3D printing can serve many masters. I’ve turned 3D printing into a successful business and happy to help others avoid the pitfalls I’ve found along the way.
Visitors will launch their own “Dry Ice Rockets”
My display consists of small homemade scratch-built engines. They are sensitive enough that when they are placed in the palm of my hand they can run powered by body heat alone.
Our students grow hydroponic leaf lettuce and Tilapia as part of their integrated K-8 STEM curricula and high school vocational agricultural program. Since they are creating a system that can produce 110 pounds of fish per year and 17-27 pounds of leafy greens per week, they want to be environmentally responsible by growing their greens from seed and breeding their Tilapia through quality selection. The self-sustaining possibilities of aquaponics will create learning opportunities for children to see food from farm to table. Students will learn to reinvent agriculture in order to produce food that is sustainable and highly productive. They use the serial camera with the Arduino Mega Boards to engineer and create a live-stream video monitoring system for their fish. They program the camera to monitor their fish and provide a live-steam on the District’s YouTube Channel so they can check the condition of their fish anytime, anywhere with an Internet connection. This real-world application with technology, biology, and agriculture creates a truly hands-on learning experience while supporting the growing need for local produce.
The WIU Center for Innovation and Creativity in Education will feature a hands-on exhibit designed to give participants an opportunity to interact with some of the most exciting educational tools available. Come join us and play!
A Restored 95 year old 1 1/2 HP Hercules Engine
Handmade jewelry made from recycled circuit boards and resin
We will present Imade3D Jellybox – 3D printer dedicated for education and concept to enhance STEAM education.
Propel Schools, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a not-for-profit federation of charter schools, dedicated to the mission of catalyzing the transformation of public education so that all children have access to high performing public schools. Propel’s Schools allows students to collaborate in a real and relevant way, bringing content to life. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) projects and programs will bring a holistic viewpoint to students, preparing them for life. Propel’s STEAM programming partners with local, regional and national experts and corporations, allowing our students access to cutting edge technologies and real-world scenarios.
We will share the advent of CAD Design and rapid model making to inspire kids and adults that they can make anything they want.
Repurpose a vintage 8 Track tape cartridge into a funky wallet
These are gear clocks cut on the HackPGH CNC machine. They are powered by either an electromagnetically driven pendulum or a stepper motor.
I build and fly indoor rubber band powered free-flight model airplanes. The F1D weighs 1.2 grams and will fly for over 30 minutes on a single wound rubber motor.
Interact with a variety of original, student designed and built robots created using Birdbrain Technologies’ Hummingbird Duo boards.
Learn more about how to become a member of the Remake Learning Network!
Custom CNC Controller and retrofitted CNC mill
Dorseyville Middle School will showcase: Project Based Learning activities that have been completed by students in grades 6-8. Student designed Apps created in App Lab from Code.org will also be showcased Attendees will be able to make and take an LED flashlight.
Make your own block print celebrating Pittsburgh and Makers.
A demonstration of Robotics designed for kids!
RealBotics is an online community allowing makers and inventors the ability to share remote control of their robots and devices with people from around the world.
Pittsburgh’s biggest co-working space, Alloy 26, is thrilled to participate in this years Maker Fair! We’ll be highlighting our co-workers that participate in our fellowship program through live demos and interactive games.
Level up from video game player to video game maker! Come play video games designed by Pittsburgh-area youth and submitted to the National STEM Video Game Challenge (www.stemchallenge.org). Provide feedback to their makers. Learn about the elements of game design. Complete hands-on, minds-on, physical game design exercises. Start designing your own video game now!
Swing by MAKESHOP, the Children Museum of Pittsburgh’s permanent makerspace, to explore basic electronics and try your hand at some simple eTextiles and sewn circuitry!
Action Housing’s Uptown Lofts provides transitional housing and support for young people 18-24 aging out of foster care. The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has facilitated a Maker Space there, where residents can sew, screenprint, solder, wood burn, build design, and plan. At Maker Faire, we’re exhibiting some of this work, which is available for purchase!
This exhibit features a digital art exhibit and capacity for visitors to create their own digital art (take pictures of themselves and then redraw their portraits using text or a topographic map). Our augmented reality sandbox allows visitors to interact with colorful maps or photos of themselves projected onto the sand.
