Last weekend I attended Kansas City's Maker Faire — a showcase of projects, groups and events brought together by area makers, crafts people and folk artists. Projects ranged from the inspiring to the inspired, the curious and weird to the immensely practical, and the futuristic to the classic made new. The maker community is very nerd-friendly and has a very geeky vibe at its core. Many of the projects seemed to have a “can it be done” approach to them, often lacking any practical purpose other than as a rough proof of concept. The range fo tools were often more interesting and elaborate than their output, and often gained much more attention and crowd appeal. The hall and booths were filled with 3d printers, laser cutters, CNC machines, soldering irons and custom fabricators, some homemade, some commercial, and many still under construction.
Though I only had a few hours to visit the faire, the sheer amount of creative energy and inspirational projects were almost overwhelming to see. Hopefully next year I will be able to participate in the event and show off my own varied creations.