Artisan’s Asylum, partner of Cambridge Mini Maker Faire

Where would you go if you wanted to work with some of the most amazing tools and incredibly talented makers creating unbelievable projects? Why Artisan’s Asylum, of course!

They have a typically busy weekend ahead. Gui writes:

As part of the Cambridge Science Festival, Artisan’s Asylum will be hosting an Open House this Saturday from 1PM to 5PM. Explore exciting fabrication technology, get up close and personal with the work of our resident engineers, inventors, artists and craftspeople, see examples of things you can make and learn to make here, and mingle with our members, instructors and staff! This event is free and open to the public, with light refreshments available.

Artisan’s Asylum will be hosting a one-week trebuchet design and build competition starting on Sunday.

At the Cambridge Mini Maker Faire this Friday, Artisan’s Asylum is planning to have lots of information about the organization and projects that people are working on. They’ll have some of the makers in their vibrant community showing projects, including a motorized barber chair, robots and more.

For more information on Artisan’s Asylum, visit their site, where you can find out about the organization and register for classes. They also have an active Facebook group and Flickr group.

Admission to the Cambridge Mini Maker Faire is free. Come join us to meet great people and see amazing projects from noon to 4pm on Friday, April 20th at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.  The CMMF is sponsored by Artisan’s Asylum, and is timed to coincide with the Cambridge Science Festival Carnival.

Getting there: The Cambridge Mini Maker Faire is held at 449 Broadway, site of the main branch of the Cambridge Public Library, and Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. The Cambridge Science Festival site has a map of the area with details on other events at the Carnival. Limited parking is available beneath the Cambridge Public Library, and under the tennis courts on Ellery Street.

Charles Guan returns to Cambridge Mini Maker Faire

You may have come across Charles Guan and his transportation projects already. He’s displayed at both of the previous Cambridge Mini Maker Faires, and made a bit of a stir at World Maker Faire in 2011.

Charles has an excellent collection of devices that he’s built and will be bringing some of them to Friday’s Cambridge Mini Maker Faire, including: Small quad copters, combat robots and the LandBearShark.

Charles is active in MITERS, the student run MIT club dedicated to providing a space and tool access for students to build personal projects.

Originally founded as a club to give MIT students free and open access to computers, MITERS now features a mill, lathe, band saws, welders, and other hands-on tools, in addition to a host of oscilliscopes, high-end soldering irons, and other EE prototyping tools. It’s a member-run creative haven and build-anything-you-want, if-you-break-it,-fix-it space.

Check out Charles’s site for a view of his recent work.

Admission to the Cambridge Mini Maker Faire is free. Come join us to meet great people and see amazing projects from Noon to 4pm on Friday, April 20th at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.  The CMMF is sponsored by Artisan’s Asylum, and is timed to coincide with the Cambridge Science Festival Carnival.

Getting there: The Cambridge Mini Maker Faire is held at 449 Broadway, site of the main branch of the Cambridge Public Library, and Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. The Cambridge Science Festival site has a map of the area with details on other events at the Carnival. Limited parking is available beneath the Cambridge Public Library, and under the tennis courts on Ellery Street.

Shane Colton at Cambridge Mini Maker Faire

Shane Colton is an MIT student with a fun collection of projects to show off at the Cambridge Mini Maker Faire, this Friday April 20 from noon to 4pm. Last year, Shane brought his Pneu Scooter and Twitch projects. If you’ve ever wondered about ideal components and designs for a quadcopter or an ultralight electric go kart, you might come this Friday to chat him up on the subject.

Shane will be showing his quadcopter 4PCB, which derives much of its structure from the circuit board controlling the device.

After helping out with a previous quadrotor build, I wanted to make a smaller one and combine the electronics and structure into a single board. The most important part to find was a surface-mountable brushless motor control IC. Luckily, the TB6588FG does the job nicely, taking the place of hobby ESCs and the associated wiring. It also has better dynamic performance than hobby ESCs, since it uses an analog speed command instead of RC-style 20ms PWM.


You can follow Shane’s work on his blog, which is worth visiting, if only to check out the well curated collection of links on the right rail.

Admission to the Cambridge Mini Maker Faire is free. Come join us to meet great people and see amazing projects from noon to 4pm on Friday, April 20th at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.  The CMMF is sponsored by Artisan’s Asylum, and is timed to coincide with the Cambridge Science Festival Carnival.

Getting there: The Cambridge Mini Maker Faire is held at 449 Broadway, site of the main branch of the Cambridge Public Library, and Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. The Cambridge Science Festival site has a map of the area with details on other events at the Carnival. Limited parking is available beneath the Cambridge Public Library, and under the tennis courts on Ellery Street.

Kiwi’s Tiny Books at Cambridge Mini Maker Faire

Kelly Taylor makes books from stuff most people could find in their recycling bins. She will be showing her recent work at the Cambridge Mini Maker Faire this Friday.

Here’s a bit of what she says about her bookbinding work:

I make small usable blank books out of random cool stuff: old playing card packets, pictures from magazines, maps, dog food bags, potato chip packets, if it can be glued to cardboard and/or sewn to paper, I will make a book out of it.  I use two different binding styles, depending on the materials I have available.  I’ll have a number of books in various stages of completion along with samples of finished books and raw materials for experimentation.

