MakerSpace for Digital Project Assignments
3D modeling and Printing
For an overview of 3D modeling and printing, we encourage you to read our blog. The blog includes information on how to access hundreds of free 3D models. You may also access our 3D workshop slide deck.
- We recommend the free browser-based tool Tinkercad for people who are new to 3D design and modeling. Tinkercad offers a set of tutorials for using the software.
- The software we use to prepare 3D designs to be printed on our 3D printer Ultimaker 3 is Cura. A great introduction to the latest version of Ultimaker Cura can be seen here.
- When you feel like your 3D model is ready to print, you can submit the .stl file to us via our online form. Use your R-MC username and password to access the form. Training or previous experience is required of users who are new to 3D printing.
Laser Cutting & Engraving
- Our workshop slide deck provides information on downloadable files and patterns for laser cutting and engraving.
- We recommend the free browser-based tool Vectr for those who are new to editing and creating vector graphics. Vectr offers short tutorials that cover various functions of the software. Adobe Illustrator, installed on the Library Makerspace PC, is a professional system for graphic design. Use your R-MC username and password to sign into the PC.
- We have a Dremel DigiLab LC40 laser cutter in the MakerSpace. We use Dremel's web-based program to prepare graphics for laser cutting. Note that the program is not accessible unless the laser cutter is turned on and a full-time MakerSpace staff is available to supervise laser cutting. Here is an introduction to Dremel LC40 Laser Cutter and using it for laser cutting and engraving.
- When you feel like your graphic is ready for laser cutting/engraving, you can submit the .SVG file to us via our online form. Use your R-MC username and password to access the form. Training or previous experience is required of users who are new to laser cutting.
Audio Editing and Podcasting
We encourage you to read this great NPR piece - "Starting Your Podcast: A Guide for Students".
- Simple audio recordings can be made on your mobile device or laptop using the executable programs Voice Recorder (Windows) or Voice Memos (Mac). These programs come installed by default on most Windows and Mac computers. Keep in mind that the quality of your recordings is bounded by the quality of your microphone and the quality of the environment in which you are recording. High-quality microphones which plug into the USB port of your computer can be checked out from the front desk of the library.
- A common program for audio editing is the open source Audacity. Audacity is available on all platforms and is completely free. Comprehensive FAQs for Audacity are available here and here.
- There are situations where you want to do more advanced audio recordings: making a multi-track recording, adding effects to change or modulate the sound of a subject's voice, or using splicing methods to cut out unwanted regions of an audio recording. The McGraw-Page Library has made available Adobe's Audition software to allow you to work in these scenarios. Audition is available on the single computer in the Makerspace, as well as the computers in the Butler Pavilion. You can contact the MakerSpace staff to get training in how to use Audition.
- Audio recordings can be uploaded and shared to your R-MC GoogleDrive, a collection of Google Apps and provides unlimited storage available to R-MC users. Information on how to use your R-MC GoogleDrive is available here.
We encourage you to read the article on the What, Why and How of ePortfolios.
- We recommend using GoogleSites for portfolio development. Be sure to log into your GoogleDrive using your R-MC username and password to enjoy unlimited storage and flexible control over who can view yourportfolio. Information on how to use GoogleSites is here.
- Adobe Spark Page is another free tool for ePortfolio development. Learn how to use the tool here.
Graphics and Infographics
Read our blog on Infographic as an alternative to traditional writing assignments.
- There are many great resources out there for creating visual designs. Two commonly used browser-based tools are Adobe Spark Post and Canva. Both are free to use and beginner-friendly.
- GIMP is a free, open-source image editing program. It is available for both Windows and Mac
download and installation. Learn how to use GIMP here.
- The Library has Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator installed on the computers in the Butler Pavilion and a few loaner laptops. You can contact the MakerSpace staff to get training in how to use Photoshop and Illustrator.
Poster Design & Printing
- The Makerspace has a large-format printer that can print posters up to 36" on their short side. A guide to poster design can be found on our website.
- When your poster is ready to be printed, you can send your request for printing by filling out the Form.
Note: You must sign in using your R-MC username and password.
Storytelling Online Tools
What is a digital story?
Knight Lab at Northwestern University offers innovative and user friendly online tools for storytelling. The tools are all open-source, including
Video Production and Storytelling
What is a digital story?
Video content has become almost ubiquitous in our modern world. If you need to produce a video, the Makerspace can offer you support for every step of the process.
- Video cameras are available at the library Information Desk, as well as a Canon EOS 5D DSLR camera, which is available for checkout after taking a one-time training (of approximately 30 minutes). Computer-mounted "webcams" are also available for video recorded at your computer. Sound and lighting equipment for your production are also available for checkout. Please contact Brian F. Batista to receive training on the usage of any equipment.
- You can take great videos on your phone. Be sure to follow these tips.
- The simplest non-linear editors (NLEs) are easy to use, but offer the least amount of options for making editing decisions. Editors that fall into this category include Adobe Spark, iMovie (which comes standard on Mac computers), and Photos for Windows (which comes standard on Windows computers). The following are some helpful tutorials on how to use these.
- OpenShot Video Editor is a free, open source
video editing application for Mac, PC and Linux machine download and installation. It offers fairly sophisticated functionality for video editing.
Learn how to use OpenShot Video Editor.
- Available in the Makerspace computer as well as in the library's Butler Pavilion is the more advanced NLE Adobe Premiere. This editor is one of the most commonly used editors in the video, film, and television industry and is considered "professional quality." As such, it offers a lot of functionality and thereby, tools to learn. The following are some resources to help you learn how to use Adobe Premiere.
Canvas Studio for Recording Screencast and Presentations
Currently, Canvas Studio is part of the R-MC Canvas Learning Management system. You may sign into Canvas.rmc.edu with your R-MC username and password, and from the global navigation, access Canvas Studio. Studio allows you to record, edit, and manage media within Canvas.
- If you are interested in making a website, two great free options include Google Sites and Adobe Spark. Google Sites is part of Google's G-Suite and is accessible using your R-MC account.
- Google offers a guide on how to make a website using Google sites here
- Flipped Classroom Tutorials on YouTube offers a good guide to getting started with Adobe Spark's Page functionality here