Welcome Maker Faire aficionados!
2011 marks ShopBot’s sixth year as a Maker Faire proud sponsor and exhibitor. Maker Faire is the premier event for grassroots American innovation. The event started in San Mateo in 2006. Held annually around the country, Maker Faire is supported by Make Magazine, Craft Magazine and O'Reilly Media, a premier information source for leading-edge computer technologies. The company's books, conferences, and web sites bring to light the knowledge of technology innovators. ShopBotters creating innovative projects are often featured within the pages of Make Magazine.
As the World's Largest DIY Festival, this two-day, family-friendly Faire has something for everyone -- it's a showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness and a celebration of the Maker mindset.
Makers, inventors, business entrepreneurs, educators and more are drawn to Maker Faire because of the inspirational energy and wide array of innovations on display -- and the camaraderie of like-minded individuals. As one recent Maker Faire Facebook post described it:
“Maker Faire exemplifies the best coming together of creativity and science. As a teacher I feel it is not only important to convey theories, laws, and equations to my students, but also give them a sense of what can be achieved by the power of these scientific ideas that they can relate to in their day-to-day lives.”
ShopBot Tools earned two Make: magazine Editor’s Choice awards at the 2008 Maker Faire in Austin, Texas. The first award was given for the ShopBot Buddy 48 CNC system with PowerStick, and the second award was given for the ShopBot Shed. The Buddy 48 is a compact, mobile CNC router with a 48 inch Y axis and a Z axis that - with the addition of the PowerStick attachment - is extendable to 12 feet long. The ShopBot Shed is a digitally fabricated structure based on the MIT-designed and ShopBot-built New Orleans House, as exhibited at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The shed - like the New Orleans house - is a permanent structure, constructed entirely of ShopBot-cut plywood parts and assembled without the use of nails, screws or other metal hardware. Editors of Make: and Craft: magazines awarded blue ribbons to Maker Faire sponsors and exhibitors who best exemplified the DIY (do it yourself) philosophy.
Learn more at www.makerfaire.com.