Monthly Archives: August 2015

Highlights from Day One!

Create UNSW at the 2015 Sydney Mini Maker Faire. Photograph by Janson Hews.

Create UNSW at the 2015 Sydney Mini Maker Faire. Photograph by Janson Hews.

What an epic day! Over 2500 people packed out the Touring Hall of the Powerhouse Museum, seeing the wonderful projects on display. From robots and coders, to 3D printers and knitted neurons, there was a great buzz extending throughout the museum.

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Watch the Sydney Mini Maker Faire, live!

The stalls are in place, the makers are ready, now all we need is you! We’ll be broadcasting live throughout both days of the Sydney Mini Maker Faire, bringing you talks live talks and presentations from within the Powerhouse Museum, along with interviews from the floor of the Faire with the makers themselves!

Just click the above window to view the feed, or tune in here through the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences’ Youtube channel.

Like what you see and want to check it out in person? Tickets are still available for both Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy the livestream, and we hope to see you at the 2015 Sydney Mini Maker Faire!

Meet the Maker: BotBitz


BotBitz is an Australian developer and supplier and of robot kits and parts. We develop custom electronic speed controller software for hobbyists in particular for the sport of combat robotics.

BotBitz sponsors events across Australia and internationally and is a supplier of parts for robot destruction all across the world.

BotBitz will be bringing along their Green Ant kit for kids and especially big kids to play with. The Green Ants are a 3D printed antweight combat robot kit. Equipped with a flipping mechanism and ready for battle.

Meet the Maker: Robots and Dinosaurs


Robots and Dinosaurs are a makerspace in Sydney: a communal space where geeks and artists brainstorm ideas, play games, work on collaborative projects, and share the cost of some great tools.

Meet the Maker: Amp Camp

WebUse-09Amp Camp is a supervised DIY workshop where you get to build your own outstanding vacuum tube hi-fi amplifier system using the finest in vacuum tube technology. Amp Camp is suitable for first timers as well as those who feel their skills may be a bit rusty. All tools and materials are supplied and there is a range of amp projects to choose from, including tube preamps, tube phono stages and tube power amps.

If you’ve never soldered a joint but have always wanted to try, Amp Camp is for you. Better still, Amp Camp projects are guaranteed to work.

The Amp Camp stand at Mini Maker Faire will have several tube amp kits on display and for sale including our latest snap-together TubeCube! amp for those keen to have a go at home. Drop by the stand and discover why tube audio is the finest sound you can make at home.

Meet the Maker: Maker’s Muse

Maker’s Muse brings you 3D Printing Tutorials, Reviews, Gaming Hacks and Makery Goodness through our Youtube channel. Learn how to get started in 3D Printing, all the way to advanced tutorials like how to 3D Print custom figurines from almost any game!

Meet the Maker: Australian Electric Vehicles Association

Sydney AEVA Science Week2

The Australian Electric Vehicles Association (AEVA)  is a non profit organization formed in 1973. We promote and assist in the conversion and uptake of electric powered vehicles. We have branches in most capital cities.

AEVA members will be showcasing their electric vehicles and be on hand to talk all things electric!

Meet the Maker: Solidifier

Solidifier at Sydney Mini Maker Faire 2015. Photo courtesy of Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences.

Solidifier at Sydney Mini Maker Faire 2015. Photo courtesy of Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences.

Solidifier is a Hardware Makerspace for Pro Makers in Darlinghurst.  A co-working community that helps people turn their ideas into solid products. We’ll be showcasing various projects and inventions from our members.

Meet the Maker: Junk Percussion Workshop


Due to circumstances out of our control the Junk Percussion Workshop will no longer be appearing at the Sydney Mini Maker Faire. 

Junk percussion workshops and performances seek to inspire participants to create, innovate and recycle while having fun and creating and playing music. Junk percussion workshops and performances are designed to engage participants in making and playing junk percussion instruments led by Lucky Lartey from Ghana, West Africa and the team from Lucky African Dance.

The workshop explores important themes of recycling and reuse as well as educating participants about the history of innovation in Africa – where reuse and recycling is a part of everyday life. The workshop supports participants to learn how to build instruments using recycled materials and then how to play these instruments.

Meet the Maker: Makers Place

f4mp04Makers Place is a community organisation bringing together under one roof a gaggle of makers of all shapes and sizes. From not-for-profit organisations, solo inventor to backyard tinkerers. All our members are unique in their crafts and tools. From 3d printers to throwing wheels, sewing machines to soldering irons. We welcome all makers who have an enthusiasm to share knowledge and a drive to create things with a socially or environmentally positive impact.

At this Mini Maker Faire, Makers Place will be showing off its diversity and solidarity, with a plethora of thingamajigs to delight the hands and minds of Sydney’s maker community and beyond. These delights come spilling out of the toolboxes of Makers Place members with interactive play and demonstrations from Conroy Bradley’s Inmoov robot, Elecrocrafts- a meet-up group for women and girls to share and learn the wonders of electronics. Ability Mate- a non-profit movement designing and manufacturing affordable Assistive Technology products for people with disabilities, Eora3D- making technology accessible and affordable through smartphone compatible 3d scanners, and Three Farm, founders of Makers Place and educators in 3d printing and design. Grace Turtle, Three Farm founder would also like to present a talk on community based design.