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Matt & Michael’s Miraculous Midwest MakerBot Tour

This past weekend, Michael Curry and I verified that “everything is up to date in Kansas City” spending time at Hammerspace and Maker Faire Kansas City with the KC Fabricators MUG  and a bunch of the CCCKC crew. Well, we also got a chance to spend time with members of hackerspaces and makerspaces from all over the region, and have now embarked on a mini-tour to visit the home bases of handful of these great folks.

We are particularly aiming to connect with local MakerBot User Groups (MUGs) to introduce the Capture Your Town project — sharing tips and tricks from the field to help each group level up quickly and start sharing things they love about their towns on Thingiverse. Check the slideshow above for the latest snaps from our journey — and read below for chances to meet up with us on our travels this week!

ChiMUG CaptureSession — Chicago, IL — Monday, June 25th, 10am-1pm

Michael and I will be joining Mike Moceri, Tom Burtonwood, and other members of ChiMUG to hit the Art Institute of Chicago Museum and/or The Field Museum to perform some Chicago-focused Capture Your Town. This visit will be fast and furious: definitely an exciting day, all before lunchtime!

Milwaukee Makerspace — Milwaukee, WI — Monday, June 25th, 7pm-11pm

After completing the CaptureSession, Michael and I will head 2hrs north up to Milwaukee to spend an evening with the Milwaukee Makerspace crew sharing the MakerBot Replicators and printed objects we are bringing, and checking out this awesome space and community.

Sector67 — Madison, WI — Tuesday, June 26th, 6pm-8pm

Now, I’ve been excited about attending Sector67 for a couple of months now, after seeing images of Nathan Davis’s MakerBot/Arduino music project. We have heard that there are some awesome MakerBot Operators at this space and I certainly had a good time hanging out with members of this space in Kansas City. When they weren’t elbow (wrist?) deep into repairing their Power Racing Series vehicle, that is.

The Mill — Minneapolis, MN — Wednesday, June 27th, 6pm-8pm

Our first stop in Minneapolis is The Mill, a new educational industrial arts/maker space. The rumor on the streets of Maker Faire KC are that a gaggle of educators will be racing over to join us at The Mill for The Replicator demo as well as to learn about MakerBot’s curriculum resources and opportunities for the classroom. Also, there are a bunch of MakerBot Operators who orbit around this space: I’m looking forward to meeting them!

Hack Factory — Minneapolis, MN — Wednesday, June 27th, 8:30pm-11pm

After hanging out at The Mill, join us for “hacker hours” (i.e. late!) with Twin Cities Maker @ the Hack Factory for BBQ, beer, and all sorts of project show-and-tell and socializing. TC Maker has had MakerBots since the early days so I am looking forward to checking out what sort of 3D printing activity is going on here — and to see who’s running their MakerBots lately!

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MakerBot Events Team Report : Chicago

From April 13th – 15th the MakerBot Events Team traveled to Chicago to attend C2E2 and bring The Replicator to our community.  C2E2 – Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo ran Friday through Sunday and we showcased The Replicator to more than 35,000 Comic Book and Sci-Fi Fans, Artists, Gamers and Industry.

One of our community members Phroon stopped by our booth with a MakerBotted C2E2 badge holder!  So we began printing these for the crowds immediately.  Check out Nick sporting his safety orange holder.

Anthony Daniels AKA C3PO became a MakerBot fan at C2E2 and visited the booth a couple of times.  Rather than talking about Star Wars or revealing who he was (we heard his voice as our first clue) he talked with great enthusiasm about The Replicator and told stories of being a Maker himself.  (His favorite tool: his glue gun. He had multiple burn scars to prove it.)

There were endless numbers of attendees visiting the booth dressed as Superheroes, Villains and Video Game Characters.  They all loved the MakerBot.  And those who created their own costumes or costumes for others left with ideas for how 3D printing could help them take these practices even further.

Even the Mario Bros. powered up at the MakerBot Booth!

We had the Xbox Kinect on hand to scan some of our favorite characters.  “I pity the fool who don’t MakerBot!” – Mr. T

After the doors closed on the first day of C2E2 we ventured out to Chicago’s premier Hackerspace, Pumping Station: One.  They have a Tardis!  Also, this is the hackerspace that created the Power Racing Series.

All eyes were on The Replicator!

Another visit that proved to be amazing was with Tom and Holly at the What It Is Gallery.  Their exhibit “Improbable Objects” featured 3D-printed work from MakerBot Artists Micah Ganske and Marius Watz, among others.

Next stop Washington DC!  We’ll be bringing The MakerBot Replicator to our Nation’s Capitol for the USA Science & Engineering Festival.  This is the largest celebration of science in the U.S. and will feature over 3,000 fun, interactive exhibits, more than 100 stage shows and 33 Author Presentations.  The USA Science & Engineering Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on April 28-29, 2012.  Hours are 10am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday.

Find out if the MakerBot Events Team is heading to your way; sign up to receive the MakerBot Newsletter!

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MakerBot Heads to Chicago!

This weekend, Keith, Nick, and myself are heading from Brooklyn to the Windy City to introduce The MakerBot Replicator to the gathering hoards at The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) convention and host a wild meet up for MakerBot operators and Chicago makers at the hackerspace Pumping Station: One on Friday night.

So if you live in the Greater Chicago Area — or Illinois in general — you have no excuse not to zip over to join us at one of these two events!

Here’s where to find us!

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo

C2E2 Booth 635
North Building at McCormick Place
2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois
Hours:

  • Friday, April 13, 2012 – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Professionals Only)
  • Friday, April 13, 2012 – 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Open to the Public)
  • Saturday, April 14, 2012 – 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, April 15, 2012 – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Pumping Station: One

3354 N. Elston – Name is painted on the door
(CTA stop is Belmont on the blue line)
Chicago, Illinois
Hours:

  • Friday, April 13th - 9:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Refreshments, beer, and (probably) pizza to be provided, in quantity.

Also, head back to Pumping Station: One for their Saturday night 3rd Birthday Party benefit!

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Heads Up, Chicago! Mini Maker Faire On The Northside

Anyone in the Northside Chicago area may be interested to hear there is a Mini Maker Faire coming up at the absolutely incredible looking Carl Schurz High School.

Carl Schurz High School, aka Holy Cow That's A High School?

The event will be held Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the poster says attendance is free for all Chicago Public School students!

If you are not in the Chicago area, but still want to find a Maker Faire near you, from Ahmedabad to Dublin to Albuquerque, check out this map on MakerFaire.com. There’s a whole lot of making going on!

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