June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
A new Maker Space open on campus and we wanted to increase its visibility on campus while also performing a useful function for the student body. We wanted our space to highlight abilities to use technology in a wide range of uses. The Maker Space is housed in a building with windows facing a walkway, so we repurposed the upper portion of the windows to build a LED display. The LED matrix had a spacing of 3 cm between LEDs so that it would not impede light entering the room, but still be visible to people walking by the building. As with many maker spaces, the availability of 3D printers can become an issue. Accordingly, our display provides information about the current percent usage of 3D printers. While we could have conveyed this information as simple text or a webpage with usage status, we challenged our students to integrate art with engineering. Current sensors were added to each 3D printer in the space, so that the speed of animation would increase as more 3D printers are in use. The data is transmitted wirelessly to an Arduino that controls a custom built LED matrix on the window. The information about printer usage is present in the peripheral vision of passerbys without being intrusive. Students who are not aware of the Maker Space could see the display, and possibly be enticed to check out the space. Students who use the space could with a glance see if it was a good time to head up to find an open 3D printer. All students would be exposed to the integration of art and engineering.
Delson, N., & DeWald, J., & Tunchez, A., & Bommer, S. (2017, June), Board # 119 : MAKER: Large Outdoor Display to Indicate 3D Printing Queue Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/27705
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