Who’s Making What
With the ultimate goal to make 3-D printing more accessible to all consumers, 3D Chocolateering continues to push the bounds of what low-cost rapid manufacturing technologies can accomplish. 3D Chocolateering is founded by a small group of Mechatronics Engineering graduates based out of Waterloo, Ontario. 3D Chocolateering has made its entrance by creating the world’s first Chocolate Selective Laser Sintering 3-D printer that can form solid objects by selectively melting chocolate powder.
by Natali Baird
Glass has its own sense of movement and internal structure, a quality which allows me to interact with the medium in an intimate and responsive way.
Natali specializes in the specific technique called “Flame-Working”, in which an oxygen/propane torch is used to melt glass into beautiful pieces of art. Slight variations in the type of flame, the heat and the glass, produce vastly differing results.
The idea of Iteration has been instilled in our brains since first year architecture school. With Hot Pop Factory, we are applying the same philosophies to a smaller scale – jewelry. For all the ideas that were too complex, expensive, impractical or just too wild to construct into buildings, we want to make into 3D Printed wearable ART.
Each piece is created with computational design tools we use to design buildings, and fabricated with a Makerbot Replicator. Several prototypes of each piece were made before the designs were finalized.
Site 3 Fire Arts is a community group made up of volunteers from a variety of different backgrounds. Based out of Site 3 coLaboratory, a makerspace in downtown Toronto, we create interactive fire projects that bring together art, engineering, software programming, stagecraft and game design.
We will be showing off electronics used for interactive lighting installations using LEDs and fire: Arduino-compatible flame effect control systems and sensors, LED panels, and game peripherals such as motion-sensing gloves. We’ll have a couple fire demonstrations to show off, including pyrokinesis, the ability to control fire with the power of your mind. A wireless EEG headset allows you to activate a flame effect with focused or relaxed mental states.
by R2D2 Builders Group (sunday only)
This is a group of enthusiasts that have designed and built their own fully remote R2-D2s from the movie Star Wars. The group formed on the internet in 1999 to share ideas on how to build their favourite droid. This group now numbers over 5000 members worldwide.
The group members are very helpful. If a person is not very good at electronics or remote controls other members are there to help and will even post tutorials on what they did to aid others.
Battlegrounds is a Toronto technology startup devoted to building the newest, greatest version of laser tag. By combining the best elements of our favourite video games with an interactive playing field, we want to create the most immersive gaming experience on Earth.
Battlegrounds uses 3D printers, Arduinos, Gumstix, XBee, and numerous other open source and off-the-shelf technologies to build our gaming system. After 2 years of design and testing, this is our first public demonstration with our latest prototype laser tag guns and vests.
For Toronto Mini Maker Faire, we are building a 15000 sq-ft playing field for our King of the Hill game mode, and will be running games all day long. Awards will be given for highest scores, best accuracy and most flag captures.
The Toronto 3D Printers Group is a gathering of 3D printing enthusiasts, owners and makers who meet once a month to discuss individual and collaborative projects, help each other out and introduce others to the world of 3D printing.
The group meets the last Monday of every month upstairs at Site3 Co-laboratory. For the Faire, group members will be showing off a diverse collection of 3D printers and 3D printed objects. Check out our website, twitter feed @Toronto3DPrint or Google group for the latest information.
by Moses Kofi
Illegal Aliens is a sculptural exhibit. Using reclaimed Vespa Scooters, rebar, and other scrap metal to fabricate these illegal aliens. These pieces are a part of a larger ongoing collection.
by Get Your Bot On! Robotics Hackathon (sunday only)
Get Your Bot On! is a 3-day robot hacking extravanganza! We provide the hardware and materials, you bring your ideas. This November 22 to 24, 2013 we will have you rolling up your sleeves and getting sweaty trying to get your bot to Bust a Move!
On display at Maker Faire we will have robots and their makers from our 2012 hackathon. We’ll also show off our hackathon kit, let you try it out and show you where you can get parts and materials to make your own cool robots.
by Action Potential and Roberta Buiani (sunday only)
Biolab on Wheels is a mobile biology laboratory built on a bike trailer. Using simple home-made equipment, such as DIY microscopes, hand-operated centrifuges and computer fan magnetic stirrers, this lab conducts basic science experiments to audiences while on route. The projects based around Biolab-on-Wheels uses samples of water, plant life and microorganisms from local resources such as parks and waterways as materials and subject matter for experiments. Rather than inviting people to a specific location to watch our experiments take place, we bring our experiments to the people. At the crux of our initiative, we intend to empower and engage citizens through amusing Do-It-Yourself Biology. Brought to you by Action Potential, Toronto’s science and art space and the ArtSci Salon lecture series.
