Maker Summit Save the Date

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Maker Summit Save the Date

 

ASU CTI is bringing the local maker community together to share best practices. Mark your calendar now to join them! Invitation and agenda to follow.

Event details

When: Thursday, November 14, 2013
Cost: $15 (lunch will be provided)
Where: TechShop, inside the new ASU Chandler Innovation Center, 249 E. Chicago Street, Chandler, AZ 85225

Keynote speaker and breakout sessions to be announced. If you are interested in presenting on a topic about making, or know someone who would be, please contact Katherine.M.Clemens@asu.edu.

3D Printing Pen (3Doodler) on Order

WobbleWorks put together an incredible KickStarter recently, that raised over $2.3 million in funding, for a 3D printing pen.  The 3Doodler is a pen that can draw in the air.  You can hold it in your hand and draw 3D objects.  No software or computer necessary.

Gangplank Labs has supported this project and should have a 3Doodler in hand by the end of the year.  We will keep you updated, so when it comes in you can stop by and doodle with us.  Happy Hacking.

Hacknight Chandler

Every Wednesday night is Hacknight at Gangplank Chandler, from 6 PM to 10PM (or whenever the last person passes out :). Work late on, start up, or keep hacking with your projects. Share ideas with a community of fellow makers with passions spread across many various fields.

We have seen packs of dogs, kids creating permanent tattoos, Ruby on Rails (crazy right?) and much more go down here on these weekly Hacknights. Come down and get in on the action yourself, bring the family too there’s fun for all ages here. Are you in to Python? Arduino? Raspberry Pi? Node.js? Fortran? You’ll be in good company here, the WiFi and Power are free so bring your devices and show off your skills!

RSVP On Meetup.com

Experimenting with Drawdio

Recently we were asked to come participate in an art show at a local school. It started with the desire to have our MakerBot on site and showcasing what it can do. After a couple of discussions it became a much cooler display. In addition to the MakerBot we are bring our version of the Drawdio.

Drawdio is an open-source project that caught our attention when it turned pencils into not just a visual tool but also an audio tool. Adam and I quickly began playing with them and bread boarded on Hacknight. The kids in the space loved it and solidified taking a handful of them to the event.

Running out of time to have them professionally printed we are trying our hand at etch our own boards this week based on the bread board layout below. Once those are finished I will be sure to post our thoughts on the process and the end result.

In the meantime checkout the Drawdio video.

Maker Faire coming to Phoenix

Maker Faire is the premier event for grassroots American innovation. Come Saturday October 15th for a one day family-friendly event that celebrates arts, crafts, engineering, food, music science, technology and the DIY Maker mindset.

It is a showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness!


When: Saturday October 15th 11:00am – 7:00pm

Where: Roosevelt st. at 3rd Street in Phoenix

Who: You + local Makers & Artists…Including Flaming Robots, Laser Cut Pumpkins, 3D printing, Extreme Marshmallow Cannon, Open source Cars, Video clothing, and MORE!

How: Early bird $10 tickets available before October 1st. Regular tickets $15, children 6 and older $12, children under 6 are free. www.makerfairephoenix.com/tickets/

More details? : www.makerfairephoenix.com


Makers! We’re in the last mile but if you have something really great and want to share it, send us a note here: http://www.makerfairephoenix.com/extendedcall.php


Free Tickets? Think about volunteering, email our volunteer coordinator Crystal West : crystal.west@gmail.com

About Maker Faire
Presented by Maker Bench Tempe, Roosevelt Row and Tony Felice PR with support from MAKE Magazine makezine.com, CRAFT magazine and craftzine.com and O’Reilly Media. Maker Faire Phoenix would not be possible without sponsorship support from Yelp and The Arizona Science Center. Maker Faire is a newfangled fair that brings together science, art, craft and engineering plus music in a fun, energized, and exciting public forum. The aim is to inspire people of all ages to roll up their sleeves and become makers. This family-friendly event showcases the amazing work of all kinds of makers. Anyone who is embracing the DIY spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.

Arduino Night

ArduinoCome join us at Gangplank Chandler the third Wednesday of every month. Arduino Night is an evening to share your project and work with others on completing Arduino based projects. It is held in conjunction with Hacknight, so there will be plenty going on and lots of great people to interact with.  Oh yeah…and pizza.

Mike Benner's Arduino Prototype Board

Arduino Prototype Board

Some of the current projects include a bathroom monitoring system, a Jeopardy style buzzer system, RFID to web service, Ghost Hunting device and even a cloud computing management tool. We also have a Epilog Laser Engraver/Cutter on site to create custom cases and mounts for your prototypes and plenty of helpful people. If you have ever thought about getting into the embedded device arena, this is your opportunity.

Don’t have an Arduino? No sweat come on down and borrow one of ours. Don’t have a project? Come join in with one already in progress. Don’t have any more excuses? Great! We’ll see you there.

Back to School Fun

With school starting back up, Adam Mokan used the Epilog Laser Engraver to make a few backpack trinkets for the kids.

A quick search on the web for a few of the requested figures and he was off and engraving.  While the kids loved the final product, they were really enthralled with the actual engraving by the laser.  Can you blame them? It is a FREAKIN LASER BEAM.

Here are a few samples of the items: