Fabrication Lab

Update March 11, 2015

Our first Design and Fabrication class is off and running.  It's been a "real world" trial by fire experience for everyone involved.  The designers of the space, the instructor, and the students have all worked together to bring nearly everything online over the last six weeks. What have we accomplished?

  1. Installing high powered triple screen computer workstations
  2. Installing a myriad of high end industry grade software packages, and working through all of the install, licensing, and implementation glitches.
  3. Learning how to use this high end industry grade software on the fly!  Holy smokes!
  4. Installing output devices such as two 3d printers; two 3d scanners; two haptic devices for 3d modeling; a huge HP plotter-printer; a vinyl cutter, a 60 watt laser engraver; welding station; cnc mill, cnc router; a ton of bench tools; and a myriad of other things...
  5. Learning to embrace to design cycle.
  6. Learning how to use design software to create a virtual model, and then using our output devices to create prototypes.
  7. Learning how to work in a team of three where each student takes on a different role (lead designer, project manager, or quality assurance manager)
  8. Learning how to slow down and actually embrace the process to create something from an idea
  9. Building a curriculum on the fly with massive student input
We have actually gotten to the point where students are having success!  Students have created the following:
  1. Rings and jewelry designed from scratch, and prototyped with the 3d printer
  2. 3d scans of students entire bodies so that they can design action figures based off of themselves and 3d print the model.
  3. Designing personalized nameplates for teachers and laser engraving on metal plates as gifts for the teachers
  4. Designing signs for school athletic teams and clubs and routing the design on wood.
  5. Custom designs for phone cases and laser engraving the designs
  6. designing a car for the CO2 dragster competition, 3d printing the model, and testing with a student designed launch apparatus
  7. Students are now bringing in their own projects on off blocks and after hours including laser engraving sports equipment, designing and building a "street luge" board, laser engraving food items for the Culinary Arts department, and making their own signs with the router and laser engraver.
Its really quite insane!

We threw together some pics that were taken along the way.  It is a small sample of what the students are up to, but perhaps it will give you an idea of what they are capable of after only 2 weeks of true work time...

What's next?  Robotics, street luge, custom stickers for the lacrosse team's helmets, mini bikes and go carts (can we go solar powered?), the sky is the limit (drones).

fab lab pics

3d printing an action figure based of a 3d scan ofg a student!

Please click on the PDF document at the bottom of this page to preview a presentation of the Design and Fabrication Class we are offering this semester

Within the presentation are videos that will give you an idea of the design software, and output devices that our students  will have access to design and create their projects.  Those videos can be seen below.

Design a CO2 powered vehicle and 3D print it for competition

CO2 Cars

3D Scan and design an action figure of yourself, then 3D Print it!

Action Figure Yourself!

Laser Engraving - Can our Students start a business?  Yes they can!

CNC Routing - Lets make some signs to start...

CNC Routing a Sign

Near Space Ballooning

Near Space Ballooning

NAO Robotics:  Program, Simulate, Compete!


NAO Robotics Competition

On January 7, 2015 Englewood Schools opened up a state of the art fabrication lab within The Englewood Campus building.  This fabrication lab, or maker space, will allow Englewood students access to a myriad of professional design software packages, 3D scanners, computer controlled machining equipment, 3D printers, bench tools, and hand tools in order for students to take the creative ideas they have in their minds, transfer those thoughts to a computer via design software, and then bring the design to reality utilizing the fabrication equipment within the space.

Along the way students will live and learn the design cycle process, and gain an understanding of the importance of paying attention to detail, using their time wisely, and meeting deadlines.

The fabrication lab will be the home of several innovative programs including the Technology Student Association (TSA) chapters for Englewood High School and Englewood Middle School whose members will be competing in areas such as robotics, solar powered cars, animatronics, architectural renovation, 3D CAD design, CNC production, and manufacturing prototype.

The fabrication lab will also be home to two robotics courses.  The introduction to robotics course will allow students access to the Technology Student Associations VEX Robotics Competition program.  The classroom/lab unit plans will revolve around connections to algebra and geometry, basic mechanical engineering, basic electrical engineering, basic computer programing, basic project management, and acquisition/application of 21st century skills.  The Advanced Robotics course will be a two semester class supported by one team of 10 students competing in the First Robotics Competition program.  The classroom/lab unit plans will revolve around connections to geometry, algebra, trigonometry, calculus, advanced mechanical engineering, advanced electrical engineering, advanced computer coding and programing, computer networking, and advanced application of 21st century skills. 

In addition to the design and fabrication, robotics, and TSA based courses, the fabrication lab has been built with the intention of creating new math classes for geometry and algebra where students will be engaged in hands on projects which utilize geometric and algebraic concepts. 

Within the proposed Geometry in Construction class students will learn and apply geometric principles by designing and building model bridges and homes, and potentially entering competitions to showcase their knowledge and skills. 

Within the proposed Algebra 1 in Material Products, Energy, and Design (AMPED) course students will learn and explore algebraic concepts such variable manipulation, linear equations/graphing, use of formulas,  manipulation of formulas, solving equations, solving systems of equations, as well as quadratics and exponentials.  These concepts will be taught and practiced while students engage in the engineering design and production of different products including T-shirts, advertising banners, trophies and plaques, and robots while utilizing materials such as vinyl, metals, plastics, ceramics, and wood. 

Students in these math classes will have access to all of the equipment, machine tools, and hand tools within the fabrication environment to fully engage in the design and fabrication process.

Jan 12, 2015, 11:32 AM