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Design It Yourself Speaker Workshop – Sign up in the MakerSpace!


April 12 and 14th, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


The MakerSpace will be hosting its first DIY speaker-making workshop next Tuesday the 12th and Thursday the 14th.  Students will get certified on the Laser Cutter and learn to design and put together their own unique speakers.

10 spots are available for this workshop; the first seven students to sign up will get free speakers . The remaining 3 spots are available to those who already have a set of speakers or are willing to purchase their own.

Registered students who have not yet been trained on the laser cutter should arrive at 6pm on Tuesday, April 12.  Students who have already been certified on the machine are not required to attend this part of the training, but are welcome to come early for a laser cutter refresher.

On Thursday the 14th, we will begin to dissemble the speakers and plan the initial designs on paper. Once the initial designs are finished, students can start laying their designs out in Adobe Illustrator. The MakerSpace has only four computers with Adobe Illustrator, but students are welcome to reserve an hour of time to use the computers during MakerSpace hours and receive assistance from student workers.

During the week of April18th and for the remainder of the semester, students are welcome to come into the MakerSpace and work on their speakers when academic work is not scheduled. Once they have finished their designs, students will do a test run on cardstock to assure everything is how they want it. Once the student is happy with their design, they will  laser cut their designs onto sheets of hardwood and then assemble their speakers.

Each student enrolled in the workshop will need to purchase their own hardwood sheets for the speakers. The school store sells 12×24 inch sheets of wood and the price range is roughly $20.00-$28.00 per sheet depending on which type of wood you would prefer. The MakerSpace will provide the necessary nuts, bolts, and glues to put the speakers together, but if students want special materials (such as metal brackets) they will need to purchase them at a hardware store (Lowe’s is close by!)

Please note that this project will cost each student a minimum of $20 for materials and 5-10 hours or more of your time.

The sign up sheet will be posted outside of the MakerSpace Thursday April 7th at 10AM​​​.

If you have any questions, please email MakerSpace student lead Justin Fillion at jfillion@mail.smcvt.edu

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