Maker Faire Orlando 2016 [live blog]


Update: 11:31 a.m.

Leaving now to drive to the Central Florida Fairgrounds for day one of the maker faire! The weather is gorgeous! I should be on the scene around 3:30 p.m. ET.

Check out the map and schedule of events.


Update: 3:47 p.m

And I’m finally here, after Orlando traffic delays! Heading over to the final large robot battle of the day at 4.


Update: 4:15 p.m.

Scooter Spirograph from Glazer Children’s Museum

Update: 4:16 p.m.

Hamster wheel powered snow cone maker!

Update: 4:55 p.m.

Pit stations at the First Robotics area:

Robots being worked on at a pit station

Replica of a flux capacitor

Update: 5:40 p.m.

Hey all,

This tech blogger has encountered some technical difficulties! Stay tuned for videos of the large and beetle robot battles that I will post after the event. For  the rest of  today I’ll have to stick to pictures.

Update: 6:16 p.m.

Making a set of steampunk coasters with Erin Hayward at Proton Paperie & Press

Rolling on the ink


Update: 6:30 p.m

Perler bead coasters, magnets, and accessories by Silly Rabbit Crafts

Update: 7:42 p.m. on Sunday

As promised, here are the videos of the bots in action yesterday, and more!


KurTrox Electronics Engineering & Design



Nerdy Derby racing track


If you want to make something with moving parts, chances are you’ll need bearings and things. This company found a creative mascot to advertise their wares.


StrandMauss robotic walking contraption based on Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest.. It’s made out of MDF and features a turret-mounted GoPro camera.


Dave Redding’s lasercut toys


More robots! This one isn’t trained to fight, rather to look and act human.


A variety of homages to Geek culture. Most of us will recognize the millennium Falcon, but do you recognize the bow?


Cereamics & pottery created by 3D Potterbot


Old arcades with new wooden skins. This one is set up to play Sunset Riders.


Some of the toys at Maker Faire


Vintage Macintosh computer case containing more modern hardware


Vintage Nintendo case containing more modern hardware


A mega-sized delta style 3D printer printing a tire. You can see some other finished prints as well.



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