CHAOSMakers

  • 2019 Mountain Maker Madness - A recap

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  • 3D Printing and Painting - Part 4

    We have a new Instagram feed that gets updated a lot more regularly than our website (see the right side tabs for more social media). In case you missed them, here are a

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  • 20 Time Rocky Mountain Outlook Story

    Here's a nice story from the RMO about LGMS's 20-Time innovation project. Click the upper right box of the PDF to get a pop-out for easier viewing.

  • Marshmallow Challenge with an Evil Twist

    The Marshmallow Challenge is a classic design challenge that forces you to think about about the assumptions in your problem - plus it's just plain fun. But by this point most of the Makerspace

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  • Winterstorm - A Video Game About Being Ready to Hibernate

    Not a summer goes by in Canmore without multiple stories about bear/human interactions, usually of the negative kind. Bears are continually entering town searching for easy food - often fruit trees, bird feeders or trash cans - and the town has made a major effort to educate locals and visitors

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  • 3D Printing and Painting - Part 3

    We have a new Instagram feed that gets updated a lot more regularly than our website (see the right side tabs for more social media). In case you missed them, here are a few of our recent 3D

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  • 3D Printing the e-Nable Phoenix Prosthetic Hand

    The e-Nable Phoenix prosthetic hand is a 3D printable gripper hand designed as a cheap, easily produced prosthetic for areas of the world where assistive devices

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  • The Blanket Fort Building Challenge

    The legendary CHAOSMaker "Mysterious Building Challenges" - show up, be given a mostly random set of materials and a problem, and then work in teams under strict time pressures to come up with a solution. It's the perfect way to teach about prototyping, resource

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  • Machine Learning and Recycling, Part II

    Rien has been working on her Machine Learning with Google AIY Vision 20-time project and it's time for an update. After walking through all the demos (joy detector, object

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  • Design, Build, Test - Iterate

    Design - build - test - repeat. Here at MMM we are okay with lots of design failure, as long as each successive fail teaches us something interesting for our next design. Here are a few pictures of a recent LGMS 20 Time project that show a nice design progression. 

    The initial project

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  • We Fake a Fight AT LGMS Using Sugar Glass.

    A week or so ago we worked on building a sugar glass mold for a fake beer bottle, just like those used in for movie stunts. That project got put on the backburner for a

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  • Huts, Huts, Huts v. 1.0

    We've been 3D printing little huts the last couple of weeks. Perhaps it's something to do with winter? They just seem so cozy! Students really like to paint them, and have been adding "moss" and "grass" to give them that extra quaint look.  The grand plan is to make a little village but

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  • Machine Learning with Google AIY Vision

    Rien has been building Google's AIY Vision kit. It's a Raspberry Pi Zero with camera, light, buzzer, and button that uses Tensorflow to do machine learning. After some issues getting the little beast to connect to the camera, everything now works and she's starting to experiment with some of

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  • Avoid Getting Sent to the Principal's Office

    We found out that CCHS Principal Chris Rogers was a big fan of the Dune series of books. Our favorite ...

  • Reconstructing the CHAOS Lab

    We recently downloaded a free copy of Agisoft's photogrammetry software and bashed through the included examples. After a trying a few other small test projects where everything worked well, we were flush with success and clearly overconfident. We decided to try something a lot bigger: a

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  • Photogrammetric Reconstruction of a Car Bumper

    A few weeks ago we saw an inquiry on a local community Facebook group about the availability of 3D printing services in Canmore. We're pretty much fanatics about pushing plastic in CHAOSMakers, so we got in touch to see how we could help. One interesting discussion led to another and before you

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  • "Bar Fight With Boyd" - Sugar Glass Bottles Part 1

    Okay, okay, so it's an overly dramatic showy title! Our plan is to use a silicone mould-making kit to build a mould to churn out sugar-glass beer bottles - the kind that actors smash on tables and heads during rowdy fight scenes. We plan to make a couple of these bottles, test them out, and

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  • Speak, Friend and Enter

    Welcome to Mountain Maker Madness. This is a prototype, experimental website meant to tell the stories of the some of the builders, creators, makers, teachers and innovators in Canmore and Banff - starting with students in the CRPS school system. We're not sure where this is going, and it

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