Jim 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.
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.
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.
Where 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
Posted in Meet your Makers, Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2015
Tagged art, artists, community, crafts, creativity, DIY, makers, quilting, textile arts, vancouver
Crystal Allen and Karen Bannister joined forces to create Hello Creative Family, an online magazine for parents looking to ignite their creative passion. They want other parents to live, love and teach the handmade, homemade and heart-made lifestyle. As fans of Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, we asked them to partner with us as a Blog Ambassador and they have been sharing about how families should consider making.
What inspires you about the project, Hello Creative Family?
Karen: We love learning what inspires people to do what they do, and where that creative juice comes from. we were both raised in creative households watching our parents spend their free time working on creative projects. Crystal says, “the greatest compliment you can pay me is that I, or my children are creative.” The idea that we may inspire parents to get creative again and raise their kids in a creative home is the thing that excites us the most about Hello Creative Family.
Barbara Borchardt is the creator of ILiveInEastVan, a blog that highlights the art, food, culture, and community of East Vancouver. As a fan of Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, we asked Barbara to partner with us as a Blog Ambassador and she is writing about the awesome Maker community that surrounds our home grounds, the PNE Forum.
Your write about East Van in your blog ILiveInEastVan. What inspires you about this project?
I grew up in East Vancouver and love the culture, community and diversity within this area. I tried on a few different areas of the Lower Mainland in my early 20s, but didn’t find the same sense of community living in other areas. East Van has been considered to be more ‘working class’ and I have over the years found myself defending East Van as a choice of where to live. I think East Van has so much to offer and is an evolving area. I enjoy showcasing all the things that make it a great place to live and work.
Posted in Blog Ambassadors, Maker Community, Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2015
Tagged art, artists, cool stuff, craft, crafts, creativity, DIY, East Vancouver, food, makers, Upcycling