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Meet Your Makers: Anderson Prototypes

002Jim of Anderson Prototypes has been exhibiting at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire for the past three years. He can build almost anything with his CNC milling machines and you’ll get to see that at his exhibit. It takes a truck with a crane just to get these massive machines to the PNE Forum, but he loves the Maker community.

What do you Make?
I am a creator of fine crafted and machined components and assemblies, as well as as custom machinery.

What are you exhibiting at this year’s Faire?
I am having a live CNC Milling Demonstration. Using 2 industrial quality CNC milling machines that were taken right off my businesses floor. We will be cutting wood products, so we don’t have to worry about the safety issues with milling steel, and the hot chips it produces.

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Every year, I hear that you have to bring in a truck with a crane to transport your CNC milling machines to the PNE. What is a CNC milling machine and how does it work?
True, I have a HIAB crane-truck that transports these machines. Milling machines are tools designed to machine metal, wood, and other materials. With the use of a CNC (computor numerical control) control the machine can dynamically move the cutting tool and the work, to create a unique feature, and then do it repeatedly if desired. Programmed in a machine code language, the machine gets orders in short sentence instructions. This program might have 50,000 individual instructions for the machine to perform in one program, and possibly 100s of programs to run in a specific order and with specific tools to accomplish a finish part. Its almost limitless what you can create with these CNC machines.
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Meet Your Makers: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild

VMQG_Logo_Colour new-1 (2)If you’ve been to Vancouver Mini Maker Faire before, you might have noticed the amazing quilts on display at the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild. These aren’t your grandmothers’s quilts (though those are nice too!). Members take inspiration from the zeitgeist, and that includes technology too. We talked with Felicity Ronaghan, long-time member, about the modern craft of quilting and the community of a guild.

f_ronaghan headshotWhere do you find your inspiration for quilt designs?
Everywhere! Mid-century modern design in particular tends to have a big influence on modern quilters. The clean lines of minimalist designs are really exciting. I recently looked through a book of tile patterns that really stimulated my imagination. And right now I’m working on a quilt that is a pixelated self-portrait.

Felicity Ronaghan's Burst of Colour

Felicity Ronaghan’s Burst of Colour

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Meet Your Makers: Max Hynes

Max HynesImagine a sunny spring morning, perfect for yard work. You’re just getting ready to mow the lawn when you hear a leaf blower down the street. The sound becomes louder and closer and when you look up, a six year old boy whizzes past, the leaf blower duct taped to his bike, pointed toward the black top. Sounds unbelievable, but it’s exactly what Max Hynes, one of the young makers participating at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire this year, actually did. Today, Max is 13 years old and he’s excited to share what he’s been making and we were equally excited to ask him a few questions about his projects.


 One of Max’s project designs–the Cryocooler.

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Meet Your Makers: Alex Kay of ReDeTec

AlexKayIs Alex Kay about to save the earth with 3D printing?

In an ocean of plastic waste, 3D printing just seems to be adding to it. According to a study done in 2011 on behalf of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, 2.8 million tonnes of plastic ended up in Canadian landfills that year. That’s a lot of Yoda busts.

This year’s Vancouver Mini Maker Faire welcomes Alex Kay, co-founder of ReDeTec. ReDeTec’s ProtoCycler recycles plastic into a filament used in 3D printing. Not only does it recycle your printer waste, you can throw in your dead monitor case, broken Lego pieces, and maybe some pop bottles too. Even when you do buy new plastic as pellets, it can cut the cost of consumables by two-thirds or more. Buying $30 per kilogram filament is a thing of the past, recycle and it’s free. Of course, you do have to buy the ProtoCycler itself which currently costs around as much as about 25 kilograms of filament, so there is that.

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