The Love Invasion, a city-wide art project by industrial designer Matthew Del Degan, aims to illuminate the love, kindness and compassion that exists in Toronto. The symbol of The Love Invasion is Lovebot, a 250-lb concrete monument of love, who has been popping up in locations around town. Come find Lovebot and share your love this weekend!
by Toronto Mini Maker Faire (with help from various hackerspaces)
Come and learn how to solder! Soldering is a process in which two or more metal items are joined together by melting and flowing a filler metal (solder) into the joint. It’s widely used in electronics. We’ll have free soldering badges that you can learn with, as well as some more advanced kits if you want to really hone your skills!
The world’s first truly affordable 3D scanner for home use. The Matterform 3D Scanner allows anyone to take a physical object and turn it into a digital 3D model on their computer. From there, you can print your file on any 3D printer or online printing service. Or, use the model you created in an animation or video game.
The Lockpick Village is a physical security demonstration and participation area. Visitors can learn about the vulnerabilities of various locking devices, techniques used to exploit these vulnerabilities, and practice on locks of various levels of difficultly to try it themselves.
Experts will be on hand to demonstrate and plenty of trial locks, pick tools, and other devices will be available for you to handle. By exploring the faults and flaws in many popular lock designs, you can not only learn about the fun hobby of sportpicking, but also gain a much stronger knowledge about the best methods and practices for protecting your own property.
by Dylan Lanigan-Smith (sunday only)
“My name is Dylan Lanigan-Smith and I am 11 years old. Over the past couple of years I have built some awesome projects that I would like to share. Some were built from scratch, some were from kits, and some were inspired by projects in Make Magazine.
- Makey – a heavily modified version of the original autonomous Arduino-powered robot that appears in Make Volume 19 (my version talks and beeps and is much smarter)
- PS/2/You – a modified verson of the awesome Arduino-powered LED sign in Make Volume 27 with a bunch of additional features
- Lie Detector – It actually works! A lie detector from Make Volume 26
- MAME Arcade Machine and Joystick – a Raspberry Pi retro arcade machine with a homemade arcade joystick
- Fireball Shooter – Modified from Make Volume 13 (I won’t demo this one for safety reasons)
(editor: many more, we had to edit for brevity!)
What started out as a drunken “what if” slowly turned into a fully functional, automatic foosball scoreboard. While playing games, we would always joke about how cool it would be to have a scoreboard that automatically kept score. I thought about it and decided to make it a reality.
The scoreboard has two parts – the goal detection circuit which is located under the table, and the actual scoreboard which shows folks the score.
Moti is a smart servo motor that you can control from your phone, tablet, or any computer.
Robots, animatronics, camera dolleys, locks, toys, tools, window displays, product development, 3D prints, art projects…anything you want to move.
You will be able to try out Moti, build and control robots, and play with the devices we have already made!
by Roarockit Skateboard Company (sunday only)
DIY SK8 – you can laminate a skateboard from scratch without any power tools. Build yourself a custom skateboard using maple veneer and Roarockit’s patented technology, developed here in Canada.
Visit our booth and press 7-layers of Canadian maple into a 3-dimensional shape using the power of your arm.
Sonic Wear is a design studio developing SoMo, a wireless, discreetly wearable MIDI Controller that generates sound through body movement. Our aim is to turn the human body into a musical instrument. Drop by and give it a try.
by Game of Drones
A group recently drawn to quadcopter piloting. We will share what we’ve learned about building, buying and flying these amazing machines. We will also reveal some cool quadcopter-enabled projects we’ve been working on and maybe even provide some live aerial footage of the Maker Faire.
by Circus (Saturday evening only)
A short fire spinning performance, by members of the informal Kensington Market circus group. They spin every Tuesday evening in Bellevue Square.
We are launching our Dual Motor Controller Cape for the Beaglebone black, along with demonstrations robotic and other cool interactive vision projects based upon the Beaglebone. We will be offering our Dual Motor Controller Cape for sale at a special Toronto Maker Faire discount.
Think|Haus is a shared work space / social space and collective all about hacking, crafting, DIY and doing awesome stuff. Think about how the history of Hamilton is intertwined in the “make it happen” ethos of the DIY mechanic, the basement engineer, the warranty violator, the patent ignorer. Hamilton was once known as “The Ambitious City”. Come and be ambitious with us.
