Meet Harrison, Maker-in-Residence

3D-printed robotic arm—three words that definitely knocked our socks off when Harrison King-McBain shared his ideas for a maker-in-residence project earlier this summer. Bring it on, we said!

We are thrilled to welcome Harrison to Burlington Public Library for a 17-week maker residency at Alton and Central branches.

Who is Harrison?

A graduate of McMaster University with a degree in Engineering Physics, Harrison is both a designer and an entrepreneur. When introduced to 3D printing while consulting on the design for a medical device, Harrison saw how valuable this technology was for prototyping and manufacturing.

He subsequently opened Westdale 3D Printing & Prototyping in 2016, and has since worked on all types of printing and prototyping projects with clients including ArcelorMittal, Hunter Amenities, and McMaster University.

The Project

For his residency project, Harrison—with help from the rest of us—is going to design and build a 3D printed robotic arm. Using Fusion 360, a very powerful computer aided design software, we will design all the parts to be printed. Over the term, everyone interested in the project will be introduced to mechanical design, basic electronics, and design for manufacturing using 3D printing.

Meet & Make Studio Hours

Alton: Fridays: September 7 to October 26, 1.30-5.30pm
Central: Fridays: November 2 to December 21, 1.30-5.30pm

Drop-in to the makerspace and check out what Harrison's working on. Every Wednesday starting Sep 12, check our Instagram site to see Harrison's latest work.

Workshops with Harrison

Design a Robotic Arm @Alton (Teen drop-in)
Thursdays: October 4 to November 22

Design a Robotic Arm @Central (Adults; registration required)
Saturdays: November 3 to December 22

Learn how 3D printing can be used to create functional mechanical prototypes. The mechanical prototype that is to be created is a small desktop robotic arm. Using Fusion 360, we will first design all components of the arm and then print the parts the library's 3D printers. During the 8-week workshop, you will gain an understanding of manufacturing design with 3D printing and mechanical design concepts, which you can apply to future projects and learning.

Related links

Sign up for a FREE 3D Printer Certification class
BPL Maker-in-Residence (MIR) Program