Meet the Makers: DIYpsi

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We’re pleased to have the team behind DIYpsi curate another craft fair within Maker Faire Detroit this year. This is the group’s second year curating our craft sales vendors and there’s a great group coming in to show off their goods to our guests.

We asked DIYpsi members Cre Fuller and Marcy Davy Haywood what inspires them and what they’re looking forward to at this year’s fair. And we’ve got the lineup for their crafters, too. Continue reading

Maker Faire Detroit Lodging Update

Due to a busy weekend in the greater Dearborn area July 26-27, hotel rooms have been filling up quickly. However, we’ve secured a small block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Southgate for makers and attendees. Please call the hotel directly at 734.283.4400 and ask for the “Maker Faire rates.” Doubles are $109.99 and king rooms are $99.99.

How to Make the Most of Maker Faire Detroit 2014

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Maker Faire Detroit is just a few days away. Soon Henry Ford Museum will be buzzing with more than 400 makers from around the country showing off their latest projects to curious guests Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27. If you’re joining us for the big event, we’ve got a few tips to help you plan your visit that will help make this another over-the-top Maker Faire Detroit.

Where Should I Park?
Parking at The Henry Ford is at a premium the weekend of Maker Faire Detroit. (The Outdoor Midway of Maker Faire Detroit fills our museum parking lot). To alleviate congestion around The Henry Ford we have partnered with the University of Michigan-Dearborn to provide a free parking and shuttle service to Maker Faire Detroit. The free shuttle parking lot is at the U of M Dearborn Fairlane Center Campus on Hubbard Drive. The alternate parking and shuttle will allow for an easy, relaxing beginning to your exciting day at Maker Faire Detroit! Continue reading

Join The Innovation Modelers

The Innovation Modelers Club is a social club comprised of model makers with years of experience from the automotive industry creating functional models and prototypes. We meet the first Saturday of the month at Henry Ford Museum for networking and a presentation. Whether you’re interested in carpentry, robotics, rapid prototyping, or any other skill, join us! This month, we are very fortunate to have Ron Williams of Ron Williams Design as our presenter on August 2 at Henry Ford Museum.

Mr. Williams has many years of experience in various skills of modeling and prototyping concepts and production products. He has worked on several nationally and internationally recognized design and prototype projects. Including one of my favorites, the Lingenfelter Trans Am concept!

Feel free to visit Ron Williams’ website to learn more about him. To join Innovation Modelers Club, visit our website. And to keep up on what’s new with Innovation Modelers Club, like our Facebook page.

Michael Levich is Design Coordinator at Innovation Factory.

Meet the Maker: Gabrielle Farina

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and your duct tape prom attire.
Ryan and I are both students at the University of Michigan, where he’ll be a freshman and I’ll be a sophomore this fall. We knew we wanted to enter Duck brand’s Stuck at Prom contest as soon as we heard about it, because we knew it would make for a fun and memorable prom. As we discovered about halfway through the process of making our outfits, our 1920′s theme matched perfectly with the prom’s Great Gatsby theme! Our outfits won third place in the Stuck at Prom contest. Continue reading

Meet the Makers: Stacy Burdette and Hacker Gals

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and The Hacker Gals.
I graduated from the MBA program at Western Michigan University (WMU) a year ago and have been excited to be a part of the startup community in Kalamazoo since then. In the fall/spring of 2013-14 I continued in school under the Rhetoric and Writing Studies program and also was accepted into the WMU Starting Gate student business accelerator.

Hacker Gals is a community group of women who meet in a common space to work on projects. Each of the Gals contributes to the resources of the community through sharing knowledge and teaching classes. We have been able to utilize the WMU Starting Gate space for the meetups and I have access through August 2014. The projects we work on include writing a book, building a robot, job searching, learning to crochet, and making old T-shirts into a trivet, coaster or rug. Continue reading

Meet the Maker: Bubba Ayoub

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and Close Encounters of the Synth Kind.
My name is Bubba Ayoub. I’m an engineering student, voracious consumer of media, amateur historian, a student blogger for the Bob Moog Foundationshameless Sriracha over user, and I play guitar and modular synthesizer in ThreeHives and solo as Juggable Offense. Close Encounters of the Synth Kind is a celebration of all things synth, with a focus on modern day modular systems that encompass all the major developments in the last 50 years of synthesis. Continue reading

A Passion for Wheels

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We’re so pleased to welcome Siemens PLM Solid Edge software to The Henry Ford as a sponsor of OnMaking and Maker Faire Detroit 2014. Crazy Cart creator Ali Kermani will be on hand to share his innovation story. Learn a little bit more about his journey below.

Ali - HeadshotFrom big wheels to business school, Ali Kermani, Product Designer and Brand Manager, at Razor USA, and former professional skateboarder, has a passion for wheels and having fun that has driven him to achieve great success. Ali recently delivered a keynote speech at Solid Edge University 2014, in which he shared his journey from young high school student and skateboarder working as a “product tester” and member of Team Razor to his most recent accomplishment at the company: Introduction of the Crazy Cart. This past February 2014, one day before Toys R Us presented Razor with their 2013 Vendor of the Year award, the Toy Industry Association awarded the Crazy Cart a much sought after Toy of The Year award (T.O.T.Y.), naming it the 2014 Outdoor Toy of the Year.

Meet Ali Kermani in person at Maker Faire Detroit, on Saturday, July 26th at 1:30 p.m., where he’ll share his inspiring story, a story which will most certainly resonate with makers far and wide. Continue reading

Meet the Maker: Inventables

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and Inventables.
Inventables is a small startup company in Chicago. We sell all the tools and materials you need to make pretty much anything, including digital manufacturing tools like 3D printing and 3D carving, and laser cutting.

What was the inspiration for the Shapeoko 3D Carving Machine?
The Shapeoko 3D Carving machine was created by Edward Ford, who ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the project. He wanted a DIY, affordable carving machine for his home and figured that other people did too. The response was immediate and very enthusiastic. Edward joined forces with Inventables to bring Shapeoko to a wider audience and has been selling the kits since 2012.

How long did it take to create your project?
Shapeoko was created in 2011, and version 2 was released in 2013. We released the companion Easel software in March of 2014, to make it easier for anyone to get started making their own ideas out of real materials.

As a maker, what inspires you?
Everyone on the Inventables team is a maker, and we all come at it from different angles. Some like to make jewelry, others build musical instruments and electronics, some build skateboards and go-carts and miniature rollercoasters. We’re constantly tinkering in the workshop and helping each other with our ideas.

What are you most looking forward to at Maker Faire Detroit this year?
We’re really looking forward to letting people try their own hand at 3D carving! We’ll be running hands-on demos all weekend to let people make their own bottle openers out of wood and aluminum. And also we’re fielding our own go-kart in the power wheels racing series.

Meet the Maker: Kidpreneur®

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and Kidpreneur Entrepreneurship.
Thanh Tran is a serial entrepreneur who founded Kidpreneur®, two software companies and D-NewTech, an organization which aim to inspire Detroit’s startup growth. The idea for Kidprenuer® came about when he realized there were not enough opportunities available for young children to learn about entrepreneurship and new technologies; especially computer programming. He believes that starting young could build a life-long interest and creates future job creators.

kidpreneur_logo3Kidpreneur® teaches kids aged 13 and under about entrepreneurship and the latest technology including coding, app development, game design, web development, robotics programming and more. The goal is to educate kids about technology and how they can build businesses using the technology they like. Continue reading