Recently I was given the opportunity to participate in an evening-long “science event” for a group of about 100 Girl Scouts from the south-central Nebraska area to get them excited about STEM fields. Not being a pure “STEM” adherent myself, I chose to expand the topic of my presentation to talk about STEAM, emphasizing creativity […]
To help students at my university get started with 3D printing using our new Makerbot Replicator, I put together a small booklet containing all of the basic info they need to know to get up and running. The booklet includes a basic introduction to all of the fundamental aspects of 3D printing, and can be used as a handout for nearly any 3D printing event.
This week I began collaborating with glassblowing artist and student Kenny Galusha to explore dynamic lighting in hand-blown glass. At first, Kenny had a nice, uniform frosted glass “coral bowl” piece that we both thought would be worth adding some lighting too. Pretty soon we were sticking my LED circuit under and into whatever random […]
A few months ago I cooked up a simple Processing sketch to generate 2D SVG line art using the superformula, and ever since then I’ve been a little bit obsessed with the possibilities of this mathematical equation. This formula is able to generate a pretty surprising range of interesting organic shapes, and can easily be […]
Last week I sat down with Visual Communication and Design professor Mark Hartman and ordered a MakerBot Replicator 3D printer for UNK’s Art department. Today, it arrived, and I got to be the first person to get their hands on it! I was able to unbox it, set it up, calibrate it and print a […]
After getting tired of spending so much money integrating complete Arduino boards into my projects over the last couple years, I decided to try my hand at making a smaller (and cheaper) board that I could build into projects. My solution was a modified version of the ExtraCore project, with a reset button instead of a low-pass filter.