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Summer at the MakerSpace– Hi, I’m Kelsey

Hello everyone! My name is Kelsey Buchanan and I am going to be a Junior this coming Fall Semester at Saint Michael’s College. At SMC I have a double major in Art and Education with a double minor in Religious Studies and Art History. I most recently started working in the MakerSpace this summer.

I may have only been at the MakerSpace for 2 & 1/2 short months, but I’ve certainly accomplished a lot! Within in that time period I have learned (and nearly mastered) all the equipment within the MakerSpace: laser cutter, vinyl cutter, 3D printers, and the sewing machine. Here are a few pictures of the projects I’ve done so far!

The very first thing I ever 3D printed was this little guy. He’s meant to hold up paintbrushes.

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These “House Tags” were made from wood that I laser cut. I wanted to make a “welcome back to college” gift for my friends. So I created a few designs on the computer to make these signs.

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With the help of the vinyl cutter, I spruced up my IPad case. It needed a little color and the vinyl cutter added the exact image and size I wanted.

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Have you seen Game of Thrones? If yes, then you’ll know this dress was one of many Daenerys wears. I picked up the pattern and some fabric and went to work! The belt and the shoulder pad were made from fabric that was laser cut.

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Most recently, I have been working on building the group Enabling the Future (new club coming in the fall!). This group will be 3D printing prosthetic hands for children. To get this group ready to begin in the fall I’ve prototyped two hands called Ody and Raptor Reload. Additionally, I have been researching 3D printing and prosthetic technology. I’ve learned so much this summer and am excited to share my findings with the new club! Also, I wrote a grant for a start-up budget and am waiting to hear back from a company I sent that grant out too (fingers crossed!). I am beyond excited to bring Enabling the Future to SMC and bring prosthetics to children who otherwise would go without. Its been a hectic and crazy experience, but above all a rewarding one.

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With a 1 & 1/2 left until the Fall Semester I have a long list of other creations that I hope to get done! Feel free to stop by anytime and say hello. Would love to chat about my projects or the one’s on your mind.

Until Next Time, Peace Out Girl Scout.


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