Come and pet giant origami animals!
Challenge: Can You Ride this Bicycle? A reverse steering bicycle has been constructed using two gears, where turning the handle to the right makes the bicycle wheel turn left, and vice-versa.
Demonstrating what the team has built to compete in the FIRST Robotics program.
We are showing off our Raspberry Pi Cluster computer.
This robot dog can chase his own robotic ball.
We would like to set up a 60 watt laser cutter and demonstrate laser cutting and assembly of laser cut products.
3R WEAR is an up and coming graphic t-shirt line with photography and artwork created by Joe Gardonis.
It is a Raspberry Pi that has been modified to fit in a specially Laser Cut wooden Laptop case complete with a keyboard and touchscreen.
The Power Racing Series is a competition where kid’s toys are souped up and raced. The Mechs of Hazard have created a jeep that is modeled after Dixie from the Dukes of Hazard.
Turtle Mail, AE Dreams’ first product, is a wooden mailbox for kids. It contains an embedded thermal printer and is WiFi-connected. Family and friends can send the children they love special messages from a mobile or desktop device. Parents can also sign their children up for developmentally appropriate activities and content, delivered daily from Turtle Mail.
Come play with Hummingbird kits and Finch robots. Build a recycled robot, engineer an animatronic creature, or learn to code a small, friendly robot!
Power Racing Series Team
Naked Geometry creates functional design, using geometry and woodworking to craft everything from end tables to lamps to pendants. While most designers rely heavily on either the aesthetic, symbolic or mathematical aspects of the work, we focus on all three, adding an additional awareness of our primary material, wood.
PittMesh is Pittsburgh’s Community Wireless Network. It is built using mesh networking technology and allows local neighborhoods to provide free public WiFi for their residents, businesses, and visitors. PittMesh is supported by local community leaders and volunteers and is administered by Meta Mesh Wireless Communities, a non-profit organization.
Various interactive product demonstrations and pop-up store!
This exhibit will introduce people of all ages to the brilliant inventor Nikola Tesla in a fun, interactive exhibit! Combining art and technology, people can learn his story while playing with inventions in an immersive experience. Color in Nikola’s legacy in the Tesla coloring book while controlling a musical Tesla Coil and create fluorescent art that glows in the dark.
Learn how to create a unique circular weaving using chunky yarn, wool roving, and an embroidery hoop.
At Draper & Dots, we empower learners by leveraging immersive and engaging projects in music and technology. Have you ever built a record player? Made your own synthesizer? Remixed your car? Come learn about these things and more as we explore music and sound with hands-on activities!
Nova Place is excited to participate again in this years Maker Fair! Stop by our booth to see the latest updates in the development including a tour of Union Fitness, demos from tenants, and fun interactive DIY projects with WorkshopPGH.
AKA Epi-cy-CLOID-o-graph. 😉 Part scooter, part bed frame, plus chalk, frictons, math, and bike parts. What do you get? Hypocycloids! Where do you want them? ALL OVER THE PLACE!!!!
Indoor positioning technology that works in industrial environments and enables improvement of productivity and safety in industrial facilities.
We have a race car for the Power Racing Series.
Fantastic things brought to life on YouTube… and in real life.
Come try your hand at 3D 3 Player chess! A wood project by Maker in Training.
Thinking of running a Kickstarter? Come get hands-on feedback to make your Kickstarter a success!
There are 1 billion people worldwide with disabilities. On the surface, each person’s needs are drastically different, and niche solutions exist to meet specific needs. However, a core set of overarching challenges–social inclusion, independence, and technological access–remain unaddressed. Xogo is an adapter that uses assistive technologies already available and bridges them to consumer technologies never before accessible to people with disabilities.
Help construct a kinetic sculpture using collected recycled and donated materials into a large, movable group project!!!
A blast from the automation past. This 20+ year old CNC engraver was found and repaired to its former glory. Enter the text or logo you wish to engrave and press go! A conglomeration of pneumatics and electronics make this handheld machine really buzz. Grab a piece of material and engraver your name!
Power Racing Series Team
PrintSpace 3D™ manufactures high-performance 3D printers and develops custom 3D printing applications utilizing advanced materials. Known for sleek design, large print volume, and 25+ materials selection, PrintSpace 3D printers are especially geared towards engineers and professionals and are used by National Laboratories and Universities across the country.
