2011 Maker Faire This Weekend In Queens

We just got back from Maker Faire at the Hall of Science in Queens, New York. 

WIKI: Maker Faire is an event created by Make Magazine to “celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset.”

We’ve been planning to go for a while and we’re glad we went, but $28 a person was a bit steep.  It continues Sunday and you should check it out, or you can just look at my pictures.

Started off with some diode magnet battery assembling

DIY budget Segway

DJ wheelchair wheels turntables


The novelty moving toy car guy


Remote control mutant animal band

Life-size build your own mousetrap

Guy with wings

olde Rocket


$50 programmable light display on your bicycle wheel, which would be awesome for that four hours you had it before it was stolen.


Robot made out of Gain detergent bottles

Metal looking plastic thing

Dog head old people scooter

The biggest thing at Maker Faire this year were 3D printing machines.  We must have seen a hundred of them being used throughout the exhibition.  You can basically reproduce any shape that you could ever imagine and print it out with hot melty plastic.  The blue machine above retails for about $3,000.

Printed matter

A bigger one.

Stuff like this can be printed out from an image. Pretty damn cool.


44 thoughts on “2011 Maker Faire This Weekend In Queens

    1. It was more of a $15 event, but no regrets. If it takes $28 a person to keep an event like this going strong, in the end, I believe it is worthwhile. I can imagine an event like this for a kid would be unforgettable.

  1. Very, very cool. A bit pricey for me (I’m a budget minded gal) but seems like you got a lot out of it – definitely some cool pics – and Freshly Pressed, to boot!!

  2. It is constantly fascinating to me to see what the human mind can create, what a great post! Thanks for sharing this! I love seeing the quirky things us humans are capable of… there are no limits to the imagination!

  3. Great pictures! And such great ideas in every project. Wheelchair turntables? That sounds pretty cool. My favorite one is the remote control band.

    Congrats on being freshly pressed.

  4. We were there! My husband and I traveled from Maryland. We did the two-day pass, and still didn’t have time to see everything. Did you see the Maker Faire exhibits that were inside the museum?

  5. We have been using rapid modelers (basically a 3D printer) for about 5-6 years. If they can come up with something that is accurate AND doesn’t require a ton of upkeep, AND isn’t expensive to run, I’ll be impressed.

  6. I taught knitting at the Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA in 2010. I got free entry and only had a 4 hour shift so lots of time to look around. So many talented people. This year I got a flat tire (before leaving home) and didn’t make it 😦

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