Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Teen 3D Printing Calaveras de Azucar workshops in East San Jose

Three teen designed calaveras de azucar printed in glow-in-dark-filament
It has been a fun experience to design and conduct 3D printing workshops that celebrate the holiday of Dia de los Muertos in the medium of 3D printing. The second of these two free teen workshops will be conducted on October 2nd (4:00-5:30pm) at the Dr. Roberto Cruz Library. We are using Tinkercad to create the designs. The skull we are using is here on Tinkercad. All the students' designs will be in this document along with their statements explaining who they are honoring in their art. The lesson plan can be found here at this link. I will be sharing more images as they are printed.
A student explores negative shapes in Tinkercad as he builds his calavera honoring family members.
Print hot off the printer with supports still on.
Some of the participants in the first workshop in the computer lab.
A student builds her design to honor her grandmother.
An early print fail.
A sample skull design printed in glow-in-the-dark filament

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

TEDx Livermore 2014

I had the privilege of giving a TEDx presentation this past Saturday at the TEDx Livermore conference. I met amazingly creative innovators with whom I was so honored to speak. The individual speaker videos will be posted soon to the TEDx Youtube site, but for now, the TEDx Livermore livestream videos are online and mine is in Session 4 at timemark 52:43

Presenting "Where Are We? Who Are We? Finding Our Roots and Identity in Public Art"

After event with speaker Catherine Ndungu-Case.

With my sister, Lisa.

At very end of day!
I also had a gallery installation during the event. Here are a few images of that installation. It was wonderful to have my sister with me there to calm my nerves and to help me install my work. The above is a view of gallery from outside

Noodle Sipper, San Jose Japantown Mural Project panel

3D printed designs for Serving of Shapes project with the de Saisset Museum

3D printed netsuke from the Mobile Maker Cart that went out into San Jose's Japantown

Serving of Shapes panel and 3D printed bees.

1942 Shoe sculpture, Digitally printed fabric and artifacts from Japantown San Jose.
Fun designs created by my sister Lisa in the workshops during the breaks between sessions. These workshops were designed by speaker Todd Johnston.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Participating in Particle Dress Crowd-Source 3D Printing Project

3D printed particles we printed and submitted for the Particle Dress.
It was exciting to find out about the Open Source Element Dress project on Twitter late last week.
This crowd sourced project created by artist Anouk Wipprecht invites a global public to participate in creating 3D elements that will become a part of a 3D printed illuminated garment for Vienna Fashion Week.

Ms. Wipprecht has posted the base particles elements that one can modify on Tinkercad.
Here are the guidelines and instructions for submission on Instructable and the project's Facebook page. You can see the growing body of particles people are creating here at this link.

I think it is wonderful that the project invites participants to look at Ernst Haeckel's work for inspiration, particularly his illustrations for Kunstformen der Natur.

Realizing how little time we had to participate, I got my daughter, sister, son and neighbor's daughter to design particles to 3D print in my garage this past weekend. Here are the designs below. We used an Afinia 3D printer and an array of ABS filament colors, including glow-in-the-dark filament.
Emily's design in the works.

Emily's design in Tinkercad

Emily with her printed particle for the dress.

Emily's second particle element with the rafts still on.

Trisha's particle printed. This was her first project in Tinkercad and her first experience 3D printing!

Particle created by Cole. He created it in Sculptris, took it into Netfabb to clean up triangle mesh, and then imported the .stl file into Tinkercad for the final piece. He made this on Sept. 7th so we were we not able to print it to submit, but hopefully, the project will be printing it.

My sister, Lisa's design in Tinkercad. She created shapes in Illustrator and brought them into Tinkercad as a .svg file.

Lisa's printed particle.
A particle I created.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

AREF Showcase

Last night I participated in the Alum Rock Educational Foundation showcase at San Antonio Elementary School in the Mayfair, San Jose. It was a blast sharing summer camp projects with youth at this event.
Mariachi performers test out Audio Line project.
It was inspiring to listen to local youth performers from the Alum Rock Jazz Band and from the Mariachi Tradicional de Alum Rock. Other groups and projects supported by the Alum Rock Educational Foundation also showcased their projects at tables ringing the auditorium. The Art & Design Thinking Camp had a table at which I displayed projects for children to explore.
Younger sibling of mariachi player explores paper circuitry.

Younger siblings of mariachi performers play with bots.

