3D printing is a common maker topic, and MakerCon brought a few different twists to it. Above is Gael demonstrating InMoov, an open source 3D printed humanoid robot. There was also an incredibly inspiring talk about applications for medical 3D printing by Dr. Glenn Green.
3D printing can be whimsical as well, as demonstrated by this “25 mm” drill bit by Gigabot.
The folks from Strawbees had built a quadcopter rotor cage with a clever servo actuator for flapping sculptural wings.
I enjoyed seeing this attractive laser cut living hinge at the BotFactory demo.
Rogue Rovers are electric semi-autonomous ATVs designed for agricultural use to reduce farm injuries and pollution.
More pictures from the event are in my flickr album.
We’ve just finished a major update to our store, giving it a much needed facelift and now much more mobile friendly. Woo!
My panelists include long-time Maker Faire stars:
- Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz of EepyBird
- Jeri Ellsworth of Technical Illusions
- Mark Frauenfelder of BoingBoing
- Super Awesome Sylvia
- Jim Newton of Techshop
This year’s program guide (pdf) with event highlights is now available for download. For fun and to get in the spirit of my panel, check out Make’s post about the program guide from the very first Maker Faire!
To design it I started from the Evil Mad Scientist’s CNC Workstation Cart redrawing to adapted it to our necessity as an horizontal PC, cables space inside, and last but not least without any screw or glue.
She posts about her design process, including prototyping using a laser cutter to make a scale model. It looks great—we especially like the cutout drawer handle design.
Each time the program is run, an initial population is created with 50 individual designs — each with random values assigned to the eight parameters. You then rate each individual design before evolving the next generation. The algorithm chooses individuals to carry on to the next generations (highly rated designs are more likely to be carried forward, but low rated designs may still be used).
Each of the eggs in the photo above was printed from the same program with waves evolved from random seeds.
Look what just arrived in the mail– Blinky AVR Earrings!
Four blue LEDs blink in sequence, powered by a CR1220 battery. The board is traditional OSHPark purple, with an ISP header for convenient reprogramming. They’re lighter than they look and quite comfortable.
Thank you, Rick! I know what I’ll be wearing to Maker Faire!
Congratulations to our friend RobotGrrl, who took home a gold medal in the Best of Show category.
From the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy blog post, An Egg-straordinary Day of Science and Technology:
Interacting with EggBot, an art robot that can paint very intricate and precise designs on eggs. EggBot taught students about digital design, computer numerically controlled machines and robotics. This was also a fun way to celebrate National Robotics Week!