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!

The Charlottesville Mini Maker FaireThe Charlottesville Mini Maker Faire

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!

Chris looking stoked! Chris looking stoked!

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.

The MEGA 2612The MEGA 2612

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.

A synthesizer made of fruit! A synthesizer made of fruit!

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.

A helmet wired with LEDsA helmet made of house wrap material wired with LEDs

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!

T-shirt Gattling GunT-shirt Gatling Gun

The technology teacher for Western Albemarle High School was showing off a method of creating aluminum metal parts using 3D printed prototypes.

The mold for creating metal partsThe mold for creating metal parts
Metal Cast Medal