Tech expo

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Born On:
11:11, 20 April 2010 (CDT)
Last Updated:
11:54, 12 August 2011 (CDT)


A technology expo at the shop featuring some of the various technologies our members have learned and implemented.

A DIY Tech Expo

  • DIY = Theme: Do It Yourself. Projects and Products that can be performed by the masses in their own homes.
  • Tech = Theme: the practical application of science to commerce or industry.
  • Expo = Format: exhibition, a collection of things (goods or works of art etc.) for public display.


  • A great way to show off what Makers Local 256 can do.
  • A good way to inspire folks into trying new things with their projects.


This is a growing list, so don't panic if you're not mentioned on it yet. Leave me a note on the Talk page if you think something should be added.

  • Metal forging
  • Arduino/AVR
  • Mold making
  • Screen printing
  • Computer vision: multitouch methods, L.A.S.E.R. Tag, 3D scanning methods, augmented reality methods
  • Robotics
    • Tim
    • Hanyan
    • Don Blevins
  • 3D printing
    • Antitronics has a Makerbot Cupcake CNC?
    • Makers Local now has a Makerbot Cupcake CNC!
    • We could present what we know about the history and workings of the BPM 2100, even if we don't have it working by then.
  • Reuse?
  • Vacuum forming
    • Wayne

The following have already confirmed that they will be volunteering and giving talks. There isn't going to be a set schedule, like one person that talks at 5:30. We should have enough room for each project to set up on a table or maybe one end of a table and have a person stand next to the project and explain to anyone who comes by as they tour the shop. The more projects that are being shown off the easier it'll be for one person to take a break if they get wiped out. Also, you might try to recruit a second person so you can take turns explaining what you've been working on.

  • Matt R - QR Codes
  • Brian - Silk Screening QR Codes
  • Greg - Home Foundry
  • Ethan - HSIS
  • Any toys like the starch-speaker
  • Your talk here

Donation Gifts

This is a new idea we'd like to try- rewarding people who give money to the shop by offering small gifts. Sort of like an NPR donation drive, where if you give $75 you get a tote bag. If there's something you make at the shop that you can offer, please volunteer.

  • Brian - QR Code Tshirts
  • Greg - Shot glasses
  • Something engraved?
    • Name tags?
    • Dog Tags?


Saturday August 14 Food served at 5PM

  • Preaux
  • Dickie

Talks start at 7


    • Too late to do a PSA, they require 30 days notice. --strages 18:02, 4 August 2010 (CDT)
  • Craigslist
  • Blog post - done 8/9
  • Twitter
  • Facebook event
  • Makers Local Web Page
  • External blogs
  • Someone who is good at reporting, at the event reporting on it. - invitations sent to local tv, radio and papers 8/6
  • Valley Planet - Huntsville times - press release sent 8/6
  • Trevor's PR database - press release sent 8/6
  • Fliers
    • UAH - not in session yet, but uc covered by mrworld/brian & th covered by spacefelix/ethan
    • Bandito -
    • Calhoun - done by spacefelix/ethan
    • Royal Pines Apartments - done by spacefelix/ethan
    • NASA MSFC - done by spacefelix/ethan
    • Flying Monkey


  • 11:11, 20 April 2010 (CDT) Initial idea commit to the wiki.
  • 19:26, 21 April 2010 (CDT) Tweak Labs is onboard for helping out and showcasing some tech. Been talking to shapr and ybit about it.
  • 21:02, 19 May 2010 (CDT) Brainstorming with CrashCart, Nykodemus, and Strages.
  • Meeting July 21