Category Archives: Maker Faire

Call for Makers 2015 is Open!!

Look what I made!

Surf’s up Orange County it’s time to get your make on! The OC Mini Maker Faire is back in town and we want to see what you’ve been up to lately. Our Call for Makers is open so whether you are young, old or somewhere in between we want to see what you’ve been making. Just click that Makers Apply Here button on the right and show us what you’ve got!

Maker–A documentary on the Maker Movement is showing at OCMA tonight

From the OCMA website:

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In the DIY spirit of Riot Grrrl, OCMA offers a special screening of “Maker,” a feature-length documentary on the Maker Movement and its impact on society, culture and economy in the U.S. From the producers of the internationally acclaimed “Design & Thinking,” “Maker” looks into a new wave of Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-Together culture fueled by passion and powered by the advent of new technologies. The film explores the ideas, tools, and personalities that are driving the Maker Movement – and returns with a timely snapshot of one of the transforming influences of the current age.

Director: Mu-Ming Tsai 
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Running time: 65 minutes

Hope to you see you there!

Squishy Circuits

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Squishy Circuits are a project from the University of St. Thomas to allow kids and adults to explore electronics and create circuits using play dough.

By whipping up some simple ingredients you have in your kitchen, you can build circuits that light up, move, and that can be use to explore concepts like resistance, conductivity, and things like parallel and series circuits.

To make up a batch of squishy circuits, follow this easy recipe from Make Magazine. All you will need are ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen, some batteries, and some LED’s.  Use this lesson plan to get started with your experiments.

Let us know in the comments what are the cool things you make and learn with this fun project!

Keep on making!
- The OCMiniMakerFaire Team

Steam Maker Fest – Pictures

We spent our Saturday at the Steam Maker Fest and had a fantastic time.  Below are some pictures from the event.

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A pipe organ!

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Make Your Own Monster!

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Chickens!  (Actually he holding a rooster!)

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Learn to solder!

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Congratulations to the Steam Maker Fest Team for putting on a great show!

The IEMMF Needs YOU!

The Inland Empire’s first Mini Maker Faire is happening next weekend and they need volunteers to help run the show.  By being a volunteer not only will you help to support an amazing event but, you’ll also get a free ticket! Many of the OCMMF Core Team members will be on hand to lend our support, won’t you join us? It’s bound to be a great day!   Contact Cathy@iemmf.com to sign up.                            IEMMF FLYER w RIVERSIDE LOGO

Inland Empire Mini Maker Faire

Hello!  Our good friends at Vocademy in the Inland Empire will be hosting a Mini Maker Faire Saturday October 4, 2014. 

They are looking for Makers, Attendees, Vendors and Volunteers!  Please check out the Inland Empire Mini Make Faire website for up to date information!

The OCMMF team will be there volunteering and having fun.  Hope to see you there!

~The OC Mini Maker Faire Team

Please check out Make:OC for upcoming Maker events in OC.

Give an Old Card Table New Life!

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What you will need:
1) An old vinyl topped card table
2) Thin plastic table cover (not flannel backed)
3) Scissors and hex screw tool
4) Parchment paper
5) Iron set on high

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Clean the table top of loose dirt and dust then flip the table upside down to remove the legs.

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Using the appropriate sized hex screw tool, remove all the screws and separate the table top from the legs.

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The legs have been separated from the table top. Now you can turn the table top over.

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Lay out the plastic table cover in the pattern you want. You can use pieces of different table covers cutting them into the shape and size you need.

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Make sure you have 1 – 2 inches of table cover hanging over the edge of the table top.

 

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Lay parchment paper down on the section you will be ironing.  This prevents the plastic from melting all over your iron.  Iron on high for just a few seconds. Please note that if there is no padding under the vinyl it will only take a second or two for the plastic to melt.  To check to see if the plastic has melded let the parchment cool for a few seconds then carefully lift the corner.  You will be able to see that the plastic is melted on to the vinyl. If it’s not then lay the parchment back down and iron for a few more seconds.

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Make sure to run the iron along the edge of the table top so the table cover wraps around easier.

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If you have rips, thin patches or you ironed for a moment too long causing the plastic to burn, don’t worry! Just iron more layers on, they’ll melt right in.

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Iron the whole table top a section at a time adding layers as needed.  Make sure to leave 1 – 2 inches of plastic table cover hanging over the edges all the way around.

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Turn the table top over.

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Wrap the plastic around the edge of the table top.  If the plastic is long enough you can press it over the brackets that hold the screws to help hold the plastic in place.

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Place the parchment over the plastic and roll your iron up from the edge to the underside of the table top.

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Be sure to fuse the plastic to the underside of the table top, this should only take a second.