Nothing makes a more silly smile than a Moustache – add your creativity to a fabulous laser cut think|haus ‘stache!
by Toronto PET Users Group (sunday only)
TPUG was founded in 1979 and is the longest continually operating Commodore users group in the world. The club supports all Commodore computers including the PET, SuperPET, CBM B and P series, VIC-20, 64, 128, C16, Plus/4, C65 and Amiga as well as the COMAL, CP/M and GEOS environments. We are a not-for-profit organization run by volunteers, with monthly meetings. For Maker Faire we will have several older computers running games that the public can play!
The Toronto Tool Library: Makerspace is Toronto’s first Makerspace on the East Side of the city. Just minutes from Coxwell subway, our facility has 3D printers, a laser cutter, CNC Router and a wide range of woodworking and power tools to use onsite. Makerspace members also get a free membership to our Tool Library where they can sign out hundreds of tools and take them home for renovation projects and repairs.
We will have a Rep Rap printer at our booth as well as glass cutters for people to make their own glasses out of empty beer bottles.
by Site 3
We are a member-run maker space for art and technology collaboration in downtown Toronto. We offer a space for Makers and Artists to create, as well as classes on everything from laser cutting to leather working. We have an open house every Thursday evening from 7-10pm. Our work here is projects created by members of the space, on the tools we provide.
The Diyode Codeshield is an arduino shield (add-on board) designed to make the process of learning (and, more importantly, teaching) arduino much more engaging and accessible. By removing all the obstacles that typically interfere with the learning process, we can greatly improve understanding, retention and excitement.
Magic Cubes are giant interactive Rubik’s Cube-like creations built out of colour changing LEDs. Each Arduino-based cube has nine beautifully illuminated square tiles to each of six bright faces. Custom controllers with electronic sensors let audience participants get their hands dirty and play with the cube, rotating faces and planes, homing in on a colour coordinated win. Unleash your inner child-artist-geek! See if you can solve our take on the most classic of classic puzzles!
Lights Seeds is an LED display. A big, playful, home-brew LED display. Its mission is to engage, to entertain, to evoke a little bit of awe and a little bit of whimsy. One moment Light Seeds is your own giant etch-a-sketch, the next it’s a dance-party light show, and later maybe you kick on the radiation detectors to catch some cosmic rays. Come play.
At the RTA School of Media, the New Media fine arts program provides students with the opportunity to set their imaginations free through the exciting world of media. Students learn to create at the intersection of art, communication technology, critical theory and science, while participating in reshaping or inventing new media practices for the 21st century. We’ll be showing off a number of interactive student projects.
ModelMe3D is a new 3d scanning and plastic figure reproduction service. We attend comic, science fiction and anime conventions to make 3d scans of conventioneers in costume. Using 3d printers we create plastic models of the 3d scans.
Raspberry Pi Assists Communication in Non-Verbal Students with Autism
by Ray Feraday
Many of the students in our schools are completely or functionally non-verbal. Part of this is due to the rise of Autism, but being non-verbal can have many causes: physical, developmental, even social. This presentation shows how the Raspberry Pi computer, coupled to various sensors can be used to help these individuals communicate more effectively, give them a physical voice, and help them better understand the structure of language. There are some devices to try out in the display, and a descriptive video about the project.
Maker Kids is a non-profit organization enabling kids to build their ideas with real tools and materials. At our makerspace in Toronto, Canada, we teach after school programs, weekend workshops and summer camps in electronics, woodworking, programming, sewing, 3D printing and lots more.
At our Toy Hacking makerstation, take apart old toys and reassemble them into new creations! Use screwdrivers, hacksaws, drills and scissors to take them apart, and use hot glue, duct tape, screws and needle and thread to put them together again. Humpty Dumpty never had it so good!
We’ll have a collection of toys, craft foam, fabric, and assorted body parts and craft materials to augment your designs. Bring your own toys to upcycle, too. Our 3D printer will also be churning out various eyes and teeth for your creation to express itself.
If you are interested in electronics, soldering irons and LEDs will be on hand for further customization. Voice-box transplants are hilarious! Or give that stuffed rabbit a whole new personality with glowing red eyes.
This activity is inexpensive, and is easily done with any group of kids (we also did it at the Chicago Make2Learn Symposium). It incorporates upcycling, DIY and creativity. Come try it out, and get some tips on how to do it with your own group!
