The Maker Fairies are going to Newcastle!

HacMan, LaMM and a couple of members of Swindon Makerspace are going to UK Maker Faire at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle. Here’s a sneak preview of what we will be taking with us:

Jake Causier : Orange Star Light Tank (from the Nintendo game Advance Wars)

Mounted on an old electric wheelchair purchased from eBay, Jake’s tank is constructed from a wooden frame clad with foamboard sheets to form armour. The whole thing is large enough for a medium sized adult to fit inside, although the seating position is less than ideal. The finished project will also have functioning LED headlamps, feature laser-cut details, and be capable of a top speed of around 10 – 12mph.

Jake's tank: progress image

This is the the current state of Jake’s tank. It will be finished, he promises.

This is the tank Jake is basing his cosplay on.

This is the tank Jake is basing his cosplay on.

Project page: http://micnax.tumblr.com/tagged/advance-wars

Skippy McGaw : K9

Skippy is building a replica of K-9 from Dr Who. The body design is based on Dave Everett’s design (K9 Builders Club), instead of producing it out of foamboard however, Skippy is laser cutting it from 3mm MDF. The replica will be driven using custom built motor controllers driving off the shelf motors taken from balance boards, sensor control is achieved via a mixture of Arduino and Raspberry Pi and remote control is provided via a captive wifi portal running a custom interface.

K-9

K-9

Project page: https://skippy.org.uk/projects/remote-control-k-9-from-doctor-who/

Tamarisk Kay : Bat Goggles

Designed to allow school children to better understand how bats navigate these steampunk-esque goggles deliberately obstruct the wearers vision forcing them to rely on feedback from an ultrasonic module attached to the front of the goggles. As humans are awful at interpreting ultrasonic signals, an Arduino is used to translate the distance response into audible beeps (or vibrations) which get closer together as the wearer gets closer to an object. The ears themselves are merely for decoration.

Wa-na-na-na bat goggles!

Wa-na-na-na bat goggles!

Project page: to be created

Bob Clough, Chris Hilliard & Tamarisk Kay : Bugzilla

5 times the size of a standard BUG! Bugzilla was first created as part of our stand decorations for Liverpool MakeFest 2015. Unlike the standard BUGS! which are fundamentally a laser cut case for an LED throwie, Bugzilla is a touch more complicated. The “LED” eyes are 3D printed cases containing Neopixel Jewels which are controlled by an Arduino hidden under the “coin cell” on her back. Bugzilla is made out of 3mm laser ply from Kitronik, lovingly laminated using wood glue, and painstakingly hand-sanded to create a smooth edge by Chris. Once completed she was treated with several coats of Danish Oil.

Bugzilla

Bugzilla

Project page: to be created

SNHack: Twitter Teletype

This is a vintage ASR-33 Teletype, circa 1963-1981 (but the heyday of them ended in approx 1975). It’s been restored to working (if not wonderful) condition, stripped of it’s outer case so you can see it’s (wonderful) insides, and attached to a raspberry pi and some other gubbins in order to type out tweets – as you can see for yourself if you mention @snhack.

twitter_teletype

twitter_teletype

Project page: https://github.com/snhack/snhack.github.io/wiki/Twitter-to-Teletype

Ruth Abbott: Wooden Wallets and other impractical curio

Created using laser cut solid wood, beeswax and lots and lots of sanding Ruth creates wooden wallets, heat bent bangles and copper cuff links laser etched with your own handwriting. All of her items are sold online and she loves to pair vintage items like letterpress slugs with the exactness of laser cut materials She will be bringing a selection of her creations to show that when creating art with laser cutters it’s easy to move beyond the often 2 dimensional examples on the high street.

Wooden wallet

Wooden wallet

Project page: www.omgoshshop.etsy.com

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