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Making the Maker Hub: Printing a 3d printer, Arduino and construction pics

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3D printed parts for a new 3D printer!

Editors note: Elon is opening a makerspace, called the Maker Hub, this fall. In preparation, student staff member Connor TeVault is spending the summer testing and configuring equipment that will go into the space. He’s keeping track of quirks and lessons learned in this series of blog posts.

It’s been an exiting week to be making at Elon! Check out our brand new ElonMakers Instagram for daily posts about the Maker Hub and things we’ve made! This week read about 3D printing a 3D printer, an Arduino controlled DIY robotic arm, our Custom active cooling solution for Wanhao 4S 3D printer, and more!

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TeacherKit: The classroom management app teachers will love

Teacher Kit LogoTeacherKit is the all-in-one classroom management app for teachers of all grade levels. With different features such as roster, attendance, a timetable for lesson planning, behavior monitoring, a grade-book, progress reports, and an awesome feature called callout, this app keeps everything a teacher could possibly need right at his or her fingertips. Read on to see why this is the app every teacher should download right now.

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Summer heat and technology

Now that we’ve iPhone-too-Hotexperienced our first stretch of days with temperatures in the mid-90s to 100 degree marks, it’s important to be mindful of the effect heat can have on our technology. Many electronics are vulnerable to overheating, which can occur even if you aren’t using your device (e.g., leaving your laptop in the car). Here are some tips to keep in mind about safeguarding your devices from heat this summer. Continue reading »

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Making the Maker Hub: more 3d printers

Editors note: Elon is opening a makerspace, called the Maker Hub, this fall. In preparation, student staff member Connor TeVault is spending the summer testing and configuring equipment that will go into the space. He’s keeping track of quirks and lessons learned in this series of blog posts.

F306 3D printer

Fusion3 F306 – the new 3d printer for the Maker Hub
Photo Credit: Fusion3

Since the last blog post we have received another 3D printer, the Fusion3 F306. This printer has a massive build volume of a cubic foot, dwarfing the Wanhao 4S. It also uses a different geometry scheme, called CoreXY. CoreXY printers use a series of cables and pulleys to move around the printhead, reducing the amount of moving mass and allowing the printer to move faster and more accurately. The difference is noticeable immediately when comparing parts from the two printers, as well as in the level of involvement required to get a successful print. Continue reading »

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Mooney SMART Board lab: Why 3 screens are better than 1

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In the spring semester, Elon professors had an opportunity to experiment with a new teaching environment: multiple SMART Boards in one classroom. The project is an effort to prepare students in Elon’s teacher education program for the technology they will likely see in their classrooms when they are teachers. Multiple boards also means that students are encouraged to interact with them as well, rather than thinking of them as a tool solely for the teacher’s use.

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Making the Maker Hub: 3d printer and scanners

Wanhao Duplicator 4S and MakerBot Replicator 2X

Wanhao Duplicator 4S and MakerBot Replicator 2 Photo Credit: WanhaoUSA, MakerBot

Editors note: Elon is opening a makerspace, called the Maker Hub, this fall. In preparation, student staff member Connor TeVault is spending the summer testing and configuring equipment that will go into the space. He’s keeping track of quirks and lessons learned in this series of blog posts.

This week I unboxed a new 3D printer, two 3D scanners, and began work on reproducing an award using 3D printing and scanning. This post assumes a basic understanding of filament based Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printing. An excellent introduction to the topic can be found at 3Dprinting.com. Continue reading »

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Windows 10 receives release date

Microsoft started windows_10_technical_preview_windows_10_logo_microsoft-1024x576off June with a bang when the company announced that Windows 10 would be released on July 29. Here’s a look at what Microsoft has announced with the release, as well as a few pointers for users planning on purchasing new computers in August.  Continue reading »

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University accounts after graduation

Now that graduation has 17836874749_478e5908c7_ocome and gone, many graduates wonder what actions they should take in regards to various University accounts. Here are some helpful reminders for students who have graduated. Continue reading »

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Storage containers transformed into learning space at Loy Farm

Photo of the storage containers at Loy Farm

The Container Space at Loy Farm

For the last #MakeElon workshop of the semester, attendees drove out to Loy Farm to tour the Container Space. Environmental studies professor Robert Charest and his research assistant, junior Christian Smoke, introduced what the Container Space is, how it is being used, and offered a look into the future with spaces like these, both on campus and beyond. Continue reading »

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Personal health made manageable with MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal-IconIt’s closing in on the end of spring semester, and things are happening fast. Final group projects are kicking into gear, exams are on the (not too distant) horizon, summer job and internship plans are being finalized, and student groups have end-of-year events to organize.

Basically, everyone has a to-do list eight miles long and it feels there isn’t enough time to do any of the things on it. And, for people like me, going to the gym always seems to be last on the list. It’s always the lowest priority, the easiest thing to shove off when I’m stressed out—which is unfortunately the time I also find myself stress eating to the max. But this semester, I decided to try to find a balance between my academic life and some healthy recreational activity, so I downloaded the MyFitnessPal app.

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