Power Racing Team. This team is entering their second year of racing silly sub $500 electric cars. This car is built from a children’s ride on toy, spare parts and dreams.
Table-top with metal-formed and laser-cut parts.
Design and create an adhesive sticker to apply onto any surface!
Reynolds Advanced Materials is a a supplier of mold rubber and casting resins. We specialize in helping people like you convert concepts and project designs to a finished product. Our expertise can guide you to the right material and/or equipment for just your project. We will be performing demonstrations using our products throughout the day, raffling off material prizes along with displaying example pieces.
Come and join The Society for Creative Anachronism to see how people made things during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. There will be fiber arts activities such as spinning, weaving, and cord making. See how illuminated manuscripts are made. See what people wore! See a display of medieval armor and siege engines, as well as other items they used then, all made by local crafts people. Find out how you can learn to make the things you see!
AutoSet is a CNC attachment for your miter saw.
K-9, the robot dog.
Vendor application for kits to build paper sculptures
Custom home made Tube amplifier and custom built speaker cabinets
Wood and metal furniture and décor pieces designed for the bar and home.
Jim Leonard will be walking around wearing his LED coats and vests.
Racing souped-up Power Wheels. Our Power Wheel is a camo jeep.
These are laser etched acrylic lamps that display various transmutation circles.
Chartiers Valley teachers and students will demonstrate how they are using drones to document our construction project at the Chartiers Valley Middle School.
Clay sculpting with ordinary items and stone molding.
A booth meant to share more information about the Startable Pittsburgh teen summer program and get them excited to apply for the 2017 program. There will be takeaway flyers, a business idea contest with a chance to win a free TechShop class, and on Saturday/Sunday program alumni will be selling work they created.
CORMUG has been holding free monthly meetups at the Columbus Idea Foundry since 2009. Everyone is welcome to attend whether you own a printer, want to buy a printer, or just want to see what 3D printing is all about.
Google’s STEAM Space will feature interactive, hands-on demonstrations with help from Google employees and our friends from Pittsburgh area’s education community. These projects bring science, technology, art, and making together to explore the world in new and exciting ways.
Healthy Ride, Pittsburgh’s own bike share system, seeks to change the way you get from here to there. Try one of our 4 Northside stations, or head out on a scavenger hunt through Nova Place. You never know where two wheels can take you.
My Portable Turbine is a 20foot wind turbine attached to the trailer hitch of my Jeep wrangler for off-road power generation.
Make your own chocolate bar: 3-D CAD to 3-D Printer to Vacuum Former to Chocolate Bar to Yum!
Wood sunglasses, phone cases, speakers, journals, mousepads
Meet PA Virtual Staff while making cool duct tape crafts!
Exhibits will include: Hydroponics Energy Inventor Labs Wireless Water Sensors Robotics Pitt Aero SAE Art of Making
Learn how eighth grade students from the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf made personalized chess pieces for their school using 3D modeling and printing and reverse engineering. The students will hold a demonstration of Rhinoceros 3D, Makerbot 3D printer and the Next Engine 3D Scanner to show their process.
A model Hit and Miss engine build from castings
Learn the basics of creating a floor plan, mood board and color palate for room design.
Do you know what an integrative sport is? Join us to BUILD and take home your very own inclusive game kit. DESIGN your own accessible features for a new integrative sport, StoneHenge! PLAY TEST your equipment before taking it home!
7 Birds is a brand new, fun and strategic lawn game designed and built by hand in Pittsburgh. This easy to setup and play game is perfect for backyards, picnics, and tailgates.
Anime and video game demonstration
No soldering needed to create your own Space Ship shaped LED keychain. Come learn how a battery and LED circuit works and take your creation home!
Create and test a musical instrument using our tools, makerspace and recycled materials. Make some music with us and then take your new instrument home to enjoy.
Fusing ancient hand-finishing techniques and modern laser-cutting technologies, SubSanctuary releases intentional, organic works of wearable, displayable, and functioning artwork in natural wood, stone, and leather.
DON’T JUST WATCH VIDEOS. MAKE VIDEOS. Steeltown is hosting an interactive exhibit with a variety of activities for participants to choose from to explore the magic of movie making! Film a silly scene in front of a green screen where you’ll be transported to anywhere from the beach to outer space, try out our GoPro and see how things really look in slow motion, or design your own storyboards for your future film!
