KC Maker Faire 2015

We had a reallly fun time at the Kansas City Maker Faire. I talked with at least 10 people that either live in St. Louis or wanted to send somebody they know to visit us. We had the telepresence robot, The NVidia Jetson robot, the pixy bots, face dectection bot, 3 different LED Matrices, and Diane's Paracord Card Weaving on display. We just had 1 table although we had requested 2. It was a tight squeeze so we occasionally moved to open areas with the bots. We had steady streams of people throughout each day.

On Saturday Night we went as a group to Char-Bar. We ate some nice although slowly served BBQ before heading over to Hammerspace the for profit Hackerspace in KC. The had a huge shop with Vaccum ports every 3 feet on the work benches with a on off switch as well. They had modified a dead Lithum Ion battery for use with their low voltage system. With that battery installed it was not a portable but a working drill none the less. It could still be cordless with a charged battery but a corded one when that flexiablity was needed. In the clean room area of the shop they had about 6 differnet 3d printers available for use. Ultimaker's and Oni were the kinds they had. There were no deltas on hand. They had 6 Laser Cutters - 2 epilog, 2 half beams, and 2 full beam lasers. The epilogs where roughly the same size as ours maybe a little smaller, The half beam ones were big enough that I could just about lay in them like a single bed, and the full beam one was big enough for two of me. My favorite part was the google fiber connection. While they had no open wifi they did however leave a running logged in computer alone in the space on which I quickly jumped on and ran a speedtest. 352.46 Mbps Down and 325.28 Mbps Up was their Google Fibre Speed. There was at least 5 other computers in use so they might have been downloading at the time to lower those numbers some.

There where 3 Predators, a Cylon, Iron Man, War Machine, Groot, and a Stan Lee look-a-like walking around the Faire. I saw steam punk costuming, motorized deck chair, power wheels, a powered uni-cycle - Solowheel, an Oxboard - like a Segway without the handle bar, Low-Riders, and a rock wall. There was a Dunk tank that instead of water they shot fire into. It was called the Dunk Tank Flambe'. Click to see Rob's nice Slo-mode video. Here is a video of some of the highlights of the faire in which Arch Reactor demos appear.


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Upcoming Events

Sunday, November 17th

  1. Natural Wreath Making Workshop
    • Start time: 01:00pm
    • End time: 04:00pm
    • Celebrate the coming winter by making a festive wreath using natural materials to decorate your house. These wreaths will be wildlife friendly, sustainably made, all compostable, and made with your special touch.

      I (Besa) will provide greenery, decorative seeds and berries, wire and tools, and instruction.
      You should bring your own wire wreath frame, gloves to protect your fingers from being poked and sappy, and any other special things you want to add to your wreath.
      Other stuff you might want to bring:
      - gloves to protect your fingers from being poked and sappy
      - hand pruners, wire cutters, thin wire or twist ties
      - decorative seeds, berries, pine cones
      - ribbons
      - snacks/drinks to share
      - an empty car trunk to bring home your wreath

      Class size limit 14 people

      Questions? contact cweiss@gmail.com or besa.schweitzr@gmail.com

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  2. Open Build Something!
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 10:00pm
    • Where: 2215 Scott Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
    • Come stop by and visit! Open build night to work on projects and hang out!

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Tuesday, November 19th

  1. Build Night!
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Where: Arch Reactor, 2215 Scott Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
    • Come help build out Arch Reactor into the kind of space we all know it can be! All skill levels welcome, we can even teach you some new building skills!

      Building a insulated plug for the sliding door in the front space.

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Thursday, November 21st

  1. Laser Workshop Night
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • Description:Feel free to come by to learn how to use the laser cutter, talk about laser cutters, work on laser cutter projects, etc!

      Contact Person: Travis

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Friday, November 22nd

  1. 3D Printer Meetup
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Whether you're interested in printing for art, prototyping, manufacturing, or just fixing dishwasher soap lids, this is a meetup group where you can come get answers to your questions, help people new to the hobby, and show off your printer and its creations.

      If you have a printer, bring it along, working or not, we would love to see and learn about it.


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