Microsoft Kinect Project

March 25, 2012

Chet Doughty of the KitsapMaker Community,  has harnessed the silicon brains of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 to control an RC helicopter using gestures. Toss the clumsy controller that came with your RC helicopter and use intuitive body movements instead! The Kinect uses multiple cameras and sensors coupled with a special processor that allows it to [...]

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KitsapMaker CNC Router Project

March 22, 2012

I’ve got the bug…not a sickness but a desire. It all started at Kitsap MiniMakerFaire 2011, rather innocently I think. Professor Ralph Stirling from Walla Walla University was kind enough (maybe he knew what he was doing?) to loan us a CNC engraver to exhibit at the Faire. I was intrigued by it (was [...]

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Origami Artists

March 21, 2012

Have you ever made a crane from a piece of paper? If so, then you have done origami. Origami, or paper folding, started over three hundred years ago in Japan and saw a major resurgence about sixty years ago, it’s popularity burgeoned around the world and it became a popular art form. The few basic [...]

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The GardenBot

March 20, 2012

by Doyle Maleche One of my many projects is a robot I call “The GardenBot”.  I’m building this for my wife, Carol to work around the yard so she will not have to carry heavy tools, dirt, fertilizer, etc. The concept behind the GardenBot is fairly straight forward; my wife carries her small light-weight garden [...]

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2012 Kitsap Mini Maker Faire is Great for Kids!

March 15, 2012

The 2012 Kitsap Mini Maker Faire is shaping out to be a great place for kids. One of our main focuses as we prepare for Sunday, June 10th is signing up hands-on activities for kids of all ages, shapes and sizes. Every maker is asked to be able to demonstrate and share how they “make” [...]

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Soldering Workshop Debrief

March 14, 2012

Have you ever wished you knew how to build robots, assemble electronics kits, or take over the world? Well, to do any of those things, you first need to learn to solder. We held a workshop in November to teach some of the community to solder, and it was a great success. We had two [...]

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Studio Wide Mouth Frog and Maker Pamela Bellesen

March 13, 2012

One of the most popular maker exhibits at last year’s event was metal worker, sculptor, and jewelry maker Pamela Bellesen. The owner of Studio Wide Mouth Frog fascinated and engaged kids and adults with her metal bending and forming skills. Nearly all day, you could hear Pamela’s large oxy/propane torch and hammer pounding and shaping a [...]

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2011 KitsapMaker Mini Maker Faire video

March 9, 2012

Watch this short 60+ second video about last year’s event and get some ideas of what you’ll see (and more) at the 2012 KitsapMaker Mini Maker Faire on Sunday, June 10th!!

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CNC Cubes

February 29, 2012

Check out these awesome cubes made by some of the Kitsap Mini Maker Faire team!  The one with the piece floating in the center is a jack-in-a-cube, and the other one is a turner’s cube. They were drawn in Pro Engineer, which also generated the G-code, then LinuxCNC was used to run the 3-axis CNC [...]

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T-Shirt Printing

February 23, 2012

Some of the guys from the KitsapMaker team printed the volunteer T-Shirts for last year’s Kitsap Mini Maker Faire. They built their own screen printing press (out of 2×4′s, plywood and some miscellaneous hardware they just found laying around (at the hardware store)) , designed a graphic, created screens and printed almost one hundred shirts in just [...]

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