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Sunday, 27 July, 2014 7:47 PM

3D printers the big draw at 5th Annual Maker Faire Detroit

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3D printer at the Maker Faire Detroit inside the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich.

 

by Pete Bublitz
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DEARBORN, Mich. -- In the indoor-outdoor span of the 2014 Maker Faire, there appeared to be a new sensation that was undermining almost all-else: 3D printing. Behind the honorary shovel and dirt mound inside the Henry Ford, the innovation format was an endless sea of laptop-based design apps, plastic, print gadgetry, and part-molding “ovens.”

Within the flight exhibition area, the tables of music creating technology was an effective vibe thanks to the affiliate lighting devices that created art among the walls. Elsewhere, the “mind-reading” hats were an innovative take on retro fashion, and the “Fart-O-Matic” chair was a jaw-dropping suggestion until I realized the sounds were already included the button. The given premise was to press it, then fart, and the gas would fill up with. Your name’s now Life, Disappointment. I actually went and gassed up on a burger and Rock-and-Rye before getting the sad realization.

Outside, the traditional exhibitions of craft and machinery returned. The student robot competition groups had to unfortunately bake in the sun this year, the fire-spewing designs were downgraded from dragon yet still impressive, and the Robo-Crop water spraying figure was a delight for those same sun baked folks.

Meanwhile, the cart race-track was still going strong with its creative entries, and it was cool to see remote controlled drones floating around the premises. The robot favorite roaming about, however, is a wheeled sensory device that continually moves to a green light emitting platform so long as it is within a close proximity. If not, the robot will freeze and continually move its head around searching for the light.

For more information about Maker Faire Detroit, visit www.makerfairedetroit.com and its Facebook page.

 

 

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