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Just another 3D printer? No, it is slightly different this time.

Introducing next is another repeat maker from last year’s Singapore Mini Maker Faire – Wee Kiam Peng.

If you cannot recall who he was, he is the person behind Orangeknob and the portable self-replicating 3D printer “Portabee”.

The whole idea of having a portable 3D printer at a fairly reasonable price was so appealing then that I was actually considering to get one of them for myself. And maybe still contemplating. :P

Advice

When approached to give some words of advice to people new to the making culture, Kiam Peng amazed me with his super fast response. Every single answer was sharp and straight to the point.

Kiam Peng shared that he had signed up again as maker this year because of his passion for making. Interestingly, he described last year’s Mini Maker Faire as “crazy” but in a positive way. It was meeting a lot of like-minded folks that made it “crazy” for him. I guess he must have found himself being approached to find out more about his 3D printer most of the time.  He felt that the Singapore Mini Maker Faire does help encourage the maker movement and the interest in 3D printing here in Singapore. In fact, he highlighted that every little steps help. How true indeed!

As repeat makers, Kiam Peng expressed interest to see a greater variety of DIY items. I guess this would always be something that most makers like to see – “to inspire and be inspired”.

Hence, Kiam Peng urged all makers to be more forthcoming, to dare to show the world that you are creative and that you can make a difference.

New plans

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Sneak peak!

We were excited when we hear of the giant 3D printer that Orangeknob is going to showcase.

How big would it be? What kind of prototypes can it print? I believe many people at the upcoming Mini Maker Faire will be similarly curious about it.

Ideas and possibilities never fail to bring up the spirit in people. Does the sound of this giant printer perk you up a bit and ignite your interest?

To learn more about Orangeknob’s latest project, check them out at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2013, coming to you on 27 & 28 July at SCAPE.

If you are keen to read more about how Orangeknob was formed, read our blog entry last year here.

What does the kampung spirit of the Singapore Mini Maker Faire reminds you of?

If you had come for the inaugural Singapore Mini Maker Faire last year, it is unlikely that you would miss the biggest curated area by the Sustainable Living Lab (SL2).

Artistically decorated with the “kampung” feel, the booths of the SL2 showcased many treasures to our first Singapore Mini Maker Faire, bringing awesome surprises for many of us. The cardboard fire engine transformer stole the limelight, transforming itself into a popular photo spot. There were lots of hands-on booths for visitors to try their hands on, eg. painting on an elephant figurine, weight-lifting using DIY weights, urban farming methods and of course, the ever popular flying water rocket. There were simply so much things you can see, touch and experience.

Since their success last year, SL2 had been busy with several of their own events. We are glad that they are still able to take part at the upcoming second Singapore Mini Maker Faire, and are excited to learn what they have in store for us, and what learning points they would like to share with new makers. Read on to find out what we found out through an interview with Veera and Ibnur, founders of the Sustainable Living Lab (SL2)!

Conceptualisation > Preparation > Execution

When asked about their experience curating their own space, Veera and Ibnur shared that the Singapore Mini Maker Faire was an opportunity for them to bring their existing maker community together and create a common shared experience. It started with bouncing of ideas almost 2 months before the Faire, settling on the “Kampung Innovation” theme which celebrates the inventiveness and resourcefulness of the Kampung, and weeks of intensive sessions of development and iteration of the prototypes to bring them to their final form.

Non-visitors would not know this, but we noticed that SL2 had a debrief session at the end of the day. When asked about it, we were told that those are reflection sessions, and they are part of their internal culture at the SL2, enabling their makers to think about how their day went, and to share their gratitude and thanks to each other for the support they had received from each other. Doesn’t your heart warm at this? Personally, I think such practices are great for any community. Reflections are useful because they aid in the process of personal growth and development. SL2 really treasures their makers. :)

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What have SL2 been doing?

For those who followed us since last year, you probably would have also followed SL2 and their activities during the past year. They shared that they had been inspired by the large turnout at the last Faire and the interest in their activities, and have started conducting “Woodworking and Innovation” classes for families, students and adults. They have also started developing their product lines with the cardboard furniture, Jigusuo rapid assembly furniture (exciting concept and interesting design!) and cardboard building blocks. Along the way, they also organised a bunch of makethons – their version of hackathons in which physical prototypes are a must!

If you are curious about SL2, find out more at their website here.

New plans

This year, SL2 shared that they hope to have a sharper focus on sustainability and demonstrate various ways in which we can all be more gentle with the Earth. They said that we can expect more earthworks, home urban farming systems, traditional crafts and quirky upcycled products. There might even be some interesting smart furniture and humanitarian devices on display!

Words of advice

Veera and Ibnur’s suggestion for newcomers at this year’s Mini Maker Faire would be for them to spend time on creating a positive and memorable experience for those visiting their booths.

Simple, but it is probably one of the most important things makers should take heed when planning for your booth at the upcoming Singapore Mini Maker Faire.

Are you ready? Stay tuned for more news coming your way and block your calendar for 27 & 28 Jul 2013!

Heard us? Yes, it is you (makers) that we are calling!

