The 2012 OMSI Maker’s Faire was a blast to visit. Saw lots of interesting ideas and projects. The range of ideas is huge, and span the centuries of human knowledge. For example there was a guy making traditional leather shoes by hand, a real blacksmith complete with on-site forge, and gladiator style sword fighting lessons! Then, just 50 feet away there was a liquid nitrogen cooled CPU overclocked to 6 GHz, booths on 3d printers, Arduino upgrades, and moving sculptures built with hardware controllers. Got to see a full size trebuchet fire a pumpkin about 40 yards!
Almost all the projects are open source. Everything there is being done for the joy of it. What a great atmosphere to learn and get inspired! Thank you OMSI!
Lots of MakerBot 3d printers were there:
A hand made ‘skin on frame’ kayak:
Cool fashion statement, got goggles?
Magnetically powered moving sculpture:
Water cooled gaming rig:
Robots playing basketball:
If you couldn’t go, here are some links to feed your brain: