With all the resources available at the Makerspace, the possibilities for what you can make are endless! We frequently host beginner-friendly workshops where you can learn how to use different tools and materials to create something amazing. Take a look at some of the projects that have been created here in the past, and feel free to contact us if you would like to suggest a workshop idea!

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Cyanotype Workshop

Workshop led by Seth Jayawardane

In this workshop, participants learned how to make cyanotypes! Cyanotypes are made from an antique printing process that uses UV light to create an image. In fact, the original blueprints were made with the cyanotype process, and that is why they were blue!

Cyanotyping works by mixing ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide, creating a solution that becomes blue under UV light. After coating a paper in the solution and masking certain parts of the paper, an image will develop after being left in the sun. In this workshop, we used the laser cutter to create the masks. Check out some cool designs made by students!

Bluetooth Speaker Workshop

Workshop led by Seth Jayawardane

In this workshop, participants were able to make their very own custom Bluetooth speaker! The electronics of the speakers were assembled at our electrical station, and to make the body of the speaker each participant laser cut a piece of acrylic with a custom design. Below are the speakers that everyone made!

Intro to Fusion 360 Workshop

Workshop led by Seth Jayawardane

In this workshop, participants were able to learn the basics of CAD using Fusion 360, a free software for students. Each participant was able to customize a phone stand with their initials and 3D print it!

Spring Break Furniture Workshop

Workshop led by Luke Ikard and Seth Jayawardane

During spring break, this three-day workshop bridged the traditional craft of woodworking and modern CNC technology. Participants learned the basics of CNC routers and how to translate their idea into a cut-ready design on our CNC Shopbot router. Each workshop participant was able to take home their own fully assembled wooden stool!

Interactive Light Organ

Project led by Luke Ikard, Jason Charney, Seth Jayawardane, Naina Gupta, and Mac Millan

This interactive light organ was created through a collaboration between the Makerspace and the Digital Media Center, and was displayed at Lighting of the Quads and the JHU Ice Rink. Check out this article from the Hub to see more!

The organ consists of several tubes containing LED lights, keys to trigger the light and sound when pressed, and a computer running software that creates the changing light displays. An acrylic sign displays information about the project and its inspiration from the myth of Persephone. The keys, lights, and sign are mounted on custom wooden stands.

The keys contain a spring and button wired to an Arduino, which are neatly covered with a 3D printed case.

Led strips were placed inside tubes to create the light display.


Workshop led by Seth Jayawardane

In this workshop, participants learned how a synth works on a basic level, and were able to build their own synth using an Arduino. In the end, everyone interested tried to make a short beat, and a prize in the form of free filament was offered to whoever came up with the best beat!


Workshop led by Seth Jayawardane

In this workshop, we showed students how to make their jigsaw puzzle using freely available online generators and cut the pieces out using our laser cutters. We had a great turnout and had a blast seeing all the cool puzzles everyone came up with. Take a look at some of the puzzles made by Makerspace users!

LED Sign

Project by Marcus Montisano

This project uses a custom Stream Deck plugin to communicate directly with the Adafruit IO REST API. It works by posting a specific value to a feed and each button will post a different value to the feed allowing you to easily change messages.

The message panel itself is driven by the Metro M4 Express Airlift Lite. It will connect to local WiFi and read the value of the message straight from your feed. It even allows some basic formatting such as color and text size. The feed values are limited to 50 characters, so the more formatting you apply, the less text you can show. Fortunately, the message panel can hold a maximum of 40 characters.


Adafruit Metro M4 Airlift Lite dev board with SAMD51 and ESP32 Wifi Co-processor.

Adafruit RGB Matrix Shield for Arduino connected to an LED Matrix

64×32 RGB LED Matrix – 4mm pitch

5V 4A switching power supply brick with figure 8 power port.

50 Brass Heat-Set Inserts for Plastic – M3 x 3mm.

4 M3 x 6mm Screws

For more details, check out this website for a detailed guide!

Wireless mechanical keyboard

Project by Xudong Zheng

Xudong was able to use the laser cutter to create his ErgoBlue, a Split Wireless ErgoDox Mechanical Keyboard. For more information on this project check out his website: https://www.xudongz.com/blog/2019/ergoblue/

Benchtop Power Supply Enclosure

Project by Gavin Granath

Gavin was able to purchase an inexpensive DC power supply from Ebay, and then design and print his enclosure in the Makerspace. With accurate voltage and amperage control, benchtop power supplies make it easy to test and prototype electrical components.

Materials (Total cost about $40):

Adjustable 5A Step-Down Buck LCD Digital Power Supply Module 6V-32V to 0-32V USA https://ebay.us/n1pBDIPower Supply Case STL FilesDownload

AC to DC Power Adapter with an output of DC 12V and 5A max

Panel Mount Banana Plug Female Socket

Banana Plug to Alligator Test Lead

Enclosure Machine Screws M2.5 x 10