Monthly Archives: July 2013

Maker Faire Detroit this weekend – and more upcoming Maker events!

Tons of events for seasoned makers, newbies and art lovers! We’re really excited about Maker Faire Detroit – a few of us will even be on hand that weekend. If you recognize any of the Maker Faire team, come and say hello!

Maker Faire Detroit– July 27-28 – Dearbourne, MI

More than 400 makers are bringing their wares, ideas, inventions and solutions to The Henry Ford in Dearbourne. Only a 4 hour drive from Toronto, the maker exhibits promise to be exciting and you get to see the beautiful Henry Ford Museum.

Detroit_MF_2013_logos_Logo2Purchase tickets.

Never Ever Whole Opening Reception – July 26 – Toronto, ON

Presented as the 13th iteration of the annual Emerging Artist Exhibition at InterAccess, Never Ever Whole showcases the work of four emerging artists: Britta Evans-Fenton, Rob Donnelly, Maria Tsylke and Anna Hawkins. Each artist articulates the complicated pursuit of wholeness through a series of divided images, blurred messages, concealed texts and abstract auras. The show will be open from July 26 to August 17.

Britta Evans-Fenton, System Failure (2011) (detail)

Learn more. 

Arduino Total Beginners Workshop at – July 29 – Toronto, ON

This workshop is for total beginners. Eric will show you how to get started with Arduino, the super-friendly microcontroller platform that even artists love. Eric will cover getting the software installed and going, hooking up the Arduino, and a little bit of basic programming, via explanation of the Examples. You too can cut and paste your way to a working project! You’ll need your own Arduino to participate. Space is limited!

Reserve your spot. 

WIN a 3Doodler, the world’s first 3D printing pen!

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There are many reasons to attend Toronto Mini Maker Faire, including live glass blowing, robots, toy hacking, 3D Chocolate printing and more. Now, we’re giving you one more reason to lock your tickets in early, the chance to WIN a 3Doodler! Pen to be shipped in early 2014.

Purchase your tickets to Toronto Mini Maker Faire by Friday, August 9th and you’ll be automatically entered to WIN a 3Doodler, the world’s first 3D printing pen! This successful Kickstarter project will be shipping to its backers and then to the lucky winner early next year. Good news is, everyone who has already purchased a ticket will also be entered.

Gain additional entries by letting us know what you’d create with the @3Doodler on Twitter!

“#Iwouldcreate  _______ with a @3Doodler @MakerFaire_TO”

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Meet a few of the 2013 Makers!

We have received many great applications for makers so far and we’re excited to announce a few of this year’s maker line-up.

3D Chocolateering, Brian Luptak

bnnfd731b 3D Chocolateering will be showing off the world’s first Chocolate Selective Laser Sintering 3D printer at the Faire this fall! Just when you thought 3D printing couldn’t get any sweeter, a small group of Mechatronics Engineering graduates based out of Waterloo, Ontario have created a 3D printer that can form solid chocolate objects by thermally bonding chocolate powder using 2W 445nm laser sintering.

Toy Hacking, MakerKids

Maker KidsThis year’s faire will have something for all ages! MakerKids will be hosting a Toy Hacking makerstation where young and old alike can use tools and craft supplies to take toys apart and reassemble them into new creations! A 3D printer will be on hand churning out eyes, teeth and other oddities for creations of all kinds. Electronics, soldering irons, and LEDs will also be on hand for further customization. Humpty Dumpty never had it so good!

MakerKids is a makerspace for kids that offers workshops, after-school programs, summer camps, and birthday parties on electronics, woodworking, programming, sewing, 3D printing and much more.

Flame-working…here fishy fishy fish, Natali Baird

Natali BairdNatali Baird will be sharing a unique and mesmerizing glass working technique at the faire called Flame Working. She will be creating glass fish by using a an oxygen/propane torch to melt glass into beautiful pieces of art, live.

Glass has its own sense of movement and internal structure, a quality which allows maker Natali Baird to interact with the medium in an intimate and responsive way. Don’t miss seeing beautiful creations come to life before your eyes this September 21-22!

Hope to see you there!

Eventbrite - Toronto Mini Maker Faire 2013

Toronto Maker Events for Kids and Adults!

Hope you all had a Happy Canada Day! There are a ton of maker workshops for kids and adults coming up in the next couple of weeks, so get out there and make something amazing!

Maker Faire 2011 / Eric Boyd

3d Printing for Total Beginners – July 6, 18, 31 – Toronto, ON
This very popular workshop now has three new dates! Sign up now before it sells out. Learn how to design your own 3D printable items and hear about the cool ways this technology is being used in the real world!
Purchase tickets.

Arduino for Kids Workshop – July 13 – Toronto, ON
The Maker Kids workspace has a number of great programs running this summer, but one of the coolest is definitely the Arduino for Kids Workshop. Kids will learn all the basics of programming, powering and playing with an Arduino board to do things like control lights or a motor. Purchase tickets.

Maker Adults Monday Night Open Shop – July 15 – Toronto, ON
The Maker Kids workspace in Roncesvalles is opening up their doors to adults to learn about woodworking, electronics, 3D modelling and printing, Arduino, Makey Makey and more! This workshop will run every Monday from 7 pm to 10 pm. Purchase tickets.

Intro to Electronics with Michael Bica – July 20 – Toronto, ON
Want to learn how to build basic electronic circuits? If you’ve got a basic knowledge of electricity and Ohm’s law, sign up for this class. At the end of the class you’ll have an understanding of how use breadboards, electronic components (resisters, capacitator, inductors), modelling software and where to buy parts. Purchase tickets.