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Fuse the plastic all the way around the edge on the underside of the table top. You really only need to tack it into place because the frame on the legs will help hold it too. Once it’s all melted on you can put the legs back on and turn it right side up.

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Now you have a beautiful “new” table! If you’d like, while the top and legs are separated, you can spray paint the legs and frame what ever color you’d like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Urban Workshop

The Maker Movement is growing and Makerspaces are popping up all over the country, Orange County is no exception.  With President Obama’s declaration of  June 18th as a National Day of Making and Mini Maker Faires continuing to blossom in all 50 states, as well as around the world, we are becoming a #NationOfMakers.  One of the newest additions is Orange County’s own Urban Workshop which will hold a soft open celebration on Tuesday July 15th.

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Recently Urban Workshop owner Steve Trinidade invited members of the OC Mini Maker Faire to hold their Make:OC  Let’s Build a Smoker! Meet-up in the brand new facility.  We built some smokers, ate some great smoked food and got a sneak peek at some of the cool things Urban Workshop has to offer.

From the website: “The facility includes 3D printers, laser cutters, a welding shop, wood shop, machine shop, CNC mills, Textiles area, vinyl cutters, electronics lab, and computer lab. Members have access to advanced software including SolidWorks, Photoshop,  illustrator, and more. A huge work area with large tables, compressed air and electricity is ideal for working on projects and collaborating with others.”

Classroom/work space Urban Workshop

Classroom space and general work area including storage bins for rent so you don’t have to haul all of your materials with you every time.

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A wood shop area in the works.

 

 

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Steel top rolling tables.

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If you’re thinking about becoming a member ask them about the Make:OC Special discount and let them know you heard it from the OC Mini Maker Faire.

 

 

Make:OC Smoker Build

One pleasantly sunny Saturday in Southern California a group of people got together, their mission: to hack, modify and re-purpose a few items and create a portable smoker. OC Mini Maker Faire Team Members Chris Reyes and James Howarth organized this project with design advice from advanced Smoker Maker, Barry Bates. Barry’s  Mini Weber Smokey Mountain Grill is “an easy modification creating a competition tested, portable, compact smoker that can be used as an introduction to the world of home-built smoking”. If you’d like to have a go at building this smoker at home here’s the parts list.
Parts ready to be made into a smoker.

Our venue was provided by Steve Trinidad who invited us to hold our Meet-up at his new makerspace facility, Urban Workshop.  More about Urban Workshop in a later post.

James and Chris brought their smokers and cooked some food to give attendees a taste of what they were in for. Two chickens, corn and biscuits made a fine smoked meal along with an assortment of chips, bread, brownies and beverages.

Delicious moist, tender chicken stuffed with apples, onions, lemon and rosemary.

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Seventeen intrepid Makers showed up and three completed smokers went home.

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Richard Platts took his home and gave it a coat of paint.

Join our Make:OC Meet-up group where you can join group projects, go on field trips or suggest your own field trip or project.

Until next time, keep on making!

 

 

June 2014 Update

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Hello Makers!

Yesterday, President Obama proclaimed June 18 to be the National Day of Making and also hosted a Maker Faire at the White House. The event was a celebration of you, the makers. 

You can find out more at www.whitehouse.gov/maker-faire. If you look closely, you may even see our very own Gene Sherman of Vocademy!

You can also take the “Building Maker Communities” pledge at http://makezine.com/day-of-making/  and find different ideas on how to spread the making message.

We have a few upcoming events that you may want to bring your family and friends to.

Sunday June 22 is Factory eNova’s 1st Birthday. They hosted the laser cutting segment of our manufacturing trifecta. They will be having a BBQ in the parking lot  and you can see the cool stuff that people have made. Get some ideas, get inspired, learn, and make!

This Monday, June 23, we are co-hosting the Hardware Show N’ Tell  put on by our friends at OC Worx. It’s going to be held at the eagerly awaited, brand spanking new,  makerspace, Urban Workshop. While I can’t guarantee that there will be a collection of fine whiskies at this location, (the ones who attended the last event know what I’m talking about),   I can guarantee that there will be thought provoking conversation and very interesting people, (and power tools)!

Tentatively planned for Sunday June 29, the Make:OC will be hosting a Smoker Build.  We’ll be using Smokey Joe Jr grills and Steamer Pots, to make some smokers. Even if you aren’t into BBQ, feel free to come by for some fellowship. I’m sure there will be plotting on how we plan to take over the world, (with the 2015 OC Mini Maker Faire).

If you would be interesting in hosting an event, please let us know.  Thank you all for the positive impacts you are making to your communities.

Try something new and keep making!

- Arman, Bequi, James, and Chris

Note: The above graphic was cropped from the WhiteHouse.gov website.