November – December 2016
Jared is an artist living and working in Washington, DC. He makes laser cut books and 3D printed cityscapes. His favorite tools are pen and paper.
Using a Printrbot 3D Printer, a Raspberry Pi, and a Python bot, Jared will design and install a flock of 3D printed, animatronic, Twitter-powered birds.
Get to Know Jared…
How did you become a maker?
I grew up in a small town in rural Utah. Friends and neighbors were few and far between and there was no Internet yet, so I learned how to entertain myself. My father was a carpenter and I used his tools and any scrap I could get my hands on to make my own toys and build elaborate forts and tree houses.
Tell us about your project: what inspired you to do this project? What do you hope to learn or achieve from it?
I’m planning to make a flock of 3D printed, Twitter-powered cardinals. The goal of this project is to bring together 3D printing, the Raspberry Pi and electronic components in a way that is interactive. I was inspired by a wildlife exhibit in the foyer of the Arlington Central Library. After I saw it, I knew I wanted to do something related to local fauna. I learned Python by writing Twitter bots, and then it was obvious: make birds. I’ve never used a Raspberry Pi (or Twitter, for that matter) to control servos, so I’m looking forward to learning that.
What do you expect of this Maker in Residence project at Arlington Library?
The most important thing I’ve learned working with emerging technologies such as 3D printing and microcontrollers is to plan to fail. I expect something to not work the way I’m imagining and that I will need to adapt the project. So I expect this to be a learning experience. Not only for me, but for library patrons, too. And I expect it to be fun! I’m looking forward to talking to other makers during office hours and learning about their projects.
What interested you in becoming a Maker in Residence at Arlington Library?
I’m personally and professionally invested in the Making & Tinkering movement, and being the inaugural Maker-in-Residence is an exciting opportunity to help the library shape the MIR program and learn how it’s done. I’m also looking forward to using the library’s tools and equipment and meeting new makers.
What do you do when you’re not making?
I’m the Digital Strategist for the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education, an NSF-funded resource center that supports STEM educators in the development of projects. In addition to that, I’m a co-founder of Dototot, where we produce educational media, most recently a 3D printed and laser cut scale model of Washington, DC at Local Motors in National Harbor. Outside of work, I love hiking in Rock Creek Park, riding my bike in the city and drawing.