Detroit Maker Faire 2012 - LMN Wrap-Up

Detroit Maker Faire 2012 – LMN Wrap-Up

Lansing Makers Network’s first Detroit Maker Faire wrapped up as a resounding success!  We saw many new faces and had a constant stream of visitors both days.  Special thanks to everyone who stopped by to show their support.  Remember, all of these projects were put together without a Lansing makerspace.  Imagine what we could do with one!  Head over to our donation page and help us get there.

For those that were unable to make it out to The Henry Ford this year, here are the LMN members’ projects that you missed:


Randy Schott showed off his RepRap and spent the day printing, handing out space invaders (or at least as many as he could manage), and answering all sorts of questions about 3d printing.  You may even have spied a photo of Randy in Make Blog’s 3D Printer Census, Detroit Edition.

Jumping Jack!

Carl Raymond demonstrated his simon-esque puzzle game and Ed Symanzik’s quiz button project.

High Impedance Air Gap

Mike Flaga and High Impedance Air Gap demonstrated some homopolor motors, various Arduino and electronics projects and the ever popular EdLab.

Portland Machinist Guild

Ron Groce from the Portland Machinist Guild showcased a variety of machined parts and assemblies including a replica rotary airplane engine.  Also on display were bikes and an impressive metal art piece. One of the bikes received a Detroit Maker Faire 2012 Editor’s Choice Ribbon.


Brian Adams (with help from Tim Schmidt and others) built a large-scale version of the classic Operation game which managed to attract enough attention to warrant a post on the Make Blog and also received an Editor’s Choice Award.

MSU Creativity Exploratory

Scott Schopieray and students from The College of Arts and Letters’ Creativity Exploratory guided makers young and old in making their own custom designed buttons and stickers.

Grid Beam

Tim Schmidt constructed GridDome, a geodesic dome constructed from Grid Beam, pool noodles and zip-ties and spent the weekend showing people what an adult-sized erector set is capable of.