Meet the Maker: Cartesian Co. Argentum – A 3D printer for circuit boards

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The Cartesian Co. Argentum is the world’s first desktop 3D printer for electronics. It uses inkjet technology to print in silver, just like your photo printer at home. The Argentum is a completely new way of making PCBs and can even print circuits on paper and fabric!

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Meet the Maker: Freetronics

The Freetronics TankBot

The Freetronics TankBot

Freetronics designs and builds sensor modules, interface boards and
microcontroller boards for hobbyists to use in their projects. Their
products are open source hardware and software, and are compatible
with the Arduino ecosystem. Freetronics designs have been used in home
automation projects, scientific experiments, art exhibitions, and
educational satellites sent into space! If you can imagine it,
Freetronics wants to help you build it.

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Meet the Maker: Ro-buddy

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Imagine the versatility of an Arduino, combine that with a built-in battery charger, multiple motor drivers, a USB that connects to your Android device, an I2C interface, Audio Power Amplifier, a dedicated 5v supply to connect a Raspberry Pi, alongside a powerful app for Android with drag-n-drop capabilities to build custom controller interfaces for your next project, be it either a robot, or something more elaborate like a home automation project – Ro-buddy provides a powerful ecosystem with tightly integrated hardware and software for makers who want to take the next step.

A project by Robological – A Sydney based Robotic startup.

Meet the Maker: Three Farm

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Three Farm is a social design enterprise based in Sydney, Australia. They started as a group of friends with different backgrounds in design, ceramics, art, photography, printing, business and marketing. The team behind Three Farm share a vision of sustainable and ethical futures informed and encouraged by the principals of the next industrial revolution. One area of this technological revolution that really grabs them is the democratisation of manufacturing and the movement into additive manufacturing and digital manufacturing.

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Meet the Maker: Freematics

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Project Freematics was founded by Stanley Huang in 2013. The name Freematics stands for Free (as in freedom) Telematics. The goal of the project is to make it freer, easier and cheaper for people to get access to vehicle data retrieved from vehicle OBD-II port, GPS and other sensors like accelerometer and gyro, and tinker with them, by use of open-source hardware like Arduino. Freematics started as a hobby project. A Kickstarter funding campaign was carried out in early 2014. A series of products and kits based on open-source hardware are developed and supported by originally developed and actively maintained open-source libraries and software. The project is regularly exhibited in Maker Faires since 2013. Stanley is also the author of MediaCoder.

Meet the Maker: InMoov

Meet InMoov, the first Open Source ‘3D printed life-size robot’

Meet InMoov, the first Open Source ‘3D printed life-size robot’

Joel Hackett lives in Albury New South Wales where he work for the local brick factory and in his spare time runs a small hobby business doing 3D printing. Joel first got started in 3D printing back in February 2012 when he bought his first ‘Makerbot Replicator 2’. It was a big learning curve as Joel had to teach himself how to design and 3D print.

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Meet The Makers: Toydeath

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Toydeath describe themselves as a “high calorie attack of horror pop played live on modified electronic toys!”. Since 1995 Toydeath have been making instruments out of toys using the technique of Circuit Bending. Using their tortured treasure-trove of modified toys, Toydeath have toured to Europe, the USA and Japan, producing live music from guitars, talking dolls and alphabet apples. Continue reading

Meet the Maker: Mintchi

Mintchi's handmade eco owls

Mintchi’s handmade eco owls

Mintchi ® is an eco friendly brand of handmade home decoration and toys created in Sydney.

Offering a unique range of gifts which don’t impact our environment is something which designer Joana Mintcheva is very passionate about.

All items in the range are run exclusively for a limited time only, this is due to the core value of the business which is to only use recycled and end roll materials and not to harm the outside world or even their local neighbourhood by mass production. Even across the same product none are identical as every item is handmade and every piece has its unique features, characteristics and personality.

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Meet the Maker: Makers Empire

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Makers Empire makes fun and easy to use 3D design software that allows everyone to 3D print. Continue reading

The Maker Faire Movement

IMG_7071Curious about what the Maker Movement is all about? Producer of the Sydney Mini Maker Faire, Daniel Green, was invited to write an article  on just this topic for design blog D*Hub

When discussing the maker movement, one question inevitably arises: What is a maker?

Many activities are commonly associated with makers and the wider “movement”, from coding, cooking and crafting to podcasting, permaculture and citizen science. Then there’s the wide landscape of things created using 3D printers, not to mention the maker/hacker spaces, fab labs, and enthusiast groups that enable members and newcomers alike to get a taste for this new frontier of production.

When viewed this way, it becomes very easy to overthink what a maker is and can be – after all, how can such disparate activities truly exist under the same banner?

For the answer to this question and more check out the full article over at D*Hub