The Henry Ford is once again the host for the 4th annual Maker Faire Detroit. Detroit’s rich history as a city and the makers from all over the Midwestern United States and Southern Canada generate excitement and vibrance unlike other Faires.
Here’s a collection of photos from Saturday:
The "Detroit" lettering was designed and built by Carl A. Nielbock, who is proud Detroit resident and master craftsman now teaching his art to the next generation.
Last year Kyle Baker came to the Detroit Faire and got inspired to make. This year his inspiration has materialized in his project Old Blue, a custom bike he built.
What is Jeff McAlvay showing off? Well it initially looks like a 3D printer; however, it is actually the housing for a surface mount assembly machine that will pick up a component and then place it on the PCB: http://tempoautomation.com/
This what everyone was looking at in the image before; the top of the image is a line of resistors that are ready to be pick-and-placed. If you look closely you can see a few lines of resistors have already been applied to the PCB.
LEGO and Star Wars is a winning combination.
This might look like WALL-E, but it is actual a portable air conditioning unit from that is often used in data centers to cool rackmount servers.
FIRST team #503 from Novi, Michigan boast a robot that can pitch a baseball 108MPH and even had the honor of the first pitch at a recent Detroit Tigers baseball game.
Jason Kridner, co-founder of the BeagleBoard.org, helps out with some BeagleBone Black programming at the Element14 tent.
Maker Faire is always a good place for some new approaches in cooking. This tricked out bike is but one of many custom projects that members from the Mt. Elliot Makerspace have on display.
Power Racing Series racers about to test their skill in the Motor City.
Wood shop circa 1870s. Thomas E. Daniels' timber planer is on the left and on the right is a band saw from 1868.
The Ford Model T has a prominent place in the museum, but this exploded perspective on the T provides a new way to understand the car's design.
The 1930s World's Fair proclaimed a new age for technology and innovation. One glimpse on the future was the Westinghouse Elecktro the Moto-man creation. If you want to watch Elecktro in action you can watch one of his demonstrations.
Automobiles are not the only vehicles you will find at The Henry Ford. An entire section of the museum is devoted to historically important and interesting trains, such as this snowplow used by the Canadian Pacific.
Autonomous Robot Knife Fight puts a premium on strategy. All robot combatants are exactly alike because, for Matthew and Ted, they wanted a sport which would showcase a programmer's ability to write strategically. The robots cost under $50 to build and use Arduino, OpenCV, and a software referee system written in python.
Always authentic and always willing to pose for a quick picture!
Just a Maker taking the wheel out for a spin.
The Henry Ford is not only the Faire host, but even let's attendees play with their LEGOs.
No one gets tired of seeing a life size Mouse Trap.
mUVe is a 3D printer that uses resin not the more standard printing material ABS or PLA.
The Road to Maker Faire Challenge will award $2,500 to one winner to bring his or her project to World Maker Faire on Sep. 21 & 22, 2013 in New York. Use the funding for materials, transport, or anything else you might need to get to Maker Faire. Applications are due by 11:59pm PT on August 5, 2013.