Maker Faire! I get stoked every time I go to one of these! They’re always a blast, and it’s cool seeing what everyone is up to!
For this Maker Faire, I was actually manning two booths, one for [carrythewhat?] replications, and one for RepTech. This was a cool set-up, and it was really fun showing people how 3D printers work! I broke away for a bit to take some pictures, and I really liked what I saw!
Megasynths had a really cool table, with some of their DIY synthesizers on display. My favorite was the MEGA 2612, which had an IC that was ripped out of a Sega Genesis and interfaced with a MIDI controller.
Tech-Girls had my favorite set-up, and I spent a little too long playing with it. They had a synthesizer that used apples for mallets, and bananas for keys. When connected, they would play a note. I saw people excitedly playing with it all day, and it was always fun to hear the laughs after the first note.
There was also an exhibit by some James Madison University architecture students, which reused building materials as repurposed clothing. Each of the pieces had an artistic statement attached, specific to the type of material and location the project referred to.
There was also a maker whose son had built a t-shirt gatling gun, which was one of the most eye-catching things at the Maker Faire. There was also a single-shot variant, and a wrist-mounted version that he built for show and tell at his middle school!
The technology teacher for Western Albemarle High School was showing off a method of creating aluminum metal parts using 3D printed prototypes.