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We learned last month that Robo 3D has effectively ceased operations. They liquidated their inventory of parts to a third party: PartsBuilt.com based in Millersburg, Ohio, who can provide parts for Robo printers.   As a valued customer we will continue to provide telephone support and repairs for your Robo 3D printer on a best-effort basis at $75/hour + parts. In May we began selling Flashforge 3D printers. This manufacturer has been an OEM manufacturer of 3D printers for over 10 years. They manufactured printers for Dremel and Makerbot. They even supply the 3D printers sold by the new Robo...

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Welcome to Part II of our Funding a Makerspace Blog Series! Today we will discuss how to use State Grants to fund a makerspace. At 1st Maker Space, we want to make it easy to create and sustain your makerspace by helping to navigate the educational funding jungle. There are several grants provided through the Indiana Department of Education out of the State budget. These grants grew out of a recognition that STEM, Digital Learning, and High Ability are areas within education that need extra funding support to be successful and ultimately move the economy forward. We are a state...

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You have a vision. You have dreamed the dream of students making and creating rather than just doing what they have always done. You want a makerspace. The big question most of our clients face is…how do we pay for one? It can be difficult to find funding for something new and innovating in a school culture that doesn’t support innovative spending. Navigating grants, donations, school budgets, and the changes that happen yearly is challenging. At 1st Maker Space, we want to make it easy to fund your makerspace by helping you find the funding you need to ignite your...

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With summer fast approaching, it is hard to imagine planning for next year already. In the MSD of Lawrence Township, they have been diligently planning makerspaces at their two STEM Certified Schools, Indian Creek Elementary and Skiles Test Elementary, for over a year. We have worked with the fantastic team at MSDLT to design and build makerspaces at both buildings that will provide a launching point for rich student problem-solving experiences. Today we delivered a majority of the items for both buildings and were so thrilled to see it all come together! #teamworkmakesthedreamwork Kim, Mary, and Adam delivering makerspace items...

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It’s not a Printer – It’s a Piano By Kim Brand, CEO/President of 1st Maker Space, LLC Now that the buzz has faded from the urgency to have every student master 3D printing by 3rd grade (we did our part: training over 1000 kids how to use them our summer camps), it’s time to assess the outcomes of this experiment. Expectations are everything. In the case of 3D printers, the hype with which 3D printing was introduced far exceeded the reality. For a few thousand dollars what early adopters bought was a problem delivery device. I say that because we...

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