Last weekend my son and I took the train to Raleigh to experience the Maker Faire North Carolina (June 15th). While a bit crowded the show did not disappoint, especially from the perspective of a seven-year-old who ran from booth to booth, at times, missing large sections of the show. To compensate, we ended up leaving and returning to the show about a dozen times, each time seeing about 15-percent of the presenters. Here’s what we found:
3D printers are everywhere. I didn’t keep an active count but there must have at least 20 booths with some form of printer, milling or routing device. In many cases, more than one per booth. The creations from these devices, even the mid-priced solutions are impressive both in speed and fidelity, clearly huge performance leaps similar to Moore’s Law are in effect.
Robots are awesome. This isn’t news, but worth noting. Maker Faire sported dozens of handmade robots designed for myriad tasks including frisbee throwing, hockey, miniature rock climbing and basketball.
Ultimately, humans like to make things and that’s what Maker Faire is really about. We built and fired rockets (indoor and outdoor), played with robots, created kinetic sculptures, made origami frogs and basically had a blast.