Sewing circuitry
Mariachi Band
Students explore 3D printed objects, stop motion animation on the computer, low resolution prototype model of a bus stop shelter (with working solar light with sensor), conductive paint project and maker journal.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Designing a Mobile Makerspace

This summer I will be conducting a six week Art & Design Thinking camp in Alum Rock, San Jose. Besides the curriculum, I have begun to design the mobile structures needed for this makerspace. The goal is to be able to pop-up this makerspace in classes and informal learning spaces throughout the school year. I need to set the stage with items that can move about, break down and store easily.

Mobile pegboards made from Ikea rolling garment racks, Home Depot pegboards, and bungee cords. We will use one board for tinkering projects (such as marble runs and collaborative circuitry projects). We will use the second board for hanging tools. 
Materials list: 
Ikea Rigga Clothes Rack:$12.99 
Pegboard 2' x 4' (Home Depot): $7.97 
Canopy tarp bungee (12" bin of 8): $5.47 
Total unit cost for one rolling system: $26.43 

Pegboard hooks and recycled water bottles for display containers. 

Next step is to add info tags regarding projects

Above: An assortment of projects: 3D printing, toy hacking, pipe cleaner circuitry, paper circuitry, draw bots, and art projects with recycled materials.

Materials list:  FLYNNEN Laundry basket 7.99
IKEA laundry hampers to be used as materials storage bins.

I also see storage of student ongoing work as an issue to address. Counter space needs to be used as active workspace. I envision creating a system of ceiling suspended storage bins that can be pulled up and down via a pulley system. After looking about a bit in the web, I think plant pulleys might work best for storage of lightweigh prototyping models. Fabric bins could be suspended from the metal ceiling tile cross bars. To the bottom of each basket I will sew a pull cord. Each pulley costs around $6.00.

Materials list:  
plant pulleys  $6.00 (11.99 for 2 pack)
mesh basket $3.00 
pull cord; scrap rope and metal washer .50
unit cost $9.50 x 20 campers=$190.00 if students are not sharing baskets.

plant pulley

As a project to begin this fall, I want to make a few benches like this for pop up makerspaces. I would also like to make a few work bench tables in this manner as well.
I have not costed this out yet. 
Photo taken by Lisa Whitsitt in Amsterdam.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Audio Lines

Last fall I saw the 555 Noise Maker project online at the Bare Conductive website and thought it was wonderful. I really wanted to incorporate it into the Alum Rock Art & Design Thinking Camp I am running this summer through the Alum Rock Educational Foundation.
Today I got all the parts and will be listing where I purchased them all from.
Below is my test run at making one of these with my daughter:

To design this as a class project I will have the students assist me in soldering the wires to the clamps and we will be soldering the ends of the battery snap and speaker wires to breadboard pins so that we have plugin components for our breadboards.  For the art component of the project, we will be exploring line and pattern to create art that clips into the clamp to become interactive with sound. After we complete the project, students will envision how they could extend the project or pivot it in new directions.

I purchased all my supplies at HSC and Anchor Electronics. The conductive paint is from Bare Conductive.

Luz Rivas and DIY Girls have done this project and you can see some of their work here: http://www.bareconductive.com/make/diy-girls/

Very inspiring is what Lawrence Livermore National Labs is doing with 3D printing and conductive ink. There is a sample video at this link: https://manufacturing.llnl.gov/additive-manufacturing/designer-engineered-materials. It will be fun to show this to the campers so that they can imagine where this technology may go in the future.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

U.S. 101 Interchange Project - Capitol Expressway/Yerba Buena Interchange

This coming Friday there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the completion of the pedestrian/bike overpass at Capitol Expressway and 101 in San Jose, California. This ribbon cutting will also celebrate the contribution of local middle school students to the development of the art enhancements for the Tully/101 pedestrian/bike overpass. Photos of the final transit art can be found at this Flickr set. The project was made possible by a generous loan of HP stylus tablets from the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College. Three classes of 6th grade students at Renaissance Academy at Fischer participated in this project in the fall of 2011. I conducted the workshop series in the art classes of Mr. Jesus Guerra. This project was a program of the VTA in collaboration with the San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs.
Tamale radial pattern design inspires laser cut steel pattern on entry gate pillar of pedestrian/bike overpass.
A student photo of a neighborhood fig tree was the source image for the pattern generated in the software tool Repper. The design inspired the pattern for concrete impressions on street dividers.
Student photos of the local neighborhood included images of Reid Hillview Airport. A student pattern created in Repper inspired the laser cut steel pattern included on gateway pillars to the pedestrian/bike overpass.

Past blog postings on the student work process:

Past Blog postings on the fabrication process: