Android device / laptop.

$80 – Includes Project Hardware, 8 GB MicroSD, Power Cable, 3D Printed Case (We’ll provide you with a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B)

Students are required to bring a display device with Wi-Fi. Can be a smartphone / tablet / iPhone / iPad / Android device / laptop.

Please note that space in our workshop is limited, and 1 ticket = 1 attendee seat.  Participants must be 14 or older; under 18 requires a parent or guardian.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-raspberry-pi-tickets-24668476076

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Raspberry Pi Joke Machine – Sunday, April 24th / 1:00pm – 5:00pm / $60

This intermediate level Raspberry Pi workshop takes you through the steps of turning your Pi 2 into a “joke machine” by combining it with the PiFace LCD display module and the Python programming language. The joke machine isn’t just for laughs. You will leave the workshop with new programming skills & your Pi 2 will be more capable than ever before – protected inside a 3D printed case designed especially for your new hardware.

Students are required to bring their own Raspberry Pi 2, Model B, and a tablet or laptop with Wi-Fi.  A smartphone is insufficient for this level of programming and typing.

Please note that space in our workshop is limited, and 1 ticket = 1 attendee seat.  Participants must be 14 or older; under 18 requires a parent or guardian.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/turn-your-raspberry-pi-into-a-joke-machine-tickets-24669003654

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Introduction to 3D Printing – Thursday, April 28th / 7:00pm – 10:00pm / $40

In the past few years, 3D Printing has exploded in growth and popularity, but what is it… and what can you do with it?

We will cover:

  • Types of 3D Printing technologies.
  • Software for designing 3D printable objects.
  • Software for preparing models for 3D Printing.
  • The greater 3D Printing community.

Please note that space in our workshop is limited, and 1 ticket = 1 attendee seat.  Participants must be 14 or older; under 18 requires a parent or guardian.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-3d-printing-tickets-24669207263

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Introduction to Programming the Arduino: Physical Pixel – Saturday, April 30th / 11:00am – 3:00pm / $45

Learn the basics of programming the popular and versatile Arduino micro controller. Students will learn how to setup their Arduino, use digital I/O pins, read analog values, and control physical devices. This class also serves as an introduction programming class teaching the basics of the Arduino language.

2 Class Options:

$45 – “Bring your own Arduino” option, includes instruction only

Students are required to bring an Arduino Uno (or compatible board) and a laptop running Windows, MacOS X, or Linux; please no Android, iOS, or Chrome books.

$70 – “I need an Arduino” option, includes instruction and Arduino Uno

Students are required to bring a laptop running Windows, MacOS X, or Linux; please no Android, iOS, or Chrome books.

Please note that space in our workshop is limited, and 1 ticket = 1 attendee seat.  Participants must be 14 or older; under 18 requires a parent or guardian.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-programming-the-arduino-tickets-24669184194

New Classes Announced!

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Ocean State Maker Mill is pleased to announce two new classes!

3D Printer Clinic – Thursday, 1/14 @ 6pm

Join Matt Stultz, 3DPPVD founder and Make: Magazine Digital Fabrication Editor, for an in-depth dive into your personal 3D printer to get everything set up and running in top-shape.

Introduction to ZBrush – Saturday, 2/6 @ 1pm

Learn ZBrush basics from OSMM’s very own Jason Loik!  This class will take you through the basics of ZBrush to get you started in creating 3D models.

More details on our Classes page – hope to see you there!

Next Class: Intro to 3D Printing

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Join us for our next class on Thursday, 12/10 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, for an introduction to 3d Printing!

Join Make: Magazine’s 3D Printing Editor Matt Stultz as he guides you through the basics of 3D Printing and Digital Fabrication.  In the past few years, 3D Printing has exploded in growth and popularity, but what is it… and what can you do with it?

We will cover:

  • Types of 3D Printing technologies.
  • Software for designing 3D printable objects.
  • Software for preparing models for 3D Printing.
  • The greater 3D Printing community.

Tickets available via Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-3d-printing-tickets-19459549035

Big Events Week!

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It’s a big week for Ocean State Maker Mill and 3DPPVD!

Join us this Wednesday, 11/11 at 7pm and meet OnShape founder Jon Hirschtick! Jon will be joining us to demo some of OnShape’s features and answer questions.

Please register with us for this FREE event via Eventbrite so we know how many to expect. Hope to see you there!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/osmm-presents-jon-hirschtick-of-onshape-tickets-19485467558

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Once you’ve had fun with us on Wednesday, you’ll want to come back for Friday’s party!  Join us on Friday, 11/13 at 7pm for the Make: Volume 48 / 2015 Digital Fabrication Issue Launch Party!

Come out and meet 4 members of this year’s Make: Digital Fabrication Testing Team, and ask them any digital fabrication questions you have in mind. See live demos of this year’s top 3D printers, CNC machines and other digital fabrication equipment.

Please register with us via Eventbrite for this free event, so we know how many snacks to procure!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/osmm-presents-make-volume-48-2015-digital-fabrication-issue-launch-party-tickets-19468310240

Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire

Ocean State Maker Mill members will be at the Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire in Warwick, RI today, starting at 1:00 pm. We’ll be chatting making and maker culture, 3D printing, and more. We’ll also have active 3D printer demos. Hope to see you there!

https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/event/9780061736965-0

Moat Boat Paddle Battle NYC a Success!

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The second running of the Moat Boat Paddle Battle – this time at World Maker Faire NYC – was a huge success!

Check out the updates at MoatBoatPaddleBattle.com and let us know what you think!  If you were a participant in the Moat Boat Paddle Battle, we’d love to hear from you.  Drop us a line at info@oceanstatemakermill.org.

Plans are in the works for our next running of the Moat Boat Paddle Battle, so stay tuned!

As always, Ocean State Maker Mill would like to thank our sponsors SeeMeCNC and Make:.

Ocean State Maker Mill Open House

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This Sunday (9/20), join us for an Open House at Ocean State Maker Mill as part of Design Week RI!

From 1:00 – 4:00 pm, stop in and say hi at the Mill on Fountain (80 Fountain Street, #318, Pawtucket RI).  Get more familiar with the equipment and tools of the design world, including 3D Printers, CNC machines, soldering and woodworking tools and more.

Beginners to seasoned pros, adults to youth, everyone is invited to attend this free event!  We’ll see you there!

Ocean State Maker Mill

80 Fountain Street, #318, Pawtucket RI

Sunday, 9/20 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm