A collection of links and resources for makerspace learning.
This is a tutorial to introduce users to the process of creating vinyl stickers using Silhouette Studio and the corresponding Cameo printers found in the Library Makerspace. The tutorial is broken down into the following sections:
1. Installing Silhouette Studio
2. Silhouette Studio Introduction
3. How Vinyl stickers "work"
The biggest lesson is that lines are cut, not drawn.
4. Drawing your own sticker
General idea: Use anything you like, but be careful with copyrights, and in general don't sell things you don't own the rights to.
Useful keywords when searching: "vinyl sticker outline," "silhouette," "high contrast," "vector"
The Library Makerspace uses Cameo 3 Printers. If you are using a different printer, the instructions may vary, but the general principles still apply.
Parts 4, 5, and 6 are explained through the video below.
Learn to use the heat press with heat transfer vinyl by following this guide written by Undergraduate Library Fellow Claire Chu.
Learn how to embroider in the Makerspace by following this guide written by Undergraduate Library Fellow Ava Gessl.
Follow these instructions written by Undergraduate Library Fellow Sydney Hardister to begin learning how to knit in the Makerspace.
Learn to prepare a file for the Ultimaker 3D printer by following these instructions written by Undergraduate Library Fellow Sydney Hardister.
Instructables.com is an online resource for learning how to make or do almost anything. With content almost entirely user generated, it is an ever-evolving and invaluable resource for inspiration, tips and step by step walkthroughs for all kinds of making.
If you are looking to hone your skills you can learn everything from 3D printing to Cooking with free Instructables courses. Once you've taken a course, you can browse the thousands of projects uploaded by other Makers just like you.
When you've had some practice, you can create a free account and upload an Instructable of your own, and even enter contests.
Illustrator is an incredibly powerful tool for creating and editing vector graphics, and can be used to create posters, flyers, illustrations as well as design files for the Makerspace's vinyl cutters. Learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator through a series of video tutorials provided by Adobe. You can find and sort through the tutorials page here.
Learn the basics of Fusion 360 as taught by Autodesk. Get started with the video below, and then visit the entire instructional series here.