ShopBot on the Road
Make48 at the Kansas City Art Institute
The fourth Make48 event was held at the Kansas City Art Institute on October 28-30, 2016. There were 17 teams from all over the country in attendance for the invention competition that were tasked with creating an innovative household product. It had to be something that could be used inside the four walls of the home: bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and garage.
For those unfamiliar with the Make48 event, here's a brief explanation: Teams apply and compete to develop a new commercial product idea in a 48 hour invent-a-thon weekend. Teams have 48 hours to plan, prototype and pitch a new idea within the specifications of a challenge, revealed at the start of the 48 hours. The teams are not given the theme for the event in advance.
ShopBot's David Preiss was on hand to help the teams make use of the ShopBot on site to create the prototypes of their products. The ShopBot was in high demand because of its versatility and that kept David busy throughout the competition. The winning design actually made use of the ShopBot by machining wood, HDPE, and aluminum for the final product.
Make48 has published their own round-up of the event, where you can read more about the competition.
Recognizing the Community in Colleges in Heartland America
North Platte, NE often serves as a stopping place on the transit between the East and West Coasts of America. This year, it was the site for Region 5’s American Technology Education Association (ATEA) meeting. North Platte Community College, a division of Mid-Plains Community College, hosted the meeting in October. The mission of the ATEA is to serve as the leading provider of professional development for postsecondary technical educators.
An invitation was extended to ShopBot to give presentations on how to use CNC equipment for everything from creating circuit boards to 3D milling. ShopBot’s Sallye Coyle did a demo and presentation about digital fabrication which brought faculty, administrators, and students to the building construction area of the school.
To read more about Sallye’s experience in Nebraska, as well as how a Handibot figured into the mix, see her post on the ShopBot blog.
Charlotte Mini Maker Faire Weathers the Storm for New Audience
Last month, Al and Tim of ShopBot Tools were joined by local ShopBotter Eric Schneider at the Charlotte Mini Maker Faire at Discovery Place Science. The trio held an interactive jack o’ lantern postcard printmaking session and showed off the Handibot’s draw-to-cut capabilities with the FabMo app. The added presence of Hurricane Matthew made for a day of excitement and improvisation, filled with last-minute location changes and a crowd of attendees who originally came in for shelter but left as bona fide Makers.
For more on the Charlotte Mini Maker Faire 2016, check out Tim Babiasz’s account of the event on the ShopBot blog.
Find ShopBot and Handibot at these upcoming events. Make sure to check out our calendar to see what else is going on!
ISAM (International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces)
Las Vegas, NV