My Last Post (Here)

I am keeping this site as a static site of the program I once taught.  It gets enough traffic as a support to CNC routing, 3D printing and Plasma cutting that I am not ready to completely abandon it yet.  I did drop the ownership of penguinmanufacturing.com, but picked up a new domain to reflect my new position.  The Instagram on the right should still update to pictures of my current kindergarten classroom and if you would like to catch up on my current class, you can join me at www.kindermakers.com

Some links to specific documents may die over time.  I will try to transfer them over to a more current google drive, but I kept all of those documents on my last school district email account.

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Google Earth Topography To .STL file To Vectric Aspire CNC

I have long loved Topography and maps and love the visual you get by seeing the terrain topography.  I also love how amazing Google Earth is dealing with the terrain.  It seems magical to me. I wanted to see what we could do with the Google Earth.  We have found .STL files of existing terrain, but I wanted to customize it to a specific location.  The San Juan Islands.  I tried this a few years ago, but the process was very involved and I gave up on some other pursuit.  I looked at retrying hoping that someone had gone to the work of simplifying the process.  I was in luck!  I found terrain2stl.  .Stl files are simply a triangulated surface of a 3D shape that is usable by almost any 3D software.  I think of it as the .PDF file of the 3D world.  It is complicated to manipulate once made, but easily transferable to post process for manufacturing.

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Incoming Freshman Showcase Night

Tonight is one of the great events at Arts and Technology High School.  Marysville School District high schools are a series of small learning communities that specialize in different pathways.  Tonight, at our school, next year’s incoming freshman will get to see all of the clubs, classes and groups our school offers.  Each class and club puts up a booth showcasing their work.  It acts as a great way for incoming freshman to feel welcome and get a feel for the school.  It has also served the upperclassmen feel a sense of accomplishment seeing these students excited about their work.  It is one of the best community building activities at our school.  Here are some pictures from walking around.

Shop Club

Shop club will start this Wednesday.  We voted to have this happen every other Wednesday from 2:40-6:40.  Have a look at the school calendar to find specific dates.

Things you can do during club time:

  • Learn a new tool that hasn’t been covered in class yet
  • Get caught up on licenses for tools we have covered, but you may have missed or needed extra help with
  • Work on a specific project that is outside of the class curriculum
  • Work on a community service project
  • Teach other students tools that you have mastered
  • Practice on a specific process or tool

School Calendar