Kickstarter's Future Fab Lab and More at the 2016 World Maker Faire
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Kickstarter’s devotion to creative projects means we’re always on the lookout for groundbreaking tools that open up radical new possibilities for designers, artists, and makers of all stripes. And at this weekend’s World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science, we’ll present The Future Fablab: a collection of machines that turn our digital dreams into physical reality. This diverse array of Kickstarted technology translates processes typically found on factory floors to your desktop, automating everything from circuit-board assembly to metal cutting. We’re honored to be working with this wildly innovative group of creators and can’t wait to see what new projects makers create — and maybe even Kickstart — with their marvelous inventions.
Here’s a roundup of what you’ll find at our booth, a pair of talks from Kickstarter creators, and a small sampling of the dozens of Kickstarted projects that will be on display at this gathering of artists, technologists, and creative curiosity seekers.
The Kickstarter Future Fab Lab
An accessible desktop waterjet that cuts through materials ranging from titanium to carbon fiber.
Building a family of mini-machines, beginning with the FormBox, a desktop vacuum former.
A laser cutter and engraver that works with a variety of materials and sports an onboard camera to make setup a snap.
Beginner-friendly design software that lets you convert a simple sketch into a 3D model with ease.
A personal fabrication system covering everything from 3D printing to laser engraving using a single robotic arm.
Creative Tools That Inspire Making
When makers create tools that empower and inspire others to make things, they kick off a virtuous cycle. Join us for a conversation with Kickstarter creators who have built a diverse set of tools that are expanding the worlds of making and creativity.
Panelists: Julio Terra, Alex Klein, Daniela Paredes, Alroy Almeida
Making Tools for a Future Fab Lab
A new generation of digital fabrication tools is coming to life on Kickstarter. We’ll hear from three Kickstarter creators who are pushing the boundaries in this field, creating remarkable machines that bring processes typically found on factory floors to your desktop.
Panelists: Zach Dunham, Teja Philipp, Alex Smilansky, Nisan Lerea
Kickstarter Projects to Explore
Massimo Banzi’s open-source Arduino platform sparked a DIY hardware revolution. Now he’s bringing the same user-friendly approach to designing connected devices with the new ESLOV system.
Alex Klein’s beautifully simple Kano Computer Kit inspired young people all over the world to explore technology and programming in exciting, hands-on ways. Kano’s new creative computing kits let aspiring hardware hackers explore light, sound, and physical interaction.
Renowned kinetic sculptor Bruce Shapiro’s mesmerizing tables feature hidden mechanisms that magnetically guide steel balls as they draw delicate, mandala-like designs in sand.
New York City’s yearly international-street-band festival curates the World MakerFaire’s musical program, sending raucous brass bands marching among the exhibitors.