Let there be light (waves): Creating a Spectroscope in the UW-Stout FabLab

Dr. Sylvia Tiala trained us on the safe use of the Vinyl Cutter and Laser Cutter today.  You can learn more about the basic machines of a FabLab here: http://makingsociety.com/2013/01/5-key-cnc-machines-in-fab-lab/.

To keep us engaged (and satisfy our narcissistic side), she planned to have us create spectroscopes with the laser cutter and write our names with the vinyl cutter to label our individual spectroscopes.

L-R, Dr. Ann Kerber and Dr. Sylvia Tiala making Spectrascopes.

L-R, Dr. Ann Kerber and Dr. Sylvia Tiala folding Spectroscopes after using the laser cutter to create the templates.

In addition to learning how to safely use the equipment, we learned how to troubleshoot software and hardware issues!  We also learned that the laser cutter would always beat scissors in a race.

You can see below that the final products were a huge success, though my skill at transferring vinyl lettering needs a lot of work.

Next up: 3D printers and Chocolate Faces!

Spectroscope with iPad Mini

Spectroscope with iPad Mini

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