If you were with us last year, thank you for making the Singapore Mini Maker Faire so loud that many more are keen to join us this year.

Now, it is the time that you join us again. Echo our call for makers for the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2013! More information can be found here.

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How would you like to take part in the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2013?

Hello Makers!

It has been half a year since our first Singapore Mini Maker Faire, and we hope you have had a great time since then, building, crafting and making things.We’re pleased to announce the dates for this year’s Faire – Saturday 27 July and Sunday 28 July. The venue will be finalised soon, but it will be outdoor (tented).

Before we call for makers officially, we hope you can help us get a sense of how you would like to participate. Appreciate it if you could do so by spending a few minutes to fill out a survey form here.  (Edit: The Call for Makers is now open!).

Do note that the form is just for us to have a preliminary feel of the event, so you will still need to fill out the “Call for Makers” form later on to confirm your participation.

If you have friends, family or colleagues who might be keen in participating in the Faire, please share this with them as well!

Hope to see you at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2013!

How would you like to take part this year?

Were we “loud” enough for you this year?

A month ago on the 4 & 5 August 2012, the Science Centre Singapore organised the inaugural Singapore Mini Maker Faire.

Stephen February – Urban Microfarming using Hydroponics

It was a bang. We had over 20 maker booths, 6 vendors, two fully packed days of workshops and talks, plus lots of visitors.

The venue was packed and activity-filled.

Everybody were full of anticipation; the organisers to see the birth of the inaugural event here in Singapore, the makers to showcase their makes, the volunteers to be part of the team, and the visitors to find out what a Maker Faire is all about. Some were even keen “followers” of the Maker Faire culture in the United States and were all excited about it. Overall, it was all excitment in the air.

Launch of the inaugural Singapore Mini Maker Faire!

The event was launched by Professor Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive, Science Centre Singapore.

The launch was truly amazing, not only because it was done with an in-house confetti cannon launch mechanism, but because of the warm spirit in the air. Everybody crowded enthusiastically near the stage and it felt like a countdown to a family party.

 The launch was also nicely accompanied with the impromptu launch music by Jolyon, one of our Makers! :)  

Jolyon with his Jolyonophone

Personally, I think it was an eye-opening experience. It felt as if I were at a country carnival. Every booth was fun and interesting. You can find ingenious makes and concepts, and you can find the gadgets that you need to do the same thing!

Veera from SL2 helping a little boy lifting DIY weights!

You get to produce music using bananas (with the use of the makey-makey), see a blimp fly all over the hall, see water rockets shooting all over the place just outside the hall and many others. More photos are available on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/SingaporeMiniMakerFaire.

Joel Tong with his Gyrating Electrical Enigmatic Blimp

Before the event even started, many of you were already busy tweeting and posting Facebook posts about it. Thanks to all your active participation, the event even caught the interest of some local papers and some of the makers were interviewed.

It was an enjoyable two days. Thanks to you, the first ever Singapore Mini Maker Faire had indeed made ourselves heard. If we were not “loud” enough for you this year, come help us make the event “louder” the next time round!

P.S:- Did the Faire inspire you to make something? Did you embark on any project after that? I did, and you can read about it here. Cheers.

We may be “mini”, but we can be “loud”! Join us to make the Singapore Mini Maker Faire be heard!

There is a lot of excitement in the air as we plan for the Singapore Mini Maker Faire here in the Science Centre Singapore. This will be the first time the event takes place in Singapore, and it is already drawing a lot of attention from the internet community. This probably goes to show how well-known and established the Maker Faire is!

If you haven’t heard of the  Maker Faire, read about it at their website here. It is coined as the greatest show (and tell) on Earth, a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. The Maker Faire is a BIG event in the USA.  Can you imagine going around to see the creations of about 700 Makers amidst a 100,000 crowd? That is the kind of scale we are looking at for the Maker Faire Bay Area at San Mateo, California where it all started.

Check out the blog coverage of the recent Maker Faire Bay Area 2012 on 19 & 20 May  or their video.

The Maker Faire is nearly unheard of in our region. The nearest countries which have held a Mini Maker Faire would be Australia and China. Perhaps one day, we will make it as big as in the States, but for a start, Singapore is starting it MINI, as a small-scale, community-produced event.

In Singapore, most people buy things off the shelves for convenience’s sake. It is rare to hear of people who creates and invents things, but that doesn’t mean there are none. We are hence curious to find out what creative inventions these people have came up with, and perhaps looking at these creations might spur our own creativity!

Are you someone who enjoys taking things apart, and recreating new things? If so, the Mini Maker Faire is for you. Come join us on 4 and 5 August 2012, 10am – 5pm, at the Marquee, Science Centre Singapore. The application form for Makers, Workshop Faciliators, Presenters or Performers can be accessed here. The deadline is coming up really tight in less than a week’s time (5 Jun 12).

If you can’t commit as a Maker, and prefers to just drop in as a visitor to the Faire, we also welcome you to come check out the crazy assemblies you have never thought of, get your hands on the DIY activities, and listen to the inspiring sharing sessions by some of these Makers! Come join us!