We are Canadian! And we’ve designed and manufactured commercial grade 3D printers and filament. Come and see how awesome they are!!
by DreamQii (sunday only)
A fun, intelligent, and elegantly designed remote controlled Quad Rotor! Fully designed and manufactured in Toronto, and prototyped with a MakerBot Replicator 2 3D Printer!
by Active Surplus (workshop Sunday only)
Come and make a motor! Learn about electricity and magnets! Wind your own motor coil and make it go. A nominal material charge will apply.
HackLab.TO is a technology community space in Toronto with a diverse membership, including artists, computer programmers, web designers, and hardware hackers. It is inspired by the philosophies of the global hackerspaces movement which encourages people to socialize, share knowledge, and work together on their projects. A variety of member projects will be on display, including 3D printers, a (playable) flipdot game of snake, electronic jewelry, and more.
Sometimes we need secret codes to communicate with our friends, partners, or colleagues while in the company of a larger group of people: a nudge, a cough, a scratch of the nose; something that says “save me from this conversation”, “let’s get out of here”, or “I’m thinking of you”. What if our clothing could communicate these messages for us?
The Nudgeables Accessory Kit is a modular hardware kit for creating paired sets of wireless wearable accessories. A single Nudgeables device employs a pre-configured wireless radio transceiver with a sensor input and an output for a “”notifier”" (actuator). The flexible design allows for you to attach a wide variety of sensors and actuators to the board to create custom sensory and feedback systems. By creatively embedding wireless communication into yours and your friend/partner/colleague’s garments, you are able to secretly “”nudge”" each other at a distance.
Being seen at night is a huge concern for cyclists. Danger arises when lights are stolen, or left at home, leaving the rider vulnerable. While there are several lights on the market that are worn on the body, their aesthetic is more suited to deer hunting than bar hopping. The Social Body Lab, along with fashion designer Angella Mackey, have been researching ways to create bicycle lights that are stylish, modular, and worn on the body. They have been investigating materials, light diffusion, fabrication technologies, circuitry and fastening. Ultimately, you won’t forget to bring your lights when they blend seamlessly into your wardrobe.
Props, Costumes, Furniture, and Prototypes!
In an increasingly digital world, the ability to produce the tactile experience provided by a physical object is still extremely important. Unorthodox Design strives to bring into being the objects that you most desire.
Almost 100 year old typewriter prints your tweets. A beautiful mechanic typewriter was enabled to print jobs not only coming from a computer, but also in realtime from twitter. Engineering can make anything possible.
myDummy is a remote control boy on a tricycle. Designed to evoke the “uncanny valley” response. We were at the San Mateo Maker Faire a few years back and he was quite the hit.
Many of the more affordable home 3D printers have small build volumes. But with a bit of patience and some creative slicing, life-scale objects can be made on any size 3D printer.
“REMIX the city” is an urban adventure that invites youth (ages 10-17) to participate in our workshop where they will learn how to produce video for the digital age. The format of the workshop consists of a short session on the most important aspects of producing new media for the web, a short tutorial on a free app that will allow them to test all aspects learned, and an opportunity to go out and apply the new skills. The media produced through our tools is featured on the REMIXtheCity.com website, creating and incentive to share with friends. Workshop on Sunday.
This ongoing R&D project at Normative is focused on the development of sensor-enhanced, network-ready skis capable of measuring various aspects of the skier’s performance, while also facilitating the sharing of this data within a community of interconnected skiers on a hill. Talk only.
by Hive Toronto (sunday only)
Make a monster with plasticine, photograph your makes and hack the Mini Maker Faire website at this station. You will use Mozilla’s X-Ray Goggles tool to hack the code of the event website and to add in images of your own creations.
by Textile Museum of Canada (sunday only)
Join the Textile Museum of Canada for a day of experimental knitting and weaving. Participants will have the opportunity to construct their own looms and knitting needles out of found and recycled materials; they will then construct a piece of cloth using equally surprising materials. Discover the similarities between textile construction and early computer technology.
by MakerKids(sunday only)
Get your robot on! MakerKids is bringing robots to Maker Faire Toronto and you get to make them battle each other in our fenced off robot battle arena! Before going to battle, decorate your robot with materials and balloons. Then, the robots will enter the arena for battle and you can control them via remote to try to pop the balloons on the other robots. The last robot standing that still has a balloon is the winner!
More coming soon!