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Tentacles of Blue PLA

Here’s an object that a Makerspace client printed yesterday! What’s neat is that about this object is that you can 3d print movable joints!

Blue Kraken

MUN Archaeology Grad Students in the Makerspace

A group of MUN Archaeology students were in the Makerspace learning CAD (computer assisted design) and doing some 3d printing. The group approached the Makerspace as they are interested in exploring the use of 3d printers within their profession. This is a free workshop that The Commons is providing which includes a small 3d printed artifact for each participant which they will have designed themselves.

students sitting and learning in the makerspace

Free Arduino Synthesizer Workshop

Come down to the Makerspace for a FREE two day workshop on Wednesday, February 7th and Wednesday, February 28th from 5pm – 7pm!

Learn how to make a synthesizer using a tiny computer called an Arduino! Turn the knobs to change the sound of the synthesizer, and listen to it using any pair of headphones or speakers! At the end, you will be able to take the synthesizer home.

Click here to sign up

Experience Needed: None

Difficulty: Easy

Free Arduino Robot Workshop

Come down to the Makerspace for a FREE workshop on Wednesday, November 29th from 4pm – 6pm!

Learn how to make a paper robot that is controlled by a small computer called an Arduino. Use servo motors to make the head and arms move! The end product will be yours to take home.

Experience needed: None

Difficulty: Easy

Click here to sign-up.


Free Arduino Workshop

The Makerspace is announcing a FREE workshop next Wednesday, November 15th from 4pm – 6pm!

You will learn how to use Arduino IR remotes to control stepper motors. These components are some of the Arduino’s most useful and will open up the doors to lots of different projects.

Attendance: Open to all

Difficulty: Easy


Click here to sign-up and secure your one of 6 spots.

Celebrating Halloween at the Makerspace!

This October 31 marks our first e-textile and sewing workshop. This staple of the Maker movement will be a regular feature of The Commons Makerspace throughout our future events and workshops. E-textiles be used to control motors, servos, lights, and sensors and are a great and unique way to augment wearable projects and costumes.

In this workshop, we cut, sewed, stitched, and stuffed our own light-up pumpkins. After stitching both by hand and using one of our sewing machines, the Makers used LEDs and LilyTiny micro-computers to bring their pumpkins to life. At the end of the workshop, the Makers had practiced incorporating electronics into textiles, hand-sewing, and machine-stitching. They also, of course, were able to bring home their own free, unique, and light-up Halloween decorations!

Please see below for some pictures of the event.

It’s not too late to sign-up for tomorrow’s workshop where we will be covering Arduino servos, motors, and sensors. (Sign up here)

Some of the pumpkins:


Makers stitching their pumpkins:


One Maker wanted to show his house pride!

Upcoming Makerspace Workshops

3D printing drop-in Come and print your own 3D model. All levels of experience and design completion are welcome.
Every Thursday 1pm4pm

Sticker making drop-in Make your own unique laptop stickers for free.
Friday (Oct. 27) 1pm4pm

Halloween pumpkin build Learn how to sew while making a fabric pumpkin. The exact time can be voted for on the sign-up. (sign-up here)
Monday (Oct. 30) from 5pm – 7pm

Arduino workshop #2 Learn Arduino programming and prototyping while using servos, motors, and sensors. (sign-up here)
Wednesday (Nov. 1*) 4pm – 6pm

*This is the correct date (not Nov. 18)

Have any workshop ideas of your own? Click here to submit them.

The Makerspace Clock Workshop: In Conclusion

Last Wednesday was the 2nd and last day for our build-your-own clock workshop. During the first session, students were introduced to Fusion 360, which is a free-for-students, cloud-based, and intuitive 3D modelling software. After quickly learning the basics, students spent the rest of the session designing their own, unique clock faces. Fast-forward to last Wednesday, and the clocks were all roughly milled out. The students then brought their projects to life by sanding, cutting, and assembling their own timepieces.

Having started with no 3D modelling experience, the completion of last week’s session marks the end of a successful introduction to 3D design and “Making” in general. By going from nothing more than a computer file to seeing the designs become reality, this workshop illustrates how fun and easy “Making” really is. When all was said and done, this workshop covered lots of new skills, including introductions to 3D design and CNC milling, sanding and wood-working, and clock-building in general.

If you have any interest in bringing your own creative ideas to life, come visit the Commons Makerspace for an inclusive environment where learning is done by doing! You can also sign up for our email newsletter HERE so you can keep up-to-date on all our drop-in programs and more free workshops.

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