How Platypus robots are built and programed.
The AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup application is open to early-stage startups that create at least one physical product. 6 teams will be selected in each city to give a 4-minute pitch to judging teams made up of local VCs and Hardware CEOs.
Traditional skills in studio-based garment construction business from fashion sketch to body measurements to paper n’ pencil pattern-making, to muslin sloper to fashion fabric. The entire process from designer’s creation to the finished garment for a specific customer. After you take the person’s measurements then transform them into a paper pattern which you use on the fabric to complete a garment. While making for special abilities clientele you must take additional measurements and keep in mind things like wheelchairs, walkers, head rests, etc when designing.
It will be an analog stick programmed to act as if it was a mouse HID with an arduino.
The Steel City robotics alliance is a collection of teams in the greater Pittsburgh Area. Our exhibit will include several different teams, with driving experiences for younger children.
The ability to 3D print real metal parts is here! 3D Metal Printing is “the final frontier” of 3D printing. Metal is strong, durable, hard… no wonder it’s so desirable as a 3D printing material. See our machine and our 3D Metal Printed parts.
BotsIQ is a manufacturing workforce development program disguised as a high school robotics competition. The Smart Sport is designed to provide high school students with an exciting, hands-on team experience while they learn about the pathways to a rewarding career in manufacturing. Our exhibit will include our smaller arena and some of our high school created Bots demolishing old computers, telephones and projectors demonstrating their power and capability.
An astrophotography camera.
Demonstrating Switcheroo, a simple consumer product that allows people to change which switches in their homes control their existing outlets.
HackPGH is Pittsburgh’s First Maker Space!
uTranslated redefines the translation industry by matching businesses directly with translators knowledgable of the subtle, cultural nuances necessary for international success in an efficient, scalable way.
Attendees will have the opportunity to see and participate in steelpan making and playing. We’ll show the steelpan building and tuning process, as well as demonstrate steelpan playing technique.
Project MoNET is interactive art project that creates semi-abstract paintings based on crowd-sourced colors.
Pow Pow Power Wheels Racing Vehicles
Pit area for Power Series racing car #99
The Maker’s Clubhouse is an educational initiative of The Oasis Project that aims to address students’ social, emotional, physical, and academic needs. The program serves Pittsburgh Faison K-5 students during and after school.
Frost Finery is proud to exhibit laser cut and hand-crafted jewelry and home goods.
The University of Pittsburgh’s Manufacturing Assistance Center (MAC) assists makers, manufacturers, and individuals in gaining a competitive advantage in the global economy via the use of advanced manufacturing technology and training. The Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence (IEE) is Western Pennsylvania’s number one resource for business leaders who are starting, growing or transitioning a business. Through a customized approach of one-on-one consulting, exclusive educational series, and deep connections to the region’s largest association of entrepreneurs, the IEE helps the business leaders of today and tomorrow achieve the Power to Prosper.
Explore the astronomical work of John Brashear and Samuel Langley and create a mini-spectroscope with the Heinz History Center!
One person touches another person’s face. All of the touches are recorded by a 3D camera. The result is a sort of map of an intimate encounter.
Baltimore Burners has been racing with the Power Racing Series since 2012, fielding many entries in the series that focuses on building and racing an electric vehicle on a shoestring budget.
BoXZY is a production-ready desktop makerspace that rapidly transforms into 3 kinds of machines: CNC Mill, 3D Printer & Laser Engraver, while enhancing precision & power with ballscrews.
Modified toys and custom made synthesizers.
Get a peek into the world of biohacking from the local company on the forefront of this new industry. Experience a new sense with Bottlenose, experience human bioluminescence with Northstar, and see what else we have up our sleeves (or in our arms).
Bring your Lego creations to life…size. This exhibit of large-scale Lego-inspired bricks lets children (and adults!) experience Lego construction in a bigger way. Prototype your creation using Lego bricks, then try to replicate your design using the large-scale bricks. It’s not as easy as it looks but it’s just as fun.
Lapidary Brian Hagan will demonstrate how rough stones are transformed into sparkling gems in a live stonecutting demonstration. You can also see gemstones in various cutting stages, and a time-lapse video showing the process from start to finish.
