Kansas City Maker Faire!

I attended the Maker Faire up at Union Station in Kansas City. If you ever have the chance to go to one, it’s a great experience, and one I hope to continue doing.

Kansas City Maker Faire at Union Station 2012

Kansas City Maker Faire at Union Station 2012 (no idea about the ambulance)

The place was packed with Tesla coils, 3D printers, mills, rockets and all kinds of contraptions. I was pretty excited to see some of the things that had been on hackaday.com and Kickstarter. Ron Light brought in his 3D printer that uses light-cured resin, with an added UV filter on the window to protect the project from all the sunlight within the train station (he says this will come standard in the final kits).

There was also the bubble display built by Matt Bell. I only captured a short 240p clip of it, but it was very impressive. He uses mineral oil instead of water, which slows and regulates the bubbles’ ascent better than water.

Finally, I was very excited to see that Anthony Clay had brought in his EE reference posters to sell. He’s from Tulsa as well, and had a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise the money to print the posters. I had been looking for “cheat sheets” to have around my workspace, and these are perfect!

But it was a great experience, and I recommend it to anyone interested in seeing what other creative minds have come up with!


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