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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.

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 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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Meet our Sponsor: Microsoft

Logo MicroVancouver 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 Sergii of Microsoft about what they like about the Maker movement, Maker Faire and the awesome exhibit they are planning.

We’re so happy to have you on board this year as a Sponsor. What is it about Maker Faire that draws your organization?
Traditionally Maker Faire is a gathering of innovators, hobbyists and researchers, who have great potential and ability to realize it. The mission of Microsoft is to help people realize their potential. That’s why Maker Faire is a great place for us to help people find more ways to create something new that can change the world.

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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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