Hanover Designs makes jewelry and accessories with industrial yet modern flair. Each hand-crafted piece we make combines the strength of concrete with a touch of luxury.
Homemade/DIY mechanical and electrical demonstrations.
A presentation on how to design and build an First person view racing drone and course using 3-D printing and basic household items.
Vintage Robot designs and hand makes Robot apparel, art work, and jewelry crafted from recycled computers, watchers, and other materials.
Using art to spark interest in the natural world.
A maker selling laser-cut hand finished acrylic and wood jewelry. Colorful and lightweight earrings and necklaces, they are casual with elegant details.
Handcrafted organic and natural soap, lotion and body butter, etc.
YouTube superhero using the “maker” mentality to build REAL LIFE technology Batman would use! Prototype manufacturing methods include 3D printing, CNC milling, laser / waterjet cutting, mechanical design, and electronic circuitry integration. My inspiration comes from movies, comics, and video games. I inspire others by bringing their favorite sci-fi gadgets to life!
Join us at the Kidsburgh table for paper flower making using recycled magazines and circuitry block fun from the Children’s Innovation Project.
Children will experience making and racing their very own Brush Bots. Musical sounds will also be created utilizing kitchen utensils and the Makey Makey. Opportunity to view Hummingbird robots that have been created by second grade students based on their environmental field trip.
Get an insight into the jewelry manufacturing process and see how CAD design and 3D printing is being used to transform this centuries old trade. Also check out the jewelry for sale that was made using various 3D printing technologies.
Serial converter module for converting Sun keyboard commands to USB commands.
We will bring the car and have demonstrations about how different parts of the car work.
This exhibit will show our modification of MakerBots and Printrbots with custom syringe pump extruders to 3D printing soft and edible materials.
The members of the South Hills Model Railroad Club have built and maintain a large modular HO train layout
I am a maker of jewelry and art, using both fine and base metals, and techniques ranging from hundreds of years old, to very modern.
CMR’s entry into the 2016 Formula SAE Electric event.
Electricity demonstration that both adults and kids can participate!
What would you do if all communications went down? Learn how you could communicate in times of disaster! Come experience what it’s like to operate an amateur radio station and speak with people from all over the world through radio waves (no infrastructure needed)! The principles you’ll experience here are the beginnings of all forms of wireless communication. Things like phone calls, texts, and Wi-Fi stem from this technology.
We make wind chimes, accessories and jewelry from vintage silver plated silverware. Additionally, we make a line of lamps from silver plated serving pieces, as well as well loved musical instruments that are past their prime.
Using modern tools and ancient techniques, silversmith Brandy Sinclair will demonstrate how chains were made thousands of years ago. She will have finished handmade chain jewelry on-hand, along with documentation showing surviving historical examples. She’ll also show how “everything old is new again” by showing the connection between Roman gold and rubber band bracelets.
Collarbone Jewelry is a jewelry line inspired by the raw esthetics of the natural world. We make jewelry using raw stones, mixed metals and trinkets/omens. We will be exhibiting hammering metal into earrings and pendents. We will also be selling our two Jewelry lines, Collarbone Jewelry and CAT LUCK Jewelry.
An outline of how the integration of STEM skills into youth entrepreneurship programs can result in higher program quality, community engagement, and higher program outcomes for youth.
The visual Arts department will host a gallery exhibition of students works in the CAPA Maker Fair pop up gallery booth.
Our exhibit will feature a crowd created masterpiece done by catapult. We’ll also have the opportunity for kids to create their very own animals using basic sewing skills.
Check out a recently restored Atlas metal lathe and meet the 2 makers that restored it. See live machining demos too!
Oribotix is the combination of origami art and robotics. Our exhibit will demonstrate a few DIY Oribotix creations. All of the origami are original works of art by Ethan Priore (age 10), and the robotics are comprised of Arduino-based microcontrollers and simple servo motors and sensors.
What does it take to become a maker? How do I start showing my skills? Come talk with a Maker In Training.
The Zero Gravity Treadmill is a Treadmill that makes you float when you put slip-on’s on over your shoes.
Makers will have the opportunity to learn about color, blending of different fibers, spinning, weaving, and dyeing
Geodesic Dome model kits
See custom creations by local builders and build with our bulk brick!
