Meet our Sponsor: MG Chemicals

MGLogo_square_400x400.gifVancouver Mini Maker Faire would not be possible if it wasn’t for the help of our wonderful Sponsors. Our Sponsors are people who are just as passionate about the Maker movement as we are so it was fun to talk shop with Shaun of MG Chemicals.

We’re so happy to have you on board this year as a Sponsor. What is it about Maker Faire that draws your organization?
Well, the Maker movement is very important to MG Chemicals. Although recently we have become more involved in B2B and OEM business, most of our sales have traditionally been to small users in the electronics industry. There is a part of the Maker movement that definitely is leading to a revitalization of the small electronics manufacturer. Over the next decade at least, we expect to see a dramatic increase in the number of “basement operators” making useful high tech devices with real customer bases, and we hope to be well positioned to meet their chemical needs.

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Meet Your Speakers: John Biehler of 3D604

VIA_Biehler_headJohn Biehler bought his first 3D printer after seeing a demonstration on the Colbert Report. Since then he’s founded 3D604, a local 3D printing hobby group that has also acted as an incubator for companies producing 3D printers. He has written books on 3D printing and become an international authority on the topic. Andrew Macquistan spoke to John about the Vancouver 3D-printing scene. We spoke to him about 3D printing and what his group 3D604 will be doing at this year’s Faire.

AM: How did you get into 3D printing?
JB: My origin story — in 2009, I was at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Bree Pettis and the MakerBot team brought their prototype 3D printer to an event. That was my first exposure to the technology. The MakerBot was the first machine that was approachable from the average person’s standpoint when it came out. Continue reading

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Meet our Sponsor: Epilog Laser

Epilog Laser LogoVancouver Mini Maker Faire would not be possible if it wasn’t for the help of our wonderful Sponsors. Our Sponsors are people who are just as passionate about the Maker movement as we are so it was fun to talk with Amy of Epilog Laser about all the cool things they make.

We’re so happy to have you on board this year as a Sponsor. What is it about Maker Faire that draws your organization?
Maker Faires are always such fun, interactive and engaging events. We love to attend and exhibit at these shows because the audience is so creative and tech savvy – we love to learn how makers are using lasers in all sorts of new and exciting ways.

3d-cardboard-dinosaurHow does your company or organization engage with the Maker movement?
Epilog has been a huge supporter of the Maker movement for nearly a decade. We love the creativity, ingenuity and innovation that come from this audience. Epilog’s laser systems are utilized throughout the Maker movements– we love to interact and share projects on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Epilog attends the Bay Area and NYC Maker Faires every year as well, and many of our distributors attend faires at the local level. Continue reading

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Meet Your Makers: International Guild of Knot Tyers

CarolMaker Carol Wang of the International Guild of Knot Tyers – Pacific America Branch has been exhibiting at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire since its inception with her wide array of knots. As both tool and art, knot tying is one of humanity’s oldest skills, and Carol shows how it continues to feed, clothe and bind our world.

When did your love of knot tying begin?
When I was 10, I visited family in Taiwan and was given a book on Chinese knots, probably as a way to occupy my time.  This was very successful.

Knots are can be both functional and aesthetically-pleasing. Can you describe the aesthetic styles and where the inspiration for these styles originated?The major decorative style known to the West is probably macramé which developed independently in Egypt, China and Peru.  The word “macramé” is Arabic in origin. Macramé takes a fairly small set of knots and ties them repeatedly in different patterns to give you anything from a friendship bracelet or a plant hanger to baskets or three dimensional sculptures.

The major decorative style known to the East is Chinese knotting.  Stylistically distinct variations have evolved in both Japan and Korea.  Chinese knotting in its basic form takes a single cord to tie one fairly involved knot.  The basic knots can be combined into even more complex compound knots.  Adding more decorative touches in other colours, of course, require more cords.

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