There was a great mix of individual makers showing off their projects and fabrication training programs at both Lehigh University and the Northampton Community College Fab Lab. Here are some of our our favorites.
Industrial Strength Fun at the Lehigh Valley Mini Maker Faire
Lost PLA MAKE Robots!
The Newark based Printed Solid turns 3D prints into bronze, brass silver, aluminum and other metals with a lost PLA process. Anna KF is psyched about her three new bronze Makey charms.
Matthew Sommerfield of MTS Ventures refined MAKE's air rocket launcher by Rick Shertle. He and his crew helpled kids build rockets and launch them all day long. See our video interview and air rocket launch footage.
Replicating the Iconic Center Square Easton Monument
Shapeways printed 3D scan of the 75 ft tall monument honoring the four major branches of the Union Army during the Civil War in centre square Easton, PA. The monument was fabricated by P.F. Eisenhower & Sons, erected in1888 and unveiled in 1900. It was digitally replicated in 2013 by Matt DiGirolamo of Easton MakerSpace.
Tools used: Digital Camera, Autodesk Recap Photo, CloudCompare, MeshLab, and Autodesk Meshmixer.
3D mapping the world, by Easton MakerSpace.
Detail of Shapeways printed 3D scan of the 75 foot tall monument in downtown Easton, PA. Digitally replicated in 2013 by Matt DiGirolamo of Easton MakerSpace.
Guitars by makers studying in the Basic & Advanced Woodworking Luthier Program, on stringed instrument construction at the Northampton Community College Fab Lab. Built by combining handmade and digital fabrication techniques, they look - and sound - great!
Bethlehem Steel Compressor
Mike Piersa from the National Museum of Industrial History demonstrates this still-working air compressor, just one of many historical pieces on display. More info at http://www.nmih.org.
For more videos, photos and interviews, check out all of our Lehigh Mini Maker Faire coverage.
Digital Fabrication Editor of Maker Media.
She runs the digital fabrication hardware testing for Make:. If you’re a vendor who would like to submit a tool for review (3D printer, CNC, laser cutter, fab software etc.), contact her directly at: anna [@] makermedia [dot] com.
She’s the section editor for Make: Skill Builder. Make: celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will. But — In order to really tweak and bend something, you need to understand it! If you’d like to write a tightly focused piece on a core maker skill in science / engineering / craft / art / architecture / robotics / fabrication etc. (whatever) that you’d like to teach to other makers — and have Make: work with you to illustrate for magazine publication — let her know!
She’s very interested in your ideas for practical digital fabrication focused books — anything that turns codes into things — hardware and software.
She’s also the Dean of the global Fab Academy program, the co-author of Getting Started with MakerBot, compiled the Make: 3D Printing book and ran the 2015 and 2014 3D Printer Shootout Weekend testing events.
She likes things that are computer-controlled, parametric, and open source — preferably all three.
Andrew Terranova is an electrical engineer, writer and an electronics and robotics hobbyist. He is an active member of the Let’s Make Robots community, and handles public relations for the site.
Andrew has created and curated robotics exhibits for the Children’s Museum of Somerset County, NJ and taught robotics classes for the Kaleidoscope Learning Center in Blairstown, NJ and for a public primary school. Andrew is always looking for ways to engage makers and educators.
I’m an artist & maker. A lifelong biblioholic, and advocate for all-things geekathon. Home is Long Island City, Queens, which I consider the greatest place on Earth. 5-year former Resident of Flux Factory, co-organizer for World Maker Faire (NYC), and blogger all over the net. Howdy!