A Raspberry Pi based clock with time and temperature display.
room by room climate control, an inexpensive thermostat in every room to create micro-zones for your AC or heating.
SorceryScience makes nerdy scientific jewelry with lasers. Our geeky accessories are modeled after the molecular structure of some of your favorite chemicals. You can wear your caffeine fix or always be happy wearing serotonin and dopamine earrings. Rock your science every day with SorceryScience!
The Oasis Project is hosting a table for people of all ages to complete LEGO Robotics and coding challenges.
Come experience how drones can be used in situations to help society. Learn about and experiment with programming ground and flight drones in risky and helpful situations with our students
Interstacks is a system of snap-together, modular electronic blocks with a visual authoring tool. It enables anyone to rapidly make new connected electronics.
The 6V mini cooper kids toy started it journey in Illinois. It had previously been a child’s trusty vehicle, however the child had outgrown it. It was briefly thought as a lawn ornament before being put on ebay where it fell into the hands of an engineer. It has since been upgraded to be a 48 volt 1440 watt racing machine. Now it is the trusty vehicle of a full grown adult who is a child at heart.
Wearable technology is becoming more and more visible and as we move into the future where technology is ever more connected to us, we start to think about what it will be like in our clothing. This is an exploration of wearable technology featuring the Arduino Lilypad. It is a look at tech in clothing, costume, and art and these intersections. This exhibit features “The Brain Dress” and the “Bag Creature.” Both examples of integrating technology into fashion/costume.
LED Poi draw beautiful patterns as you spin them around, changing dynamically based on how they move.
M3bot is ongoing robot design for utility and work, with various attachments, using Robot Operating System.
Blacksmithing demo, member demonstrations,
Come see a demo of how our self-guided studio space works! Control the lights, sound and camera to see how easy it is to use. Then receive a copy of the video or photo via email.
We build an electric vehicle for less than $500 and test our work by racing!
Define your style with handmade designs to accentuate both you and your home. Follow these designs on Etsy and on instagram @gardenia_and_grit
A advanced open-source human size robot designed to do a variety of human size tasks for students, educators, hobbyists and researchers.
Allegheny Intermediate Unit operates transformED, a space for learning about making, creativity, and technology for use in the classroom at their Central Office in Homestead PA. Additionally, in partnership with the Montour School District, transformED West is now in operation, offering choice for educators in Allegheny County.
Come explore a variety of maker projects designed by the second grade students at South Fayette Elementary School! At this exhibit, South Fayette’s Second Grade STEAM Team will guide you through the creation of Lego Spin Art, squishy circuitry, and a life-sized, programmable version of the classic game, Operation!
A team of student makers in grades 6-8 will display various items, from self-made guitars to Rube Goldberg machines.
This is a four tap kegerator with an arduino based monitoring system capable of dispensing any carbonated beverage. The kegerator is loaded with seltzer water in order to serve italian sodas at Maker Faire.
This is a hand cranked gatling gun capable of firing 144 rubber bands in approximately 8 seconds.
The Made Right Here Alliance will develop a national network of collegial cities and best-practice sharing in support of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Vendor setup to sell art and housewares (clocks, tables, jewelry) made primarily from used and or found objects.
Learn self reliance, do your own science! Build your own low-tech equipment to generate renewable energy, grow and cook your own food, conduct and communicate your own science experiments and more!
The Arustocrats participate in the Power Racing Series, a budget racing series where teams must get creative to build the fastest electric go-kart possible under a $500 limit and conforming to the original size/ridiculousness of a children’s ride on toy.
We are giving visitors a taste of the home design process. At our booth you can design and build your own module home. Then we will email you a copy when you’re done!
Come and hear what Pittsburgh Public School Middle school students have to say about police brutality, racism, and their experience. Make your own pin that speaks about social issues you care about with your own Wearable Circuit.
This exhibit will have all hands-on toys for younger kids to play and tinker with! We are encouraging younger kids that they can join the maker movement too! Some cool hands-on activities include MakeyMakey, Arduino, and learning to program.
See the ancient miracle of wool fibers be turned into felted hats!
How do idea move from your imagination into reality?
