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Daily Design: Minions!


by Devyn Curley

  3D minionsThese are two prints of the same minion character from the movie Despicable Me. The larger is printed with ABS plastic and the smaller was printed with recycled material made by the Maker Studio's own filament extruder.  Think you can print something cuter? Prove it!  

3D Solutions


by Devyn Curley

We all have some very small problems that are just part of our daily lives, problems that we adjust to and don't usual 3D pully 1consider fixing. Often it is a leaky faucet, creaking hinge,  or the lock that needs to be jiggled in just the right way to open.  For Jess Scolnic, it was an inconvenient light switch.  Take a look at the picture and see if you can tell what's so inconvenient about it(light switch on the right). To solve this problem, she turned the the Jumbo  Maker Studio, and 3D printing.     There are actually two problems with this set up.  If you look closely at the frame of the door the hinges are on the same side as the switch.  This way upon entering a room, the open door covers the light switch, forcing you to close the door and then flip the switch.  After watching a scary movie at night, NO ONE has time for that. No one. The second issue is that the light switch isn't actually a switch in this case. It was initially a knob that was turned on and off, but the knob has since fallen off, making it more difficult to operate. 3D pulley 2Check out this bad boy.  Very innovative design by Jess!

"Basically the green 3d printed part guides a rope (big white rope) that forces the push button in when the rope is pulled. The plastic thing is two pieces, one is the main structure, which has a sort of tunnel thing in the middle, that sits over the push button.  Then in that tunnel sits a piece that the rope is tied to.  The piece slides down the tunnel towards the wall when the rope is pulled.. you just tug the  rope when you come in." Jess
Tomorrow as you go through your day, try to take note of the slight annoyances in your daily routine. Don't worry about the solution yet. Come the Jumbo Maker Studio in Tisch, or even email me personally at, and we will happily help you get started on your solution.  

News for a summer Friday

on The Fletcher School - Admissions News and Updates

by Jessica Daniels

A few pieces of news worth sharing have passed my way recently. First, Tufts University's news service recently highlighted the thoughts of two Fletcher faculty members.  In a recent "Tufts Now" newsletter, we […]

Under10 Lunch Spotlight: Pita Kabob

on What's New @ HHSL

by Katherine Morley

For this month’s spotlight, I decided to broaden my horizons and go somewhere out of my normal lunch rotation. I chose Pita Kabob in Downtown Crossing, where I somehow have yet to eat, despite walking past it frequently for nearly a year. Conveniently located on the same block as the Chauncy Street exit of Downtown Crossing, it offers Persian food, as well as a handful of standard American deli options. It’s a great menu for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. PitaKabobexterior The interior is spartan, but the staff is welcoming. You order and pay at the cashier first, so you’re good to go on your way once your order is ready. For my first foray into their menu, I decided to try the falafel pita wrap ($5.85).  I’m no falafel connoisseur—in fact, I don’t actually like falafel all that much and always seem to forget that—but I really enjoyed it. It’s baked instead of fried, so wasn’t crispy like it often is, but still had a nice texture and flavor. The toppings were what made it excellent, though. The tahini and hot sauce were delicious and the lettuce and tomato, oft-neglected wrap elements, were impressively fresh. I definitely want to go back to try some of their other offerings. They have nine different options for pita fillings, most of which can also be ordered on a salad, or served as a platter with Basmati rice and hummus or salad (shirazi, garden, or yogurt). The price for a pita wrap depends on the filling, and ranges from $5.25 for hummus to $8.55 for salmon kabob. Most of their other items fall within that range as well. They also serve breakfast and all their breakfast sandwiches are under $3.00—it’d be a convenient stop for Red Line riders on their way to campus in the morning. I can’t offer much insight into their speed at busy times, as I was the only customer in line and enjoyed a leisurely conversation with the owner as he prepared my order, but their setup looks like one that could handle a high volume of customers with ease.  There’s some counter seating inside, but it’d also be an easy walk over to the Common, Post Office Square, or the Greenway, where I decided to take mine. Nota bene: Be sure to grab a bunch of napkins! Although the wrap was well-constructed, I couldn’t simultaneously eat and read without adorning my magazine with hot sauce and tahini. You may not want to eat it at your laptop. Pita Kabob. 2 Lafayette Ave, Boston, MA (entrance on Chauncy St) Monday-Friday 7:30am-5pm. Accepts cash and credit cards with a $15 minimum. What do you think of the baked falafel? Have you tried their breakfast? Do you have a suggestion for the next place we should try? Write to us! Previous entries: Al's South Street Cafe Chacarero

Scan Session

on Ozgur Altinok

by Ozgur Altinok

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