Fab Lab Basics – In the Classroom
FAB LAB BASICS
IN THE CLASSROOM
An introduction to using the machines
Prepared by Nick DiGiorgio (Fab Lab Guy Cleveland)
- Game Plan and Dates
- May 5 4:30- 7pm Laser Printing
- May 12 4:30- 7pm Laser Printing
- May 19 4:30- 7pm 3D Printing
- May 26 4:30- 7pm 3D Printing
- June 2 4:30- 7pm Shop Bot
- June 9 4:30- 7pm Shop Bot
- Laser Cutter
- 3D Printer
- CNC Shopbot
- Cheat Sheets
- 50 Digital Joints
- Fractions, Decimals, Millimeters
The MC2 STEM High School Fab Lab serves as a practical laboratory extension of classroom theory. The Lab is equipped for all phases of woodworking, metalworking, and machining, as well as digital fabrication with CNC routing, laser cutting, and 3D printing. The lab is available to all MC2 STEM High School Faculty and Staff, as well as community members interested in making and design.
We will explore several of the machines in the Fab Lab including the Epilog Laser Cutter, 3D Printer, and the CNC Shopbot spread out over 6 days for a total of 15 lab hours.
May 5 4:30- 7pm Kick-off & Laser Printing Cutter / Etching
May 12 4:30- 7pm Laser Printing Cutter / Etching
May 19 4:30- 7pm 3D Printing
May 26 4:30- 7pm 3D Printing
June 2 4:30- 7pm Shop Bot
June 9 4:30- 7pm Shop Bot
Make a 2” x 2” x 2” cardboard box with the following tools:
Pencil & Red Pen
Hot Glue guns
- First sketch your layout using a pencil and the ruler
- Redraw each line that you are going to cut with a red pen.
- Use the ruler to make a straight edge and cut carefully with the exacto knife.
- Assembly with hot glue
Check your measurements, is each piece 2” x 2” x 2”?
What is the total surface area of the box?
What is the total volume of the box? ***
- How to properly use an x-acto knife (cut 3 times, have something underneath)
- What good cardboard looks like? And what to throw away!
- Not everything requires a laser cutter!
- Lasers like X-acto knives like to cut on Red lines -not really, but it helps to know what you want to cut and what you want to etch
- Material thickness often gets overlooked when designing for 2D to 3D assembly
(Pixels and bits)picture, scan
(Lines and Shapes)
* Paid Licenses
- Gear program
- Woodgears.ca ()
- Involute Gear Generator:
- More about Gear:
- Free Paper Box Shapes: http://www.ideogram.nl/boxmaker/
- MakerCase ()
- Metric conversions (
Vector / Raster
Laser Printing Cutter / Etching
We are not printing with the laser we are burning things
Draw each line you are going to
KickOff ChalleneUsing cardboard provided, draw a , pencil and a red pen, draw a
50 Digital Joints
Fractions – Decimals Millimeters
Additive / Subtractive
N.diGiorgio May, 4, 2016 – Prepared for MC2STEM High School