StartUp Companies Mfg Firms Projects
What are the components of a ‘Living Makerspace,’ that is, a makerspace that you can live with or living space that you can make things in? This is the subject of an interactive workshop with Architect Paul Rosenblatt, Principal of Springboard Design and Founder of Creator Square, an innovative artisan/maker residency program designed to connect the dots between the region’s manufacturing heritage and contemporary advances in small batch manufacturing and maker space innovation.
The 501st and Rebel Legions are international volunteer organisations that’s purpose is to assist in children’s charities, costuming/cosplay, literacy programs, and Star Wars in general.
Learn about our 3D printing programs at Fab Lab, see our printers in action, and try your hand at three printing with a pen!
Made Right Here has developed and is implementing the Maker Professional Apprenticeship Program for the unemployed, dislocated and underemployed. We train individuals at a local maker space with the knowledge and skills to operate a range of digital tools to become valuable makers/employees in the 21st century workplace. We offer trainees a pathway to becoming a Maker Professional, which is a U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship under the New National Standards. The Maker Professional apprenticeship builds organically on the emergent occupational community of makers. The Maker Movement celebrates learning-by-doing, teamwork and mutual support among community members, and individual and collective project-based problem solving. The Maker Professional Apprenticeship provides a formal support structure that aims to build on and deepen organic learning within the Maker Movement. It also credentials knowledge to help match startups and advanced manufacturers with individuals. But the apprenticeship aims not to rigidify or compartmentalize learning in ways that undermine either the passion of Maker Professionals or the breadth of knowledge that best serves employers. We believe that innovation and making can be revolutionized through increased accessibility to fabrication tools. By putting these tools into the hands of people who typically haven’t had access and doing so in a collaborative maker space emphasizing project-based learning, this project spurs innovation, local manufacturing and economic development.
Project MoNET is interactive art project that creates semi-abstract paintings based on crowd-sourced colors.
Pizza Planet-style power racing series truck
How to power WiFi networks with solar energy.
A collection of blocks containing switches, lights, motors, relays, etc., which can be wired together with alligator-clipped wire (no soldering required) which illustrate basic concepts of electricity
Piezoelectric speaker that plays music based on midi input.
Want to turn your teddy bear into a robot? Don’t know how to code? Our tool allows you to create code and find hardware to design a customized IoT device! Stop by our booth for hands-on experience with hardware and microcontrollers!
Maker Faire attendees can get up close to realistic latex rubber monster masks, puppets, and props and learn how they are made.
A mixed-reality system that bridges the advantages of physical and virtual worlds to improve children’s science and inquiry learning in a more enjoyable and collaborative way. It provides personalized interactive feedback to children and families as they experiment and make discoveries in their everyday physical environment.
Learn what it’s like to be an adorable 12 inch tall robot using the Mimic Immersion Robot. Learn how force feedback works using the Cortex: Robot Arm Controller. Try our Doorbell Phones, feel what the robot feels with our robot arms, and see feel and move as a 12 inch tall root.
This is a 42 note MIDI street organ capable of being driven any midi controller.
Handmade bowties from repurposed materials.
Falk School students design and create musical instruments and show you how to make your own.
With the help of parents, children will make a Mondrian-inspired work of art that promotes math learning.
City of Play’s Live Arcade features giant-sized versions of classic games, including Blacktop Battleship, a live-action battleship volleyball game, and Jengantic, a 10-foot tall version of Jenga.
Direct sunlight that enters homes through windows can heat homes, requiring the cooling system to consume more energy, and fade paint, furniture, and wallpaper. However, keeping a window constantly covered defeats the purpose of a window–now you’ve just got extra wall space. This exhibit is an automated system that can open and close window shades at key times during the day, keeping the most acute rays of the sun out but allowing the visibility of an uncovered window when the sunlight is less intense.
See and edit a virtual reality and LED musical light show!
Power Wheels Racing Team.
handmade accessories & paper goods. made with love in pittsburgh.
I see peoples discards as tools of disassembly for artistic redesign and repurpose. I create sculptures with metal and various other elements that can resemble anything from robots, to a moose head wall mount, or a bouquet of flowers.
Live youth-hosted audio webcast from Maker Faire Pittsburgh on Youth Express, our 24/7 Internet radio station featuring original youth writing, music and conversation at youthexpress.org.