For those who don’t know, Maker Faire is a celebration of people who create things – electronics, crafts, art. It’s all there.
This year there was a heavy focus on 3D printing. At the 3D printer bar you could watch plastic be extruded into intricate shapes before your eyes, play with printed objects and ask the experts anything you wanted:
Watching these shapes form before you eyes, layer by layer, it like looking into the future:
Here’s Wen playing with a hear-shaped set of gears. It’s mind-blowing that you can just print these with the click of a button (and the machine costs less than $2K).
But it’s not just 3D printing. There were lots of great art projects.
Andres Wanner‘s Arduino-powered drawing machines were creating beautiful art:
The awesome nerds from UBC Eng Phys had their robot collection (I did Eng Phys out east in the ’90s; seeing what they’re doing makes me wish I could do it again). And the Victoria Makerspace was showing off their laser cutter via wooden bookmarks:
Amongst the many art projects was Ron Simmer with his mirrors + diode sculptures:
I also likes this magnet + compass table:
It wasn’t all electronics though; there was a fair bit of craft, too.
I thought this quilted QR code was awesome; unfortunately I couldn’t make it scan:
Cam didn’t really love the Yarn Party but put up with it (he’s splayed on a giant ball of yarn):
And Wen got to paint with flowers:
One common theme was a love of bikes. Lots of them everywhere, including bamboo-framed ones:
This bike was a portable photo mat:
And here are a few closing photos for you, including ancient computers (that Osborne-1 is technically the world’s first portable) and electric cars.
It was a great time; the highlight for me might have been when Cam got to meet Yoda: