We are slowly and painfully making progress with learning to fly our 3D Printed Mini Quadcopters. Cliff has helped us out with some tweaks & balances. Hopefully some more members will be interested in building their own, and will help add to the swarm.
Recently Ben, Cliff and Claudio have built Diametric’s Mini Quadcopter. We met a fellow RepRap user- Diametric- at this years Midwest RepRap Festival in Elkhart Indiana. He brought along a 3D printed quadcopter that he designed and built.
The quadcopters are remarkably inexpensive, the design, models and bill of materials can be found on Thingiverse. They are easy to build and easy to get off the ground. We’re still learning how to fly them however. While all three have taken flight, we have had some accidents and damaged the frames on 2 of them, twice. We’re not too worried when that happens, for we can always reprint the frame within about an hour and a half on one of our 3D printers.
Games List: Team Fortress 2, Left For Dead 2, Unreal Tournament 2004, UT3, Monday Night Combat, Super Monday Night Combat, Diablo 3, StarCraft 2, DOTA2, Minecraft
BYOB, we will provide some sort of food for a nominal fee. More details coming.
RSVP here: http://events.midsouthmakers.org/events/100324002/
Where: MidsouthMakers (map)
Run Time: 2 hours with break for lunch at noon.
Cost: $10 per participant
Prerequisites: It is recommended that you bring a computer or laptop with Blender, Gimp and Inkscape installed on your machine. See provide links to acquire the software.
Target Audience: Those with little or no experience with 3D modeling or rendering, or no experience with Blender.
Expectations: This class will provide information and experience to lessen the learning curve for using Blender and give an introduction to the capabilities of Blender. 3D modeling, animation and rendering principles will be covered in the simplest of terms.
Disclaimer: This class will not cover all aspects of every feature or clever use for blender. It will not teach advanced modeling techniques. It will not go into the history of Blender which can be read well in other places on the internet. This class will not give you talent.
- User Interface for V2.65
- Hot Keys!
- Object Primitives
- Mesh and Curve objects
- Materials and textures
- Editing objects
- Lighting and rendering
- Simple object animation
http://www.blender.org/ get v2.65
http://www.inkscape.org/ get 0.48.x (whatever version works for you)
http://www.gimp.org/ get 2.8.x (if you have Photoshop and want to use that, it’s ok but just know the example work is using gimp.)
On each website you will find software or links to the software for most every platform the software is available for.
Because time will be tight, having this loaded and running on your machine will be greatly appreciated.
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