Meet Maker Nishan

My name is Nishan, a graduate student at UNT, pursuing Interdisciplinary studies in Applied Data Science, Finance, and Economics. I’ve always been passionate about visualizing data into real-world scenarios to make decisions. The world today we are living to tend to follow, making the more accurate decision based on a massive number of data.

Also, I am a graphic designer who is capable of handling various designing software. The Spark Makerspace has given me valuable opportunities to let me share my knowledge with other fellow students. It has been an excellent opportunity for me to explore new experiences and techniques in Adobe graphic designing software. I find myself in a stable position to share my knowledge, including tips and tricks in each graphical software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Not only those but also, my skill area in this place includes LittleBits, Project Planning, 3D modeling, and Printing, Lasercutting, Video Editing, Photography, Power Tool training, Soldering, and CNC training. These are exciting and captivating roles for me to perform as a member of the UNT student community.

The Spark Makerspace is a fantastic resource available for the UNT student community who want to follow their passion and creativity in their personal and professional lives. This place is full of resources and experts in different domains and skills. You are always warmly welcomed to our Spark Family. Come and use our resources to be successful in your dreams.

Written By: N. Dangalla


Lens selection is one of the most impactful aspects of an image, determining the compositional and visual characteristics for which the camera captures a scene. A photographer can use a wide variety of different lens selections to get the look they want to achieve.

The first main category of lenses is the focal length, which affects the breadth and angle of the scene being captured. The focal length is measured in millimeters and is defined as the distance from the optical center of the lens and camera sensor. A longer focal length will lead to a narrower field of view, and vice versa. Knowing exactly how this works is not important to take photos, but it is helpful to pay attention to the perspective a particular focal length will capture. A wide-angle lens, most often identified by a focal length of 35mm and below, captures a large portion of the scene in front of the camera. Normal focal lengths, between 35mm and 50mm, will capture a scene almost exactly as the human eye. Beyond that would be the telephoto category, including 85mm and up. Telephoto lenses are often used to capture a subject that is far away or unreachable, for example, birds or other wildlife. This is because of their narrower field of view, zooming into the scene and magnifying a small section compared to what humans see. Check out this example of three different focal lengths all shot from the same position:

Keep in mind that wide-angle lenses will distort the final image, making them less ideal for portraiture where the subject’s face is the main focus.

The second category of lenses is zoom versus prime. A prime lens has a single, fixed focal length. Zooms are adjustable with the minimum and maximum focal length indicated on the adjustment ring, for example, 18-55mm or 150-300mm. Both types of lenses will take good pictures, though you may want to choose one or the other depending on the situation. Prime lenses tend to be much lighter and more compact, allowing for more portability. A street photographer or someone on vacation may find it easier to carry around. Zoom lenses have the advantage of many different focal lengths, effectively acting as many prime lenses in one. Zooms are, of course, much larger and heavier.

Choosing the right type of lens is one of the first steps to take when planning a shoot. Keep in mind how the subject and background will interact with your chosen lens. The appearance of the final image will depend on this one decision.

Written By: M. Heins

PolyPrinter 3D Printers

The Spark Makerspace offers many options for 3D printing. All of our printers use Fused Deposition Modeling, where the printer lays down hundreds of layers of molten plastic one at a time, slowly building up your model. This method of 3D printing was invented in 1988 and is one of the most popular forms of 3D printing in the consumer and maker communities. The plastic used by these printers come in the form of filament spools and can be made out of many different plastics, including ABS, PLA, and Nylon. Filaments can also contain additives for unique effects such as wood, metal, and carbon fiber. A few of the printers we use are Poly Printers, which are locally sourced 3D Printers that deliver fast, reliable, and accurate 3D prints. Poly Printer was founded in 2012 in Midlothian, Texas, and offers a few types of printers, including the 229 and 465dx models, which can print a variety of sizes and materials.

Stop by either of our 2 locations to use these printers and more!

Written By: A. Sliter