You can see more of Kiwi’s Tiny Books over at Etsy.

Admission to the Cambridge Mini Maker Faire is free. Come join us to meet great people and see amazing projects from noon to 4pm on Friday, April 20th at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.  The CMMF is sponsored by Artisan’s Asylum, and is timed to coincide with the Cambridge Science Festival Carnival.

Getting there: The Cambridge Mini Maker Faire is held at 449 Broadway, site of the main branch of the Cambridge Public Library, and Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. The Cambridge Science Festival site has a map of the area with details on other events at the Carnival. Limited parking is available beneath the Cambridge Public Library, and under the tennis courts on Ellery Street.

Automata by Dug North at Cambridge Mini Maker Faire

Dug North will be showing his amazing automata at this Friday’s Cambridge Mini Maker Faire. You can meet Dug and speak with him about his work, including many of the mechanical pieces shown in the video above.

Dug North creates contemporary automata — sculptures made primarily of wood that employ a hand-cranked mechanism to animate a scene or creature.  His work centers around themes that are whimsical or fanciful. Dug particularly enjoys animating quirky wooden monsters and creating magic-themed automata that perform illusions. He is regularly sought out for commissions and provides creative services and expert advice on all aspects of automata to a wide range of interested parties. In addition to founding one of the largest and longest-running blogs on automata, he writes extensively on the subject for other outlets such as the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre blog and Applied Kinetic Arts. His work and writing also appear in print for MAKE, Woodcraft, other magazines, and books. Most recently he was featured in a documentary on the history of automata included on the Blu-ray release of the movie Hugo.

Follow Dug’s work on his site and on The Automata / Automaton Blog. Dug recently shared his tips for using a Dremel on MAKE.

Admission to the Cambridge Mini Maker Faire is free. Come join us to meet great people and see amazing projects from noon to 4pm on Friday, April 20th at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.  The CMMF is sponsored by Artisan’s Asylum, and is timed to coincide with the Cambridge Science Festival Carnival.

Getting there: The Cambridge Mini Maker Faire is held at 449 Broadway, site of the main branch of the Cambridge Public Library, and Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. The Cambridge Science Festival site has a map of the area with details on other events at the Carnival. Limited parking is available beneath the Cambridge Public Library, and under the tennis courts on Ellery Street.

ToyBrain at Cambridge Mini Maker Faire

Abe Shultz and I met at the Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire in 2010. I was impressed at the cleverness and creativity of his work. The wandering band of zombies who passed through that evening also enjoyed his projects.

Describing his work to be presented at this year’s Cambridge Mini Maker Faire, Abe writes:

My main project is a microcontroller and motor driver board that is intended to replace the original control hardware of simple children’s toys. This allows them to be converted to simple autonomous robots.

I also have some UV LED strobes, high-power LED drivers and LED art, a brainwave-entrainment dome, and other random things from my lab.

You can follow the ToyBrain project and other work on Gizmosmith.

Admission to the Cambridge Mini Maker Faire is free. Come join us to meet great people and see amazing projects from noon to 4pm on Friday, April 20th at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.  The CMMF is sponsored by Artisan’s Asylum, and is timed to coincide with the Cambridge Science Festival Carnival.

Getting there: The Cambridge Mini Maker Faire is held at 449 Broadway, site of the main branch of the Cambridge Public Library, and Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. The Cambridge Science Festival site has a map of the area with details on other events at the Carnival. Limited parking is available beneath the Cambridge Public Library, and under the tennis courts on Ellery Street.

2012 Cambridge Mini Maker Faire

Join us for the third Cambridge Mini Maker Faire on Friday, April 20, from noon to 4pm.  We will be coordinating with the Cambridge Science Festival and their Carnival event. The Mini Maker Faire will be located on the tennis courts of Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, right next to the main branch of the Cambridge Public Library. Check the map for specifics on the location.

Our Sponsor for the Cambridge Mini Maker Faire is Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville. You can see many makers’ projects including these: MAKE magazine, Artisan’s Asylum, 3D printing demonstrations, ToyBrain, ACRIS Lighting System, Kid contraptions + Open shop, Automata by Dug North, danger!awesome kinetic sculpture and laser-made goodies, DIYBIO- GFP, REVObots, Stuff Charles Made, tinyKart, 4pcb, Pneu Scooter, Twitch, Singing Tesla Coil, DuckyBots, CommBot, Kiwi’s Tiny Books, Pumped Up, Electric Motorcycle and more.

Early birds will find parking beneath the library and under the tennis courts. There is limited street parking. Transportation via the MBTA is good, and the site is just a few blocks away from the Harvard stop on the T with bus service to the site.

You can see past coverage of the Cambridge Mini Maker Faire on the MAKE blog. If you would like to contribute to expenses of the event, you can donate here.

Getting there: The Cambridge Mini Maker Faire is held at 449 Broadway, site of the main branch of the Cambridge Public Library, and Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. The Cambridge Science Festival site has a map of the area with details on other events at the Carnival. Limited parking is available beneath the Cambridge Public Library, and under the tennis courts on Ellery Street.