Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Come One Come All Meeting a Success

New and potential WOOF members in WOOF workroom
New and potential members talking with WOOF officers in the workroom
WOOF held a Come One Come All meeting in the Mechanical Engineering Building at 5:00PM on Monday September 29th. The meeting was well attended by members who had joined the WOOF mailing list at the First Year Programs Dawg Daze and during orientation meetings for the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Departments. An email announcing the meeting was sent out resulting in a nice influx of new members. A pre-meeting starting at 4:45PM was hosted by WOOF officer Mark Hanson (Download the slide deck here: WOOF Intro to 3D Printing Slides) who gave a lecture on 3D Printing and WOOF. Our club President Jeff Bergeson welcomed attendees and gave an overview of WOOF. Our Director of Operations Dana Henshaw then gave a run down on available projects, directing interested people to the different project leads. The meeting broke down into groups around the different projects. Conversations and tours of the WOOF room continued past 7:00PM. WOOF is off to a strong start. We are looking forward to continuing to reach out to the campus and wider off-campus communities and the 3D Printing Industry. If you are interested in joining WOOF or would like more information send us an email at: woof3d@uw.edu

Monday, September 29, 2014

WOOF Come One Come All 2014 - 2015 3D Printing Club Introductory Meeting

 Salutations 3D Printing Enthusiasts,

It was our pleasure to meet all of you this week. In order to further introduce you to our club we’d like to invite you to attend our introductory “Come One Come All” meeting on Monday, Sept. 29th, at 5:00PM. The meeting will be held in the Mechanical Engineering Building in room MEB 246. There will be several opportunities presented at the meeting:

First, we’ll introduce you to the Printrbot Simple. This is the printer kit we’ll be offering this quarter. It’s a nice little printer and assembles very quickly. Everyone that orders one through the club will get special work times set aside to put the printer kits together with the aid of WOOF officers.

Second, we’ll be introducing our projects for this year. If you are interested in design, mechanics of printers, large format printing, printing in composite materials, writing code, electronics, or control systems, we’ll introduce you to the projects we have planned. If you have an idea of your own, you could also start your own project and we’ll help you form a team to take it on. Once the meeting is over, you can group up and speak with project leads about anything you are interested in.

Third, the money. Membership dues are $20 for a year, renewing in September. So if you think you may want to join us, or you are renewing your membership, bring $20 cash to the meeting. If you won’t have a twenty on Monday, it’s no big deal, you can contact us to pay at another time. If you are interested in a Printrbot, we’ll be taking payment for those kits at a later date.

Fourth, we’ll have a quick optional “How to Get into 3D Printing” lecture 15 minutes before the meeting at 4:45. This will be a first of a series of optional mini-lectures to help you jump into the technology.

Thank you for your time and have a great weekend!

Washington Open Object Fabricators

P.S. Any questions can be directed to woof3d@uw.edu

Friday, September 26, 2014

WOOF Successful Outreach at UW Dawg Daze

Jeff and Kim at the WOOF booth

Wednesday and Thursday September 24th and 25th WOOF participated in the University of Washington’s annual First Year Programs Dawg Daze (http://www.uwdawgdaze.com/)  held in Red Square. In wind and rain, WOOF used the opportunity to introduce interested students to some of WOOF’s projects, encourage them to sign up for the mailing list and to attend the upcoming “Come One Come All” meeting. On display were a collection of 3D objects printed in a variety of materials such as poly lactic acid (PLA), a carbon fiber composite PLA and recycled HDPE. Running off of a 12 volt Fire Engine battery and a power inverter was this year's printer kit - the Printrbot - offered for sale to anyone interested in building their own 3D printer. Enthusiasm for the club was high with 290 students expressing interest. WOOF welcomes new members from all backgrounds and levels of experience. Anyone is welcome to drop by the WOOF room - Room G045 on the ground floor (almost the basement) of the UW's Mechanical Engineering Building (MEB G045).
Printrbot, filament, and objects printed and cast in different materials: PLA, Carbon Fiber Composite PLA and Brass