Last week, I went to the NoVa Mini Maker Faire with [carrythewhat?] replications. If you’re not familiar with Maker Faires, I wrote a little bit about them after I attended my first one in Norfolk, Virginia.

I couldn’t believe how many 3D printers I saw there. There was an entire gymnasium filled with 3D printers, and all makers of all skill levels experimenting with them! Many members of the NOVARRG (Northern Virginia RepRap Group) were there showing their DIY 3D printers, many of them actually printing during the event!

Some of the 3D printers from the NOVARRGSome of the 3D printers from the NOVARRG
People were really excited to see these printers working right in front of them!People were really excited to see these printers working right in front of them!

Keith from Nova Labs was there with an InMoov that had the head assembled with a camera in the eye! Really cool and encouraging to see someone who had made this much progress.

Keith with his InMoovKeith with his InMoov
This is what the InMoov "sees" through its cameraThis is what the InMoov “sees” through its camera

There was also a company that would scan your head and make a 3D print of it right in front of you! It’s amazing to see how far and how fast the technology has evolved in just a few years.

I actually watched someone have their head scanned, it was a cool process!I actually watched someone have their head scanned; it was a cool process!

Nova Labs also had a small table set up where they had various types of dough and simple electrical components where you could build your own circuit! The colored dough is conductive, while the non-colored dough is not, and acts as a dielectric preventing current from passing. Using a little battery pack, you could build a simple LED circuit!

It was really cool to see people building these circuits!It was really fun to see people building these circuits!

Here are some more pictures from the Faire, in no particular order. I could have spent an entire weekend taking pictures of all the interesting things there, but I only had a few hours!

This DIY book scanner works by taking a hi-res picture of both pages of a book simultaneously while flattening them against a Plexiglas screen.This DIY book scanner works by taking a hi-res picture of both pages of a book simultaneously while flattening them against a Plexiglas screen.
This scanner creates a 3D image by rotating the object on a turntable while scanning it.This scanner creates a 3D image by rotating the object on a turntable while scanning it.
A robot with Mecanum wheels that is capable of very quick movement in any directionA robot with Mecanum wheels that is capable of very quick movement in any direction
Our booth! (check out the sign!)Our booth! (check out the sign!)